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Is Print Dead? Globalquerque Music Festival, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Visits NM

This week on NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS, is print dead? We talk to two newspaper owners who say don’t write the obituary just yet. M.E. Sprengelmeyer, owner of the Guadalupe County Communicator in Santa Rosa, bought the paper after losing his job when the Rocky Mountain News (Denver) folded. Francine Hopper left the Albuquerque Journal and launched Local IQ in 2006 with a focus on the culture, music and food that make Albuquerque unique. They talk with NMiF correspondent Gwyneth Doland about the challenges and rewards of running their own show.

NMiF Producer Megan Kamerick speaks with Globalquerque founders Neal Copperman and Tom Frouge about the upcoming world music festival. Launched in 2005, Globalquerque has hosted artists from 75 countries and across the United States. Attendance has grown each year, despite the economic downturn and it has become a major regional draw.

The Line opinion panel looks at the week’s developments around Syria and how the New Mexico Congressional delegation is reacting.

The Line also talks about new rules approved by state regulators aimed at protecting groundwater at copper mines. But the rules are highly controversial and the Attorney General says the proposal contradicts existing state law.

Also, this week’s visit to New Mexico by the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, and the push for universal preschool by President Barack Obama.

M.E. Sprengelmeyer, Guadalupe County Communicator (Santa Rosa)
Francine Hopper, Local IQ
Neal Copperman, Globalquerque founder
Tom Frouge, Globalquerque founder

Tracy Dingmann, board member, New Mexico in Depth
Steve Terrell, Santa Fe New Mexican

Dan Foley, former NM House Republican Whip
Laura Sanchez, New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce

Gwyneth Doland
Megan Kamerick


The Producer of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is Megan Kamerick. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation.

Episode 711 for air September 13, 2013