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This week on New Mexico in Focus, we kick off our 2017 coverage for the People, Power and Democracy Project, a collaborative reporting project with KUNM-FM, New Mexico In Depth and the New Mexico News Port. Correspondent Gwyneth Doland talks with leaders from the newly formed New Mexico Ethics Watch about their priorities and how they are helping everyday New Mexicans navigate the challenging process of tracking issues related to government ethics.

Last year, many New Mexicans were shocked to learn that there were more than 5,000 untested rape kits across the state, according to a report from state auditor Tim Keller’s office. NMiF producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with Keller and Jim Harvey, of the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico, to discuss the current status of untested rape kits and what is being done to move forward and prevent such a backlog from happening again. 

And NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line panelists debate some of the latest stories in the news, including the growing line-up of candidates vying to be the next mayor of Albuquerque, and whether or not parents of APS third-graders were properly notified about their children’s reading deficiencies.

Gene Grant

Gwyneth Doland
Sarah Gustavus

Studio Guests: 
Vic Bruno, treasurer, New Mexico Ethics Watch
Douglas Carver, executive director, New Mexico Ethics Watch
Jim Harvey, executive director, Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico
Tim Keller, New Mexico State Auditor

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former New Mexico house minority whip
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Andy Lyman, NM Political Report
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy

New Mexico in Focus is New Mexico PBS’ prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues, and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest. Hosted by Gene Grant, New Mexico in Focus takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic, health, education and arts issues and explores them in-depth, with a critical eye to give them context beyond the “news of the moment.”

New Mexico in Focus regularly airs Fridays at 7 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 7 a.m. on Channel 5.1, and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. on Channel 9.1, except during Pledge Drives.

The Producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. NM PBS Public Affairs Executive Producer is Kevin McDonald.

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