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Leaked Report in Sen. Ivey-Soto Harassment Accusations, Ronchetti Calls for Abortion Referendum & Raising Alcohol Taxes Under Consideration

This week on New Mexico in Focus, the Line Opinion Panel talks through new revelations surrounding State Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto and accusations of sexual misconduct. Plus, the panel debates Republican Nominee for Governor Mark Ronchetti’s call for a referendum on abortion. And our panelists look ahead to the upcoming 2023 legislative session where some key lawmakers have already signaled a willingness to raise alcohol taxes statewide.

Our Land Senior Producer Laura Paskus speaks with a high school science teacher from Truth or Consequences who recently received a national grant. Sergio Torres was recently recognized by the Society for Science for his work helping his students become better researchers and scientists, with a focus on addressing environmental challenges into the future.

Laura also speaks with author and environmental journalist Erica Gies about her new book, ‘Water Always Wins.’ The book details how centralized infrastructure and development have contributed to our experience of extreme water events like drought and floods.

Host: Gene Grant 

The Line opinion panel: 
Dede Feldman, fmr. New Mexico State Senator
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima Public Relations
Martha Burk, political psychologist and author

NM Science Teacher Receives Grant
Correspondent: Laura Paskus
Guest: Sergio Torres, science teacher, Hot Springs High School, national grant recipient

Water Always Wins
Correspondent: Laura Paskus
Guest: Erica Gies, author, independent journalist