Skip to content

National Efforts Fighting NM Wildfires, Primary Election Preview & Missing and Murdered Investigations in The Navajo Nation

This week on New Mexico in Focus, the Line Opinion Panel dives into the key races in the primary election and dissects the recent barrage of attack ads. Plus, the Panel explores the possibilities for native tribes after two New Mexico Pueblos reached an agreement with the state to produce and sell recreational cannabis products. And, our panelists react to the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to pause all prescribed burns for at least 90 days. Environment Reporter Laura Paskus speaks with U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich for his opinion on those burns, and his effort to build up the workforce of wildland firefighters.  

Correspondent Antonia Gonzales sits down with the FBI’s top agent in New Mexico and a Navajo criminal investigator to find out if a new Navajo language initiative is working, and to understand some of the other obstacles when it comes to investigating crimes on tribal lands.

Hosts: Gene Grant

The Line opinion panel: 
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law 
Dan Foley, former New Mexico state representative 
Inez Russell Gomez, editorial page editor, Senta Fe New Mexican 


National Efforts on New Mexico Wildfires  
Correspondent: Laura Paskus
Guest: Martin Heinrich, U.S. Senator, New Mexico 

Gila National Forest, Black Fire Assessment 
Correspondent: Laura Paskus
Guest: Arthur Gonzales, US Forest Service, fire behavior analyst 

Investigating Missing and Murdered Cases in The Navajo Nation 
Correspondent: Antonia Gonzales
Raul Bujanda, FBI, special agent in charge, New Mexico 
Malcolm Leslie, captain, Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations