“Our Land” looks at diminished water production in some local wells, a reprisal of a recent “Brain Drain” segment, plus the Line Panel.

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This week’s New Mexico in Focus features this month’s episode in the series “Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present and Future.” On the east side of the Sandia Mountains, many families are finding that their wells are producing less water…or even going dry. Correspondent Laura Paskus looks at what these problems mean for individuals and the rest of the state.

A few months ago, New Mexico in Focus featured a series examining ways to counteract the “brain drain” of young, talented New Mexicans leaving the state for jobs and economic opportunities. In this reprised segment, Gwyneth Doland sat down with young professionals to see what keeps them in New Mexico - or attracted them to return to their home state.

And NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate some of the top news stories of the week, including accountability in public schools regarding money and ethics, the search for the next University of New Mexico president, and the backlash after video caught a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputy pointing a gun at a motorcyclist.

Gene Grant

Gwyneth Doland
Laura Paskus

Studio Guests:
Nicole Manning, young professional
Sofia Sanchez, young professional
Manu Sandoval, young professional

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former New Mexico house minority whip
Sophie Martin, attorney
Giovanna Rossi, president of Collective Action Strategies, LLC, and producer/host of
The Well Woman Show
Mary T. Torres, attorney at Law Offices of Mary T. Torres


New Mexico in Focus is involved, informed, in-depth media airing weekly on New Mexico PBS. The program debuts Friday nights at 7 p.m. on NMPBS 5.1 and appears online at www.newmexicoinfocus.org. The show rebroadcasts on NMPBS 5.1 Sundays at 7 a.m. and on NMPBS 9.1 on Saturdays at 5 p.m and Sundays at 3 p.m.

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1 thought on ““Our Land” looks at diminished water production in some local wells, a reprisal of a recent “Brain Drain” segment, plus the Line Panel.

  1. I was surprised that the “our land” piece on water shortage did not mention rainwater catchment. While catchment volume, storage and use depends on many factors, it was a significant omission. My Torrance County residence catches and stores enough rainwater for all our needs, and while there is certainly Some upfront costs, they are not necessarily more than drilling a new well. Food for thought that should have been included in the east mountains water shortage story.

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