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Prescribed Burn Ban Ends, Behavioral Health Shortcomings & NM Department of Health Explains New COVID-19 Boosters

This week on New Mexico in Focus, the Line Opinion Panel examines the findings of a recent Legislative Finance report alleging major shortcomings in Bernalillo County’s handling of behavioral health issues. Plus, the Panel responds to news that Santa Fe will miss out on major law enforcement recruitment funding because they failed to apply. Gene asks what that could mean for the capital city’s police force. And our panelists react to the announcement from the U.S. Forest Service that prescribed burns can be used again, under new protocols.  

Gene Grant speaks with the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health to ask about new COVID-19 boosters and who should receive them. Dr. Laura Parajon explains what seniors and parents need to know about those new vaccines.  

Gene also catches up with Anna Martinez, a civil rights attorney and Albuquerque’s newest Poet Laureate.  

Senior Producer Lou DiVizio sits down with three members of the U.S. Navy to talk about Navy week in Albuquerque and to explain some of the connections New Mexico has with that branch of the armed services. 

Host: Gene Grant 

The Line opinion panel: 
Dave Mulryan, president, Mulryan-Nash Advertising 
Julie Ann Grimm, editor & publisher, Santa Fe Reporter 
Edmund Perea, attorney and public safety consultant 


NMDOH Explains New COVID-19 Booster Shots 
Correspondent: Gene Grant 
Guest: Dr. Laura Parajon, deputy secretary, New Mexico Department of Health 

Albuquerque’s 2022 Poet Laureate 
Correspondent: Gene Grant 
Guest: Anna Martinez, Albuquerque Poet Laureate, civil rights attorney 

New Mexico Connections at Navy Week 
Correspondent: Lou DiVizio 
Gene Price, Rear Admiral, United Stated Navy 
Trey Olsen, Lieutenant, U.S.S. New Mexico, United States Navy 
Hunter Jones, Petty Officer Second Class, U.S.S. Santa Fe, United States Navy