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Our Land, Albuquerque city council races, and the Line panel

This week’s New Mexico in Focus features September’s segment in the series “Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present and Future.” This month highlights wildlife and habitat restoration on Santa Ana Pueblo. The tribe has already undertaken riparian restoration along the Rio Grande and Jemez River and reintroduced species that are culturally significant. They’re also studying predators like bears and cougars and expanding habitat restoration projects to new areas. Correspondent Laura Paskus looks at the significance of these efforts for both tribal members and surrounding communities and ecosystems.  

Correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with the candidates in district 7 and district 9 in this year’s city council races in Albuquerque.

NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line panelists look at New Mexicans’ reaction to President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  They also discuss why New Mexico still tops the nation in reliance on private prisons, and look at reasons behind planned protests at this week’s Entrada re-enactment in Santa Fe.

Gene Grant

Megan Kamerick
Laura Paskus

Studio Guests:
Diane Gibson, District 7 Candidate (Incumbent)
Eric L. Lucero,  District 7 Candidate
Don Harris, District 9 Candidate (Incumbent)
Paul Ryan McKenney, District 9 Candidate
Byron Powdrell, District 9 Candidate 

Line Panelists:          
Lonna Atkeson, UNM Political Science Department
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law=
Julie Ann Grimm, editor, Santa Fe Reporter
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP


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 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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