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This week on New Mexico in Focus, host Gene Grant sits down with the CEO of Spaceport America to discuss the future of commercial space flight in New Mexico now that Virgin Galactic has concrete plans to complete its move to the Southern New Mexico facility.   

As Albuquerque rolls out its annual wine festival this weekend, NMiF photojournalist Robert McDermott travels to Sheehan Winery in the South Valley to ask some questions about the economics of the wine industry in New Mexico.

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the perception by many Burqueños that the city is a dangerous place in which to live, and debate Bernalillo County District Attorney Raúl Torrez’s proposed constitutional amendment that would make it easier to detain certain defendants pending trial. The Line panelists also look at the benefits of an extended school year for some APS students, and examine ways to diversify New Mexico’s economy. 

Gene Grant 

Robert McDermott

Dan Hicks, CEO, Spaceport America
Sean Sheehan, Sheehan Winery  

Line Panelists: 
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law
Rachel Sams, editor, Albuquerque Business First