November 15, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel discuss the new court case that again questions the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act. The federal law, passed in 1978, mandates priority placement of Native American children up for adoption within a Native community. The law was created to counteract the historical practice of removing Native American children from their tribe and family and placing them in a non-Indian family or institution.
Line Panelists: Justine Fox-Young, former NM state representative
Sophie Martin, attorney
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law
Kristelle Siarza, Siarza Social Digital
November 2, 2018 – The oil and gas boom in southern New Mexico and West Texas has driven up hotel rates in Carlsbad. At the same time, a housing shortage means more people are turning to hotels for housing and there are fewer rooms available at affordable rates.
But more nights booked up in hotels also means the city is collecting record-high revenues from lodgers taxes. Some of those dollars are going to support arts and culture activities around town and the revitalization of an old theater. Sarah Gustavus reports on these new developments in part three of our series on housing in Carlsbad.
This series was produced in partnership with the Carlsbad Current Argus. Read their coverage here