December 27, 2019 – Host Gene Grant and a special all-journalist Line panel wrap up part one of our countdown of the top stories of 2019. Coming in at number 6 is Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s first year in office. Lujan Grisham rode into office on a blue wave, but experienced a year of lot of ups and downs. The Line panel breaks it all down. Part two of our Top Ten countdown continues next week on New Mexico in Focus, culminating in the number 1 story of 2019.
Line Panelists: Gwyneth Doland, adjunct professor, UNM Communication & Journalism Dept.
Andy Lyman, reporter, New Mexico Political Report
Jessica Onsurez, news director, Carlsbad Current Argus
Steve Terrell, retired reporter, Santa Fe New Mexican
November 1, 2019 – When the City of Albuquerque revamped its zoning rules a few years ago, it was praised for getting rid of a complicated system that residents had complained about for years. The new system was supposed to be easier for everyone to understand and was designed to spur economic development around the city. But folks who live in the historic neighborhoods that ring the downtown core say they fear the new code will destroy the charm and character that they love. This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Gwyneth Doland talks with members of the Historic Neighborhoods Alliance about why they want the City to change these rules.
NOTE: Guest Robert Nelson is running for city council in Albuquerque next week. He was specifically invited to talk about the zoning issue, however, and not his campaign.