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Our Land: Midterm Elections And The Environment

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October 12, 2018 — Clean air and water are important to everyone, no matter where they live or what their political views might be. Here in New Mexico, we have challenges with drought, climate change, public lands, and even energy development. Environment issues also dovetail with the economy and public health.

And yet, most candidates don’t talk about the environment, drought, water or even the resilience of agriculture in the state as the region warms and water supplies tighten.

On Our Land this month, Correspondent Laura Paskus talks about where the environment fits into this year’s election with Lonna Atkeson, a professor in the Political Science Department at the University of New Mexico, and Adrian Oglesby, director of the Utton Transboundary Resources Center at UNM’s School of Law.

Why don’t most candidates talk about the environment, unless they’re pressed to do so, and how much does the environment matter to voters? And what will New Mexico’s next governor, and the 2019 New Mexico Legislature, need to address when it comes to water, the environment, and state agencies right off the bat in the new year?

Lonna Atkeson, professor, UNM Political Science Department
Adrian Oglesby, director, Utton Transboundary Resources Center, UNM Law School


Health and wellness initiatives in the Southwest, clean air proposals for ABQ, plus a discussion of the shooting tragedy in Clovis on the Line panel.

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This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Antonia Gonzales and producer Sarah Gustavus examine how one organization in California is using cultural activities to improve health outcomes for individuals and families. Gonzales and Gustavus are national fellows with the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism. Their coverage of health and wellness initiatives in the Southwest in 2017 is supported by the USC Annenberg National Fellowship and the Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism.

Sarah Gustavus also sits down with an organizer from Juntos: Our Air, Our Water, an environmental advocacy group focusing on Latino families, to talk about their clean air proposal for Albuquerque.

NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line panelists take on a few of the top stories in the news this week, including a look at both old and new sources of energy: increased production in New Mexico’s oil patch, and a solar energy plant being built in the Navajo Nation.  The panelists also discuss an in-depth look at Spaceport America by NMPolitics.net.  

Gene Grant

Antonia Gonzales
Sarah Gustavus

Studio Guest:
Boye Ladd, pow wow dancer/announcer and cultural advisor
Estefany González Mendoza, outreach coordinator, Juntos: Our Air Our Water

Line Panelists:
Marsha Garcia, Strategies 360
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of DukeCityFix.com
Giovanna Rossi, president of Collective Action Strategies, LLC, and producer/host of The Well Woman Show


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 www.newmexicoinfocus.org. 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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