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Top Stories of 2019: #8 and #7 | The Line

1232 Holloman AFB

December 27, 2019 – Gene Grant and a special all-journalist Line panel continue our countdown of the top stories of 2019, based on impact and amount of time spent discussing it throughout the year. Coming in at number 8 on our list is the emergence of chemical contamination in groundwater near two New Mexico Air Force Bases. The harmful chemical is known as “PFAS” and it’s been linked to an increase in cancer risk, though the extent of its harmfulness isn’t fully known. Next up, the 7th biggest story of 2019: the ramp up of the 2020 U.S. Census. The once-a-decade population count dictates everything from funding for federal programs to representation in congress. And here in New Mexico, there is already real concern about an undercount.

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

For More Information:
‘Everyone is Watching New Mexico’: Update Shows No Progress on PFAS Clean UpNew Mexico Political Report

New Mexico Could Lose Billions in Federal Funds if Census Population UndercountedRuidoso News

State Should Increase Census SpendingThe Albuquerque Journal

The Line: Military Projects Set Aside for Border Wall

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September 13, 2019 – President Donald Trump’s decision to repurpose $3.6 billion in military funding to build a wall along the U.S./Mexico border will have impacts in New Mexico. Specifically, the President’s use of emergency powers will temporarily cost Holloman Air Force Base $85 million designated for a drone pilot training facility. And the White Sands Missile Range will also have to wait for a $40 million influx for a data and network center. Host Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists weigh the give-and-take over military support vs. border security, plus reaction from New Mexico’s congressional delegation.

Line Panelists:
Serge Martinez, UNM School of Law
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group
Giovanna Rossi, Collective Action Strategies
Kristelle Siarza, Siarza Social Digital

For Further Reading:
Pentagon Lists Projects That Will Be Delayed to Fund Border WallNew York Times

Democrats Will Try to Block Trump’s Border Wall ManeuverU.S. News and World Report