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Top Stories of 2019: #5 and #4 | The Line

1308 Line Recreational Cannabis

January 3, 2020 – Gene Grant and a special all-journalist Line panel continue to count down the top stories of 2019. Part art, part science, the list is based on impact and amount of time spent discussing it throughout the year. After decades spent debating the creation of an ethics commission, New Mexico voters made it so, and lawmakers spent much of the rest of the year prescribing how the new commission will go about its business. Similarly, the year’s fourth biggest story looked forward to potentially legalizing recreational cannabis. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed a task force to explore how the state’s medical cannabis program – which she ushered into existence as health secretary – would interact with legal recreational use. The Line’s journalists look ahead to the chances of legalization making it through the Legislature in 2020.

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:
Producers to Determine Cannabis Security SpecificsNew Mexico Political Report

Public Role Urged for Ethics CommissionThe Albuquerque Journal

Newspaper Man Steve Terrell

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December 13, 2019 – Over the course of four decades, Steve Terrell’s byline became a familiar sight to generations of newspaper readers in Santa Fe. After cutting his teeth on music reviews for the Santa Fe Reporter, Terrell moved to the Albuquerque Journal and then to his home for more than 30 years, the Santa Fe New Mexican. For most of the past 20 years, he covered New Mexico politics with a combination of a quick wit, an eye for important details and a seemingly inexhaustible library of Roundhouse lore. In November, Terrell tapped out his last regular column for the paper. He joins NMiF producer Matt Grubs for a conversation about how politics and politicians have changed during his years in Santa Fe.

Guest:
Steve Terrell, former reporter

For Further Reading:
From Shoes to Sausage, Terrell Had it CoveredSanta Fe New Mexican