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Our Land, Albuquerque city council races, and the Line panel

NMiF: Our Land logo (Santa Ana)

This week’s New Mexico in Focus features September’s segment in the series “Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present and Future.” This month highlights wildlife and habitat restoration on Santa Ana Pueblo. The tribe has already undertaken riparian restoration along the Rio Grande and Jemez River and reintroduced species that are culturally significant. They're also studying predators like bears and cougars and expanding habitat restoration projects to new areas. Correspondent Laura Paskus looks at the significance of these efforts for both tribal members and surrounding communities and ecosystems.  

Correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with the candidates in district 7 and district 9 in this year’s city council races in Albuquerque.

NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line panelists look at New Mexicans’ reaction to President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  They also discuss why New Mexico still tops the nation in reliance on private prisons, and look at reasons behind planned protests at this week’s Entrada re-enactment in Santa Fe.

Gene Grant

Megan Kamerick
Laura Paskus

Studio Guests:
Diane Gibson, District 7 Candidate (Incumbent)
Eric L. Lucero,  District 7 Candidate
Don Harris, District 9 Candidate (Incumbent)
Paul Ryan McKenney, District 9 Candidate
Byron Powdrell, District 9 Candidate 

Line Panelists:          
Lonna Atkeson, UNM Political Science Department
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law=
Julie Ann Grimm, editor, Santa Fe Reporter
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP


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Bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers, the cost of addressing crime, the need for transparency in financing private prisons, the past and future of the Colorado River, The Line Panel

Jewish Community Center

This week on New Mexico in Focus, Producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with the head of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque to talk about the response to the recent wave of bomb threats at their center and other JCCs across the country.

Correspondent Gwyneth Doland reports from the Roundhouse with a look at the cost of addressing crime and what is at stake if lawmakers can’t see where money is being spent in private prisons. This segment is part of the People, Power and Democracy Project, a collaborative multimedia project that examines ethics and transparency in state government.

Correspondent Laura Paskus talks with environmental reporter and writer John Fleck, author of “Water is for Fighting Over and Other Myths about Water in the West,” about the past and future of the Colorado River.

And NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line panelists debate some of the latest stories in the news, including the decision by Bernalillo County’s new district attorney, Raúl Torrez, not to retry former APD officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez in the shooting death three years ago of homeless and mentally ill camper James Boyd.  The Line also looks at a few bills that have fizzled so far during the state’s legislative session, and how policies laid out in President Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress might affect New Mexico.

Gene Grant

Gwyneth Doland
Sarah Gustavus
Laura Paskus

Studio Guests:
Dave Simon, executive director of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque
John Fleck, author of Water is for Fighting Over and Other Myths about Water in the West

Line Panelists:

Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Rachel Sams, editor of Albuquerque Business First
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP
Stephen Spitz, host of New Mexico People Places and Ideas on KUNM


This segment is part of our People, Power and Democracy project.

People, Power and Democracy explores ethics, accountability and transparency in government. Our partners are KUNMNew Mexico in DepthNew Mexico News Port and New Mexico PBS.

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Featured image by Peter Greenberg