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Top Stories of 2019 #5-1, Tierra Amarilla, The Line

This week on New Mexico in Focus, we continue our annual countdown of the top stories of the year, with a special Line opinion panel of all journalists. Our look back at 2019 wraps up with topics such as the passing of the landmark Energy Transition Act and the move toward recreational cannabis legalization. But what tops the list as the most impactful story of the year? Tune in as The Line panelists break it all down.

NMiF also revisits a grass-finished beef ranch in Tierra Amarilla that’s the latest venture of four generations of the Casados family. C4 Enterprises plans to build its own butchering and meat processing operation with help from the state and local economic development groups. It’s a project that’s a far cry from the flash of Facebook and Netflix, but one that may hold the key to revitalizing rural New Mexico.

Gene Grant

Field Correspondent:
Matt Grubs, NMiF Sr. Producer

Field Guests:
Tommy Casados, C4 Farms
Alicia Keyes, Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Economic Development

Line Panelists:
Gwyneth Doland, adjunct professor, UNM Communication & Journalism
Andy Lyman, reporter, New Mexico Political Report
Jessica Onsurez, news director, Carlsbad Current Argus
Steve Terrell, retired reporter, Santa Fe New Mexican