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Top Ten Stories of 2021 Part 2 & Environmental Musings

This week on New Mexico in Focus, we wrap up our countdown of the top stories of 2021, with a special Line opinion panel of working journalists from across the state. Host Gene Grant and the group begin with the fifth biggest story of the year, and work down to the top story of the year. No surprise, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will make an appearance or two on this list.

Also this week, Environment Reporter Laura Paskus reached out to many of her sources from the last several years to get thoughts and reflections on where we are as a state in combating climate change and setting some goals for 2022 and beyond. New Mexico in Focus returns in 2022 with brand new episodes and don’t forget you can stream the show anytime on the PBS App.

Host: Gene Grant

The Line opinion panel: 
Julie Ann Grimm, editor and publisher, Santa Fe Reporter
Algernon D’Ammassa, reporter, Las Cruces Sun News
Dan McKay, Albuquerque Journal Capitol Bureau
Jessica Onsurez, news director, Carlsbad Current Argus


Environmental Musings
Matthew Hurteau, ecologist and professor, UNM Biology Department
Valerie Rangel, author, “Environmental Justice in New Mexico: Counting Coup”
Sofia Jenkins-Nieto, director of operations, UNM LEAF