This week on New Mexico in Focus, the Citizen Redistricting Committee completed its work, approving a series of proposed maps to redesign electoral districts for the next ten years. But now those choices are shifting to the New Mexico legislature. Correspondent Gwyneth Doland is getting feedback on the process so far from representatives of the All Pueblo Council of Governors and Black Voters Collaborative. Line’s opinion panel will also discuss the work done so far and offer predictions on what will happen when lawmakers meet in December to make the final selections.
Early voting is already underway in Albuquerque on a state-funded multi-purpose stadium project that will house the popular New Mexico United Soccer team. This stadium has become controversial for some, including the two proposed neighborhoods where it could be located. The NMiF is speaking with representatives from the Barelas and South Broadway neighborhoods to get a better idea of their hopes and concerns for a downtown stadium. The Line panel is also weighing in on this electoral fight as well as the ongoing debate over whether Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has the power to decide how federal COVID relief funds are spent in New Mexico.
In his latest book, “The Trail to Kanjiroba: Rediscovering Earth in an Age of Loss,” New Mexico author William deBuys recounts his travels to Nepal, where he participated in long medical expeditions. He joins correspondent Laura Paskus to reflect on the landscapes and cultures of northern New Mexico, where he has lived for four decades, and discusses how caring for Earth, rather than trying to save it, will better serve a planet. in crisis. .
New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) on Friday, October 22 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 24 at 7 a.m., and streams on the PBS video app.
Redistribution committee approves maps for legislative approval
Keegan King, Ad Hoc Redistribution Committee of the All Pueblo Board of Governors
Mason Graham, New Mexico Black Voters Collaboration
Neighborhoods weigh on downtown stadium vote
Anna Lee Besaulniers, stop at the campaign organizing stadium
Frances Armijo, President, South Broadway Neighborhood Association
Lisa Padilla, President, Barelas Neighborhood Association
Author William deBuys explores the Earth Care model
Bill deBuys, author, “The Trail to Kanjiroba”
The line’s opinion panel
Dede Feldman, former state senator
Dan Foley, Former NM House Minority Whip
Serge Martinez, Faculty of Law of the UNM
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