Voice Of The Public

This call-in program covers the most important issues in New Mexico and Texas.

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima joins the program to discuss plans for federal pandemic relief aid, cannabis business regulations and other community concerns. 

Dr. Dolores Gomez, Chief Medical Officer at Memorial Medical Center, offers her thoughts on the Delta variant of COVID-19 and what our community should expect moving from Summer to Fall. 

According to an annual report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, New Mexico ranks 49th in the country in child well-being. To learn more about this year's KIDS COUNT Data Book report we speak with James Jimenez, Executive Director of New Mexico Voices for Children and Lori Martinez, Executive Director of Ngage New Mexico on this week's Voice of the Public.

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Dona Ana County Sheriff Kim Stewart discusses county concerns, policing reform, the New Mexico Civil Rights Commission and more. 

Voice of the Public - Economist Dr. Jim Peach

Jul 2, 2021

Economist Dr. Jim Peach discusses the state, national and international economy.

New Mexico Drug Policy Alliance Senior Director, Resident States Emily Kaltenbach and New Mexico Cannabis Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ben Lewinger address the upcoming change in state law to legalize possession of cannabis by adults 21 and over and the future of the cannabis industry once sales begin in April of 2022.

On this edition of Voice of the Public, a conversation with Dr. Bobbie Green NAACP of Doña Ana County. She talks with Fred Martino about Juneteeth, progress in the United States, and the work that still lies ahead.

Americans are rejoicing after President Joe Biden signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday. But some say that while they appreciate the recognition at a time of racial reckoning in America, more is needed to change policies that disadvantage too many. The Juneteenth holiday commemorates the events of June 19, 1865. That’s when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas — some 2 1/2 years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had freed slaves in Southern states.

New Mexico State Senator Carrie Hamblen and PFLAG President Ryan Steinmetz discuss issues facing the queer community.

Las Cruces Public Schools Board of Education President Ray Jaramillo discusses in-person learning opportunities in Spring and Fall, the selection of Ralph Ramos as Superintendent and the resignation of board member Terrie Dallman.

Members of the Las Cruces Vaccine Task Force, City Councilor Tessa Abeyta-Stuve, Assistant City Manager Eric Enriquez and Southwest Region Director for DOH Dawn Sanchez and DOH Region Health Officer Dr. Eugene Marciniak discuss ongoing efforts to reach herd immunity.

Dr. Carol Calista and Executive Director of Action Programs for Animals Michel Munier discuss animal welfare issues and take caller questions.

Dr. Bob Del Campo discusses mental health and relationships.

Voice of the Public - Cyber Security

May 7, 2021

NMSU Chief Information Security Officer John C. Roberts discusses cyber security.

Voice of the Public - Labor Issues

Apr 30, 2021

NEA New Mexico President Mary Parr-Sanchez and former Workforce Solutions Secretary Bill McCamley discuss labor issues facing New Mexico and the nation.

Southwest Environmental Center Executive Director Kevin Bixby and PBS New Mexico Environment Reporter Laura Paskus discuss challenges climate change has created for the region and the world.

Ross Marks and Joe Bullock discuss the making of "Walking With Herb," a film shot in Las Cruces.

NMSU Athletics Director Mario Moccia talks about playing through the pandemic, March Madness, and much more!

Community Action Agency CEO Dawn Hommer and Director of Family Empowerment Program Isabel Dominguez discuss the free tax preparation program and other programs offered by CAA.

Dr. Dolores Gomez, Chief Medical Officer from Memorial Medical Center, discusses COVID concerns moving into the Spring, vaccination efforts and the good news about progress fighting the virus. 

Dr. Raquel Garzon discusses the four pillars of wellness.

Cardiologist Dr. Udit Bhatnagar and Cath Lab Manager Hector Salas discuss heart health on Voice of the Public. 

Las Cruces Public Schools - Superintendent Dr. Karen Trujillo

Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Karen Trujillo discusses in-person learning plans.

Attorneys Jessica Streeter and Alan Gluth answer questions about family and probate law.

Dept. of Health Communications Director Matt Bieber, Secretary of Workforce Solutions Bill McCamley, Las Cruces Assistant City Manager Eric Enriquez, District 2 Las Cruces City Councilor Tessa Abeyta join Voice of the Public to discuss vaccine distribution in New Mexico and specifically Las Cruces.

Legislators Carrie Hamblen, Crystal Diamond, Angelica Rubio, Rebecca Dow and JoAnne Ferrary join Voice of the Public along with journalist Walt Rubel to discuss the 30-day session that got underway this week.

Dr. Christa Slaton, NMSU Government Professor, discusses the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the second impeachment of President Trump and the upcoming inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President.

Voice of the Public - Dr. Edward Michelson

Jan 8, 2021

Dr. Edward Michelson, Chair of the Emergency Department at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and member of El Paso's COVID task force, discusses the city's Fall surge, treatments, vaccines and new strains of the virus.

Workforce Solutions Secretary Bill McCamley discusses aid to unemployed New Mexicans and Economist Dr. Jim Peach joins in the second half of the program to discuss the economic challenge moving forward.

Voice of the Public - Talkin' Tamales

Dec 11, 2020

Talkin' Tamales with Juan Morales - recipes and stories.