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Ethel is the Director of the Right to Life Committee of New Mexico. On a daily basis, she fights to protect innocent human life from fertilization until natural death.  She always has an encouraging word to share with our listeners. She quotes St. Francis of Assisi on today’s program, “Preach the Gospel every day. When necessary use words.” These are some of the topics we cover in this interview:

  1. Good news related to COVID-19: Many abortion clinics across the country are closed.
  2. Pregnancy Centers like CareNet are open to serve pregnant woman and they need our help. Sue Freeman, Client Services Director of CareNet Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque, joins us by phone on the show. The Centers are in need of diapers, baby formula, baby clothes, baby blankets, and baby food. Call 505-880-0882 for more information.
  3. The Village of Cimarron, NM lead by 4 Democrats and 1 Republican just passed a pro-life resolution!
  4. What is a late-term abortion?
  5. How common is euthanasia and assisted suicide in New Mexico?
  6. Resources available on the Right to Life Committee of New Mexico website.


Congressman Steve Pearce is the Chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico. He served as the U.S. Representative for New Mexico from 2003 to 2009, and from 2011 to 2019.  I learn so much from the Congressman during our interviews, but I also realize how much I do not understand about our government. His love for the people of New Mexico and his experience in Washington always makes for an amazing discussion. These are some of the topics we tackle today:

  1. Please tell us how you see the response to COVID-19 coming from the White House and the results.
  2. Why do you think President Trump’s approval rating is going up?
  3. Why did the Republican party of New Mexico file suit with the New Mexico Supreme Court regarding “mail-in ballots?”
  4. What is the “Stimulus Package” designed to do?
  5. Where is New Mexico projected to lose revenues needed to balance the budget recently signed by the Governor?
  6. What resources are available to educate voters on your website https://newmexico.gop/?
  7. Please tell us about your new book, “Just Fly the Plane Stupid.


Carlos is the owner of Bosque Heating, Cooling,  Plumbing, and Roofing in Albuquerque. Bosque is open for business, and Carlos explains the extensive steps his company is taking to ensure the safety of his customers and employees during service calls. I was shocked when he told us that the air in our homes is 10-times more toxic than the air outside. His simple suggestion for all of us as we stay home away during this crisis is to open up the windows and let in some fresh air.  Bosque also has fresh air and clean water solutions for our homes you may want to consider. For more information call 505-444-7200 or go to Bosque Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, and Roofing on the web.

Paul Gessing, President of the Rio Grande Foundation has a lot to say on the show today. These are the topics we cover in today’s interview with links to additional information:

  1. The budget situation in New Mexico with oil below $22 a barrel – Errors of Enchantment Budget
  2. Ideas for dealing with the immediate COVID-19 Crisis – Errors of Enchantment Economic Ideas
  3. Parents need to assert themselves in educating their children with schools shut down – Errors of Enchantment Education
  4. The City of Albuquerque has placed the ban on plastic bags on hold – Errors of Enchantment Bags

The Rio Grande Foundation website is an amazing tool to use for information about local and state government politics!


Brian Nixon is an Assistant Pastor and Director of Publishing and Education with Calvary Church Albuquerque. Brian has the unique ability to take “theological” concepts and put them into terms we can understand on a level of personal faith. One question Brian answers on  today’s show, “How do we know the Bible is true.” Here are some of Brian’s notes from the program:

  1. How do you know the Bible is true?
    1. Several indicators.
      1. Two overarching reasons:
    2. External evidence:
      1. A reliable description of geography
      2. A reliable description of history
      3. Accurate assessment of science
    3. Internal evidence:
      1. Fulfilled prophecy
      2. It gives an accurate representation of the human soul.


John Chitwood is the Owner of Southern Blvd Automotive located at 2300 Southern Blvd SE in Rio Rancho. His shop continues to be open for business during the COVID-19 scare. John answers questions from our listeners today, giving us some tips on how to prevent small issues from becoming major repair problems.

Chris is CEO of the Triskelion Group of New Mexico, operating as 3D Security Services Group. 3D Security Training Solutions, and 3D Security Investigative Services. When Chris retired from the United States Air Force he and his partners opened 3D Security Training Solutions in Albuquerque. Their goal was to set new professional training standards and support private security companies in New Mexico. Chris and his team were named the 2019 SBA Veteran owned business of the year.

Chris appeals to our listeners to consider working in security as a career. Security Jobs are available right now! 3D Training classes have been discounted by 25%  to help people ready to work. For more information call 505-750-4220, or go to the 3D Security Training Solutions website.

Chief Master Sargeant (Retired) Bobby Ehrig is the Chief Executive Officer of the  New Mexico Veterans Integration Centers (VIC). The VIC strives to meet the varying needs of Veterans and their families by offering a wide range of services designed to help provide care specific to each situation. For more information see the website for the New Mexico Veterans Integration Centers.

Holly Slade is the Co-Owner of Dave Slade and Associates Realtors, and the Founder of Feed New Mexico Kids. The Motto of Feed New Mexico Kids is “TOGETHER WE CAN END CHILDHOOD HUNGER IN NEW MEXICO. ” The ministry continues to work closely with the Albuquerque Public Schools, and schools in Bernalillo, Valencia, and Sandoval counties.  According to Holly, seven church partners are now providing snack packs for approximately 30% of the students that need help. The other 70%  of food insecure students still need food on the weekends.  If your business or your church would like to partner with Feed New Mexico Kids please go to their website to see how you can help. Think about this, ” As few as 15 more churches working to provide food for students could solve the problem in Bernalillo, Valencia, and Sandoval Counties!”

Scott is the Chief Operations Officer for the Pitre Auto Group which includes Pitre Buick GMC and Pitre Kia in Albuquerque. Pitre Auto Group is a sponsor of programming on KNKT Radio. On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that all “non-essential” businesses be closed. Scott explains the impact this order is having on his employees and his dealerships.  The service side of the dealerships are still open for business according to Scott, but new and used car sales are closed based on this order. If you need service to your vehicle please contact the Pitre Auto Group at (505) 898-1333. Scott is actively working with other dealerships, and the New Mexico Car Dealers Association to ask the Governor to categorize car dealerships as “essential business.” In the meantime, Scott asks our listeners to shop online at Pitre Buick GMC and Pitre Kia in Albuquerque.

Pitre Buick GMC is located at 9737 Eagle Ranch Rd. NW, in Albuquerque. SW Corner of Coors By-pass and Eagle Ranch next to Costco. 505-898-1333. Pitre Kia is located at 9640 Eagle Ranch Rd. NW, Albuquerque. 877-887-1633.