NM lawmakers approve recreational marijuana

New Mexico state representatives voted to legalize recreational marijuana in a special legislative session called by the governor. (Photo by Manuel Romero)

Manuel Romero / NM News Port The New Mexico State Legislature, meeting in special session, passed two bills that would expunge past marijuana convictions while making New Mexico the 16th state to permit the recreational use of marijuana. The bills now head to the governor’s desk where she’s expected to sign them today. Rep. Javier… Continue reading NM lawmakers approve recreational marijuana

New Mexico opens vaccine eligibility to everyone 16+

By William Jennings / NM News Port The New Mexico Department of Health expanded vaccine eligibility today to all New Mexicans 16 years and older.   New Mexicans interested in receiving the shot must register online with the NMDOH who will then contact them when there are shots available.  The state will continue to prioritize vaccines… Continue reading New Mexico opens vaccine eligibility to everyone 16+

Redrawing of NM’s districts looms

Current Map for Representative Districts

By Adam Evarts / NM News Port The 2020 Census data will be put to use later this year in a special legislative session that will determine a redrawing of legislative districts throughout New Mexico, as required by federal law every 10 years. The reason there is redistricting is to create districts that are even,… Continue reading Redrawing of NM’s districts looms

In Their Own Words:What children say about online learning and a school year lost to COVID

Anthony, Amelia and Adamina frolic on the trampoline at home. (Don J. Usner/Searchlight NM)

This the first in a series of articles that ask students in New Mexico how they feel about school during the pandemic. What has online learning been like? What do they think about returning to the classroom? Today we hear from a 9-year-old and a 5-year-old in Albuquerque. (The comments have been lightly edited.) By Alicia… Continue reading In Their Own Words:What children say about online learning and a school year lost to COVID

NM combat sports gyms persist against COVID-19 lockdown

Ray Zamora was nearly forced to close the Warrior Boxing Club after 19 years due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Manuel Romero / NM News Port As New Mexico observes the one year anniversary of the statewide lockdown that began in mid-March 2020, many local businesses are looking to rebound, including those in the boxing and combat sports industry. The pandemic socked New Mexico’s boxing industry hard as events were cancelled and local gyms were… Continue reading NM combat sports gyms persist against COVID-19 lockdown

One Year Anniversary: How COVID Turned UNM’s World Upside Down

By William Jennings / NM News Port A year ago on this day, the University of New Mexico extended spring break for two weeks to evaluate next steps and see if the suddenly-emerging COVID-19 situation would improve. It didn’t.  Elexis Panas, then a UNM sophomore, remembers it like yesterday.  “Everything was normal,” Panas said. “And… Continue reading One Year Anniversary: How COVID Turned UNM’s World Upside Down

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Earthships a prevailing home model amidst environmental challenges

A New Mexican Earthship. Photo courtesy of Earthship Biotecture.

By Bodie Russell / NM News Port With global warming looming, the Earthship, New Mexico’s alternative housing model, is finding enthusiasts and popularity.  “Every time there’s a crisis – global warming, COVID, Y2K, natural disasters – we get hit. The demand goes way up,” said Jonah Reynolds of Earthship Biotecture in Taos. Reynolds is the… Continue reading Earthships a prevailing home model amidst environmental challenges

APD reports drop in property crime, increase in violent crime

Photo taken by Ludella Awad/ NM Newport

By Ludella Awad / NM News Port  New crime totals for 2020 released by the Albuquerque Police Department found that while violent crime has risen, property crimes have gone down.  “We have more work to do, but this trend is encouraging because we continue to cut property crime,” Interim APD Chief Harold Medina said in… Continue reading APD reports drop in property crime, increase in violent crime