In Their Own Words: What children think about online learning and a school year lost to COVID – Zuni Pueblo and Navajo Nation

Brothers Elishah (age 13, left) and Makai Tsosie (age 14, right) take a break from their chores on the family ranch at Lake Valley, NM, and enjoy some horseback riding. Photo by Curtis Ray Benally.

This is the third in a series of articles that ask students in the region how they feel about school during the pandemic. Today we hear from students from Zuni Pueblo and the Navajo Nation. By Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi Photography by Don J. Usner and Curtis Ray Benally Not far from the Shiprock pinnacle on… Continue reading In Their Own Words: What children think about online learning and a school year lost to COVID – Zuni Pueblo and Navajo Nation

Zoom Fatigue Adds to Pandemic Stresses

By Noah Solomon Struggling focus in front of a computer screen, feeling disoriented in front of a fuzzy camera, mourning the loss of social and physical interaction with others. These are the symptoms of Zoom fatigue, which some students say they’re experiencing since UNM moved classes online last spring. “For some reason, it feels so… Continue reading Zoom Fatigue Adds to Pandemic Stresses

UNM’s Spring 2021 graduation ceremony to be in-person outdoors

University Stadium, soon to be filled with UNM Spring 2021 graduates. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

By Bodie “Bo” Russell / NM News Port The University of New Mexico (UNM) decided it would hold a graduation ceremony for its 2021 class this May at University Stadium, allowing only graduating students and faculty to attend. “This is a discussion the leadership team at UNM has been having since the first day of… Continue reading UNM’s Spring 2021 graduation ceremony to be in-person outdoors

How New Mexico schools returned to in-person learning

By Adam Evarts / NM News Port The state of New Mexico is sending kids back to school in-person and on a full-time basis beginning this week. For many parents, the move is long overdue, after spending more than a year of having their students learn from home under coronavirus safety restrictions.  Dr. Ryan Stewart,… Continue reading How New Mexico schools returned to in-person learning

Same COVID setting, but Lady Lobos prevail while men dwindle

Sports Analysis by Shane Farias / NM News Port Both the University of New Mexico men’s and women’s basketball seasons are in the books, and while both teams dealt with the same COVID-19 restrictions, their results were much different. The Lady Lobos strove to a 15-4 record, winning the Mountain West Conference regular-season title outright,… Continue reading Same COVID setting, but Lady Lobos prevail while men dwindle

Mayor Keller names two to leadership positions at APD

By Ludella Awad / NM News Port / After a six month national search for a new police chief, Mayor Tim Keller has named two leadership positions at the Albuquerque Police Department with Harold Medina being selected as Chief of Police and Sylvester Stanley as Superintendent of Police Reform. “Each of these leaders will focus… Continue reading Mayor Keller names two to leadership positions at APD

Mayor Keller, APD tout proactive approach to crime fighting

Photo by Ludella Awad/ NM NewsPort 

By Ludella Awad/ NM News Port Mayor Tim Keller and the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) highlighted the success of the Anti-Crime Operation, a crime-fighting initiative introduced last year that combines officers and detectives in multiple bureaus in an attempt to recover guns and make arrests.  The Anti-Crime Operation combines the Field Services Bureau, Special Operations… Continue reading Mayor Keller, APD tout proactive approach to crime fighting

APD expands use of social media to track illegal drug activity 

Social media platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Tik Tok are being used for illegal drug transactions, selling guns, and other illegal activities. (Photo by Celia Raney / NM News Port)

By Ludella Awad / NM News Port The Albuquerque Police Department (APD) is expanding its monitoring of social media to track illegal drug transactions as part of an initiative to prevent violent crime.  “We have social media being used as a means for dealing drugs,” said Interim Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina.  In a press… Continue reading APD expands use of social media to track illegal drug activity 

COVID-19 restrictions deplete Santa Fe tourism numbers

New Mexico COVID-19 restrictions for restaurants are limited to 25% occupancy for outdoor dining only, making it difficult for some businesses during the winter.

By Shane Farias / NM News Port Tourism in Santa Fe hit an all-time low over the last 10 months as a result of coronavirus restrictions, which caused the normally substantial number of visitors to drop significantly, affecting local businesses, events and overall revenue for the city.  The first positive COVID-19 case was reported in… Continue reading COVID-19 restrictions deplete Santa Fe tourism numbers