How New Mexico tourism is surviving COVID-19

By Devin Muzzey / NM News Port The coronavirus pandemic has forced people to shelter-in-place and businesses to close, putting a screeching halt to life as we know it. No sector in the Land of Enchantment has been spared, especially New Mexico tourism, the state’s second largest industry. According to New Mexico’s most recent labor… Continue reading How New Mexico tourism is surviving COVID-19

Local restaurants navigate new dining rules after latest health order

By Gabrielle Hockstra-Johnson / NM News Port New Mexico’s restaurants just endured another statewide ban on in-person dining due to the coronavirus — crippling income and forcing layoffs. Now Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has enacted a new health order which started December 2, providing at least a little more room for restaurants to serve customers.… Continue reading Local restaurants navigate new dining rules after latest health order

Small local retailers adapting, hanging tough

By Dalton Padilla / NM News Port New Mexico’s non-essential businesses — like small local retail stores — have slightly fewer restrictions now based on New Mexico’s new three tier reopening system that began December 2. Still, some are still struggling to adapt to the harsh economic conditions caused by the pandemic.  The three tier… Continue reading Small local retailers adapting, hanging tough

The Albuquerque Artwalk is up and walking

Booth set up outside of Safe House Distilling. (Courtesy of Gabriel Gallegos)

By Gabrielle Hockstra-Johnson / NM News Port   COVID-19 has taken out sporting events, concerts and other gatherings during its long stay in New Mexico, but the Albuquerque Artwalk has adapted to all the restrictions that come with the pandemic. The next monthly art walk is scheduled for Nov. 6. Gabriel Gallegos, the ABQ Artwalk program… Continue reading The Albuquerque Artwalk is up and walking

New Mexico’s film industry reckons with COVID-19

By William Jennings / NM News Port The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has introduced an unprecedented crisis for the film and television industry, causing productions to shutter almost entirely while venues like theaters and festivals have also been forced to close their doors. What few productions that have started filming again must follow strict safety precautions,… Continue reading New Mexico’s film industry reckons with COVID-19

With Balloon Fiesta grounded, local businesses struggle

By Spencer Butler / NM News Port One of New Mexico’s highest-profile COVID cancelations year was that of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, an annual nine-day hot air balloon festival and the largest annual tourist draw for the city. In the wake of the cancellation, the Balloon Fall Fest, was created by the city of… Continue reading With Balloon Fiesta grounded, local businesses struggle

Meow Wolf workers meet resistance to unionization effort  

An outside look at Meow Wolf as it has been closed since March. (Jah’lani Jones / NM News Port)

By Jah’lani Jones and Bodie “Bo” Russell / NM News Port At the popular art installation in Santa Fe, Meow Wolf employees have been met with push back from both Meow Wolf executives and fellow employees in their pursuit to unionize.   Bill Rodgers, a Meow Wolf Workers Collective (MWWC) organizer, said that despite the resistance,… Continue reading Meow Wolf workers meet resistance to unionization effort  

Local gyms strive to rebound after COVID lockdown

By Spencer Butler / NM News Port As New Mexico’s COVID-19 restrictions continue, issues persist for local gyms who are trying to balance public health guidelines while providing customers with a valuable workout space. As of August 28, The New Mexico Department Of Health has stated that Gyms are classified as “close contact businesses” meaning… Continue reading Local gyms strive to rebound after COVID lockdown