New Mexico prepares for recreational marijuana

One goal of the adult-use cannabis legislation is to ensure the continuance of New Mexico’s medical cannabis program. (Photo by Manuel Romero / NM New Port)

Manuel Romero / NM News Port New Mexico is officially the 16th state to legalize recreational marijuana, and while it was not the first and most likely won’t be the last to do so, one state official believes New Mexico will “be revolutionary” in the cannabis industry.   The legalization came in two pieces of legislation. One law… Continue reading New Mexico prepares for recreational marijuana

Albuquerque City Council approves lease for Orion Center satellite facility

By Shane Farias / NM News Port New Mexico is set to become the home of a massive satellite facility. The Orion Center is planned to be a four-million-square-foot development built by Theia Group Inc. and its subsidiary company, Group Orion. It will be located on 114 acres of city land adjacent to the Albuquerque… Continue reading Albuquerque City Council approves lease for Orion Center satellite facility

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

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