Mayor’s plan to help homeless upsets neighboring communities

The Gibson Medical Center acted as an overflow unit for Covid-19 patients when the pandemic was at its worst. The center has been bought by the city for $15 million to be used as a gateway center for the homeless (Gordon Payne/ NM News Port)

By Gordon Payne / New Mexico News Port Some residents of southeast Albuquerque are showing concern after Mayor Tim Keller announced the city’s purchase of a former hospital as a means of combating homelessness in the city “The City of Albuquerque has officially bought the Gibson Medical Center, the cornerstone of our Gateway Center network,”… Continue reading Mayor’s plan to help homeless upsets neighboring communities

Leading the nation: How New Mexico is vaccinating its population

Photo by William Jennings

By William Jennings / NM News Port A year ago, New Mexico found itself in the midst of a once in a lifetime pandemic. Now, the vaccine is here and New Mexico is leading at vaccinating its population.  About 60% percent of New Mexicans have already received their first dose while 43% are fully vaccinated. … Continue reading Leading the nation: How New Mexico is vaccinating its population

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

Albuquerque Homelessness Rises During Pandemic

Tent pitched in Coronado park. (photo by Tyler Braunhardt)

By Tyler Braunhardt / NM News Port Homelessness in Albuquerque was on a sharp rise just as the pandemic hit and economic hardships related to the pandemic increased pressure on low-income and unhoused people in the city. Now Mayor Tim Keller is asking for $4.7 million to start operations at the Gateway Center homeless shelter and service… Continue reading Albuquerque Homelessness Rises During Pandemic

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

Albuquerque seeks volunteers to help vaccination effort

By William Jennings / NM News Port The city of Albuquerque is vaccinating against COVID-19 and looking for volunteers from all different backgrounds to help. Volunteers may be responsible for directing people, filling out forms, making copies, and translating information if they are bilingual.  They will not be responsible for giving people the shot. Nick… Continue reading Albuquerque seeks volunteers to help vaccination effort

New Mexico’s vaccine rollout getting mixed reviews

By Adam Evarts / NM News Port / With New Mexico now in the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout, experts and citizens share positive and negative views.  The state indicates the mass vaccination effort is going well. It has 200 providers enrolled in administering the shots. As posted on the state’s vaccine dashboard… Continue reading New Mexico’s vaccine rollout getting mixed reviews

City pays local hotels to shelter COVID-19 patients

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By Alika Medina / NM News Port With the striking rise in the number of COVID-19 cases  this fall, the city of Albuquerque has turned to some local hotels to keep vulnerable residents safe and quarantined.   Since July, the city has been renting hundreds of rooms in several local hotels to provide isolation for people… Continue reading City pays local hotels to shelter COVID-19 patients