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

NM schools dealing with increased educator vacancies

Elizabeth Schilling- Photo Courtesy of Elizabeth Schilling

Adam Evarts / NM News Port Elizabeth Schilling looks at her watch: 8:47 a.m. The school day is three minutes away. It has been four months since she took over this kindergarten class after the teacher that began the year resigned. In front of her are 12 desks for her in-person learners, all six feet… Continue reading NM schools dealing with increased educator vacancies

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

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Albuquerque wellness hotels prioritizing families in need

By Daniel Ward The city of Albuquerque currently has three wellness hotels available for unhoused families or individuals with underlying health problems. Two of the hotels will be discontinued at the end of June due to warmer temperatures, COVID-19 cases going down and vaccinations increasing. One will continue operating for unhoused families with children.  To… Continue reading Albuquerque wellness hotels prioritizing families in need

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

Family proximity quells pandemic baby blues

Dane Vaughn / NM News Port In the weeks preceding the birth of her daughter Oakley, Brianna Tower was separated from her husband by restrictions brought on by the virus outbreak. Days after giving birth in San Antonio, Texas, Tower moved to Albuquerque in order to be closer to her family. “I did end up… Continue reading Family proximity quells pandemic baby blues

Happy, Worried, Relieved

Provost James Holloway explains UNM's steps towards opening up the campus safely this fall semester. Noah Solomon via zoom

Noah Solomon / NM News Port Ellie Aikman’s UNM experience has been a whirlwind since last spring. She was frustrated when she received the email over spring break 2020 to return to Hokona Hall to collect her belongings by March 26 before they were donated to Lobo Reclaim. “[I] got the email that said ‘hey,… Continue reading Happy, Worried, Relieved

Crowns, Chile and Gators

Cheyenne Kippenberger being announced as 2019 Miss Indian World. Photo courtesy of Emergence Productions.

Outgoing Miss Indian World Cheyenne Kippenberger reflects on her unusual reign Jeanette DeDios / NM News Port Nothing could have prepared Cheyenne Kippenberger, former Miss Seminole, as she stood around her Miss Indian World competitors, all waiting for their names to be called at the Gathering of Nations in 2019. “I was nervous, I was… Continue reading Crowns, Chile and Gators

Who still plays 78’s? HHF on KUNM!

Harry Norton (left) and Karl Stalnaker (right,) KUNM deejays, in front of Stalnaker’s home studio. (Photo by Steven Emmons)

“Home of Happy Feet” enters its 48th year on local public radio By Bodie “Bo” Russell / NM News Port “Well good evening everybody, this is the Home of Happy Feet,” is the greeting you might hear from Karl Stalnaker as he introduces his radio show on Tuesday nights. The duo of Stalnaker and fellow… Continue reading Who still plays 78’s? HHF on KUNM!