Community Matters - June 2021

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Guest Alex Ross-Reed (she/her), Executive Director for HEAL+NM (Health Equity Alliance for LGBTQ+ New Mexicans).

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With the end of the COVID-19 pandemic just in sight, wedding vendors and planners alike are seeing a surge of couples  jumping at the chance to finally walk down the aisle. This comes after more than a year of social distancing, mask mandates, and limits on group sizes.

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New Mexico is now set to fully reopen in two weeks.

 

On Friday, New Mexico’s Governor announced that most of the public health restrictions for the state will be gone, effective July 1st. The state says it will continue an aggressive vaccination push. 

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Santa Fe Pride planners have spiced up their plans for the event this year–  It no longer will be just a bling-strewn drive around the Plaza. Rather, expect  reflections on accomplishments and unification for battles still to be fought in the LGBTQ+ community. KSFR’s Dennis Carroll reports.

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New Mexico’s Department of Agriculture's Rural Development office has launched a new grant program that offers opportunities for economic growth for rural New Mexicans. The grant application process opened earlier this week.

Woof! Dogs Are Sniffing Out COVID-19 With 96% Accuracy

Jun 17, 2021
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A new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine reveals that dogs can sniff for COVID-19 in people with 96% accuracy.  How are the dogs trained?  Why are they such good detectives? What about real-world applications?  KSFR reporter Mary Lou Cooper talked with lead researcher Professor Cynthia Otto to find the answers.

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In this week's update on New Mexico's political world, Bryce Dix sat down with New Mexico Political Report's Andy Lyman to discuss the Senate leadership's decision to drop an ethics violation against Senator Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque. Plus, the idea of ethics in the state legislature rolls over into a chat about how some of New Mexico's citizen lawmakers are making the jump into one of the newest recreational cannabis industries in the nation. 

ABQ's Sunport Is Ready For New Mexicans To Fly

Jun 11, 2021
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As New Mexico hits its 9-month low in COVID-19 virus cases, more people are deciding to take that long-awaited vacation– which means airports are bracing for a surge of fliers in the coming weeks. So, what's in store for New Mexicans as they head for the airport this summer?  KSFR reporter Mary Lou Cooper reports. 

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Looking to cool off from the hot summer sun? Well, Santa Fe's only outdoor pool looks like it'll be closed for the whole summer. KSFR’s Dennis Carroll reports. 

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As the climate in the Southwest warms, conservationists are scrambling to find new ways to attract crucial pollinators to drought-stricken urban areas. But, one conservation group has decided to fight the changing climate in New Mexico by giving out kits of free plants.  KSFR's Bryce Dix reports. 

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