Mary Lou Cooper


COVID-19 booster shots from Pfizer are now rolling out in New Mexico. 

Some 365,000 people are eligible for the first round in October for those are at least six months out from their two-shot vaccine course and are in high-risk categories.

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After many months of staying at home during the pandemic, both Americans and New Mexicans are ready to drive, fly, and yes, sail once again. 

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Quarantines, mask mandates, and social distancing have pushed more families to bridge the gap of isolation and loneliness with pets of all kinds and sizes. 

But, as KSFR’s Mary Lou Cooper reports, with this newfound demand for furry friends comes a scam that advertises pets online with the intention of taking money from victims. 


The New Mexico Department of Health reports that although the risks are small, Johnson and Johnson vaccine breakthroughs were 50 percent more likely than Pfizer vaccine breakthroughs. 

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.

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. 

Predatory Weight-Loss Schemes Target New Mexicans

Jun 7, 2021
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 43% of Americans are obese.  But what health authorities see as a major health issue, others see as a business opportunity.

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Fasten your seatbelts.  Memorial Day weekend signals the beginning of our return to normal, especially when it comes to travel.  What's happening to gas prices? What are the most popular destinations?  What's the best time to get on the road? 

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KSFR's new interim news director Bryce Dix talks with reporter Mary Lou Cooper about his vision for public radio at KSFR.