Pandemic

PHIL via CDC

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.

Justin Lane / Shutterstock

This summer, the federal government announced that emergency pandemic SNAP benefits would be slashed at the end of September.

Now, the state of New Mexico has secured a small extension in these benefits for at least another month.

"Busy Waiter" by Ralph and Jenny | Licensed under CC BY 2.0

Running a restaurant is a risky business in the best of times.  According to the National Restaurant Association, during the pandemic, some 90,000 restaurants in the U.S. closed permanently.

@Jimg944 via Flickr | Licensed under CC BY 2.0

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. 

Courtesy of Somos Un Pueblo Unido

90 New Mexican public officials are now urging Congress to step up and establish a path to citizenship for undocumented workers. 

This cry comes as the Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the crucial role these workers play in our economy and the inequities these workers face when they are excluded from federal economic relief programs.

@Neil Moralee via Flickr | Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

As businesses struggle to find employees, counselors offer jobs advice to older workers considering a return to the workplace.

Two employment advisers talk with KSFR's Dennis Carroll about ways workers can adjust to often frustrating and confusing changes at work sites after years of being home bodies.

@koczkodan via Flickr | Licensed by CC 2.0

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. 

Katherine Conley for KSFR | katieconleyphotography.com


It’s apparent society is more than excited to be going back to the times before the pandemic– drinks and laughs are now being shared at bars, music is flowing from concert venues, and awkward first dates are making their return debut to restaurants across the country. But, the story is completely different for those who experienced loss during one of the darkest times in modern history.

Luis Sánchez Saturno / The New Mexican

Food insecurity has been a persistent struggle that COVID-19 only worsened and shined a light on. Now, the pandemic seems to be in the rearview mirror for many, but the issues of hunger are still persisting for many New Mexicans. 

Photo Credit | Fabian Pacheco

When the pandemic forced schools and childcare centers to shut down, more than five million American mothers gave up their jobs.  Currently, The New York Times reports that 1.3 million of these women are still out of work.

Bryce Dix | KSFR

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.

@lewishamdreamer via Flickr | CC BY-NC 2.0 license


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.

Katherine Conley for KSFR | www.katieconleyphotography.com

We all have heard about the most recent coronavirus guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control– fully-vaccinated people are finally allowed to go mask-less indoors. Well, in most cases that is. But, it’s controversial and even politicized, for many reasons. Some are confused by the CDC’s seemingly wishy-washy stance on how to properly handle the pandemic. Others are unsure who or what to believe now-a-days. 

Santa Fe Animal Shelter

Wake Up Call's MK Mendoza speaks with Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society's Public and Business Relations Office Murad Kirdar about their annual fundraiser, The Barkin Ball and the vital role the organization plays in building families with our furry friends especially during solitary times for many amidst this pandemic - in a city that loves it's animals.  A special thanks to our wonderful performers who are our beloved community members who helped get behind their latest fundraising efforts, including the lovely and ever so elegant and classy Ali MacGraw, to the bold and bodacious

Early Childhood Education and Care Department

Early Childhood Education and Care Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky speaks with Wake Up Call's MK Mendoza about important resources and partnerships set up to help provide families as much support as possible during the transition into on-line learning and back to school.

http://newmexicokids.org/

Pages