Pandemic

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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/

santafescore.org

Wake Up Call's MK Mendoza speaks with New Chair of SCORE Santa Fe, Zella Cox about the host of exciting offerings the organization provides to help entrepreneurs find their way through this pandemic and bring their businesses to fruition.

To find out more, see link below: 

http://santafe.score.org

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Wake Up Call's MK Mendoza speaks with Carolyn Bninski and Ron Hofover from the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center about the importance of alternative media and the influence of corporate ownership over what stories get told or not told and the effect they have on free press and censorship.

Part One

Part Two

Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Wake Up Call's MK Mendoza sits down with Lindsay Taylor from the Santa Fe Botanical Garden to get the update on opening back up after the pandemic shutdown.

The Star

Early Childhood Education and Care Department Communications Director Matt Bieber speaks with Wake Up Call's MK Mendoza about their first campaign embracing the importance of family time, especially during COVID-19 Pandemic.

For more information, see link below: 

https://momentsnm.org/tips/

rcac.org

Wake Up Call's MK Mendoza speaks with SWAIA's first Native American Female Executive Director Kimberly Peone about how the Santa Fe Indian Market is still going strong and nothing will hold it back, not even the pandemic.

For more information on Santa Fe Indian Market, see link below: 

https://swaia.org/

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Aging and Long Term Services Department Planning and Policy Director Dolores Gonzalez sits down with Wake Up Call's MK Mendoza to talk about how the community came together to feed our seniors and where they can go to get help.

For more information, see link below:

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us/

KRQE

Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety Executive Director Joni Arends and Independent Community Activist Cindy Weehler express their concerns over developments at WIPP that could lead to what they call "Forever WIPP", meaning no deadline on when storage would end and the possibility of upcoming expansion of nuclear waste storage at WIPP.  The deadline for public comment is August 11, 2020.

For more information on public comment and Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety, see link below: 

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