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V.29 No.32 | 8/6/2020
Harris Smith
Clarke Condé

Arts Interview

How is UNM Going to Work?

A conversation with the new dean of the College of Fine Arts.

It’s going to be a very different year at the College of Fine Arts at UNM, beginning with a new dean, Harris Smith, and obviously, continuing on with new ways to teach given the global pandemic. We sat down with Smith to talk about his background, his goals for the school and how students are going to be able to learn in this very different environment.
Clarke Condé

Community News

The Yellow Brick Road Back to School

Coronavirus, masks and computer screens line the path to Emerald City

APS teachers and school staff return to school on Aug. 5 to prepare for online and in-school teaching, and learning in a sanitized and safe setting that includes social distancing and wearing face masks. While safety must be the main consideration, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to school reopening.
Garcia’s Kitchen
Clarke Condé

Council Watch

Welcome Back, Now Get to Work!

Councilors return to tackle helping Burque businesses

City Councilors faced down a packed Zoom agenda with no end in sight to the COVID pandemic, and many questions of how to help the city’s struggling businesses and residents were hanging in the virtual air.
V.29 No.31 | 7/30/2020
restaurant customers
Clarke Condé

Town Square

Workers Are Not Expendable

The New Mexico Restaurant Association needs to know

A few weeks ago, the New Mexico Restaurant Association (NMRA) hosted a virtual protest urging restaurants across the state to post pictures of their employees outside of their establishments with signs that read “Let Us Serve.” This action came after Governor Lujan Grisham announced reimposing the ban on indoor dining at eateries and breweries.
The News Monkey


PED Secretary told reporters that the department is working on a plan to reopen schools and get kids back into the classroom; the New Mexico Restaurant Association is continuing to battle health orders that ban indoor dining; the federal Bureau of Land Management has been surrendering land in New Mexico and Arizona to the US Army for use in the construction of a border wall.
Frontier worker cleaning table
Clarke Condé


A Discussion on Honesty and Reporting

COVID-19 testing exposes gaps in reporting and response

With a COVID-19 reporting system so comprehensive, where could anything go wrong?
V.29 No.29 | 7/16/2020

Food for Thought


New Mexico Restaurant Association campaign leaves bad taste in mouth

The #LetUsServe campaign, being hosted by the New Mexican Restaurant Association, is a digital peaceful protest wherein restaurant employees within the state hold up signs, asking Governor Lujan Grisham to pretty please reopen indoor dining for restaurants.

News Feature

Non-COVID-Related Treatments Pushed Aside

Those with preexisting conditions face more hurdles than ever

The coronavirus has irreparably changed life as we know it, forcing us to adapt in unexpected ways. In healthcare it has become far more difficult for people with existing conditions to get the care they need.
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COVID Fun in Burque

Don’t let a pandemic stop your summer

Drive-in movies, golf and swim strokes, hundreds of miles of a variety of trails and virtual tours of museums, zoos and other cultural gems are available distractions to ward off the COVID stir crazies.
The News Monkey


The New Mexico Restaurant Association organized a virtual protest against the public health order; Department of Workforce Solutions will continue waiving work search requirements for those seeking unemployment compensation; Organizers of two major events are still holding public gatherings in defiance of the governor’s health order.
Clarke Condé

News Feature

Local Organizer Evicted During Moratorium

Lack of information makes eviction moratorium confusing for tenants and landlords

Last Monday, July 6, local community organizer Selinda Guerrero and her family were evicted from their home, during what is supposed to be an eviction moratorium in New Mexico due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

News on the Green

Study: CBD Could Fight Cocaine Addiction

A meta-study, which analyzed data across multiple studies, suggests that CBD can treat cocaine misuse; Researchers at Augusta University say CBD could have a positive effect on acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)—a severe autoimmune response in the lungs that afflicts some COVID-19 patients.

Cannabis Manual

Get Thee Back

Cannabis may help slap back COVID-19

Studies and research being conducted on cannabis and its possible role in combating the deadly bronchial and lung inflammation associated with the coronavirus show the green weed just might give COVID-19 a much-needed slap in the face. That’s karmic.
V.29 No.28 | 7/9/2020
health protesters
Dan Pennington


Fools On Parade

What happens when you rage against the wrong machine

Americans came out en masse to yell out against police brutality towards our BIPOC community members and have been met with even more brutality instead. Tear gas is being fired on our citizens by the very force that was supposed to protect them. Our soldiers had bounties placed on their heads, and the President did nothing to stop it. Yet here we are, watching a small group gather on a Saturday morning to say that we’re living in a dictatorship because someone told them they have to wear a piece of cloth on their face.
The News Monkey


Grants Mayor Martin Hicks led the city's 4th of July parade last weekend, despite Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s order to forego celebrations; New Mexico State Police are issuing citations to individuals and businesses for failing to comply with the most recent public health order; the suicide rate in New Mexico reached record levels in 2018—the highest in the nation at the time.