Curious New Mexico

City callers light up 311 hotline

25 May, 2016  

Recently released city of Albuquerque data about its 311 hotline shows Albuquerqueans who call the number are looking for info on bus routes, trash removal and animal services, among other topics. The data gives a snapshot of the phone line, which started as a way to centralize all non-emergency calls about city services. Students in an intermediate [...]

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Creative New Mexico

New Mexicans tap old tradition with new methods

24 May, 2016  

Mahad Ahmed, co-owner of D.R. Cooperage and Grain works on shaping an American white oak barrel inside the shop located on Isleta Pueblo.
Photo by Alicia Padilla / NM News Port.
Craftsmen spend more than 20 hours constructing a single barrel By Alicia Padilla / NM News Port Inside a barn on Isleta Pueblo, Mahad Ahmed and Eric Abeita are reinventing the barrel-making process. The pair, who own D.R. Cooperage and Grain, craft handmade barrels that are smaller and waste less wood than traditional ones. Their [...]

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Creative New Mexico

‘Tech on Tap’ events bring more than beer to breweries

23 May, 2016  

Stephen Meyers, product manager for Skinfared, presents at Tech on Tap, hosted by Rio Bravo Brewing Company and the New Mexico Technology Council. Photo by Boseok Park / NM News Port
By Boseok Park/ New Mexico News Port Breweries aren’t just places to get a drink. At Albuquerque’s Tech on Tap events, entrepreneurs use local breweries as places to share business ideas. Tech on Tap is an ongoing event curated by The New Mexico Tech Council where business and tech leaders meet and discuss innovative business [...]

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Creative New Mexico

Students going old school with new radio station

23 May, 2016  

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RFK High School Earns nearly $5,000 for Low-Power Radio Station By Kateri Zuni / NM News Port A South Valley high school will soon be home to a new low-power public radio station.   Robert F. Kennedy Charter School and Quote Unquote Inc. last month hosted an evening with Amy Goodman, host and executive producer [...]

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Creative New Mexico

UNM student creates musical app

22 May, 2016  

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By Logan Rader / NM News Port A UNM student has developed a music-based app that provides users a platform for displaying their musical talents. Munji Kahalah, a freshman computer science major, combined his love for music and his technical knowledge to create the app. “The inspiration for Indigenous Beats was all about music, it’s [...]

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Creative New Mexico

Survivor starts beauty business for cancer patients

19 May, 2016  

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By Alisha Barber / NM News Port Sylvia Bencomo did not plan for this kind of retirement. In 1996, just as her Air Force career was about to end, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. “It was nothing that I was expecting, it just happened,” Bencomo said. While still overseas, she had surgery in Okinawa, [...]

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Creative New Mexico

Incubator spawns social entrepreneurs

19 May, 2016  

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By Logan Rader / NM News Port In one of Albuquerque's poorest zip codes, a new innovation incubator is boosting nonprofit startups to take on social problems. SINC, short for Social Impact and Nonprofit Community, is Albuquerque’s first incubator for social entrepreneurs. “We are essentially a lean startup mechanism for non-profits,” said SINC employee and community [...]

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Creative New Mexico

Women embracing new wood workshop

18 May, 2016  

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By Alisha Barber / NM News Port Erin O’Donnell was inspired by the popularity of do-it-yourself blogs to start Dovetail Community Workshop, a space for woodcrafters. “It was something that I’ve had the idea about for about a year and a half,” O’Donnell said. “I found out there were others around the country just like [...]

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