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    Looking back on a favorite NM pumpkin patch

    By Natalia Ankiewicz and Jamesha Begay / News Port This year, McCall’s Pumpkin Patch celebrated its 21st year of business. The 300 acre farm in Moriarty, New Mexico, became a major seasonal employer as they continued to draw families and school kids to its fields this last fall. Looking back, the pumpkin patch has changed […]

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    Confronting drug addiction with treatment instead of criminalization 

    By Bella Davis and Eduardo Naranjo / News Port For decades, the primary approach to confronting drug addiction in New Mexico has been criminalization. That’s starting to change, reflecting a rehabilitation model spearheaded by state legislators and community organizations.  Non-violent and largely low-level drug offenses account for the incarceration of almost a half-million people nationally, […]

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    New report shows homeless population increasing in Albuquerque, local agencies expand homeless help

    According to a recent report, the homeless population is increasing in Albuquerque and several new initiatives hope to address the problem by building a new shelter, housing area, and better outreach on the streets.   In November, Albuquerque city residents voted to fund a $14 million centralized homeless shelter that will house 300 people and be […]

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    Local food banks serve a growing demand

    By Kevin Clark Jesus Mata / News Port There are more than 100 food pantries in Albuquerque, and now one of those is based at the University of New Mexico.  The new and permanent Lobo Food Pantry opened at the Advisement and Enrichment Center, and joins the previously existing UNM mobile food pantry that began […]

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    Climate communications aim to bridge partisan gap in resolution efforts

    By Sevia Gonzales and Joe Rull / News Port Climate change has become a central issue on the American political stage, and studies show that the politicization of climate science has grown in recent years, which may be limiting the progress of bipartisan efforts to tackle environmental issues with policy. The research suggests that this […]

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    Ballooning group aims to increase competition participation

    By Bryce Dix and Isaac Fason / News Port   Because of hot air balloon clubs like Top Gun, which aims to get people into piloting balloons rather than just marveling at them, there’s plenty of action beyond the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta,  Top Gun Vice President  Will Fitzpatrick, speaking at a recent competition, said […]

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    Peer support workers share their journey to recovery

    By Hayley Estrada and Steven DeAnda/ NM News Port Two years ago, Mary and Thomas Salazar noticed their 19-year-old son Marcus changing into a different person. The Salazars say he would disappear for days at a time, and one day they got a call that their son had been arrested and booked into adult detention. […]

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    Bernalillo County moves forward with tiny home project

    Abby Matanis and Destiny Munoz / News Port    Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque have partnered to create a housing project that will be the first of its kind in New Mexico. The Tiny Home Village project, for which construction will begin in January 2020, is aimed at helping people experiencing homelessness.  Construction […]

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