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The KUNM news team's coverage of the 2020 legislative session and its impacts

YNMG: Closed For COVID

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In episode 27, we hear from tipped service-industry workers about what they're facing as restaurants and bars around the state close their doors—unless you're ordering to-go. And host Khalil Ekulona calls his old boss, Ken Carson, who owns Nexus Brewery & Restaurant to talk about shuttering one location because of the impact of the COVID health measures. 

We also got to hear from Department of Workforce Solutions Secretary Bill McCamley about efforts to shore up those temporarily out-of-work employees, and how small business owners and contractors could access unemployment funds if Congress and President Trump make it happen. 

And a news update: The state’s Supreme Court on Tuesday, March 24, issued a temporary moratorium on evictions when people can’t pay their rent, though people will have to show in court that they can’t afford to pay. Plus, the ART buses won't be making the rounds for a while starting Saturday.

We're keeping a complete list of the resources and volunteer opportunities that we find in each episode at bit.ly/YNMGhub. And here's what we got from today.


And if you're healthy and you want to help, your local food bank is looking for volunteers, says Secretary McCamley. 
How are things going for you? We want to know. Share your quarantine stories by calling: (505) 218-7084 and leaving us a message. We could roll them into a future episode.


Your New Mexico Government is a collaboration between KUNM, New Mexico PBS, and the Santa Fe Reporter. Funding for our coverage is provided, in part, by the Thornburg Foundation, and the New Mexico Local News Fund. 

Marisa Demarco began a career in radio at KUNM News in late 2013 and covered public health for much of her time at the station. During the pandemic, she is also the executive producer for Your NM Government and No More Normal, shows focused on the varied impacts of COVID-19 and community response, as well as racial and social justice. She joined Source New Mexico as editor-in-chief in 2021.
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