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

YNMG Hub For COVID Resources And Volunteers

As we go through each episode, we're talking about emerging resources in our community, and we'll continue posting them here. 

March 23: Call Your Parents

March 24: Closed For COVID

March 25: Home School


March 26: Help Needed


March 27: Cram To Understand


March 30: Behind The Walls

March 31: Homelessness

April 1: Tribal Concerns


April 2: Hospital Readiness

  • The CDC is saying people should wear masks when out of the house now. Find a pattern and get some tips to make your own or help make them for people who are providing essential services by emailing the network of folks working on this: CraftResponders@gmail.com.
  • Trying to figure out if you should get tested for COVID, or if you should go to the hospital because your symptoms are getting worse? Call the Department of Health Hotline: 1-855-600-3453
  • Albuquerque Mutual Aid put out the call today asking for food or monetary donations, saying their backstock was almost depleted. 

April 3: What's Changing In What You Care About?

  • The state has guaranteed free testing for coronavirus and free treatment. So if you don’t have health insurance, don’t let that stop you from seeking care. It also covers illnesses related to COVID, like flu or pneumonia.
  • If you get billed for it, and you think it’s unfair, call the OSI Managed Health Care Bureau at 1-855-427-5674

April 6: The Roof And The Lights

April 7: Environmental Protection Rollbacks

EPA says regulated industries can regulate themselves when it comes to air and water and other environmental concerns right now. NMED says the state's compliance checks are limited too, because folks who work there are social distancing. You're not supposed to be going out looking for polluters. But if you happen to see something, here's who to call:

  • New Mexico Environment Department: 505-827-2855   •   1-800-219-6157
  • Environmental emergencies (24/7): 505-827-9329
  • NMED District Field Offices

And if you have concerns about pollution in your community, reach out to longtime environment reporter Laura Paskus on Twitter @LauraPaskus or email her

April 8: Down To Business

  • If you're in New Mexico and looking for a loan to stay afloat, the state will act as a guarantor through the COVID-19 Loan Guarantee Program
  • Manufacturers and retailers in communities that are smaller than 10,000 can access the state's LEDA funds right now, too.
  • The state's Economic Development Department has all kinds of other resources, too.
  • Support the state's local businesses by purchasing gift cards to help them stay afloat through buyNMlocal.com
  • Small businesses in Albuquerque with less than five employees can also look for the city's micro-grant fund. Those are $5,000 grants—not loans—so you don't have to pay them back. Mayor Tim Keller told YNMG that they're trying to find more cash for that fund. 

April 9: ICE Detention, Migrants And Refugees


  • Find info about coronavirus in many languages on the city's Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs Facebook page.
  • El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos offers up a fact sheet in Spanish about understanding unemployment benefits right now. 
  • Donate to a relief fund for local families who are undocumented at NMdreamteam.org
  • Nationally, the Detention Watch Network is pushing for people to be released from ICE detention
  • A quick search on GoFundMe reveals many local campaigns with specific aims helping refugees and immigrants who live in our community. 

April 10: The Lost Arts

April 13: No News Is Bad News

April 14: Keeping the Faith


April 15: Essential, Just Not Paid Like It

April 16: The Systems Aren't Colorblind, But Coronavirus Is


  • For the New Mexico Asian Family Center, head to their website: nmafc.org or find them on Facebook
  • For more info on mistreatment in medical care situations, the Department of Health has the info.
  • To see how you can offer help to the Navajo Nation go to: navajo-nsn.gov.

April 20: Making It Happen


April 21: Checking For Those Checks


April 22: Walking The COVID Beat


April 23: To Be Heard And Counted

April 24: Sports Sports Sports


April 27: Did You Eat?


  • Volunteer with the Department of Aging and Long Term Services by heading to nmaging.state.nm.us or call 1-800-432-2080.
  • Get info on community gardens and seed exchanges over at head HomeGrownnNewMexico.wordpress.com
  • Discover the good work being done at the SouthWest Organizing Project by heading to SWOP.net
  • To help out at the International District Urban Agriculture Project, scope bccUrbanAg.com
  • To donate your time, money, or goods at Roadrunner Food Bank, go to rrfb.org
  • For more info on Food Is Free Albuquerque, head to fifabq.org
  • Stay up-to-date with the Agri-Cultura Network here: agri-cultura.org

April 28: Hail The Hospital Workers!


April 29: Sober In A Shutdown


  • Online recovery meetings: Recovery DharmaAANAIn The Rooms ... there are so many.
  • You can also call into many online meetings with your phone, and your local AA can point you in the right direction. 
  • Find Crossroads for Women at crossroadsabq.org or call 505-242-1010.
  • Or, check in with Maya's Place: 505-266-0110
  • CARE Detox center in Albuquerque is still taking folks: (505) 468-1555
  • Find Health and Human Services in Rio Arriba County through rio-arriba.org or call (505) 753-3143
  • New Mexico Crisis and Access Line can hook you up with mental health or substance abuse resources: 1-855-nm-crisis.
  • If you are not having an emergency but want to connect with someone, check out the Peer-To-Peer Warmline: 1-855-4nm-7100. They’re ready to take your call between 3:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. daily, or you can text someone there between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

April 30: The People Beyond The Numbers


  • Anyone who is feeling alone or down or who just needs to talk to someone, check in with New Mexico’s Peer-to-Peer Warmline: 1-855-4NM-7100. They’re open between 3:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. every day. They also can do text conversations with you between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. 
  • If you’re in crisis, the number there is 1-855-NMcrisis. That one is open around the clock, every day of the year. 
  • If you’re a hospital worker or a first responder and you want to talk to someone, that’s a phone call away, too. That number is: 1-855-507-5509. 
  • The state offers a whole bunch of free resources for people who are grieving through the Grief Services Program with the Office of the Medical Investigator. They offer counseling and therapy, crisis intervention, referrals, group facilitation and advocacy. Reach out there by calling 1-800-432-5239.

May 4: Reopening At A Spring Fever Pitch

  • Head to CABQ.gov for the latest info on the status of city services and resources.
  • For info on the state's response and next moves, head to CV.nmhealth.org.
  • Do you have a COVID-related health insurance question? The state's Insurance Office launched a hotline, open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. If you have a grievance about premium payments, your coverage ending, benefits being denied or surprise bills, call 1-833-415-0566. It's also good for info about how to get health insurance coverage if you don't have any.
  • Check out Anna Willoughby and her team's Coronavirus tracker

May 5:  When Home Isn't A Safe Place to Shelter


  • If you’re experiencing violence at home or in a relationship, you can reach the Domestic Violence Resource Center at 505-248-3165 or at dvrcnm.org
  • If you’re a UNM student, you can contact the Lobo Respect Advocacy Center 24 hours a day at 505-277-2911
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-safe (7233)
  • UNM mental health: 505-272-2800
  • Alcoholics Anonymous: 505-266-1900
  • Agora New Mexico Crisis Center: 505-277-3013
  • Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-773-3645
  • Child Abuse Hotline: 505-841-6100
  • Adult Protective Services: 1-866-654-3219 or 1-505-476-4912
  • City of Albuquerque Senior Information Line: 505-764-6400
  • New Mexico Crisis and Access Line: 855-662-7474

May 7: Still Behind the Walls 

May 13: A Test You Can't Study For

May 14: Get Covered

​May 22: Race, Privilege and Reopening

  • If you want to hear more from Tim Wise or check out one of his books head to http://www.timwise.org/about/
  • Showing Up For Racial Justice, a multi-racial network of people organizing white folks for racial and social justice. Check out what the local chapter is doing at the Facebook page "SURJ ABQ." https://www.facebook.com/groups/1180007298784667/
  • The Albuquerque Friends Meeting, the local Quaker organization, has a Whiteness Study Group, and they've got resources on building anti-racist, multicultural faith communities. https://abqfriends.org/examining-whiteness
  • The Santa Fe Community Foundation has a whole course on unlearning racism and understanding privilege. https://www.santafecf.org/2012---what-we-do/2020-exploring-whiteness
  • There's a great podcast series called "Seeing White" that takes a deep dive into the history of whiteness in America and its violent legacy through to today. Find a link to that podcast on the show page, and an interview Hannah Colton had with its producer, John Biewen this week. https://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/
  • And check out the national network mobilizing white men to learn, grow and take action against white supremacy and patriarchy, Organizing White Men for Collective Liberation https://www.owmcl.org/

May 29:Faith in the System

June 5: The Bitter Work

June 10: Men With Rifles

  • Read Daily Lobo's Joe Rull's reporton New Mexico State Police snipers atop UNM buildings during Black Lives Matter protests.

June 11: Defund De-Militarize Dismantle

June 12: Keeping An Eye On You

June 17: Criminal Justice Reform

  • Check out Jeff Proctor’s article “It Makes No Sense” covering the rise of COVID-19 cases in New Mexico’s prisons and the Governor’s response. 

  • Read Rolling Stone magazine’s article on Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s tactics for fighting coronavirus, including the fight for federal resources.

June 18: The Doors Are Locked

June 22: The Special Universe of this Legislative Session

Watch New Mexico in focus on New Mexico PBS. Check out past episodes and other content by heading to https://www.newmexicopbs.org/

Plus, New Mexico PBS has been live-streaming so you can see the legislative session for yourself. Scope the New Mexico in Focus page on Facebook.

Check out Common Cause New Mexico chapter head to https://www.commoncause.org/new-mexico/

Read great articles from Matt Reichbach and other journalists by heading to https://nmpoliticalreport.com/  to catch up on all the legal happenings in the state

If you need a refresher on the legislature, find any of the episodes of this shows pre-covid to hear our daily updates during the last legislative session. They’re over at https://www.kunm.org/, or find them in your podcasts

June 24: The Balls That Dropped

June 25: The One That Got Away

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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