Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration in New Mexico

By Brenna Kelley and John Acosta / NM News Port “I just want to live a sober life, away from drugs and the streets,” said 29-year-old Diane Monique-Rodriguez, who has a history of drug abuse and was recently re-incarcerated for two and a half weeks. “Now I’m just trying to get on my feet and…

Vehicle Theft Still a Rising Threat in New Mexico

By John Acosta and Brenna Kelley / NM News Port Rio Rancho resident Nathan Hopper’s custom-made Corvette was stolen last month, leaving him out thousands of dollars. Hopper is just one of hundreds of people living in New Mexico who have recently become victims of motor vehicle theft, which continues to rise. “It was the…

Federal Immigration Policy Affecting Local Communities

Undocumented University of New Mexico (UNM) student Felipe Rodriguez takes out his pen and notebook and begins taking notes while his psychology professor starts lecturing about questions that will arise in the upcoming midterm. After about five minutes, Felipe starts losing concentration, worrying and wondering about the enforcement of President Donald Trump’s new immigration policies….

Committee tables bill to harshen penalties for reckless drivers

By Jacob Leyba and John Acosta / NM Newsport Reckless drivers in New Mexico will not receive harsher penalties for vehicular homicide, at least this year. This topic was addressed in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Tuesday Jan. 31. NM State Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Albuquerque) sponsored a bill in the 2017 legislative session that…

WHAT ARE THE ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTIONS OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS?

CURIOUS NEW MEXICO ANSWERED QUESTIONS ANSWERED QUESTION As part of our Curious New Mexico project, UNM student John Acosta looked into questions from a reader about the economic contributions of undocumented families in New Mexico and the number of undocumented students who complete a higher education. UNM Dream Team Members posing for a picture at…

Food Trucks Teach Students

Food trucks teach culinary students entrepreneurial skills By John Acosta / NM News Port The streets of Albuquerque are coming alive as culinary students serve innovative and sizzling local fare out of their food trucks. The students are part of the Street Food Institute (SFI). The culinary arts school helps students develop business and technical…

Biz Event Helps Hispanics Connect

Hispano Chamber hosts traveling networking event By John Acosta / NM News Port Ray Lucero Jr. had a hard time holding back tears while explaining the history of his business to Hispano small-business owners at an event organized by the The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce’s small business committee last month. Lucero Jr. was hosting…

Taos Students Get Earthy for Sustainable Housing

By Brenna Kelley, John Acosta and Jake Schwanitz / NM News Port Students from around the world come together in Taos, New Mexico, with one goal in mind: to learn how to build and maintain their own earthship. Earthships are self-sustainable and entirely “green” forms of housing that began to be developed more than 40…

Second Annual Race and Media Conference 2015

Students and scholars packed UNM’s Honda Auditorium to listen to Dr. Angharad N. Valdivia’s keynote speech about contemporary media issues; her speech kicked off the second annual Race and Media Conference last Thursday. The Race and Media Conference spanned three days, from September 24 through September 26, and gave well-known scholars a chance to share…

Lack of Diversity In The Newsroom

  Candelario Vasquez was in his freshman year at Florida State University when he first read the stories that made him want to be a writer who centered his work around community issues. The majority of the stories he had to analyze and give his perspective on were about British writers. “I felt like the…