Thanks to the artistic creations of Martha Roditti, KTAL’s mascot, Chasey Chasem, changes with the seasons and happenings in the area. Chasey was originally designed by Jaymie Rubin Zapata, but Martha is responsible for all the different artwork that transforms the headgear for Chasey, so that we can have Chasey dressed for every important occasion that happens in the region: Santa for the holidays, Spacey for Space Week, and the masked mascot for current times. Thanks, Martha!
The Three Faces of Chasey Chasem
This newsletter has a new feature, KTAL Sponsors. Our first featured sponsor, Hubbard's Music 'n' More, is one of our earliest underwriters. Doug Adamz, host of "In the Wind," is our featured volunteer. You can view the entire newsletter here.
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Mayfield High seniors lining up for the first drive-by Senior Celebration.
KTAL-LP Ending Special Series on Coronavirus
This week will be the final week of our Cruces Coronavirus Updates. Both Peter Goodman and Walt Rubel are moving on to other projects, but we want to thank them both for stepping in and providing us the important, local information on the pandemic three times a week for the series 13 week run.
That doesn't mean we think COVID-19 is gone or that we're out of the woods Peter and Walt will continue to bring you any important local updates, when they happen, on their Wednesday show Speak Up, Las Cruces. We also encourage listeners to regularly check CDC and New Mexico Department of Health websites for the latest information.
Click for more information about our Coronavirus Updates show
KTAL Community Moments
To keep your spirits up, we are airing short stories on how the Las Cruces community is stepping up to help one another during the pandemic. These KTAL Community Moments are broadcast throughout the day, and you can find them here.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly spreading. The World Health Organization has now officially called it a pandemic. It will soon be in every country and in every corner of the U.S., New Mexico and right here in Doña Ana County. Schools and many public and private events are being postponed or cancelled outright. Hospitals, senior housing, assisted living facilities, and nursing centers are being closed to visitation.
Testing of individuals who think that they might have been exposed or have some of the symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) has begun. So far, the virus seems to mostly affect those that are older and/or have a pre-existing condition. The virus seems not to have the same threats to younger children.
Las Cruces Community Radio (KTAL-LP) has taken steps to reduce the risks to its personnel and volunteers. As we try to reduce the traffic at the station, you may notice that we are playing more prerecorded and archived shows. We are also following the measures promoted by the Governor and Department of Health, which urges all New Mexicans to:
For more information, go to the website of the New Mexico Department of Health.
Special Store Hours for the Immuno-Compromised
As New Mexico faces the pandemic, organizations and businesses that provide essential products and services have stepped up. Many corporate and local grocery stores are offering special shopping hours, typically opening early, to reduce the risk of exposure for those for whom the virus is more dangerous, such as the elderly and immuno-compromised. The New Mexico’s Aging and Long Term Services Department (ALTSD) has a list of the stores and their hours here on their website.
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Help Doña Ana County Get a Complete Count
This year, 2020, the government will be conducting the national census, mandated by the Constitution every 10 years. The census uses population to calculate a wide range of funding for everything from roads and fire stations, to Medicaid and school lunches, and New Mexico receives 8 billion dollars for these and many other services.
The census needs to count everyone who resides in the country, regardless of their status. Because of our very rural population and the many unincorporated communities like colonias, New Mexico is a notoriously hard state to count.
KTAL has received a contract from Dona Ana County to produce messages in English and Spanish informing people about the census and how important it is for everyone to participate. Thanks to some excellent volunteers, including Raul Esparza Jr., Marisol Diaz, Shirley Baca and Marty Racine, the first batch of spots will begin airing in February.
KTAL is doing its part to help raise the population count in the state through our messages, which we hope will encourage people to fill out their forms online or mail them in by Census Day, April 1.
Looking For Volunteers
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