Who could have imagined how much life would change since the last issue of Neighbors was published? Events we wrote about were canceled or postponed. Restaurants we encouraged you to visit closed or switched to pick-up and delivery options. We learned to be socially distant and stay home as much as possible, waving to our neighbors from six feet away. Of course, all this required our team to be nimble with changes to stories we planned to write for this issue. We scrapped ideas for stories about anything that required gatherings and focused more on the outdoors and home.
Our article about some of the efforts amazing locals have made to help others was written by our New Mexico State University journalism intern, Olivia Belcher. One of the stories we had to omit was her piece about graduation parties. Like all the other high school and college seniors, Olivia will likely graduate in a year without commencement ceremonies or families and friends gathering to celebrate her success. Despite the lack of pomp and circumstance, we are proud of their accomplishments! We do have some exciting news to report. As of March 1,
Neighbors magazine became part of Hutton Broadcasting, a New Mexico-owned multi-media company. We now are part of a team of media experts, including radio, web, and video production, and we’ll soon have much more to offer our area. As the magazine was coming together, I spoke with two authors whose books were being launched in April, which would be challenging with brick-and-mortar stores shuttered. Both books tied into stories we have in this issue, and the writers arranged to give us copies of their books to give away.
Cheryl Alters Jamison, a well-known New Mexico food writer and part of the Hutton Broadcasting team, wrote Texas Q, 100 Recipes for the Very Best Barbecue from the Lone Star State, a perfect book to tie into our Fabulous Food story about restaurants with great barbecue. If you can’t go out for barbecue, use her recipes to make your own! Christina Selby’s new book, Best Wildflower Hikes of New Mexico, pairs nicely with our Explore the Outdoors story and includes a number of great hikes in Southern New Mexico. Check those stories for information on how you can win a copy. We hope you find some solace in the pages of our magazine. With things rapidly changing, we encourage you to check with any businesses or venues we mention to confirm what is available. Although we decided not to print a calendar this issue, we share updated information on our website,
TheNeighborsMagazine.com, and our Facebook page. At our website, you can also subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter for an event calendar and other helpful information.
Stay well! Cheryl Fallstead Publisher & Editor