Your NM Government podcast is back and shifting gears with weekday news updates on coronavirus, plus community stories, resources and an eye on government response.

In this episode, host Khalil Ekulona of KUNM Radio calls his folks. Then, he talks with Karen Meyers, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Initiative about scammers who are using COVID fears to prey on people. We also hear from New Mexico Aging & Long-Term Services Secretary Katrina Hotrum-Lopez about what the state's seniors need, how people can pitch in and what changes are being made around the state.

Plus, a news update: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday, March 23, ordered non-essential businesses to close and told people in New Mexico to stay home.

We're keeping a full list of all episodes' resources at

But here's what we got from today: — Find out if the person you're talking to is trying to use fears about the virus to scam people. Albuquerque's Consumer Financial Protection Initiative is keeping track. — If you think you got scammed, report it to the Federal Trade Commission. — Want to help make sure the state's seniors get food? You can volunteer.

Read the state's emergency order issued Monday, March 23.

Is your business or workplace on the state's list of essential services? And what does it mean when the governor says "stay home"?

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.

(This podcast is a journalistic endeavor, covering the New Mexico government. Our goal is to hold elected officials accountable, increase awareness and make the inner workings of state government more accessible to all New Mexicans. It is a collaboration between New Mexico PBS, KUNM radio and the Santa Fe Reporter. Funding for the project comes from the Thornburg Foundation and the New Mexico Local News Fund.)