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Dispatch from the Riverbank

Frustrations with lack of information about toxic mine spill continue in the Four Corners

Local News While the outrage and fury that exploded during public information sessions earlier this week over a mine waste spill into the region's waterways has settled to a simmer, anger and frustration—particularly at...

Friday, August 14, 2015 Elizabeth Miller

Mini Booze Battles

City asks district court judge to uphold ban on sales of tiny bottles of alcohol, over the objections from liquor store owners

Local News The legal tit for tat has been ongoing since May, but lately the wrangling has been ratcheted up in district court as the early October deadline looms for a citywide ban on those miniature bottles of booze.

Friday, August 14, 2015 Thomas Ragan

Bed Tax a Boon

City brings in more than $800,000 in revenues from lodger's tax, a 10 percent increase

Local News Revenues from the city’s “bed tax” increased by 10 percent this past fiscal year, bringing in just over $800,000 between last summer and this summer.
 It’s a sign, at the very least, that tourism is m...

Thursday, August 13, 2015 Thomas Ragan

Art + Science = Change

New Santa Fe Institute president says fixing the world’s problems starts with a commingling of fields

Local News Commingle mathematicians and visual artists long enough and you might see a commonality emerge: While so many other professionals do most of their work on a computer screen, these two continue to work primarily...

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Elizabeth Miller

Get Your Dime Bag

Some residents like toting their bags under city rules, others loathe new fee for paper sacks

Local News There’s a new line being uttered at Santa Fe checkouts: “Would you like to buy a bag?” The phrase is still foreign on the tongues of cashiers, not yet six weeks old, really.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Thomas Ragan

Mines out of Time

Major contamination in Colorado river is visible sign of longtime pollution problem

Local News When an estimated 3 million gallons of toxic custard-yellow water spilled from an orphan mine into the Animas River in Colorado, contamination plumed through Durango and past the New Mexico communities of ...

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 Zach Hively

Still Short on Teachers

SFPS heads into school year with teacher vacancies, despite state issuing more teaching credentials in recent years

Local News With school set to start on Monday, Aug. 17, Santa Fe Public Schools are still facing 16 vacancies for teachers. The district historically begins with some classrooms staffed with substitutes instead of full-ti...

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 Elizabeth Miller

Been through Hell

New grief counseling program helps Central American children who’ve seen horrors

Local News It wasn’t until considerably later in life that Roxana Melendez—born in Santa Fe and of Salvadoran-Guatemalan descent—realized that the hardship that her parents suffered through to get here wei

Monday, August 10, 2015 Thomas Ragan

Priest and Legend Dies

Father Casimiro Roca died this week at age of 97 after serving decades at the Santuario de Chimayó

Local News The Rev. Casimiro Roca, a Northern New Mexican legend for his great faith, his enduring age and his blessing of holy dirt, died this week after having just celebrated his 97th birthday.

Thursday, August 6, 2015 Thomas Ragan

Putting the Snail in Mail

Local News Is your mail slow? Ours is, too. And the US Senate Appropriations Committee knows, or at least is trying to know more; in July, it asked the US Postal Service to devise a method for measuring the speed of mail ...

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 Elizabeth Miller
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Morning Word: Rep. Espinoza Faces Ethics Complaint

Democratic Party says she used government resources to promote campaign for secretary of state

Morning Word The ethics complaint cites a radio program where Espinoza repeatedly directed listeners to her official, legislative website in order to get information about collecting petitions for her campaign and her contact information. ... More

Feb. 05, 2016 by Peter St. Cyr


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