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What is the Public Education Dept. hiding?

Local News Here’s how New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Records Act works: Anyone can ask to inspect a public record. If it exists—and it’s not impossible to unearth—the public agency holding the record must mak...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 Joey Peters

Faked Out

SFR Talks with State Auditor Hector Balderas about the NMFA scandal

Local News Corruption filled the headlines recently when the New Mexico Finance Authority came under scrutiny for allegedly faking its 2011 audit by failing to report $40 million in losses.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 Joey Peters

Who Rules the Schools?

An elected commission wants more authority over NM’s public education system

Local News Almost since her appointment, Public Education Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera—an administrator who played a key role in Florida’s education reform initiatives—has faced opposition from New Mexico Demo...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Joey Peters

Burning Out

Medical Cannabis Program culls staff

Local News The Department of Health recently dismissed all five of its Medical Cannabis Program temporary workers—positions that, last fall, Health Secretary Catherine Torres promised to make permanent.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Joey Peters

After the Fall

Through Santa Fe Need and Deed, a local newspaper seller is getting back on his feet

Local News Even if 1996 had never occurred, James would be an extraordinary man. A Navy veteran, he wed the love of his life and enjoyed 18 years of marital bliss before she died suddenly of a brain hemorrhage. He fathere...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Kris Fronzak

Money Line

New Mexico may soon have its own renewable energy transmission line. Is that a good thing?

Local News On Dec. 15, 2011, Pat Rogers, the prominent Modrall Sperling lawyer and lobbyist, sent an email to the private account of Gov. Susana Martinez’ chief of staff, Keith Gardner, thanking Gardner for agreeing to ...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Justin Horwath


If a document isn’t provided in a public-records request, does it still exist?

Local News Last week, Gov. Susana Martinez scored points with transparency advocates when her office, after being told by a district judge to remove public employee names and salaries from the state’s Sunshine Portal, p...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Joey Peters


Q: Where is Santa Fe’s nightlife? A: Facebook

Local News On Monday, Aug. 13, a local named Sam Atakra created* a Facebook event titled “Public Meeting with OTAB about ‘Diminishing Nightlife,’” kicking off a lengthy, impassioned Facebook forum on all things ni...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Alexa Schirtzinger

Christmas in August

SFR gets in the holiday spirit

Local News ’Twas four months before Christmas, and all through the town, holiday cheer was nonexistent, which made me feel down. Suddenly, out by the office dumpster, there arose such a clatter that staff writer Justi...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Enrique Limón

Hold Your Breath

Forget Los Alamos—your biggest radiation risk could be right under your doorstep

Local News On the 67th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, anti-nuclear organizations and concerned citizens staged a large protest of nuclear development in Los Alamos.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 R Harrison Dilday
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