All three candidates for mayor participated in Santa Fe’s first test of publicly funded campaigns for the top job, but the one who emerged the victor was also the only candidate with big-money backing from political action committees.
It’s late, and I’m hauling ass home from Las Cruces after a three-day long reporting trip. I’ve seen mountains worth protecting and a riverbed dried up. Johnny Cash is singing me in through the dark, and now I’ve likely walloped an owl hunting its evening meal.
The bearded face of a soldier gazes from the paneled walls of Evangelo’s, a downtown Santa Fe bar. With a cigarette clamped between his lips, a carbine over his shoulder and a helmet resting on his furrowed brow, his is an iconic image that for many has become the face of World War II.
Birds do it. Bees do it. Apparently, Barbies do it. And the Reporter has been doing it since 1999. It's our annual celebration of all things love and sex neatly rolled into one safe and sterile package (nasty paper cuts notwithstanding).
Nearly 1,000 apple trees at Dixon’s historic orchard are still alive. Their young, reddish branches are flexible and show signs of fruit to come at harvest time in the fall. Yet after an incredibly rough three years in Cochiti Canyon southeast of Santa Fe, only about an eighth of the total orchard remains.
But as he pursues a third term on the governing body he’s spawned a fiery challenger in Angelo Jaramillo, a 37-year-old activist, state employee and writer who dismisses Dominguez’ style of leadership as nothing more than the “patrón model”—the act of promising constituents one thing but only delivering when in need of something else.
Longtime Santa Feans can remember when St. Francis Drive pushed through a west side neighborhood to become a thoroughfare. They can recall when St. Michael’s Drive was dirt and nothing much was going on south of there. They were here when driving to I-25 on Cerrillos Road felt like a journey into the rural reaches of the county.
In 2002, then-Santa Fe Mayor Larry Delgado—a political moderate who treated his role in the city’s top office as more ceremonial than hands-on—faced stiff opposition in Patti Bushee, a councilor who had amassed her own popularity in the ‘90s and challenged Delgado from the progressive side.
“Everything about this system is draining the courage out of individuals and that is really a shame,” she tells SFR. “We have such great challenges that we need courage and sincerity. I think people are really crying out for that...I felt the place was in need of such reform that somebody has got to speak about it who has actually been there.
On a recent December night, Tahlia Rainbolt serves as a volunteer coordinator for a team of about a dozen individuals who donate food, prepare it and help clean the kitchen afterwards. On this night, Dec. 27, two soups are available, prepared from scratch with a Progresso base: bacon-cheddar cheese and chicken soup.