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Stories of the Year

2011: Top 10

Features It’s not easy to summarize an entire year in 10 abbreviated news stories. Or is it?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 SFR

The Fire Next Time

Las Conchas is over. How do we move forward?

Features If a tree falls in the woods, is it a catastrophe? On June 26, it was.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 Alexa Schirtzinger

Ticking Time Bomb Factory

Will any of the warning signs derail LANL’s $6 billion boondoggle?

Features As the possible groundbreaking for construction on Los Alamos National Laboratory’s plutonium pit manufacturing facility draws nearer, the past year has seen countless threats to the controversial project.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 Wren Abbott

Public Schools by the Numbers

Why the district’s approach just doesn’t add up

Features It’s been a turbulent 2011 for Santa Fe Public Schools, between the controversial extension of the superintendent’s contract and poor student achievement results. Here’s a look at the numbers that point t...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 Wren Abbott

Blocked Out

The fall of Jerome Block Jr. haunts the PRC

Features Jerome Block Jr. packed the headlines all summer and fall before his work as a Public Regulation commissioner came to a highly scrutinized end.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 Joey Peters

Political Re-Enfranchisement

America loves Occupy—and loves to hate it

Features Journalists sometimes find it difficult to talk about Occupy. And yet Occupy, for many of us, demands our attention. On Sept. 17, a swarm of protesters descended on New York City’s Zuccotti Park. There they s...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 Ramon A Lovato

Drive Time

Another attempt to repeal the driver’s license law may face new obstacles

Features Count on a renewed debate over driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants this January. Gov. Susana Martinez has vowed to bring up the issue a third time, despite facing the same Legislature that didn’t ...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 Joey Peters

Lines in the Suit

New Mexico redistricting grinds through the courts

Features In New Mexico, the once-a-decade exercise of redistricting—redrawing the boundaries of the state’s political districts—is giving lawmakers and political junkies a dose of déjà vu.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 Alexa Schirtzinger, April Lipinski

Pay to Stay

New Mexico’s old political problems haven’t gone away

Features When the State Fair Commission narrowly approved a questionable lease for the Downs at Albuquerque racino this past fall, liberals jumped at the opportunity to criticize the governor for continuing the state’...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 Joey Peters

Christus in Context

A little history undermines the Santa Fe hospital’s claims

Features At an Oct. 25 meeting with the Santa Fe County Indigent Hospital and Healthcare Board, Alex Valdez, CEO of Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, made a presentation asking the county for money.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 Wren Abbott
 
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