The nonprofit Bike Santa Fe had its first
meeting four months ago at Second Street Brewery. Since then,
President Lisa Miles and a core group of volunteers have brought
noticeable energy to organizing for the rights of car-free commuters.
Picture Mr. Rogers stumbling into a James Bond flick. That basically captures the situation of Santa Fe’s affable mayor, David Coss, who just found himself at the center of an international affair involving a corrupt majority-Muslim state, its American Jewish lobbyist, a dead KGB general, Arianna Huffington and British Petroleum.
Santa Fe County's code-enforcement efforts seem doomed. There are only three people to enforce the rules on everything from illegal trash dumping to unpermitted structures and black-market businesses over an area three times the size of Houston, Phoenix or Los Angeles.
Three days after Memorial Day, politicians, reporters and patriotic bikers gathered at the Santa Fe National Cemetery for the burial of 13 indigent military veterans whose cremated remains had gone unclaimed by family.
The local developers behind Market Station—better known as the REI building in the Santa Fe Railyard—appear to be in deep financial trouble. And one way or another, they want Santa Fe taxpayers to bail them out.
State Treasurer James Lewis’ office manages $1.6 billion in bond proceeds, the huge pots of money created when a government entity decides to fund a big-ticket project such as a school or sewer. Last month, Lewis announced he’d let more of that money be invested in CDs—fixed-term deposits much like what ordinary consumers can purchase from a bank down the street.
Gov. Bill Richardson’s office declared May 17 “Dennis Hopper Day,” in honor of the Taos-based actor who made his name on two wheels. But that Monday held a different significance for thousands of non-motorized bikers: It was the first day of Bike To Work Week.