It’s the last week of finals at Santa Fe High School, and the seniors in Amanda Burkybile’s government and economics class sit rapt. No one gazes out the window or begs for a hall pass; no one surreptitiously texts friends or plays Angry Birds.
Challenging Gov. Susana Martinez’ authority may be the legal quagmire du jour, but the rumblings within the ranks of New Mexico’s state government aren’t any less loud—or, for that matter, any less common.
To the casual observer, Lloyd Swartz looks like every other middle-aged guy hosting a yard sale on a Saturday afternoon in May. From the driveway of his modest adobe house, but Swartz carries the stigma of a sex offender crime.
The ripple effect of the 2008 housing crash continues to widen. On April 26, a study by researchers at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies reported an unprecedented housing squeeze on low- and middle-income families.
Lauren Addario is a funny, self-effacing artist; the cultural technology coordinator for New Mexico Highlands University’s media arts department—and the older sister of Lynsey Addario, a New York Times photojournalist captured, abused and released by forces loyal to Muammar el-Qaddafi in Libya last month.
The Santa Fe County Assessor’s Office closed at noon on Good Friday, but even a shortened schedule and the beginning of Easter weekend didn’t stop the steady stream of disgruntled property owners filling the office’s lobby.