Jagged shards of busted glass greet visitors at the northeast entrance to the second floor of the Railyard’s Market Station building. Inside, undeveloped rooms have been sitting vacant ever since construction ended in 2008.
Santa Fe has just four microbreweries to choose from, and two of them are owned by the same guy (art mogul Gerald Peters). But luckily, each location—Santa Fe Brewing Company, Second Street Brewery, Blue Corn Café and Brewery and the Marble Brewery Tap Room—offers a different experience. And, of course, different brews.
Nine years after the state approved a new rural public transportation district, nearly two-dozen free bus routes crisscross Santa Fe, Taos, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties. Last year, the district provided roughly 374,000 rides.
Six months ago, SFR reported on allegations that some New Mexico Public Education Department officials had improper educator’s licenses.
Since then, PED has maintained that there’s never been a licensing problem. But prominent officials are raising questions about whether PED adequately dealt with employees’ concerns and urging better oversight in one of the state’s largest departments.
It’s late afternoon in March, and spring is blooming. Roughly 50 of Santa Fe’s movers and shakers are gathered in a small building that resembles a slick, revamped old church, with bright white walls culminating into a triangular point in the center of the ceiling. Creative Santa Fe, the arts and culture nonprofit whose broad mission is to improve the city’s “creative economy,” is announcing a new direction after seven years of inaction, mostly on the city’s dime.
If state appellate judges uphold the rulings of their predecessors in a
three-year-old lawsuit, New Mexico may be on the hook to pay millions—if
not tens of millions—of dollars to current and former state employees.
Five years ago, state agencies were in an uproar over New Mexico’s new online accounting system, known as SHARE. They blamed it for financial misstatements, unaccounted-for federal funds and other mistakes. In one high-profile case, the Federal Highway Administration threatened to cut off crucial funding when the New Mexico Department of Transportation failed to properly reconcile its federal funds with SHARE data.