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State Secrets

What is the Public Education Dept. hiding?

Local News Here’s how New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Records Act works: Anyone can ask to inspect a public record. If it exists—and it’s not impossible to unearth—the public agency holding the record must mak...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 Joey Peters

Faked Out

SFR Talks with State Auditor Hector Balderas about the NMFA scandal

Local News Corruption filled the headlines recently when the New Mexico Finance Authority came under scrutiny for allegedly faking its 2011 audit by failing to report $40 million in losses.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 Joey Peters

Who Rules the Schools?

An elected commission wants more authority over NM’s public education system

Local News Almost since her appointment, Public Education Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera—an administrator who played a key role in Florida’s education reform initiatives—has faced opposition from New Mexico Demo...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Joey Peters

Burning Out

Medical Cannabis Program culls staff

Local News The Department of Health recently dismissed all five of its Medical Cannabis Program temporary workers—positions that, last fall, Health Secretary Catherine Torres promised to make permanent.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Joey Peters


If a document isn’t provided in a public-records request, does it still exist?

Local News Last week, Gov. Susana Martinez scored points with transparency advocates when her office, after being told by a district judge to remove public employee names and salaries from the state’s Sunshine Portal, p...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Joey Peters

Trouble at the Ol' Racino

Was the Downs' Lucrative, 25-year Racino deal rigged?!

Features At the New Mexico State Fair, just a few hundred feet west of the Downs at Albuquerque racetrack and casino, sits a row of crumbling stables. On a June afternoon, the walkways are littered with dead pigeons—c...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Joey Peters


The lowdown on proposed amendments to New Mexico’s Constitution

Local News This November, voters will weigh in on five amendments to the state Constitution, all of which would reshape state government.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Joey Peters

Starting Over

What his Philadelphia legacy means for Santa Fe’s new superintendent

Local News By a variety of measures—graduation rates, reading proficiency, standardized test scores—Santa Fe Public Schools are failing. But Joel Boyd, the district’s new superintendent, has a plan to turn that ar...

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 Joey Peters

Pot of Gold

Pricey marijuana and other problems plague medicinal users

Local News Of the 16 states that allow medical marijuana, New Mexico is one of only three that haven’t experienced federal government crackdowns, according to Washington, DC-based National Organization for the Reform of...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 Joey Peters

Going Mobile

MoGro, an innovative mobile grocery store, offers healthier options for Pueblo residents

Local News On an unseasonably cool mid-July morning, Max Lovato is sampling a pocket-sized meatball next to a mobile grocery truck parked on the west bank of the Rio Grande. The evening before, several of the truck’s vo...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Joey Peters
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