July 4, 2015

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I'm on New Mexican Radio

Madrid debuts new low-frequency radio station. You should listen.

Features On June 16, I sat in a coworker’s car when a woman’s voice came out of the static: “This is K96.9 Madrid, New Mexico.” I was trying to catch the inaugural broadcast of Madrid’s new community radio station. ... More

July 01, 2015 by Benjamin Yeager

Water Wiser

New smart water meters aimed at spotting leaks before bills climb

Local News Say you forgot and left your drip hose watering your garden last night. How close did that bring your usage to the 10,000-gallon mark?
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July 01, 2015 by Elizabeth Miller

Mind the Mining

SF County Commissioners listen to details of mining ordinance set to lift yearlong moratorium on mining operations

Local News Santa Fe County Commissioners listened Tuesday afternoon to the details of a proposed ordinance that would lift a year-long moratorium on sand and gravel mining operations. ... More

June 30, 2015 by Thomas Ragan

All About that Boom

Tribal lands are once again a destination spot for fireworks sales

Local News Former addicts trying to stay clean are peddling high explosive fireworks inside a big tent on the Pojoaque Pueblo—in the name of God and Fourth of July fun.
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July 01, 2015 by Thomas Ragan

Hike Happening

Gross receipts tax rate increase takes effect July 1

Local News The gross receipts tax rate increases on Wednesday, July 1 in Santa Fe County by one-eighth percent, bringing the rate that’s tacked on to most purchases inside the Santa Fe city limits to 8.3125 p ... More

June 30, 2015 by Thomas Ragan

Munching on Trees

Hyde Park Road aspen canopy takes a big hit from caterpillars, which could affect fall gold

Local News Hungry, hungry caterpillars are taking a toll on the famed aspen in the Santa Fe National Forest, but forest officials say the trees are likely to rebound. ... More

June 29, 2015 by Julie Ann Grimm

Adios, Drought

High precipitation is predicted to continue as officials lift drought designation in much of New Mexico

Local News The National Weather Service released the drought summary for New Mexico on Thursday, June 23, with the heartening headline: “Drought lessening its grip on New Mexico.” ... More

June 30, 2015 by Elizabeth Miller

Farm to Hospital

New Mexico Court of Appeals affirms that farmhands can't be excluded from workers’ comp when they're hurt on the job

Local News With a big decision on marriage equality by the United States Supreme Court on Friday, a  New Mexico high court decision affecting fairness for farm workers here got lost in the shadow.  ... More

June 28, 2015 by Joseph Sorrentino

Developer Throws in the Towel

Builder cites lack of interest from City Council among reasons for abandoning apartment proposal

Local News Tierra Concepts will likely be cutting ties with the 16 acres of land on Agua Fría Street they had hoped to develop as a 399-unit affordable housing apartment complex.  ... More

June 29, 2015 by Elizabeth Miller

Letters to the Editor


Letters to the Editor Mail letters to PO Box 2306, Santa Fe, NM 87504, deliver to 132 E Marcy St., or email them to editor@sfreporter.com. Letters (no more than 200 words) should refer to specific articles in the Reporter. Letters will be edited for space and clarity. ... More

July 01, 2015 by SFR

Morning Word: Behavioral Health Audits Still Under Fire

Only two providers have had administrative hearings

Morning Word Another mental health care provider owes the state a lot less Medicaid reimbursement money than a controversial audit initially indicated in 2013.
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June 30, 2015 by Peter St. Cyr

Go Where You Wanna Go

Santa Fe City Council approves ordinance that requires labeling single-occupant bathrooms with gender-neutral signage

Local News Alex McDonough and his brother were both born and raised in Santa Fe, but a recent tour of the city left them feeling less than at home. “My brother is transgender, and we spent an evening walking around downtown Santa Fe looking for a safe bathroom for him, and it was unnerving, so I’ve come in support of this,” he told Santa Fe City Council during the public comment period for their consideration of an ordinance that would require single-occupant public or employee restrooms in commercial facilities to be identified with gender-neutral signage. ... More

June 25, 2015 by Elizabeth Miller

El Rio Unanimously Denied

City Council votes against the proposed apartment complex on Agua Fría

Local News Santa Fe City Councilors voted unanimously against the proposed El Rio apartment complex on Agua Fría Street between the road and the Santa Fe River. As preface to his vote against the issue, Councilor Chris Rivera, who represents the district in which the El Rio complex would be located, said, "I believe this project is a good project. It's just too large for the neighborhood we're trying to put it into." ... More

June 25, 2015 by Elizabeth Miller