July 28, 2014

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Santa Fe senator faces ethical questions after brokering a historic property he voted to sell

Features Santa Fe Sen. Phil Griego asked friends at the Roundhouse to carry a measure enabling the sale of a historic East De Vargas Street building, and then acted as a real-estate agent for the transaction. ... More

July 22, 2014 by Peter St. Cyr

Not criminal but not legal?

Ballot initiative on city pot rules could leave enforcement options

Local News Marsha Garcia and three others canvassed last week for a citywide ballot initiative to lessen the city’s penalties for small possession of marijuana. ... More

July 22, 2014 by Joey Peters

Speech Lockdown

Is Corrections Department policy about social media a constitutional violation?

Local News The New Mexico Department of Corrections is rethinking its social media and internet access policy for thousands of inmates after being warned that it likely violates constitutional rights to free speech. ... More

July 22, 2014 by Peter St. Cyr

Breaking Away

News Briefs One of Santa Fe’s public charter schools, Turquoise Trail Charter School, wants to break ties with the local school district.
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July 23, 2014 by Joey Peters

Nurse strike possibility came suddenly

News Briefs Unlike the last round of hospital labor negotiations in 2011, the events that led to a threat of strike by union nurses at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center this week in Santa Fe have been more or less quiet.
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July 23, 2014 by Justin Horwath

Green Peace

Local News As of press time, the Reducing Marijuana Penalties initiative was on track to submit required signatures to launch a marijuana decriminalization ballot initiative in Santa Fe this fall.
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July 16, 2014 by Joey Peters

Letters to the Editor


Letters to the Editor Email letters to editor@sfreporter.com. Letters (no more than 200 words) should refer to specific articles in the Reporter. ... More

July 22, 2014 by SFR

Health Department Eases Proposed Medical Pot Rules

The state may backtrack on controversial new medical marijuana regulations

Local News Patients and producers appear to have made strides in their objections to rule controversial rule changes proposed for the state's Medical Cannabis Program.
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July 22, 2014 by Joey Peters


Alternative incarceration program aims to help opiate addicts kick the habit and stop stealing stuff

Local News If numbers are telling, then Santa Fe’s program to give drug addicts a second chance is off to a slow start. One year after its green light from City Council, just five clients are enrolled in the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program (LEAD). ... More

July 15, 2014 by Joey Peters

Nurses Strike Threat Sneaks Up

Labor talks between Christus St. Vincent management and nurses' union were relativley silent—until now

Local News For months, labor negotiations between the union that represents Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center caregivers and the hospital's management have been shrouded in silence. That silence is s ... More

July 22, 2014 by Justin Horwath

Letters to the Editor


Letters to the Editor Email letters to editor@sfreporter.com. Letters (no more than 200 words) should refer to specific articles in the Reporter. ... More

July 14, 2014 by SFR

End of the Trail?

More fun than a Plaza full of zombies!

Blue Corn For a small square block of land, Santa Fe’s shady, sweet and timeless Plaza seems to attract way more than its share of controversy.
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July 22, 2014 by Robert Basler

Dramatic Setting

The Yawp Barbaric It’s July in Santa Fe, which means the skies darken most every afternoon and somebody somewhere gets rained on. And sometimes, during the July monsoons, the Institute of American Indian Arts’ campus starts to look like Provence.
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July 15, 2014 by Jon Davis

Tobacco Taboo

Councilor wants to ban smoking in Santa Fe parks

Local News Councilors approved a law change that makes smoking e-cigarettes unlawful in the same public establishments where smoking cigarettes is prohibited.
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July 15, 2014 by Justin Horwath

Strike Possible After Nurse Union Committee Rejects Hospital Offer

Union nurses with Christus St. Vincent plan vote for Sunday

Local News An 11-member negotiating committee representing a nurse union voted unanimously to reject a final contract proposal from Christus St. Vincent management, possibly provoking a strike by local nurses. ... More

July 17, 2014 by Justin Horwath

Ticket to Writhe

Born Here Used to be, when I lived in Seattle, that I couldn’t get on a bus without falling in love. Public transit has always been fertile ground for people watching, but more than that, it reflects our community. Santa Fe is…different. ... More

July 14, 2014 by Miljen Aljinovic

How Mines Affect Us Humans

40th Anniversary The views of the residents differ, but the current plan to reopen an abandoned uranium mine promises to have a profound effect on the villages of La Bajada and Peña Blanca.
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July 22, 2014 by Hope Aldrich