April 2, 2015

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Top 10 WATERGUZZLERS

SFR’s annual report on where the water went and what went wrong

Features Just months after splashing the names, street locations, bills and consumption habits of Santa Fe’s top water guzzlers across the pages of this alternative weekly last year, the city hit my residence with a $276 water bill for using 16,700 gallons in August 2014. ... More

April 01, 2015 by Justin Horwath

iLearn

Santa Fe Public Schools increase technology in the classroom

Features I’m standing in Nano Anaya’s fifth-grade class as he asks his kids to go get their iPads. Several flock to the teacher’s desk and pick out their assigned tablets from a white bin, located near another white bin that holds traditional hardback t ... More

March 25, 2015 by Joey Peters

Access Peak

How United Healthcare bought access to the governor, won lucrative contracts with New Mexico and avoided scrutiny in the behavioral health care shakeup

Features During the heat of her first gubernatorial campaign, Susana Martinez used what would turn out to be, in many ways, a prophetic phrase. ... More

March 18, 2015 by Justin Horwath

Mission to Mars

A space geologist dishes on the lab, loving her job and looking for aliens

Features A team from LANL headed by Roger Wiens developed an instrument that is among 10 tools on a rover called Curiosity, currently cruising around on Mars helping scientists on Earth learn about geology there. ... More

Feb. 18, 2015 by Julie Ann Grimm

Mind*Body*Spirit

Features Scientists and theologians agree: From bacteria eeking out a dry life on rock walls to fields of alpine wildflowers that spring from the ground in abundant color, life is tenacious and precious and full of things we can’t explain. ... More

March 11, 2015 by Julie Ann Grimm

Touching Chaco

Confront the lessons of the past and consider the course of the future

Features On the fall equinox, at the tail end of monsoon season two years ago, dense, dark clouds rumbled into a quadrant of Northern New Mexico’s pale blue sky.
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March 04, 2015 by Laura Paskus

OBAMACARELESS

Are New Mexico’s political leaders impeding the Affordable Care Act’s progress at home?

Features The onrush of a late January blizzard prompted many Northern New Mexico roads to close, including a major thoroughfare that connects an interstate and a US highway. Among the people affected was Nohemy Bojorquez-Flores, who scheduled a public event t ... More

Feb. 25, 2015 by Joey Peters

War on Sentences

Rethinking prison terms for nonviolent drug offenders

Features Like other mischievous boys growing up in the mid-1960s, Ricardo Vázquez was a bit of a rebel.
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Feb. 04, 2015 by Peter St. Cyr

Horror Stories

Working toward landlord accountability and renters’ rights

Features It’s the leaky apartment whose roof collapsed. The kitchen equipped with a refrigerator, stove and air conditioner, none of which work. The bugs. The drafty windows. The clogged pipes. Some shortcomings with rental properties are blatant violation ... More

Jan. 27, 2015 by Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

Legislative Preview

Features New Mexico is gearing up for its 60-day lawmaking session, which begins at noon on Jan. 20. Our report covers loopholes in the state rules about spending by lobbyists and records about their activities, and hits on what you can expect as the sausage-making begins. ... More

Jan. 13, 2015 by Justin Horwath

Hard Core

Santa Fe cider makers bring on the juice

Features Hard apple cider was arguably the most popular boozy beverage in the United States prior to the 20th century, and its cultural roots run deep.
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Jan. 20, 2015 by Natalie Bovis
 
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