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7 DaysWednesday, February 22, 2017 by SFR


That parking meter hike is working out great.



Let this be a lesson to everyone who likes good food.



Brava, Renee!



New UNM resolution says no one is allowed to remember his speech on campus.



Couldn’t we wait another 83 years and see if the industry just does the right thing on its own?



Oh man! How did no one ever think to just straight up say that? Problem solved!



Let ‘er rip, vegans. The #SFRFoodie meat cabal is behind this plan too.



MetroGlyphsWednesday, February 22, 2017 by SFR
Russ Thornton is a Santa Fe local who has replaced his first passion, cooking, with a new love interest, the weekly SFR comic he's created called MetroGlyphs. Reach him at

Savage Love

Fantasy Scenarios

Savage LoveWednesday, February 22, 2017 by Dan Savage

I am a straight married man. My wife and I have a 4-year-old and a 3-month-old. We’ve just started having intercourse again. For Valentine’s Day, we spent the night in a B&B while grandma watched the kids. We had edibles, drank sparkling wine, and then fucked. It was amazing. After we came and while we were still stoned and drunk, my wife mentioned she was open to inviting others into our sex life. I asked about getting a professional sex worker. She said no. But maybe if we were in a bar (we’re never in bars) and met someone (a unicorn), she might be into it. Anal came up. She’s always said she’s up for trying anything once. I have a desire to experiment with anal. (Not just me entering her, but her pegging me as well.) I asked if she would use the vibrator we brought on me, just to experiment. She said she was too high to do anything. I felt let down. I feel she unknowingly teased me with fantasies I have, not knowing I actually have them. We have a good sex life, and I’m willing to write off the fantasies we discussed while high and drunk. It’s the teasing that drove me crazy.

-Having And Realizing Desires

P.S. I’m in no hurry. We just had a baby, and I don’t want to pressure my wife right now. My fear is that she may only like the idea of exploring our sexuality together and not the reality of it.

Some people think about, talk about, and masturbate about certain fantasies without ever wanting to realize them. Let’s call them Team Fantasize. Some people think about, etc., certain fantasies and would very much like to realize them. Let’s call them Team Realize. There’s nothing wrong with either team. But when someone on Team Fantasize is married to someone on Team Realize, well, that can be a problem. Knowing your spouse is turned on by fantasies you share but rules out realizing them—or sets impossible conditions for realizing them—can be extremely frustrating. And sometimes a frustrated Team Realize spouse will say something like this to their Team Fantasize mate: “Talking about these fantasies together—this kind of dirty talk—it gets my hopes up about actually doing it. If it’s never going to happen, we have to stop talking about it, because it’s frustrating.”

The problem with that approach? Swingers clubs, BDSM parties, and the strap-on-dildo sections of your finer sex-positive sex-toy stores everywhere are filled with couples who used to be on opposite teams—one from Team Fantasize, the other from Team Realize—but they’re both on Team Realize now. And what got them on the same team? Continuing to discuss and share fantasies, even at the risk of frustrating the Team Realize spouse.

So if you ever want to have that threesome or experiment with anal, HARD, you need to keep talking with your wife about these fantasies—and you need to tell her your fantasies too! Tell her you’re not pressuring her, of course, but let her know these are things you would actually like to do, and the more you talk about them, the more you want to do them. If she keeps talking with you about them, that’s a sign. Not a sign that she’s a cruel tease, HARD, but a sign that she’s inching closer toward pulling on a Team Realize jersey.

P.S. If your wife doesn’t know you have these fantasies—and is consequently teasing you “unknowingly”—that’s your fault, HARD, not hers.

I wanted to tell you about something that happened to my friend. (Really!) She was going to bang this dude from OkCupid but wasn’t getting a great feeling, so she went to bed and let him crash on the couch. She woke up the next day to find her underwear drawer empty on the floor and all of her underwear wrapped around this dude’s feet. She stealthily removed all the panties from his perv hooves and put her shit away. When the morning actualized itself, they parted amicably with no mention of the underwear slippers.

-Men In Alaska

Ask yourself which is the likelier scenario, MIA. Scenario 1: This guy stumbled around your friend’s dark apartment in the middle of the night, managed to find her underwear drawer, pulled it out and set it on the floor, made himself a pair of pantie-booties, had himself a wank, and fell back to sleep. All without waking your friend. Then your friend got up in the morning, saw her panties wrapped around his hooves, peeled them off one by one, and returned her panties to their drawer. All without waking Perv Hooves up. Scenario 2: Your friend got pervy with this guy, wanted to tell you about this guy’s kink, but was too embarrassed to admit that she played along and possibly got into it.

My money is on Scenario 2, MIA, because I’ve heard this song before: “I met this pervert who did these perverted things in front of me while I was asleep, and I wasn’t in any way involved and I wasn’t harmed. Isn’t that pervert crazy?” Yeah, no. In most cases, the person relaying the story played an active roll in the evening’s perversions but edited the story to make themselves look like a passive bystander, not a willing participant.

I’m a 30-year-old straight woman who has been with the same guy (high-school sweetheart!) for the last 13 years. We love each other deeply, best friends, etc. The problem isn’t that the sex isn’t good—he’s very good at making me come. But the sex is vanilla and routine, and I would like us to go beyond that. Nothing extreme, I just want to switch things up a bit. Talking about sex makes my husband REALLY uncomfortable. If I ask him what he’d like me to do to him while we’re having sex, he shuts down. He’ll say, “Everything you do is good,” and leave it there. In the very few conversations we’ve had about this stuff, he’s said that he feels intimidated and doesn’t know what to say. This is incredibly frustrating for me. How do I get him to loosen up and feel more comfortable about talking to me so that we can eventually progress to some new experiences?

-Why Husband Is Prudish

Have you told him what you want? If you haven’t—if you’re as vague in your conversations with him as you were in your letter to me—you’re essentially asking your husband to guess at your undisclosed interests or kinks. Your husband is probably terrified of guessing wrong. He doesn’t know what to do, he doesn’t know what to say—but he’s told you he’s fine with whatever you want to do. So stop asking him what he wants to do to you, WHIP, and start doing whatever it is you want to do. Take the initiative, be the change you want to see in the sack, lean in or bend over or whatever.

From your sign-off, WHIP, I’m guessing you’re interested in some type of BDSM play, most likely with you in the sub role. So lay your kink cards on the table and offer to dominate him first. A lot of subs do some topping, i.e., doing unto others as they would like done unto them, and some subs become tops exclusively. But take baby steps, it’s mild before wild, you gotta nail those junior-varsity kinks before moving up to varsity-level kinks, etc.

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Morning Word: To Protect and Troll

Morning WordTuesday, February 21, 2017 by Matt Grubs

To Protect and Troll
Santa Fe Police Sergeant Troy Baker has a lot to say about some of the people he's sworn to protect and serve ... and it isn't nice. Baker, who was elected by his fellow officers as president of the union that speaks for them, disparaged Muslims, the transgender community, African Americans, women, protesters, immigrants and others through memes posted on his Facebook page. After SFR asked Baker and the SFPD chief about whether the posts were appropriate, the department began an investigation into whether Baker's comments constituted conduct unbecoming of an officer.

Budget Battle Begins Anew
The budget bill and a plan to raise taxes to inject money into New Mexico's state accounts both passed committees yesterday on party-line votes. The threat of a veto by Gov. Susana Martinez looms, though. Meanwhile, a massive tax-reform bill designed to lower many tax rates while closing carve-outs has started to make its way through the Roundhouse.

Bill Would Let State Fine Oil and Gas Companies for Spills
More than halfway through the legislative session, a measure that would allow state regulators to force companies to pay up for oil and gas spills is set for its first committee hearing. Fines laid out in the Oil and Gas Act haven't been updated since FDR was president (in his first term). Meanwhile, spills are spiking in frequency and the head of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association's last job was the head of the state Environment Department.

I'll See Your Raise and Raise You
Mayor Javier Gonzales won some hearty applause when he announced a plan to give 5 percent raises to city workers. But the math doesn't add up. A quadrupling of the likely cost would eat up most of the estimated $4.5 million in extra revenue next year.

Getting the Ban Back Together
It's widely expected that, despite a Twitter promise to see opponents of his overturned travel ban in court, President Donald Trump will sign a new ban that might withstand legal scrutiny. That could happen as soon as today.

Actually, This is a Popularity Contest
New Mexico would join a multi-state compact requiring presidential electors to vote for the national popular vote winner if a Senate bill becomes law. We're fairly certain there's something about how the president is elected in the Constitution, though, and it seems likely someone will sue to protect the sanctity of their vote—like say if a candidate wins the electoral college but not the national popular vote.

Don't Be Shia
Actor and artist Shia LeBeouf quietly moved his "He Will Not Divide Us" art installation from Queens, New York, to the side of the El Rey Theater in Albuquerque over the weekend. The project, which asks passersby to say "He Will Not Divide Us" into a camera mounted outside, caused quite a stir in New York. The Museum of the Moving Image abandoned the project a week ago. So now it's at 7th and Central in Albuquerque. Yeah. What could possibly go wrong?

Bregman's Back
New Mexico has a few Natives in the Major Leagues, but none made the splash that Albuquerque's Alex Bregman did in a late-season debut last year. At the ripe old age of 22, the Houston Astros are looking for big things from the guy they took second overall in the 2015 draft. Also, his dad's an attorney.

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To Protect and Troll

Police union chief under investigation for incendiary posts

Local NewsMonday, February 20, 2017 by Steven Hsieh

The Santa Fe Police Department’s internal affairs unit on Monday opened an investigation of the local police union president for incendiary posts shared on his Facebook page, including memes disparaging Muslims, African Americans and the transgender community.

The investigation comes after SFR emailed Police Chief Patrick Gallagher seven screenshots taken from Sgt. Troy Baker’s Facebook page, representing just a small sample of questionable posts shared by the officer over several years. Baker has not been placed on leave.

Here’s one of the images we emailed to Gallagher, followed by Baker’s explanation to us, which he gave via phone:

Baker’s view: “That is a joke and taken as such. We don’t need to be running over people intentionally, but people shouldn’t be blocking roadways either.”

Here’s another:

Baker’s explanation: “Your gender is what you’re born with. You can’t change it just because you say you are what you say. By that logic, I am royalty, right? Because I say I am. And I’m black because that’s what I am."

Here’s one more:

Baker’s view: “I don’t have anti-Muslim views. I have anti-radical Islam views. I have friends that are Muslim. It’s not against a religion. It’s against radical Muslims. The people in that photo are from ISIS.”

(Scroll down for more examples of Baker's Facebook posts.)

The Santa Fe Police Department does not have a social media policy, but the department personnel code does prohibit “conduct unbecoming of an officer.”

When asked whether Baker’s posts reflect broader positions of the police department, Gallagher tells SFR, “Emphatically, no.” He adds: “Posts such as this have the potential to make officers’ jobs more difficult by eroding police-community relationships.” 

Baker says personal views expressed on his Facebook post do not affect his on-duty behavior. “I’m not bringing it to work,” he tells SFR. “You find one person I am not giving appropriate community service to due to their gender, race or ethnicity. Find one.”

Baker briefly lost his job after a 2010 incident in which a man claimed he and four other officers used excessive force when arresting him for disorderly conduct in a Walmart parking lot. An external review board reinstated Baker and another officer, Steve Cosban. (We asked the police department for additional complaints filed against Baker. We’ll keep you updated with any responses.)

Baker, a 22-year veteran of Santa Fe city police, was elected president of the Santa Fe Police Officers Association about a year ago. The union represents roughly 150 sworn officers and civilian employees, according to Baker.

Not every one of Baker’s Facebook posts expresses his political views. For example, he routinely posts memorials for fallen officers. He also occasionally shares personal news, including a photograph of the trophy he received after the Santa Fe Police Department awarded him 2016 Supervisor of the Year.

But much of Baker’s social media activity involves sharing overtly racist or sexist content, often derived from the pages of right-wing icons like Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher (better known as "Joe the Plumber") and Milo Yiannopoulos, the provocateur who was recently dropped as keynote speaker for the Conservative Political Action Committee after a video of him defending pedophiles surfaced.

Baker frequently uses his Facebook page to express his views on immigration. Like this one:

Another post of his from June 2016 links to a story about a US Congressional bill that would pull federal funding from so-called "sanctuary cities," jurisdictions that do not cooperate with federal deportation authorities. Baker’s post predated the election of President Donald Trump, who has promised to do the same thing. Santa Fe is a sanctuary city.

While Baker does not say whether he condones pulling federal funding from sanctuary cities, he makes his view clear in a phone call with SFR. “Why should a city be rewarded for violating federal law?” Baker says. “I have a lot of friends who are here illegally too. I am absolutely against the criminal element and making the city an absolute safe haven, but again, that’s my personal opinion and has nothing to do with the police department.”

Baker also often uses his Facebook page to make generalizations about Muslims and refugees fleeing war-torn Syria. Like this one:

While Baker typically doesn’t add substantial commentary to the memes he posts, the sergeant became quite verbose in November 2015, when Mayor Javier Gonzales called on Gov. Susana Martinez to welcome more Syrian refugees into New Mexico. “He went from honoring our veterans last week, to kicking us in the balls today,” Baker, whose Facebook profile picture is a US Army uniform, wrote of the mayor. “We have enough issues here in Santa Fe for our overworked, underpaid, and understaffed police department. We don’t need to add international terrorists to our citizens. Our proximity to LANL, SNL and Kirtland AFB, make us a prime target."

Santa Fe is hardly the first police department to conduct internal investigations over content shared or posted by officers on social media. Just 50 miles south, the Albuquerque Police Department became one of the first in the nation to implement a social media conduct policy after journalists (namely, former Albuquerque Journal reporter and current SFR contributing editor Jeff Proctor) flagged offensive posts made by officers.

One detective was temporarily suspended for listing his job description as “human waste disposal,” a detail reporters noticed after he fatally shot a man during a traffic stop. In another example, a detective was fired after posts referencing swastikas, pistol-whipping and disparaging comments about Muslims.  

Taken together, the Albuquerque officers' posts offered one of the first public windows into deeply rooted problems surrounding civil rights, use of force and a dim view of the public at the state's largest law enforcement agency.

After a 16-month investigation of Albuquerque police by the US Department of Justice, federal officials would describe it in a blistering set of findings issued in April 2014 as a "culture of aggression" that led to widespread excessive force and one of the highest rates of police shootings in the nation.

The Department of Justice most recently referenced social media posts expressing discriminatory views in a scathing report of civil rights violations by the Chicago Police Department.

After coming across Baker’s Facebook page, SFR reviewed the Facebook pages of the rest of the Santa Fe Police Department roster. Of those who set their pages to public, we could not find any posts with the same tenor, tone or offensive content as Baker's.

Baker set his page to private after SFR called him for comment.

Here are more examples of his Facebook posts: 





Jeff Proctor contributed to this story.

8:16 PM: This story has been updated to reflect Sgt. Baker's involvement in an alleged excessive force case in 2010.

NM doesn’t fine or sanction oil and gas companies that pollute water

Proposal would allow for state enforcement

Local NewsMonday, February 20, 2017 by Laura Paskus, New Mexico Political Report

In recent years, spills of crude oil, natural gas and drilling wastewater have increased even more rapidly than production has grown. Yet the state of New Mexico doesn’t fine or sanction oil and gas companies that pollute water.

A bill before the state legislature seeks to change that.

If passed, the bill wouldn’t create new rules or regulations. Instead, it would allow the state’s Oil Conservation Division (OCD) to impose penalties on polluting companies. Senate Bill 307 would increase fines not updated since the Legislature passed the Oil and Gas Act in 1935. It would also bring the state into compliance with an agreement established under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, in which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency authorized New Mexico to manage its own underground injection control program. That allows New Mexico to issue permits for underground injections, examples of which include when operators inject liquids, gases and chemicals underground to boost oil production and when companies dispose of wastewater, including from hydraulic fracturing, underground.

But even as the bill heads into its first committee meeting on Tuesday, silence on the issue from state and federal regulators makes it tricky to know exactly what any of this means for the state agency, oil and gas companies and New Mexico’s communities.

Officials with both state and federal agencies—the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—did not answer questions for this story. As the Trump administration clamps down on EPA employees to answer even basic questions from the press, the administration of Gov. Susana Martinez continues to prevent state employees from publicly discussing the workings of their own agency.

NM’s authority

Sen. Richard Martinez, D-Española, the bill’s sponsor, said it makes no sense that OCD, which is part of the state’s Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, lacks the authority to make industry comply with state law.

“After over 80 years, it’s irresponsible to wait any longer to update the civil penalties for bad actors who break the law,” he said. “Until this point, the status quo rewards bad actors and that needs to end.”

To add to this, New Mexico could see increased federal control if the state doesn’t start enforcing the Oil and Gas Act per their authorities granted by EPA, said Bruce Baizel, energy program director with the Oil and Gas Accountability Project, a part of the environmental nonprofit Earthworks.

Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, EPA can authorize states to take over certain regulatory duties. That agreement between states and the federal government outlines what states must do to remain in charge of the program. “One of those requirements is that you have to be able to assess penalties against violators as a way to ensure compliance,” Baizel said. “If New Mexico doesn’t have that authority at a state level, then it reverts to the federal EPA to manage the program.”

Martinez’ bill, SB 307, would rectify the problem, said Baizel, and also increase transparency. Annually, OCD would have to report penalties against operators to the Legislature and make that information publicly available.

“That way, everybody would have a sense of who’s doing their best and who’s not, as far as operators go,” said Baizel. “That’s just basic good government.”

Given her record on oil and gas regulations in New Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez is unlikely to sign the bill. Nor is the new presidential administration’s EPA likely to rein in companies that pollute water.

The Trump administration’s pick to head the EPA, Scott Pruitt, is a longtime ally of the industry. As Oklahoma’s attorney general, Pruitt even sent a letter to EPA in 2011 complaining that the agency was overestimating air pollution emissions from oil and gas operations in the state. Pruitt’s letter, as reported by the New York Times in 2014, was actually written by lawyers for Devon Energy Corporation, an oil and gas company. Pruitt’s staff copied the letter on state letterhead, then sent it to the EPA with his signature.

Devon has also supported Martinez, having donated more than $60,000 to her two gubernatorial campaigns. Other top oil and gas donors to Martinez included Mack Energy ($135,400), Me-Tex Oil and Gas ($82,500), Chase Oil ($80,200), Yates Petroleum ($66,400) and Heyco Energy Group ($35,725), according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics, which tracks campaign donations.

Case history

New Mexico’s inability to hold oil and gas companies accountable for spills and accidents traces back many years. But it came to a head when Marbob Energy Corporation sued OCD in 2009, saying the division lacked the authority to assess civil penalties and sanctions against companies. Concho Resources now owns Marbob Energy.

Between 2001 and the lawsuit in 2009, OCD had issued 431 compliance orders and assessed more than $2.4 million in penalties.

The court agreed with Marbob and ruled that OCD should report violations to the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General, which then could sue to collect penalties. From then on, lawsuits would need to be filed in the county where the violation occurred and the state would need to prove that the violation was “knowing” and “willful.”

When handing down their 2009 decision in the Marbob case, New Mexico Supreme Court justices wrote that while they were sympathetic to OCD’s need for greater enforcement authority, the division had to defer to the Legislature. Even though the statutes that created the commission might be dated and “perhaps inadequate to face the contemporary challenges,” they wrote, any changes in authority would have to come from the same legislative body that created the commission.

In 2013, a bill similar to Martinez’ SB 307 was introduced. Then-Attorney General Gary King supported it, saying that proving a pollution violation is knowing and willful—which is a criminal standard—“erects an unreasonably high barrier to civil enforcement.”

Today, the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico opposes SB 307 “very strongly,” said executive director Karin Foster. The bill would increase penalties substantially, from $1,000 to $10,000 for each day of violation. “We obviously oppose that,” said Foster.

And she pointed to the Marbob lawsuit as an important reason to oppose the bill.

“The New Mexico Supreme Court said that OCD basically doesn’t have the resources or the technical ability to do a case fairly, and the statute gives the [attorney general] the authority to go after operators, just like under the Environmental Improvement Act,” she said. “OCD has technical expertise when drilling the well, but when it comes to due process, putting a case together and meeting the knowing and willful standard, it doesn’t know what it’s doing.”

Meanwhile, the Attorney General’s Office will review any cases OCD refers, according to spokesman James Hallinan.

Since losing the Marbob case in 2009, OCD has yet to refer a single violation to Attorney General Hector Balderas nor his predecessor, Gary King.

Getting a handle on spills

More than a decade ago, a state study showed the existence of about 7,000 cases of soil and water contamination from drilling pits and another 400 cases of groundwater contamination from between the mid-1980s and 2003.

Those numbers prompted Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration to enact a “pit rule” in 2008 that banned unlined waste pits and required “closed-loop” systems when operations were close to water resources or homes. With those systems, operators siphon waste into steel tanks and haul it away instead of burying it onsite.

Industry, including the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association and the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico, opposed the new rule. During her 2010 campaign, Martinez promised she’d get rid of it. She also raised more than $1 million from the oil and gas industry, out of a $7.4 million total for her campaign.

Fewer than three years later, the New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission repealed the Richardson-era rule, replacing it with one less “cumbersome” to operators, especially small-scale oil and gas companies.

For her 2014 campaign, Martinez raised $8.5 million, of which more than $2 million came from the oil and gas industry.

That same year, companies reported more than 1,000 spills to OCD. Those included leaks and accidents involving wastewater, crude oil, methane and other materials. Nearly three-quarters of the reports came from Eddy and Lea counties in southeastern New Mexico, where tens of thousands of wells exist. The rest were reported from San Juan County.

And still, the number of oil, natural gas and produced water spills continued to increase in New Mexico.

According to a Legislative Finance Committee report, both the number and volume of spills “increased dramatically” in 2015—outstripping the bump in production. While production grew by 21 percent, the number of spills increased by 43 percent and the volume of spills increased by 61 percent.

EMNRD offered two possible explanations, according to the LFC report. First, new drilling and production technology caused a higher volume of oil and waste to be present at the surface than in previous years. And secondly, New Mexico’s aging infrastructure, including pipelines, storage tanks and production facilities, were more susceptible to leaks and other problems.

Staying quiet

NM Political Report reached out on numerous occasions to EMNRD Secretary Ken McQueen as well as the department’s communications director. The state agency ignored those requests for information, neglecting to even answer if the department supports SB 307. McQueen, who retired last year from WPX Energy, did mistakenly reply to one of this reporter’s emails, appearing to instruct an aide to say he was tied up at the Legislature.

Calls and emails to EPA officials in both the regional office in Dallas and the Washington D.C. office also yielded no information. One official responded that the agency “does not comment or speculate on pending state legislation.” Follow-up emails, clarifying that this reporter was not seeking comment on the legislation, only the consequences of New Mexico violating its primacy agreement, were not answered.

Since Feb. 2, NM Political Report has also requested comment from the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, which is currently directed by the immediate past Secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department. In a departure from past practices, a spokesman for the trade association did not answer if it would support or oppose the bill nor explain how it might affect New Mexico companies.

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Morning Word: A Day Without an Immigrant

Morning WordFriday, February 17, 2017 by Matt Grubs

A Day Without an Immigrant
Santa Fe showed up strong to the more-or-less impromptu protest. Dozens of locally owned businesses around town closed their doors in solidarity with immigrant employees. Others stayed open, saying it was a way to make their own voice heard or that they planned to donate a portion of the day's proceeds.

Rep Wants More Answers from ICE
Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham says Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials aren't sharing enough about their guidance, strategy or who agents are apprehending. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus requested the meeting, though some of their members were not allowed to enter because they weren't on the guest list.

Tough Timing for Border Patrol
After Tuesday's raids in Las Cruces, the immigrant community was on edge. When the US Border Patrol showed up at a local school, many worried it signaled the start of a new enforcement effort in places previously considered off-limits. It wasn't. The school said the law enforcement vehicle was there for a partners-in-education event.

House Panel Passes Ethics Reform
A proposed constitutional amendment that would create an independent ethics commission with the power to investigate legislators and elected officials unanimously passed through a House committee. The measure is one of several that purport to be a way to hold public officials accountable. With the session in its second half, the resolution moves on to another committee.

Lying Water Systems Bill Blocked
A bill that would make it a felony for a public water system to lie to the state Environment Department was blocked in committee yesterday, as Republicans rallied around Rep. James Strickler, who represents the district where the Animas Valley Water system operates. The state says the system gave it false water quality data to cover up serious problems.

Dam! Could It Happen Here?
That old standby story was in full effect as KOAT-TV looked at whether the government officials who monitor dam safety were worried about New Mexico's earthfill dams—which mirror the design of the compromised Oroville Dam in California. The short answer: No.

Delicious Designation
The annual James Beard Award nominations are out, and New Mexico has a handful of names on the list, including Santa Feans Martin Rios and Colin Shane of Arroyo Vino. In Albuquerque, Jonathan Perno of Los Poblanos made the list, too.

Rooms for Rent, Not for Lease
AirBnB, the online business that lets homeowners rent their rooms, apartments or houses by the night, says it has 60 percent more active hosts in New Mexico than just one year ago. And 120,000 people spent a night somewhere in the state. Santa Fe, where locals have decried the impact of nightly rentals on affordable long-term rental housing, saw $6.8 million in bookings last year. 

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Weekend Picks: Sanctuary! Sanctuary!

Weekend PicksFriday, February 17, 2017 by SFR

Well, Santa Fe—you really showed up to that City Council meeting to show your support for our "sanctuary city" status the other day, and we think you deserve a little treat. Or, at the very least, a chance to blow off some steam. So step into the weekend and enjoy yourselves. You've earned it.

Micaela Gardner: Tomorrow's Yesterday Home

This exhibit features never-before-seen works by the local painter who works on large alder panels displaying her ideas about the future world. Through June 4.

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Patrick McFarlin: Fresh Oil/Crazy Quilts/Word Pictures

See McFarlin's newest paintings, which include passages from great books, psychedelic imagery and works that were originally conceived as quilt designs.

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Eryn Bent

Folk and Americana originals written by this local songbird.

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Love Your River Day

Show your love for the natural beauty of the Santa Fe River and spend a few hours cleaning it up before the snow can melt to fill it. Bring gloves and a warm coat to this 11th annual event.

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7000 BC

Local writers and artists who are members of non-profit comic collective 7000 BC present their books and talk about their processes.

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1905 Magazine Benefit Show

This fundraising event—hosted by Strangers Collective—offers artwork and merchandise from 1905 Magazine, a fashion publication founded in Santa Fe in 2014.

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Akeem Ayanniyi

This Nigerian drummer demonstrates traditional drums including the ashiko, djembe and bata drums. He also shares Yoruba stories and explains his culture's mythology through his storytelling performances.

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Kirk and Sheila Ellis: Pulling Back the Veil, a Conversation on Iran

Kirk, an award-winning screenwriter, and his wife Shelia, a board member at the museum, speak about Iran and the fantastic architecture that exists there. See stunning images of life in the country many of us know little about. Free with museum admission.

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Omar Villanueva

Villanueva performs classical and Latin-American music on guitar.

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The Fork

Farewell, My Lovelies!

The ForkThursday, February 16, 2017 by Gwyneth Doland

Dearly beloved, I won’t beat about the croquembouche: I’m leaving you. It’s not you, it’s me. I have too much on my plate, so I’m passing The Fork on to another hungry eater who will feed you tons of juicy food news!
It has been such a pleasure to eat and write for you over the past year. I had so much fun discovering great restaurants that lived up to the hype, like State Capital Kitchen and Arroyo Vino. I loved talking to local chefs about how they make their magic, like Back Street Bistro’s David Jacoby and his matzo ball soup. It was great to talk to Sllin Cruz about the bittersweetness of being named executive chef at Geronimo after Eric DiStefano passed away. And I sniffled with you as we said goodbye to old friends like Mu Jing Lao of Mu Du Noodles. Just last week I laughed my ass off at your Trumptail recipes for drinking the political news away. It’s been good times!

Plus, I’m not really going anywhere. I’ll still be popping up in the paper. Remember, last year I wrote stories about judicial reform, local fallout from the financial crisis, a photographic history of the Rio Grande and a burgeoning Native food movement. And right now I’m working on a better-than-ever edition of our Annual Manual. (Got ideas for things we should include in that keepsake issue? Send them to

Now please give a warm welcome to Michael J Wilson, who is taking my place! He’s got a great piece about meat pies in this week’s paper. From now on when you contact The Fork you’ll be talking to Michael. Be nice. Send him all your restaurant review recommendations, announcements about food events and other tips and tidbits. On to the next course!

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Closed in Solidarity

Here are the Businesses Closed For a #DayWithoutImmigrants

Local NewsThursday, February 16, 2017 by SFR

As part of a national strike against President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant policies, several Santa Fe businesses have closed shop to support "A Day Without Immigrants." We'll keep a running tally here, with each establishment's message. Let us know if we missed someone! In alphabetical order:

Artemisia Native Gardens (26 Quartz Trail, 989-1769)

Closed in support of all immigrants who contribute to the success and stability of the landscape industry throughout the United States. We are all immigrants, except for the Native American’s who’s sovereign nation rights should be respected. WATER IS LIFE! It is one of life's greatest pleasures, to work with people from all around the world and to learn from and respect the cultural differences that make this world a beautiful place. (Owner Dorothy Dean)
Back Road Pizza (1807 2nd St #1, 955-9055)

To our valued Customers:


In an act of solidarity with our customers, our community and our employees , Back Road Pizza is closing in support and respect for the nationwide protest "Day Without Immigrants" against President Donald Trump's horrible and hateful anti-immigrant policies.

We will re open on Friday February 17th at 11:30 AM

Thank you for your patronage and support!

The Bonsai Asian Tacos (1599 S. St. Francis Street, 316-9418)

Friends in Bonsai we love to cook for you but tomorrow we will be closed, in support of our immigrant community, Thank you for your understanding and apologies for any inconvenience that we may cause.
See you Back on Friday Regular hours. (Facebook)

Bumble Bee's Baja Grill (3777 Cerrillos Road, 988-3278)
We will be closed on Thursday, February 16th, In honor of National Pro-Immigrant Strike Day. THANK YOU for your support for all of our brothers and sisters. Bumble Bee's is still paying their employees even though they are on strike. We apologize for any inconvenience. See you Friday, February 17 when we re-open! (Facebook)
Burrito Company (111 Washington Ave, 982-4453)

Café Castro (2811 Cerrillos Road, 473-5800)

Cafe Fina (624 Old Las Vegas Hwy, 466-3886)

Counter Culture Cafe (930 Baca Street #1, 995-1105)
PROUD to say..... Add us to the list Santa Fe! (Facebook)
Del Valle Panaderia (3140 Cerrillos Road, 438-2532)

El Callejon Santa Fe (208 Galisteo Street)
Short notice, sorry, but we will be closed Thursday 2/16, in solidarity with A Day Without Immigrants action in Santa Fe and around the country.

At this time when we see such rancor and division between people and differing ideas about which direction to pursue as Americans, we choose to support this initiative to step back from commerce for a day and reflect on what we mean to one another, as hard-working humans doing the best we can, together, in this jewel of a town that we are so blessed to call home...

Sending love, see you back in the taqueria business Friday (Facebook)
El Rey Del Pollo (4350 Airport Rd #18, 570-1380)

El Paisano (3140 Cerrillos Road, Ste. C, 424-9105)

Goler Fine Imported Shoes (125 E Palace Ave # 125982-0924)

Friends of Goler,

Thursday, February 16th, Goler Shoes will join in an act of solidarity for our immigrant community who are a vital part of Santa Fe by closing in support of "A Day Without Immigrant" demonstrations. Goler is joining the nationwide protest against the Trump Administration's stance on immigration.

Goler will reopen on Friday, February 17th at 9am.

We believe in our Community. (Facebook)

Harry's Roadhouse (96 Old Las Vegas Hwy, 989-4629)

Due to the Day Without Immigrants Protest, we are unable to serve you and are closed. We support their voices and their actions. We look forward to seeing you Friday. We open at 7 AM. Thank you for your understanding. (Answering machine)

Izanami (21 Ten Thousand Waves Way, 982-9304)

a day without mexicans? without immigrants? we can't imagine such a terrible thing––-in fact, we want MORE of them in our lives! in honor of & solidarity with those who are such a vital part of our hard working Ten Thousand Waves family, we will be closing izanami today as part of the "Day Without Immigrants" nation-wide protest. with love & respect, we invite all spanish-speaking immigrants to come up to the spa today & enjoy the communal baths for free!

Un día sin Inmigrantes ? No podemos imaginar algo tan terrible, nosotros queremos MÁS Inmigrantes en nuestras vidas! En honor y respeto a aquellos que forman parte del vital trabajo en la familia de Ten Thousand Waves y en solidaridad con "Un día sin inmigrantes" hemos decidido cerrar Izanami ––e invitar a todos aquellos que inmigrantes a venir HOY a Ten Thousand Waves y tomar un baño gratis en la alberca comunal. (Facebook)

Jambo Cafe (College Plaza Shopping Center, 2010 Cerrillos Rd, 473-1269)

In solidarity Jambo Cafe is CLOSED today, a day without immigrants. Our closure, to walk together with other hospitality professionals, was driven by our employees, many who are indeed immigrants. (Facebook)
Mobil Clean Car Wash (2907 Siringo Rd, 702-3061)
Mobil clean car wash estamos cerrados unidos apoyo somos el pilar más fuerte q que tiene este nación lo vamos a demostrar 
La Boca (72 W Marcy St, 982-3433)
Hello Friends....

In an act of solidarity with our customers, our community and our employees , La Boca will be joining a Nationwide protest against the aggressive and fascist stance on immigration taken by the Trump administration. We will be closed one day, Thursday, February 16th in an effort to support the "Day Without Immigrants" protests.

We will re open on Friday February 17th at 11:30 AM

Thank you for your patronage and support!
Chef James Campbell Caruso, chef/owner (Facebook)
La Choza (905 Alarid St, 982-0909)
Letting all of our followers and future customers know: we apologize for such short notice and inconvenience this may have caused. We will be closed all day Thursday! Thank you for your understanding! (Facebook)
La Fogata Mexican Grill (112 W. San Francisco Street, 983-7302)

Hello Friends....

In an act of solidarity with our customers, our community and our employees , La Fogata Grill will be joining a Nationwide protest against the aggressive and fascist stance on immigration taken by the Trump administration. We will be closed one day, Thursday, February 16th in an effort to support the "Day Without Immigrants" protests.

We will re open on Friday February 17th at 8:30 AM

Thank you for your patronage and support!
Owner Jorge Santos (Facebook)
Jambo Café (2010 Cerrilos Rd., 473-1269)
In solidarity Jambo Cafe is CLOSED today, a day without immigrants. Our closure, to walk together with other hospitality professionals, was driven by our employees, many who are indeed immigrants. (Facebook)
Milad Persian Bistro (802 Canyon Road, 303-3581)
Milad Persian Bistro will be CLOSED Thursday February 16th to show our support and solidarity out of respect for our immigrant population in Santa Fe and nationwide. We will reopen on Friday the 17th. #adaywithoutimmigrants #miladbistro (Facebook)
Morada Latina (4985 Airport Rd, Ste A, 989-3889)
Nosotros en MORADA LATINA apoyamos a los inmigrantes. Por eso estaremos cerrados el 16 de febrero. Si se puede!!!
Nana Pancha (Food truck, 577-1265)

Bueno amigos nos unimos a la causa mañana estaremos cerrados nos vemos el viernes que dios los bendiga hoy estaremos asta las 11 00 pm gracias por su preferencia 505 577 1265 (Facebook)

Palacio Café (209 E Palace Ave., 983-3505)

The Pantry (1820 Cerrilos Road, 986-0022)

Panaderia Zaragoza (3277 Cerrillos Road, 471-9383)
Estimados clientes Panaderia Zaragoza nos unimos a la buena causa 
Cerraremos este Jueves 16 de Febrero 2017.
☆ ☆☆La UNION hace la Fuerza! ☆☆☆
Para el Viernes, horario regular. (Facebook)
Peace Pets (
Peace pets honors all humanity and to show our solidarity will be closed today in honor of our friends from all walks of life. #onelove #wearewithyou #immigrantsday
Pizza Centro New York Style (418 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe Design Center, 988-8825)

Plaza Café Southside (3466 Zafarano Drive, 424-0755)
"We closed today. You know, there’s a protest. A Day Without Immigrants. Our owners called and told us to close at 10." (Antonio, Server.)
Los Potrillos (1947 Cerrillos, 992-0550)

La Providencia Pupuseria
 (Food truck, 231-8617)
Les informamos que Pupuseria La Providencia mañana jueves 16 de febrero estaremos cerrados por el motivo de apoyar los inmigrantes gracias por su apoyo Dios les bendiga. El día viernes 17 estaremos abiertos de nuevo. (Facebook)
Tacqueria Adelitas (3565 Cerrillos Road, 474-4919)

The Ranch House (2571 Cristo's Road, 424-8900)
"I really didn’t even know about this until about an hour ago. I was talking about my staff, and I could see how important it was to a lot of people in this community. We’re not only going to pay kitchen staff but also servers what they would’ve made in tips today.” -Owner Josh Baum
Santa Fe Bite (311 Old Santa Fe Trail, 982-0544)
We will be closed today, February 16, in support of the immigrant’s boycott. Thank you. (Answering machine)

Santa Fe Guitar Academy (621 Velarde St., 577-1447)

No guitar lessons today at SFGA. I'm an immigrant and I love this initiative. (Robert Capocchi, owner)
Santa Fe Style Builders LLC (2925 Rufina St., 926-3539)
In honor of "A Day Without Immigrants" we will be closed today, February 16, 2017. (Facebook)

Second Street Brewery (Original: 1814 2nd Street, 982-3030, Railyard: 

1607 Paseo De Peralta #10, 989-3278)

The Shed (113 E Palace Ave, 982-9030)

Letting all of our followers and future customers know: we apologize for such short notice and inconvenience this may have caused. We will be closed all day Thursday! Thank you for your understanding!
Southwest Plastering Co. (2925 Rufina St., 438-6599)

In honor of "A Day Without Immigrants" we will be closed today, February 16, 2017.

En honor a "Un Día Sin Inmigrantes" estaremos cerrados hoy, 16 de febrero 2017. (Facebook)

Taqueria La Hacienda (1622 Saint Michael's Drive, 474-3431)

Tune Up Café (1115 Hickox St., 983-7060)

Vinaigrette (709 Don Cubero Alley, 820-9205)
DAY WITHOUT IMMIGRANTS UPDATE. We will be closed in Santa Fe but open in ABQ. Our proceeds in ABQ will be donated to Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), as a show of solidarity with all immigrants who've helped build every aspect of the restaurant industry, from farm all the way to table. (Facebook)

A number of businesses around town chose to stay open for various reasons and with varying reaction by the community.

Boxcar (530 S. Guadalupe St., 988-7222)
The eatery stayed open with a modified menu and modified hours. It notified patrons through a Facebook post.
OFFICIAL NOTICE: In solidarity with our affected staff on 'Dia Sin Immigrantes' (Day Without Immigrants), we are suspending our regular menu and giving our crew the night off. We have chosen to stay open, lower our prices, and serve a 'stadium-style' menu to demonstrate the reality of an immediate paralysis that would occur at Boxcar if we were to lose our diverse group of employees.
:high_brightness: We hope that leaving our doors open will bring the community together to discuss the issues at hand, and we will make our patio space available to all who want to join the discussion. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and will return to normal operations tomorrow.
Cowgirl Hall of Fame (319 S. Guadalupe St., 982-2565)
The restaurant said on its Facebook page that it planned to donate 50 percent of the profits from "Mexican-inspired dishes," margaritas and Mexican beers as well as 10 percent of all sales to Somos Un Pueblo Unidos, a local immigrant-rights advocacy group. 

Rowley Farmhouse Ales (1405 Maclovia St., 428-0719)
Owner Jeffrey Kaplan posted a message on Facebook.
Sending out a heartfelt thank you to all of our hospitality team members. As a new business, we are unable to close today in protest. But, please know that we stand with all of our team members no matter their individual country of origin. We are better together than seperate.
Tecolote(1616 Saint Michael's Drive, 988-1362)
The family-owned restaurant posted the following letter on its window explaining its decision to stay open. SFR phoned to ask more about the decision, but the restaurant was closed per its regular hours.
A letter posted at the Tecolote Cafe

Tomasita's  (500 S. Guadalupe St., 983-5721)

Owner George Gundrey spoke to SFR on the phone and says he learned of the protest yesterday at 3 p.m. Instead of closing the longtime Railyard eatery and its sister restaurant in the De Vargas Mall, Atrisco, Gundrey chose to donate a portion of his profits to a local English literacy group that has worked with a number of employees.

"Ironically," he says, "we're really busy today. So that donation will easily be $2,000-3,000."

Gundrey says none of his 81 employees asked for the day off and everyone showed up to work. Reaction from the community was generally supportive, Gundrey says, except for a pair of negative Facebook comments.

"I'm pretty sure one of the commenters didn't even read what we planned to today," he says.


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