Santa Fe Reporter - Local News <![CDATA[Mud Tracks - Santa Fe’s trail tenders are finally getting a grip on a muddy mess]]>
By: Matt Grubs
It was the Friday before Christmas two years ago. Highs in the mid-40s, lows in the mid-20s. Just a touch of wind. Not a bad day for a mountain bike ride, if you were dressed right.
<![CDATA[Sanctuary Strengthened - City Council Unanimously Approves Resolution Protecting Undocumented Immigrants]]>
By: Steven Hsieh
Words matter. The word "sanctuary" isn't found in Santa Fe's policy, but a resolution adopted on Wednesday affirms and strengthens the city's approach to the treatment of immigran]]>
<![CDATA[NM doesn’t fine or sanction oil and gas companies that pollute water - Proposal would allow for state enforcement]]>
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]]>
<![CDATA[To Protect and Troll - Police union chief under investigation for incendiary posts ]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Closed in Solidarity - Here are the Businesses Closed For a #DayWithoutImmigrants]]>
As part of a national strike against President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant policies, several Santa Fe businesses have closed shop as part of "A Day Without Immigrants." We'll keep a running tally.]]>
<![CDATA[Man With a Plan - Long rumored to have his eye on higher office, Sen. Joseph Cervantes is sketching designs to reach the governor’s mansion]]>
By: Matt Grubs
Joseph Cervantes went to school to become an architect. “You see a building, as an architect, before it’s built,” he says of his draw to the discipline.]]>
<![CDATA[It's Strong - Mayor Javier Gonzales delivers his third State of the City speech]]>
By: Steven Hsieh
Mayor Javier Gonzales used his third annual State of the City speech to highlight successes over his tenure, as well as defend controversial proposals, including a tax on sugary beverages.]]>
<![CDATA[Ta-Da - After US Senator’s request, New Mexico releases previously-withheld data on Gila River project]]>
By: Laura Paskus, New Mexico Political Report
Last month, NM Political Report and the Santa Fe Reporter wrote about how a one-sentence provision in state law emboldened an agency to keep one citizen from obtaining public informatio]]>
<![CDATA[Uneasy Sanctuary - Advocates say local policies are strong, but they don’t always keep cops from calling immigration]]>
By: Jeff Proctor
The Santa Fe Police Department generally prefers to make its own law enforcement decisions. On paper, that means leaving federal immigration authorities in the dark on cases involving people who ma]]>
<![CDATA[ Stepping Toward Sanctuary - Nearly 200 Santa Feans packed the council chambers to support sanctuary]]>
By: Steven Hsieh
Following an emotional and lengthy public comment session, the city Finance Committee on Monday advanced a resolution that would reaffirm and strengthen policies protecting undocumented immigrants.]]>
<![CDATA[Whole Foods to Close St. Francis Store - Grocer says 50 employees will be offered jobs at larger Cerrillos Road location]]>
By: Matt Grubs
Whole Foods Market plans to close the smaller of its two Santa Fe stores—the one on St. Francis Drive—in early April. Roughly 50 employees will be impacted by the closure.]]>
<![CDATA[Strange Bedfellows - How four Capitol couples negotiate love, lobbying and legislating]]>
By: Matt Grubs
Sitting in his fourth-floor office at the Roundhouse, Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, D-Albuquerque, starts in on a story about a vote he cast in a past legislative session.
<![CDATA[Dealing with Defunding - Planned Parenthood rakes in record donations as reproductive services come under threat]]>
By: Steven Hsieh
More than 500 people arose at daybreak Thursday to attend Planned Parenthood’s annual Breakfast of Champions, the event’s largest turnout since it started four years ago.]]>
<![CDATA[Rallying Cry - Protest calls for NM to allow more Mexican wolves]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
For more than 450 nights since Mexican wolves were first reintroduced to New Mexico and Arizona following their extirpation, 73-year-old retired school teacher Jean Ossorio has camped in the woods to look for wolves. That’s paid off with 50 sightings.]]>
<![CDATA[Picking a Fight with Big Soda - Dollars likely to flow into campaigns for and against mayor’s proposed tax on sugary beverages]]>
By: Steven Hsieh
It is uncontroversial to say Santa Fe suffers from woefully underfunded pre-K programs, which experts say are integral to improving children’s economic outcomes. About 1,000 3- to 4-year-olds in the city don’t have access to “five-star” care.]]>
<![CDATA[Aid in Dying - Legislation would establish ‘right to die,’ but proponents say courts are better option]]>
By: Andy Lyman, New Mexico Political Report
In 2010, doctors diagnosed Michael McCamley with a rare, terminal disease similar to ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.]]>
<![CDATA[Santa Fe Independent Film Festival Submission Period Begins - The annual fest is looking for a few good flicks]]>
By: Alex De Vore
The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival announced on Tuesday that its submissions process is now open for its upcoming ninth iteration, which is slated to run from Wednesday-Sunday, Oct. 18-22.]]>
<![CDATA[From the Road - Scenes from the New Mexico womens' trip to Washington]]>
By: Kim Jones
Two charter buses, 75 people, 35-hour drive—crazy, right?]]>
<![CDATA[Unearthed, but Unseen - Chaco Canyon artifacts won’t get public exhibition this spring after all—maybe never]]>
By: Matt Grubs
The new archaeological exhibit at the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, scheduled to open this spring, was to be a thing of beauty.
<![CDATA[Tracking Down Traffickers - Bill aims to give NM law enforcement more options for catching illegal wildlife shipments]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
The El Paso, Texas, port of entry from Mexico ranks among the nation’s top five for catching illegal wildlife shipments, part of an estimated $23 million-per-year wildlife trafficking industry.