Santa Fe Reporter - Local News http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-4-1-local-news.html <![CDATA[Piecemeal Money Reform - City Council approves portion of proposals on campaign finance rules and kicks discussion of Morningstar senior complex to next meeting]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
City Council candidates who take public money for campaigns in the next election will have more clarity on the legal definitions of terms such as “coordination” and “disclosure,” but they won’t be allowed to raise additional funds to compete against privately funded candidates.]]>
<![CDATA[Don’t Fear La Migra - Immigrant rights have grown, but advocacy groups allege labor exploitation]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
The rallies that unfolded earlier this month in front of a pair of Santa Fe businesses, in which workers accused Maki Yaki and Horseman’s Haven Café of owing them $150,000 in back pay, was a scene that never would have played out a few decades ago.]]>
<![CDATA[Roads Less Traveled - Lower traffic counts around town could be tied to astill-weak economy, demographics, millennial trends or all of the above]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
If, like many, you’re driving around Santa Fe with the sentiment that traffic has gotten so much worse in recent years, it turns out that it’s all in your head.
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<![CDATA[Police Chief Resigns - Amid allegations of corruption, cronyism, Eric Garcia says he will retire]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
Embattled Santa Fe Police Chief Eric Garcia resigned Tuesday morning, ending a short-lived career amid allegations of corruption, cronyism and, perhaps the death knell, trying to hire back a former colleague who'd been accused of domestic violence.]]>
<![CDATA[Extraction Accident under Review - With few answers about how workers got burned at a medical cannabis facility, other producers are taking safety precautions]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
Medical cannabis producers in New Mexico are rethinking a potentially dangerous extraction process in the wake of an explosion at a Santa Fe facility that caused serious injuries.]]>
<![CDATA[Local Plague Death Confirmed - Santa Fe County woman died of plague, health department is treating those in contact with her]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
Tests over the weekend confirmed that woman in Santa Fe County contracted a fatal case of plague, putting health officials on edge about the potential that the disease is spreading this summer in Northern New Mexico.]]>
<![CDATA[Hot Heinrich - Get a glimpse at how the Albuquerque congressman and the rest of New Mexico's delegation are ranked for good looks]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
For those who think Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales is quite the handsome man and could pass for Ben Affleck on a good day, they’d better brace themselves and make room for US Sen. Martin Heinrich.]]>
<![CDATA[Explosion Burns Two Santa Fe Pot Dispensary Employees - DEA collecting evidence at NewMexiCann]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
UPDATED: Two parallel law enforcement investigations are under way this afternoon following a fiery gas explosion that injured two employees at NewMexiCann Natural Medicine’s cannabis dispensary in Santa Fe.]]>
<![CDATA[Morningstar Goes Back to the Drawing Board - Mayor Javier Gonzales plan to move that City Council reconsider its approval of the senior living facility]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
Mayor Javier Gonzales has decided to ask the City Council to send the Morningstar senior living development back to the drawing board—or at least, to the Planning Commission.]]>
<![CDATA[Immigrant Rights Growing - Recent wage theft protests in Santa Fe a sign of times]]> Thomas Ragan
The rallies that unfolded last week in front of a pair of Santa Fe businesses, in which workers accused Maki Yaki and Horseman’s Haven Cafe of owing them $150,000 in back pay, was a scene that never would have taken place a few decades ago.]]>
<![CDATA[Soggy - Fort Marcy ball field sinkholes shut down baseball game ]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
Sinkholes that developed in the baseball field at Fort Marcy Park caused the cancellation of the Santa Fe Fuego game on Thursday night.
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<![CDATA[For the Record - Secrecy still abounds in the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
When Ken Groggel, a senior state health department employee, visits any one of New Mexico’s 23 medical cannabis facilities, he has a checklist of areas to inspect.
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<![CDATA[Show Me at Least Some of the Money - Election finance changes target definitions but don’t curb influence]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
In the dog-and-pony show that elections can become, campaign financing illuminates who might be holding the leashes and reins.
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<![CDATA[Under the Table - Santa Fe City Council to explore expanding licenses for short-term rentals]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
The Santa Fe City Council is looking into the possibilities of tweaking its short-term rental ordinance, expanding the number of licenses in hopes of reining in those who are breaking the law by renting in the absence of a city permit.]]>
<![CDATA[Raising Children by Supporting Families - Fighting poverty may require working with parents on income, job training and parenting skills]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
New Mexico’s children continue to be some of the most impoverished in the nation, but fixing the trend will require a multigenerational approach that takes more into account than school test scores and teen birth rates. ]]>
<![CDATA[Toss It Right Here - Recycling program adds to plastics collected, expects revenue]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
Residents throughout Santa Fe County can now toss a lot more materials in the recycling bin, effective immediately, as the Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency has entered into a contract with Albuquerque-based Friedman Recycling.]]>
<![CDATA[Bombs Away - Investigation finds that though president says he wants a world without nuclear bombs, we’re still building them]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller

The US nuclear arsenal is headed toward more, not fewer, options for nuclear combat, an investigation of ongoing development, the congressional forces and lobbyists that lead to its funding, and the Obama nuclear policy by the Center for Investigative Reporting finds. 

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<![CDATA[Rally for Fair Pay - Dozens of protesters claim pair of Santa Fe restaurants not paying minimum wage]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
Dozens of protesters accused a pair of Santa Fe restaurants of wage theft on Friday as they carried signs and chanted through megaphones, and in one case, police officers were summoned to the scene, but there were no arrests.]]>
<![CDATA[Reversing Course - Governor says state will release identities of medical cannabis producers]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
New Mexico’s governor is apparently rolling over a medical cannabis secrecy stance before the state even begins to try to defend a lawsuit pushing for the release of information about those issued licenses to grow and sell marijuana.]]>
<![CDATA[Trash Hauler Lovefest - County might require trash haulers to provide recycling services]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
Don’t mess with our trash haulers. We like them. Even in the absence of recycling pickup.That was pretty much the general consensus of thousands of residents in a series of community meetings in May.]]>