Santa Fe Reporter - Local News http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-4-1-local-news.html <![CDATA[‘The hope of a new school year’ - Veronica Garcia says she’ll keep district on course for gains]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
Veronica Garcia says her first priority lies in ensuring teachers, staff, students and the community feel a sense of stability despite a change in leadership.]]>
<![CDATA[On the Stump at Home - NM’s former governor eyes the presidency again with higher stakes]]>
By: Steven Hsieh
Gary Johnson is attempting to bring his poll numbers up to 15 percent, the threshold for a spot on the debate stage in September.
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<![CDATA[Room to Grow - Latest school grades for SFPS show many schools still ranked with Ds, Fs ]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
The latest round of school grades released from the New Mexico Public Education Department for Santa Fe Public Schools showed mixed results that may take weeks to decipher, but Interim Superintendent ]]>
<![CDATA[The Blame Game - IFAM’s loss of a day has a simple explanation]]>
By: Alex De Vore
Three days before the Indigenous Fine Art Market was set to open for its third year, organizers faced a tough choice. It was Tuesday, and a last-minute discovery in permitting paperwork would requir]]>
<![CDATA[Martinez Bucks National Trend on Death Penalty - Why, Susana?]]>
By: Steven Hsieh
Gov. Susana Martinez’ support for reinstating the death penalty in New Mexico bucks a national trend of turning away from state-funded executions for people convicted of especially heinous crimes, a]]>
<![CDATA[Relief for MedPot Patients - Health department and law enforcement say expired cards will get grace period to account for delayed processing]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
A break is coming for medical cannabis patients who’ve have had a hard time getting their expired program cards renewed by the New Mexico Health Department.]]>
<![CDATA[Short Supply - Mother, producer sue health department over ‘arbitrary’ plant limits]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
A top economist spent the summer collecting information about the state’s medical cannabis market and says her study proves the health department’s strict 450-plant cap is responsible for an endless shortage of medication.
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<![CDATA[Dust-Up Over Gravel Rules - ]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
The county’s sand and gravel extraction codes fail to protect the viewscapes and quality of life along the Turquoise Trail, say two long-time residents of Cerrillos.
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<![CDATA[Train to Somewhere - ]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
A long-neglected train station at St. Francis Drive and Zia Road is set to begin serving passengers on a trial basis as soon as this fall if a private developer’s construction project goes as planned.
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<![CDATA[Demand, Sans Supply - A Q&A on New Mexico's medical cannabis economy ]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
Economist Kelly O’Donnell and Duke Rodriguez, president of Ultra Health, a state licensed cannabis producer, recently discussed their views on cannabis program regulations that they say could lead to a 7-ton shortage.]]>
<![CDATA[The New Recruits - Engage program gains more students despite low graduation rate]]>
By: Andrew Koss
As the sole recruitment coordinator for Engage, Malone looks for program candidates in the range of 16 to 22 years old. ]]>
<![CDATA[Bikes in the Woods? - Allowing bikes where they have long been banned is aim of federal proposal]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
The proposed Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act would grant local officials with federal land management agencies authority to decide which forms of non-motorized transportation to allow into an area.]]>
<![CDATA[The Santa Fe Connection - Emails to and from Hillary Clinton show a close relationship with Joe and Valerie Plame Wilson]]>
By: Steven Hsieh

If Hillary Clinton ever makes a campaign stop in Santa Fe, she’ll have a place to crash.

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<![CDATA[Federal Land Grab - With Republicans mounting a platform that calls for states reclaiming federally owned lands, outdoors advocates reply with a case that makes economic sense]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
Research shows that states can’t afford to manage public lands—the costs of fighting wildfires alone, which ran at $155 million in New Mexico in 2011, could bankrupt state budgets.]]>
<![CDATA[A Little More Sunshine - City unveils new budget tool aimed at increasing transparency]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
The City of Santa Fe unveiled its latest in a suite of transparency tools, this one specifically aimed at allowing the public to better understand the budgeting process. ]]>
<![CDATA[AirbnFee - A new tax for Airbnb users went into effect this week]]>
By: Steven Hsieh
Starting this week, Santa Fe vacationers who find lodging through the website Airbnb must pay a local bed tax, adding a source of potential revenue that has for years eluded city coffers.]]>
<![CDATA[Signal Revolt - A wireless internet tower allegedly breaks city law, but its owner won’t back down]]>
By: Steven Hsieh
The tower rises 80 feet, overlooking homes and businesses on Apache Street. To passersby, the structure might seem a harmless eyesore, a pillar of crossbeams better fit for an industrial park than a residential area.
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<![CDATA[Shipwrecked - Thornburg Mortgage execs stay afloat against federal charges that followed housing bust]]>
By: Gwyneth Doland
Lawyers for the Securities and Exchange Commission could not persuade a jury that former CEO Larry Goldstone and CFO Clarence G Simmons III misled investors about the seaworthiness of their ship as it began to spring alarming leaks. ]]>
<![CDATA[All Kinds of Gloom - Holocaust commemoration to precede Zozobra]]>
By: Andrew Koss
It’s not all party hearty and “Burn Him!” this year—a solemn, special event is planned for the night before the burning of Zozobra.]]>
<![CDATA[ Triple digit temps dry the Rio Grande - New Mexico's farmers and endangered fish had a tough month]]>
By: Laura Paskus, New Mexico In Depth
Despite spring runoff that ripped down the Rio Grande in early June, consistently high temperatures in July are contributing to drying in the Rio Grande, the state’s largest river.Under a 2003 plan ]]>