Santa Fe Reporter - Local News http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-4-1-local-news.html <![CDATA[Labs On The Naughty List - Watchdog groups urge feds to block incentives for Sandia and LANL]]>
By: Joey Peters
Two watchdog organizations don't want to see the state's two national labs get their Christmas bonuses.]]>
<![CDATA[New York Times Investigation Features Gary King - Paper probes attorneys general shopping out litigation to private firms]]>
By: Justin Horwath
The New York Times put Gary King right at the top of its investigation into "a flourishing industry that pairs plaintiffs’ lawyers with state attorneys general to sue companies." 

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<![CDATA[City's Checkbook Needs Help - Santa Fe is 'behind' on budget planning, Finance Committee chairman says]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
When it comes to figuring out how the City of Santa Fe is faring financially and how it might escape a gap between spending and revenue, officials have fallen behind. Councilor Carmichael Dominguez ha]]>
<![CDATA[Christmas for the Birds - Local Audubon holds state’s oldest citizen science project with winter bird count]]>
By: Zoe Baillargeon
Forget about partridges in pear trees. Bring on the juncos in junipers. Between now and Jan. 5 2015, a dedicated group of local volunteer bird enthusiasts will brave the pre-dawn cold to participate i]]>
<![CDATA[Nonprofit Says City Council's Secret Discussions Violated Law - Discussion of homeless shelter lease precisely type of executive session law intended to prevent, says nonprofit]]>
By: Justin Horwath
City Council's "extensive discussions concerning possible relocation" of the emergency homeless shelter from its current 2801 Cerrrillos Road location that took place in a secret Dec. 10 meeting was "impermissible" under the Open Meetings Act, says nonprofit. ]]>
<![CDATA[Campaign Reform - Ethics board says young public campaign finance system need work]]>
By: Joey Peters
Remember the Santa Fe 2014 municipal election? And how spending by political action committees counteracted the first mayoral test of public campaign financing?
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<![CDATA[Crime Decline - Police say November property crime rates are lowest in a decade]]>
By: Justin Horwath
November 2014 property crime rates clocked in at the lowest rates in over a decade, say Santa Fe Police Department officials. Police reported 72 property crimes last month, a 41 percent decline
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<![CDATA[Cease Pumping - State Engineer tells Glorieta camp to stop pumping water into creek]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
The Office of the State Engineer is apparently changing its tune about whether water use at the Glorieta camp falls within state rules.
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<![CDATA[Power Play - City Council divided on energy future]]>
By: Justin Horwath
A new energy plan for the City of Santa Fe sponsored by at least two city councilors is creating tension with supporters of a different plan that calls for the city to study replacing Public Service Company of New Mexico with a municipal utility company. ]]>
<![CDATA[If They Build It - End of first phase for new Southside park delayed until next summer]]>
By: Joey Peters
The first phase in construction of a long-awaited public park on Santa Fe’s Southside was supposed to be completed three months ago. Instead, construction will likely continue into next year.]]>
<![CDATA[All Aboard - First National bank keeps up holiday train tradition]]>
By: SFR
Lights flipped on this morning for the First National bank's annual decorations, which will stay live until Dec. 26, thanks to members of the Santa Fe Model Railroad Club.]]>
<![CDATA[Merit Pay - Union and Santa Fe School District at odds over teacher incentives]]>
By: Joey Peters
The labor union representing Santa Fe public school teachers is urging its members to speak out against the way new state incentives were awarded to the city's school district. ]]>
<![CDATA[Caldera Clears Congress - Senate approves defense bill that gives Valles Caldera management to Parks Service]]>
By: Joey Peters
The US Senate cleared a large defense spending bill Friday afternoon with public lands provisions that will impact New Mexico.]]>
<![CDATA[Badgers to Replace Fireflies - Santa Fe and Badger Inc. enter $8.3 million agreement for new water-meter readers ]]>
By: Justin Horwath
Santa Fe city councilors on Wednesday unanimously approved an $8.3 million, 10-year contract with a Wisconsin company to install new water-meter reading devices at tens of thousands of locations across Santa Fe.


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<![CDATA[Martinez Committee Opens, Then Shuts, Gate on Unlimited Cash - Nonprofit organizing gala reverses course on contributions following SFR inquiry]]>
By: Justin Horwath
Following a nearly 15-point victory over her Democratic gubernatorial challenger, Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is getting ready to set off her second four-year term with inaugural celebrations that start Dec. 28.
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<![CDATA[Ex-Health Department Employee Gets $300K in Whistleblower Settlement - Bob Ortiz alleged he was instructed to make fraudulent transactions]]>
By: Joey Peters
Bob Ortiz alleged that he was instructed to make a fraudulent transaction at the Department of Health in 2009. ]]>
<![CDATA[Lawmakers React To 'Torture Report' - Senate Intelligence Committee releases 524-page summary of CIA detainment and torture techniques]]>
By: Joey Peters
A damning report released today on the Central Intelligence Agency's post-9/11 detainee program is making headway, and New Mexico lawmakers are expressing outrage. ]]>
<![CDATA[Crown Coming - Railyard movie theater goes vertical, expects April opening]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
The Violet Crown cinema in the Santa Fe Railyard is starting to look like an actual building, and for a space that remained a gaping hole in the dirt for years as officials jockeyed to find a theater operator, that's progress.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Experimental Management - After 15 years under a unique public land management, Valles Caldera appears set to change hands]]>
By: Joey Peters
The future of what some call New Mexico’s equivalent of Yellowstone has been uncertain for years.
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<![CDATA[Teens Versus Tourists - Project aims to gather input on teens, influence city spending]]>
By: Cybele Mayes-Osterman
Spending time out in Santa Fe is difficult from a teen perspective, partly because of the city’s obsession with playing to the tourist trade.]]>