Santa Fe Reporter - Local News http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-4-1-local-news.html <![CDATA[Fizzy Math - First finance reports show PACs in soda tax election are set to spend more than $500K ]]>
By: Matt Grubs
Sugar-sweetened drinks are kind of a big deal. As proof, witness the more than $500,000 poured into the campaigns for and against Santa Fe’s proposed two-cents-an-ounce tax on such beverages.]]>
<![CDATA[Into the Fire - Three years later, SFR’s anti-secrecy and free expression case against Gov. Martinez heads to court]]>
By: Marisa Demarco
After years of legal wrangling over press freedoms and the public’s right to know, the Santa Fe Reporter is set to finally have its day in state District Court at the end of this month.
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<![CDATA[There’s No Escape - New Mexico water agency covered by SFR wins national ‘award’ for secrecy]]>
By: Matt Grubs
Thanks to what a national journalism group calls “outright contempt of the public’s right to know,” the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission has a new distinction to hang on the wall]]>
<![CDATA[Half-Day - More than 1,000 protestors rally at the capitol against education cuts]]>
By: Steven Hsieh
The action comes just after Santa Fe Public Schools called for a half-day to allow teachers to demonstrate]]>
<![CDATA[Stepping Down - NM Parole Board executive director resigns, takes new state job]]>
By: Jeff Proctor
The executive director of the New Mexico Parole Board has moved to another state job, as fresh controversy surrounds the board’s handling of parole hearings for the state’s “30-year lifer" population.]]>
<![CDATA[Ron’s Run - Could City Councilor Ron Trujillo become Santa Fe’s next mayor?]]>
By: Steven Hsieh
Councilor Ron Trujillo raises a glossy mailer depicting him as a younger man with a fuller, blacker goatee. It’s an ad supporting Mayor Javier Gonzales’ proposed sugar tax. Trujillo says it’s racist.]]>
<![CDATA[Community Blank - Santa Fe’s local banks are becoming less locally owned]]>
By: Matt Grubs
While the corporate banking industry continues its climb toward economic domination, community-based banking is looking less and less like Santa Fe these days.]]>
<![CDATA[Sweet Speech - 7 Highlights From Councilor Ron Trujillo's Anti-Sugar Tax Opus]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm and Steven Hsieh
You were probably asleep Wednesday night when City Councilor Ron Trujillo logged the sole vote against holding a special election in Santa Fe on May 2.]]>
<![CDATA[Capitol Gains - New Mexico’s ‘citizen legislators’ can pull in $40,000 tax-free]]>
By: Matt Grubs
August 2016 was a busy month for state Rep. Jimmie Hall. It started with a two-day meeting in Albuquerque, then two days in Las Cruces. Hall spent five days in Chicago for a national legislative conference.
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<![CDATA[The Soda War is On - Kids v. Cokes set for May ballot]]>
By: Steven Hsieh

City Council scheduled a special election for May 2, which early estimates suggest could cost around $90,000. Anyone who wants to vote in the election must be registered by April 4. Early voting begins on April 12.

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<![CDATA[Sitting Down With a Soda Tax Expert - A Cornell economist puts Wednesday’s vote in context]]>
By: Steven Hsieh
It’s the hottest political story in Santa Fe, yet there aren’t any candidates on the ballot. We’re not even sure there will be an election at all.
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<![CDATA[Lunch Crunch - Car careens into popular Cerrillos Road Eatery]]>
By: Matt Grubs
“I can’t believe how lucky we were,” manager Vince Onchaga told SFR. “It’s just before our busy time.” Onchaga was standing behind the bar in the restaurant’s front room when the car came crashing through the front window, plowed into several tables and came to rest just a few feet from him.]]>
<![CDATA[A year in solitary: ‘I didn’t want to lose it’ - New Mexico Legislature considers bill to better regulate prison use of solitary confinement]]>
By: Jeff Proctor, New Mexico In Depth
FARMINGTON—Joshua Saiz paces outside his mobile home, anxiously puffing on a cigarette and, alternately, flashing a grin at his young daughter. The gravel crunches under his shoes as he takes six sh]]>
<![CDATA[Dumptown Races - Glorieta Camps under fire for environmental and zoning violations]]>
By: Steven Hsieh
Heaps of garbage are scattered around Glorieta Camps, a sprawling Christian retreat tucked in the mountainous Pecos woodlands just a few miles southeast of Santa Fe.
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<![CDATA[Killing Wily - An effort to end coyote death contests returns to the Legislature, but could hunters just dodge it?]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
When a family driving through the desert near Las Cruces around Christmas 2014 found the bodies of 39 dead coyotes scattered among the sagebrush, they called Kevin Bixby.]]>
<![CDATA[Going Greener - Be prepared for Santa Fe’s upcoming recycling changes]]>
By: Steven Hsieh
Armando Gabaldon still remembers hauling loads of garbage by hand and emptying smelly bins one by one, hundreds of times a day, when he worked as an operator for the city’s waste division.
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<![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.
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<![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 immigration.]]>
<![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.]]>
<![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.]]>