Santa Fe Reporter - Local News http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-4-1-local-news.html <![CDATA[Monsoon Swoons - Forecasters say colder temps and rainy days are ahead ]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
A back-door front blew in from the Great Plains on Monday, disenchanting the Land of Enchantment, bringing lingering rain and setting a record at the Albuquerque International Airport with 2.24 inches in a 24-hour period.]]>
<![CDATA[Tweet @ Mayor - Twitter Town Hall invites, or perhaps incites, conversation with mayor ]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
Got a question for the mayor? Mayor Javier Gonzales will be fielding them all in 140 characters or less through his first ever “Twitter Town Hall” Wednesday, July 8 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm.]]>
<![CDATA[Protect & Pray - Santa Fe police rack up overtime for archbishop installation event]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
The Santa Fe Police Department spent $16,000 to protect the installation of the new archbishop. Some Santa Feans question the prudence of the expenditures.]]>
<![CDATA[Wringing Out the Budget - City council to consider using water funds for other operations while opponents question legal maneuverings and precedent]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
Whether the city can move millions from the water fund to the general fund to balance the upcoming fiscal year’s budget is one of the big matters on the table for the July 8 City Council meeting.]]>
<![CDATA[“Growing up Transgender in America shouldn’t mean growing up to hate your body” - Read local activist Polina Smutko’s empowering (and undelivered) Pride speech]]>
By: Enrique Limón
Joining a barrage of colorful balloons, beads and tender signs of affection that added to the already celebratory mood, several guest speakers, including Mayor Gonzales, took the Plaza stage to address the crowd. Among them was to be local activist Polina Smutko.]]>
<![CDATA[Wolves in Court - Conservation groups sue Fish and Wildlife Service, arguing failure to protect endangered species]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
A federal plan that's supposed to help restore populations of endangered wolves doesn't give the animals a fair chance for a real future, argues a new lawsuit.]]>
<![CDATA[Doggone It - Animal shelter reports break-in and costly damage]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
Someone stole cash and caused damage to one of Santa Fe’s favorite nonprofits late Wednesday or early this morning. ]]>
<![CDATA[Bittersweet Soup - Chinese brothers receive federal probation for hiring undocumented immigrants at their Double Dragon restaurants]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
Chinese brothers receive two years of probation following a prosecution from the US attorney over labor at their restaurants in Santa Fe and Rio Rancho.


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<![CDATA[All About that Boom - Tribal lands are once again a destination spot for fireworks sales]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
Former addicts trying to stay clean are peddling high explosive fireworks inside a big tent on the Pojoaque Pueblo—in the name of God and Fourth of July fun.
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<![CDATA[Water Wiser - New smart water meters aimed at spotting leaks before bills climb]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
Say you forgot and left your drip hose watering your garden last night. How close did that bring your usage to the 10,000-gallon mark?
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<![CDATA[Adios, Drought - High precipitation is predicted to continue as officials lift drought designation in much of New Mexico]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
The National Weather Service released the drought summary for New Mexico on Thursday, June 23, with the heartening headline: “Drought lessening its grip on New Mexico.”]]>
<![CDATA[Hike Happening - Gross receipts tax rate increase takes effect July 1 ]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
The gross receipts tax rate increases on Wednesday, July 1 in Santa Fe County by one-eighth percent, bringing the rate that’s tacked on to most purchases inside the Santa Fe city limits to 8.3125 p]]>
<![CDATA[Mind the Mining - SF County Commissioners listen to details of mining ordinance set to lift yearlong moratorium on mining operations]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
Santa Fe County Commissioners listened Tuesday afternoon to the details of a proposed ordinance that would lift a year-long moratorium on sand and gravel mining operations.]]>
<![CDATA[Full Steam Ahead? - Or the latest move to open the Zia Road train station coud be yet another false summit on the tracks]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
State transportation officials in the coming weeks are expected to meet with the development company responsible for building safeguards and infrastructure that will be contingent upon opening the Zia Road Rail Runner station.]]>
<![CDATA[Munching on Trees - Hyde Park Road aspen canopy takes a big hit from caterpillars, which could affect fall gold]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
Hungry, hungry caterpillars are taking a toll on the famed aspen in the Santa Fe National Forest, but forest officials say the trees are likely to rebound.]]>
<![CDATA[Developer Throws in the Towel - Builder cites lack of interest from City Council among reasons for abandoning apartment proposal]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
Tierra Concepts will likely be cutting ties with the 16 acres of land on Agua Fría Street they had hoped to develop as a 399-unit affordable housing apartment complex. ]]>
<![CDATA[Farm to Hospital - New Mexico Court of Appeals affirms that farmhands can't be excluded from workers’ comp when they're hurt on the job]]>
By: Joseph Sorrentino
With a big decision on marriage equality by the United States Supreme Court on Friday, a  New Mexico high court decision affecting fairness for farm workers here got lost in the shadow. ]]>
<![CDATA[El Rio Unanimously Denied - City Council votes against the proposed apartment complex on Agua Fría]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
Santa Fe City Councilors voted unanimously against the proposed El Rio apartment complex on Agua Fría Street between the road and the Santa Fe River. As preface to his vote against the issue, Councilor Chris Rivera, who represents the district in which the El Rio complex would be located, said, "I believe this project is a good project. It's just too large for the neighborhood we're trying to put it into."]]>
<![CDATA[Go Where You Wanna Go - Santa Fe City Council approves ordinance that requires labeling single-occupant bathrooms with gender-neutral signage]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller

Alex McDonough and his brother were both born and raised in Santa Fe, but a recent tour of the city left them feeling less than at home. 

“My brother is transgender, and we spent an evening walking around downtown Santa Fe looking for a safe bathroom for him, and it was unnerving, so I’ve come in support of this,” he told Santa Fe City Council during the public comment period for their consideration of an ordinance that would require single-occupant public or employee restrooms in commercial facilities to be identified with gender-neutral signage.

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<![CDATA[Rumble in El Rio - West-side apartment complex fight hits City Council]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
A proposed apartment complex on Agua Fría Street is triggering some age-old conflicts in Santa Fe, and a looming vote by the City Council could be a defining choice about how development will or won’t meet housing needs in the future.
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