Santa Fe Reporter - Local News <![CDATA[Swimming Upstream - How police decide to try to find where a drunken driver last had a drink]]>
By: Matt Grubs
Police think Dominic Friedlein was drunk. One officer said the 24-year-old admitted as much at the hospital. “Someone else should’ve drove. I ruined my life today,” Friedlein said hours after the crash.]]>
<![CDATA[Weighing the Sugar Tax - ]]>
On May 2, Santa Fe will tally the votes in the citywide election that asks whether to impose a 2-cents-per-ounce tax on the distribution of sugary drinks.]]>
<![CDATA[Passing the Bucks - City Council approves budget that leaves city workers feeling less than whole]]>
By: Matt Grubs
Santa Fe employees who just two months ago heard Mayor Javier Gonzales propose a 5 percent raise tonight learned they’d have to settle for 2 percent.]]>
<![CDATA[Skylight to Stop Regular Operations This Week - Scheduled events will reportedly not be affected]]>
By: Alex De Vore
Skylight plans to stop regular operations following this weekend’s activities.]]>
<![CDATA[Unfinished Business - Decolonizing Nature conference pits imaginative defiance against a reactionary agenda]]>
By: Aaron Cantú
The border line glows red like a re-opened scar ripping through flesh-colored earth, a reminder that the process of colonization is never complete so long as there are people around to resist it. This]]>
<![CDATA[Starting Over - After a string of DWI wrecks, Santa Fe looks to redouble its efforts to stop drunken drivers]]>
By: Matt Grubs
Santa Fe police plan more saturation patrols and more DWI checkpoints, joining a stepped-up effort already underway by the county and state police.]]>
<![CDATA[Science Under Attack - Saturday March for Science events in Santa Fe and other cities protest political rhetoric and proposed federal budget cuts]]>
By: Laura Paskus, New Mexico Political Report
On Wednesday evening, students, baby boomers, dogs, kids and organizers for the Albuquerque March for Science spread across a corner of Bataan Park.]]>
<![CDATA[Interchangeable Future - Here’s why that shiny new exit off the Santa Fe Bypass isn’t being used … yet]]>
By: Matt Grubs
Dan Aguilar first spotted the incongruous patch of green grass in the Arroyo Chamiso from the highway. “I said, ‘Let’s check it out.’ So, from then on, this has been our spot,” he tells SFR from the Southwest Activity Node in Tierra Contenta.]]>
<![CDATA[Schools Budget Battle - State Education Department blasts SFPS elementary closure plan; District says PED is inflating the value of funding boost]]>
By: Matt Grubs
The New Mexico Public Education Department accused Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Veronica Garcia of uninformed decisions and fearmongering.]]>
<![CDATA[When SFUAD Closes a Door, It Opens a Window - With one year before the art school shuts down, film insiders have eyes on its studio and its potential]]>
By: Matt Grubs
Jon Hendry is in his car driving from the Estancia shooting location of the indie film Fast Color to Albuquerque.]]>
<![CDATA[Taxi Canceled After 31-year Run - Capital City Cab ceases taxi service in Santa Fe, Sandia Shuttle Express to continue ]]>
By: Matt Grubs
Santa Fe’s oldest traditional taxi cab service, Capital City Cab, is parking its fleet and calling it day.]]>
<![CDATA[Students Speak Out - In the wake of closure announcement, Santa Fe University of Art and Design students voice frustrations ]]>
By: Kendall Mac, Matt Grubs, Alex De Vore
As news of Santa Fe University of Arts and Design’s upcoming closure rocks the campus on St. Michael’s Drive, students left in lurch are frustrated with education company Laureate.]]>
<![CDATA[SFR Endorsement: Voting Underway in Special Election - Vote no in the soda war]]>
In the South, everything is a Coke. Around the middle of the country, it’s all pop. To most everyone else, it’s soda. Lately, in Santa Fe, we’re hearing about “sugar-sweetened beverages.” It really rolls off the tongue.
<![CDATA[Powered Down - Renewable energy losses in state legislature slow down solar installations—and the jobs that come with them]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
Not a single one of the bills to boost renewable power in New Mexico survived the legislative session, most dying in committee with the budget to blame.
<![CDATA[Electoral Imbalance - Voter registration data shows the part of Santa Fe most affected by a sugary-drink tax has the least say in whether it happens]]>
By: Matt Grubs
Each weekday morning, the Plaza in downtown Santa Fe comes to life slowly. A few tourists are usually out for a jog, fighting the surprisingly thin air.
<![CDATA[UPDATED: Santa Fe University of Art & Design Officially Announces Closure After 2017-2018 Academic Year - ]]>
By: Alex De Vore, Matt Grubs
Santa Fe University of Art & Design's interim president Maria Puzziferro and chair of its board of directors, Susan Fairbairn, announced today via joint letter that the troubled school would inde]]>
<![CDATA[Susana Stops Science Standards - Governor vetoes bill to set new science standards in state law]]>
By: Matt Grubs
To the surprise of no one who’s been following the long, winding road to updating the science taught in New Mexico’s schools, Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed a measure designed to force the adoption of new science standards.]]>
<![CDATA[Fizzier Math - More than $1 million flows into Santa Fe's soda tax election]]>
By: Matt Grubs
Political committees active in the May 2 special election filed their second campaign finance reports today, and $800,000 from Big Soda threatens to swamp the city in anti-tax ads, mailers and door-to-door efforts.]]>
<![CDATA[Nope - Martinez vetoes solitary reform, ‘ban the box’ bills]]>
By: Jeff Proctor
Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday vetoed two criminal justice reform bills that passed the Legislature with bipartisan support.]]>
<![CDATA[Three Days in Court - Press access, strength of state open-records law are at issue in SFR v. Gov.]]>
It’s been over three years since SFR filed a District Court lawsuit against Gov. Susana Martinez alleging her office discriminated against the newspaper and violated the state’s open-records law.