Santa Fe Reporter - Local News <![CDATA[Hot in Here - Weather coverage in New Mexico is missing the mark]]>
By: Laura Paskus
It’s been hot. On Monday, temperature records were broken or tied in Capulin, Roswell, Clayton, Clines Corners, Santa Fe, and Tucumcari.Cue the small talk and the paper fans, because there]]>
<![CDATA[Overdrawn - UPDATE: No answer from Gov. Martinez on request for special session to address budget shortfall]]>
By: Steven Hsieh
It’s clear now that New Mexico closed the fiscal year on June 30 with a massive budget shortfall, even though the state isn’t sure how big the final gap will be.   ]]>
<![CDATA[Meter Hike - Increased parking rates wilt Farmers Market shoppers and vendors]]> Andrew Koss
Peg Luciano adjusts a box of peaches as she works at Pat Montoya’s Family Orchard stand. Pretty soon she’ll have to stop by the meter and drop in a few more coins. Like the other workers at the Ra]]>
<![CDATA[Happier Trails - Transit center project moves on after conflict between the city and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
When a small crowd assembled at the downtown library on June 23 to see the plans for sprucing up the nearby hub of the city bus system attendees mostly had one question: Where were the seats and bus shelters? ]]>
<![CDATA[Intervention - Mobile crisis response team looks to new ways of connecting mentally ill patients with treatment options]]>
By: Steven Hsieh
Laurel Carraher carries two cellphones: one for personal calls and one for mental health crises. When the latter device rang on Friday afternoon, she picked it up, jotted down an address and rushed out of her office.
<![CDATA[Mexican Wolves Could Lose Protections - ]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
If a rider on an appropriations bill the US House passed on July 14 sticks, it’ll effectively remove the Mexican wolf from the Endangered Species list.]]>
<![CDATA[Private, but Public - ]]>
By: Steven Hsieh
Two New Mexico newspapers and an advocacy group filed a public records lawsuit against Corizon Health on Tuesday, claiming that the prison health care contractor is performing a governmental function and should therefore be subject to the same transparency laws. ]]>
<![CDATA[Food Stamp Scandal: An Explainer - What the fuck is happening at NM’s Human Services Department?]]>
By: Steven Hsieh
Democratic legislators this week blasted the administration of Gov. Susana Martinez for a scandal unfolding in the state office that administers food stamps and other benefits. Their outrage came shor]]>
<![CDATA[And Now We Wait - What is taking the county so long to finalize a plan for La Bajada Ranch?]]>
By: Steven Hsieh
A former La Cienega-area ranch has been in public hands for more than seven years, yet Santa Fe County officials still appear to lack a vision about its best use.
<![CDATA[Buyer’s Market - Booksellers sue over PED’s secrets on out-of-state purchases]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
An independent New Mexico book publisher wants to know why the state’s Public Education Department is shunning local authors and their books in favor of out-of-state titles.]]>
<![CDATA[Viva El Grito! - How will Mexican Independence Day fare at the Plaza?]]>
By: Andrew Koss
A simmering drumroll builds to the eruption of a 21-gun salute fired at midnight on the Plaza the evening of Sept. 15, 1835.]]>
<![CDATA[Water Faux Fight - Miscommunication, vandalism spiked tensions between city and Nature Conservancy, but end resolution could mean a better river for all]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
When the Public Service Company of New Mexico gave The Nature Conservancy the emptied basins where two city dams once held a frontier town’s supply of water, the gift’s quality posed a mystery: Just how much could be made of a bare stretch of ea]]>
<![CDATA[Griego Sought Secret Punishment - Legislative investigation documents were released in time for today's hearings in ex-senator's corruption case]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
A dozen documents that have been shielded from public view by Legislative Council Services for more than a year show that former state Sen. Phil Griego’s legal team tried to negotiate a secret reprimand with the Senate Investigative Subcommittee’s special counsel rather than face ethics and rules violation charges at a public hearing in 2015.]]>
<![CDATA[Superintendent Boyd to Leave SFPS - Opportunity draws superintendent to private sector]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Joel Boyd has received an offer that, as they say, he couldn’t refuse, and will leave the district for the private sector by the end of the summer. ]]>
<![CDATA[Press Protection Affirmed - Judge says journalist does not have to testify in Phil Griego corruption case]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
Preliminary hearings on the charges of tampering with public records, filing false financial disclosure reports, committing perjury and violating the ethical principles of public service are scheduled to begin on Tuesday]]>
<![CDATA[Wildfire a Wrap - McClure Fire is out, but city's watershed could still see prescribed burn]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
When lightning started the McClure wildfire in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed on Thursday, June 23, fire managers threw a slew of resources at it to contain the fire, attacking it first from the sky and then sending four hotshot crews in by foot.]]>
<![CDATA[Fire in Watershed Half Contained - Managers Credit Strong Response for Reining In Flames]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
 The McClure Fire in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed is considered 50 percent contained, according to Friday afternoon media advisories, and some of the many resources allocated to that fire hav]]>
<![CDATA[Fire Starts in City Watershed - Major resources on tap to fight fire that began Thursday in the Santa Fe Watershed]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
A small wildfire has ignited in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed, just upstream of McClure Reservoir and in the wilderness portion of the watershed. ]]>
<![CDATA[Health Department Under-Reports Medical Cannabis Sales - Who's growing and selling the most and where? SFR obtains financial data for the first time ]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program is growing at an even more rapid pace than reported by the public health agency tasked with regulating the industry.]]>
<![CDATA[Breathing in Danger - Research maps health risks of oil and gas development as campaigns continue for reduced emissions]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
The oil and gas industry emits thousands of tons of formaldehyde, benzene, acetaldehyde and ethylbenzene each year. ]]>