Santa Fe Reporter - Local News http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-4-1-local-news.html <![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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<![CDATA[Taxation and Representation - Cities of Española and Santa Fe want district court to nullify latest county tax increase]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
For years, dozens of businesses along Riverside Drive in Española have been coughing up the money for a variety of taxes imposed on them by Santa Fe County while receiving what they describe as a bare minimum of services in return.
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<![CDATA[Veto Pen - Gov. Martinez strikes through capital projects, mostly those carried by Democrats]]>
By: New Mexico In Depth
Democratic lawmakers felt the brunt of  Gov. Susana Martinez's 42 capital outlay project vetoes, with 27 of those projects sponsored solely by Democrats.But Martinez did veto some GO]]>
<![CDATA[Opening Open Space - Santa Fe County Commission sets aside $150,000 to solve its open space woes]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
The Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve, shuttered to the public for a month, may be reopened for occasional guided tours, in keeping with the spirit of the parcel -- an outdoor mining museum at 8,000 feet.]]>
<![CDATA[Leaving Wildfires Alone - Laissez-faire approach to small fire in Santa Fe National Forest clears out dry fuels, reduces intensity of future fires there]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
The blue haze seen on Santa Fe’s horizon over the weekend was the result of a 3,500 acre fire burning west of Socorro just outside the community of Magdalena in the Cibola National Forest.]]>
<![CDATA[Our View: SF New Mexican’s Caitlyn Jenner cartoon a misstep - Joining a sad trend, the former athlete/reality TV star was lampooned in ‘No Reservations’ comic strip ]]>
By: Enrique Limón
Caté's strip in yesterday’s paper, published next to "Peanuts," was neither interesting, funny nor thought-provoking. The cartoonist strayed from shining a light on the perils of cultural appropriation and history being rewritten to oust the little guy and decided to jump on the Caitlyn Jenner bandwagon. ]]>
<![CDATA[Diamonds Are Forever - Construction of $20 million interchange begins next week at Cerrillos Road and I-25]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
Buckle up and prepare for various lane closures along I-25 next week in both directions at Cerrillos Road.]]>
<![CDATA[Earth Plus Mars - Los Alamos National Lab partners with Spain and France ]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
New Mexico’s role in the next mission to Mars will also be part of a tri-national Earthly collaboration. The new generation of the Red Planet rover is planned to touch down in 2020 and is set to aga]]>
<![CDATA[Home Stay - Most AirBnB offers in Santa Fe are skirting rules and avoiding taxes]]>
By: Zoe Baillargeon
Bernadette Vadurro has a successful career as a professional speaker, but on the side, she’s also one of Santa Fe’s most popular AirBnB hostesses.
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