Santa Fe Reporter - Local News http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-4-1-local-news.html <![CDATA[Animal Controls - City Finance Committee says for new animal services officers won't be added right away despite chief's request]]>
By: Justin Horwath
The Santa Fe Police Department’s Animal Services Division will have to wait until at least next year to get additional taxpayer funding for additional officers.The City Council Finance Committee rec]]>
<![CDATA[New Harvest - State lawmakers say marijuana legislation is heading for debate in the upcoming legislative session]]>
By: Joey Peters
Add another marijuana bill to the upcoming legislative session.]]>
<![CDATA[Outward Bound - When is taxpayer-funded city travel good for the public?]]>
By: Joey Peters

Earlier this week, Mayor Javier Gonzales flew to Washington DC to take part in a conference of a national organization celebrating elected Latino officials like himself.

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<![CDATA[End Game on the Gila - State commission votes to divert the Gila River’s waters, but staff say plan could take 20 more years]]>
By: Laura Paskus
Allyson Siwik has spent the last decade organizing activists and poring over legal documents and scientific studies related to the Gila River in southwestern New Mexico.
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<![CDATA[Minority Report - New House Minority leader Brian Egolf says Democrats must force Republicans to justify majority in state House ]]>
By: Justin Horwath
As the newly named minority leader of Democrats in New Mexico's House of Representatives, Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, will be at the helm a Democratic party caucus that hasn't been in the minority in decades.]]>
<![CDATA[Gila Diversion Moves Forward - Interstate Stream Commission votes to tell feds they want to use water from wild Gila River]]>
By: Laura Paskus
Today in Albuquerque, the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission voted in favor of building a project on the Gila River that will divert the river’s waters in southwestern New Mexico for potential use by homes, farms and businesses.]]>
<![CDATA[AP Correspondent Leaves for State Government - Barry Massey beomes legislative and PR guy for Administrative Office of the Courts]]>
By: Joey Peters
 Come this January's state legislative session, a familiar face in the Roundhouse press corps will grace the Capitol from a different position. 

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<![CDATA['Different Conversation' - Sen. Peter Wirth addresses constituents after Republicans take over New Mexico House of Representatives]]>
By: Justin Horwath
State Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, tells constituents gathered at Collected Works on a gray Sunday morning that before the election, he thought he'd be having a "different conversation" with the. ]]>
<![CDATA[Rick May Headed Back To DC - The former New Mexico cabinet secretary will be staff director for the US House Budget Committee]]>
By: Joey Peters
 Rick May, the former New Mexico cabinet secretary who had a public falling out with Gov. Susana Martinez, is headed back to Washington DC to work on the federal budget.

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<![CDATA[Middle Ground - For some, president's immigration changes are good; for others, not good enough]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
For immigrants like Cinthya Chavez and Ivan Jimenez, who live and work in Santa Fe, President Barack Obama’s executive decision to protect millions of people from deportation couldn’t have come fa]]>
<![CDATA[State Gets Green Light for Gila Decision - Judge says petitioner in open meetings case has to pay $62 million bond to keep restraining order in place]]>
By: Laura Paskus
A District Court judge in Santa Fe has lifted a temporary restraining order against the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission. 
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<![CDATA[Money Machine - In Congress, Rep Ben Ray Luján has sought to stifle big-money influence on elections. In politics, he takes helm at multimillion dollar PAC]]>
By: Justin Horwath
As the head of the DCCC, New Mexico's US Rep Lujan has now become in integral cog in the modern-day election money machine that raises and spends millions of dollars to influence your vote.


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<![CDATA[Slow Burn - Enforcing the city's new marijuana decriminalization law is taking forever]]>
By: Joey Peters
More than two months after City Council approved decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, the new ordinance still isn't being fully enforced.]]>
<![CDATA[Four More Years - Projections show New Mexico's workforce recovering to pre-recession levels in 2018]]>
By: Joey Peters

New Mexico needs another four years to recover to pre-Great Recession employment levels, according to state Workforce Solutions projections.

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<![CDATA[Ride Sharing Arrives in Santa Fe - Despite controversy with PRC and local cab operator, Uber makes surprise launch with mayor's support]]>
By: SFR
The ride-sharing taxi alternative Uber made a surprise launch in Santa Fe today, giving a lift to Mayor Javier Gonzales from the Plaza as its “Rider Zero.”]]>
<![CDATA[Liberating Liberia - Getting beyond its reputation for Ebola, there's more to Liberia's tale]]>
By: Jack Kolkmeyer
With the Ebola crisis so much in the news these days and the emphasis on fear-mongering and the virulent nature of the virus, it is a bit surprising that so little is being written or broadcast in the United States about the actual area where this epidemic broke out.]]>
<![CDATA[King Hemp - Could marijuana’s non-psychoactive counterpart be the next cash crop?]]>
By: Joey Peters
Doug Fine believes that hemp will save humanity.
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<![CDATA[Luján To Head DCCC - ]]>
By: Joey Peters

Santa Fe's own US Rep. Ben Ray Luján is the pick to lead the national Democratic Party's efforts to elect its members to Congress in the 2016 election cycle.


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<![CDATA[Public Power - Santa Fe councilors to debate public utility ordinance as soon as December ]]>
By: Justin Horwath
Santa Fe City councilors could debate an ordinance that would create a publicly owned power company as soon as next month, says Councilor Peter Ives, the measure's sponsor. ]]>
<![CDATA[Santa Fe County Floats La Bajada Proposal Request - Bid asks public for ranch uses]]>
By: Justin Horwath
Santa Fe County published a bid asking for offers to purchase or lease the 470-acre property near La Cienega formerly known as Santa Fe Canyon Ranch. ]]>