Santa Fe Reporter - Features <![CDATA[Time's Out for the Rio - Will our grandchildren remember the river? ]]>
By: Laura Paskus
As drought has intensified over the past few years trying to protect what’s left of the river has gotten harder and harder.]]>
<![CDATA[Education Exodus - New Mexico teachers speak about why they’re leaving the profession]]>
By: Joey Peters

Nearly half of all new teachers quit their jobs during the first five years. Teacher turnover leaves a mark: lower student test scores.

<![CDATA[I Saw it on Facebook it Must Be True! Or is it? - SFR researches, fact checks and debunks popular scientific questions ]]>
By: Gwyneth Doland
For some of the most common Facebook link baits that have raised your eyebrows, here’s the 411 from the research department at SFR.]]>
<![CDATA[WOOPS WIPP Did it Again - Nuclear Waste Spill Revives Controversy]]>
By: Rene Romo

Officials say the highest radiation dose recorded after the Valentine’s Day radiation leak at WIPP amounted to about a quarter of the exposure in a single chest x-ray. 

<![CDATA[TOP 10 WATER GUZZLERS - SFR names biggest residential, commercial water consumers in 2013]]>
By: Justin Horwath
Santa Fe is brown and its water is green. As New Mexico continues to suffer one of its most protracted droughts in memory, SFR has resurrected our annual list of the Top 10 water users in the city.

<![CDATA[Mind, Body & Spirit - ]]>
No matter how happy you were to see snow on the mountains or what kind of cozy weekend dreams you had under a blanket this winter, you have to admit that spring feels good.]]>
<![CDATA[Javier: - Leader of The PACK]]>
By: Joey Peters
All three candidates for mayor participated in Santa Fe’s first test of publicly funded campaigns for the top job, but the one who emerged the victor was also the only candidate with big-money backing from political action committees. ]]>
<![CDATA[LAST EXIT - Wildlife dies by the thousands on NM’s highways]]>
By: Laura Paskus
It’s late, and I’m hauling ass home from Las Cruces after a three-day long reporting trip. I’ve seen mountains worth protecting and a riverbed dried up. Johnny Cash is singing me in through the dark, and now I’ve likely walloped an owl hunting its evening meal.]]>
<![CDATA[ICON, HERO, HOMEBOY - Family works to solve service mysteries]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
The bearded face of a soldier gazes from the paneled walls of Evangelo’s, a downtown Santa Fe bar. With a cigarette clamped between his lips, a carbine over his shoulder and a helmet resting on his furrowed brow, his is an iconic image that for many has become the face of World War II.]]>
<![CDATA[Love & Sex - This is Not a Test]]>
Birds do it. Bees do it. Apparently, Barbies do it. And the Reporter has been doing it since 1999. It's our annual celebration of all things love and sex neatly rolled into one safe and sterile package (nasty paper cuts notwithstanding).]]>
<![CDATA[Angry Orchard - Decades at Dixon’s left yet undone]]>
By: Robin Brown
Nearly 1,000 apple trees at Dixon’s historic orchard are still alive. Their young, reddish branches are flexible and show signs of fruit to come at harvest time in the fall. Yet after an incredibly rough three years in Cochiti Canyon southeast of Santa Fe, only about an eighth of the total orchard remains.]]>
<![CDATA[District 3 - City Council Trading Cards]]>
By: Joey Peters
But as he pursues a third term on the governing body he’s spawned a fiery challenger in Angelo Jaramillo, a 37-year-old activist, state employee and writer who dismisses Dominguez’ style of leadership as nothing more than the “patrón model”—the act of promising constituents one thing but only delivering when in need of something else.]]>
<![CDATA[Southside ARISE - Vision Far From Realized]]>
Longtime Santa Feans can remember when St. Francis Drive pushed through a west side neighborhood to become a thoroughfare. They can recall when St. Michael’s Drive was dirt and nothing much was going on south of there. They were here when driving to I-25 on Cerrillos Road felt like a journey into the rural reaches of the county.]]>
<![CDATA[MAYORAL MANIA! - Three-way Showdown for Top Job]]>
By: Joey Peters
In 2002, then-Santa Fe Mayor Larry Delgado—a political moderate who treated his role in the city’s top office as more ceremonial than hands-on—faced stiff opposition in Patti Bushee, a councilor who had amassed her own popularity in the ‘90s and challenged Delgado from the progressive side.]]>
<![CDATA[Inside The Chorizo Lab - Former Senator explains convoluted process, demands reform in new book ]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm, Justin Horwath and Dede Feldman
“Everything about this system is draining the courage out of individuals and that is really a shame,” she tells SFR. “We have such great challenges that we need courage and sincerity. I think people are really crying out for that...I felt the place was in need of such reform that somebody has got to speak about it who has actually been there.]]>
<![CDATA[STILL ON THE STREETS - Despite shortcomings in Santa Fe’s plan to end homelessness, shelter soldiers on]]>
By: Justin Horwath
On a recent December night, Tahlia Rainbolt serves as a volunteer coordinator for a team of about a dozen individuals who donate food, prepare it and help clean the kitchen afterwards. On this night, Dec. 27, two soups are available, prepared from scratch with a Progresso base: bacon-cheddar cheese and chicken soup.]]>
<![CDATA[Duck, Duck, Goose - How Hank Shaw Makes Cooking Manly]]>
By: Gwyneth Doland
If Isaiah Mustafa is The Man Your Man Could Smell Like, then Hank Shaw is The Man Your Man Could Cook Like. Except instead of wearing a towel and holding Old Spice body wash, he’s wearing waders and holding a fly rod.]]>
<![CDATA[Top 10 of 2013 - SFR Recounts the Biggest News of the Year]]>
“It is a big issue within our church; we’re just way ahead of the curve,” Rev. Gail Marriner told SFR earlier this year. The topic at hand was same-sex marriage, and as a “statement of conscience,” Marriner had stopped issuing marriage licenses at her parish altogether.]]>
<![CDATA[The Unkindest Cut - Unscrupulous employers rip off workers’ wages]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
It’s the kind of work that housemaids Marta Dionicio and Maria Chamale have never minded. In their world of extreme circumstances, there’s never been a fast buck. They’re used to toiling with brooms, dirty laundry and filthy toilets from dawn to dusk.]]>
<![CDATA[FIREPROOF - Can forest thinning save Santa Fe’s watershed from catastrophic wildfire?]]>
By: Frank Clifford
Since 2011, major wildfires in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains have burned ever closer to the edge of the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed, the source of much of the city’s drinking water supply.]]>