Santa Fe Reporter - Features <![CDATA[2015 Writing Contest - Crossing the Line]]>
As border clashes and bottom lines weighed heavy on our minds, SFR invited writers near and far to explore what happens when one crosses over. ]]>
<![CDATA[Right This Way - New conflicts and decades-old Pueblo water disputes are at a boiling point]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
A no man’s land exists in the small community of El Rancho, a checkerboard of private property that sits inside the eastern edge of San Ildefonso Pueblo but has long been a part of Santa Fe County.]]>
<![CDATA[Giving Back - Even without a uniform, Veterans continue to serve their community]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
Their amputated limbs make us gasp. High suicide rates rob us of their presence too soon. Many are homeless and tortured by post-traumatic stress disorder.
<![CDATA[Schooled in Two - As bilingual education evolves at SFPS,tests still push an English-only agenda]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
Two generations ago, children who spoke Spanish in Santa Fe schools were made to kneel on pencils or grains of rice. At sports team practices, they were punished with extra laps for talking in their native language.]]>
<![CDATA[Censored - 10 big stories virtually ignored in the last year by mainstream media]]>
By: Tim Redmond
When Sonoma State University professor Carl Jensen started looking into the new media’s practice of self-censorship in 1976, the Internet was only a dream and most computers were still big mainframes with whirling tape reels and vacuum tubes.]]>
<![CDATA[The Food Movement - Shaping policy about how Santa Fe gets, grows and learns about food]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
In a city with hundreds of restaurants the head chef at the Blue Corn Brewery on the Southside says everyone deserves the joy of great food produced close to home.]]>
<![CDATA[Sustainable Fable - Santa Fe’s carbon neutral fantasy]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
Once upon a time, Santa Fe promised to become a city of densely insulated homes lit by solar panel arrays that also power the electric cars parked in their driveways.
<![CDATA[The Right to Bare Bums - Facing nipple discrimination and misconduct at the spa]]>
By: Dani Katz
Sunscreen?” my friend Ross asks, tightening the lid on a thermos full of yerba maté. “Check.” We are prepping for a hot springs adventure, doing a final supply inventory before hitting the road.]]>
<![CDATA[Gas, Grass and the Past - Finding Santa Fe High School’s Class of 1970]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
For some, the mere thought of attending their high school reunion is too hard to fathom, because high school years are supposed to be the glory years.]]>
<![CDATA[Fractured Communities - Oil and gas development near Chaco divides as it conquers]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
Since oil and gas development took off in the Four Corners area years ago, its beacons appear constantly. Tall white towers of drilling rigs catch the baking noon sun.]]>
<![CDATA[Finish Line - Caroline Rotich, still training in Santa Fe, sets her sights on the 2016 Rio Olympics]]>
By: Nicholas Anderson
From where he was standing, it was hard for Ryan Bolton to see what was happening. “My perspective was kind of skewed,” he says. “I was, maybe, 50 meters from the finish line looking straight down.”]]>
<![CDATA[Royal Mane or Royal Pain? - Debate rages about how to manage New Mexico’s wild horses]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
It’s safe to say that Sebedeo Chacon, whose family has been in the ranching business for centuries, has a soft spot for horses, provided they’re properly managed and maintained.]]>
<![CDATA[Green Rush - SFR reveals New Mexico’s next pot prospectors]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
When gold turned up at Sutter’s Mill in 1848, thousands of prospectors headed to the Sierra Mountain foothills with dreams of getting rich.]]>
<![CDATA[Dirty Water - Federal rules wouldn’t have saved the Animas River from Gold King anyway]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
When the Animas River was winding that now-famous orange line through southern Colorado and toward the state line, staff for the New Mexico Environment Department were waiting for it.]]>
<![CDATA[Appropriate This! - Seven Native American artists confront stereotypes head-on]]>
By: Enrique Limón
While most fashion and pop culture trends in the digital age are quick to die out, that of appropriating elements historically associated with Native American culture seems to be holding strong.]]>
<![CDATA[Back to School Reading List - For Grown-Ups]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm, Elizabeth Miller
Although the practice has faded over time, summer reading lists used to be a thing. The public libraries in the Midwestern city where I grew up promoted the idea, with the local Pizza Hut as a sponsor.
<![CDATA[Halves, Haves and Have Nots - Nowhere is Santa Fe’s disparity more obvious than in the housing market]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
Santa Fe is a city increasingly divided into haves and have nots, and the divisions of race and class are perhaps no more apparent than in the housing stock.]]>
<![CDATA[Santa Fe Untapped - Best of Santa Fe 2015]]>
By: Enrique Limón
You've been waiting all year for the issue that brings you the voting results from our annual Readers Choice awards and a host of other fun reports about the best things to see, do and be in Santa Fe. ]]>
<![CDATA[Teaching New Teachers - SFPS program chips away at the teacher shortage with accelerated training for hard-to-fill spots]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
Seated at one of the child-sized desks in her bilingual second grade classroom, Araceli Enriquez-Trinidad talks about how she always wanted to be a teacher.
<![CDATA[Start Me Up - Could an uptick in new businesses signal a brighter future for the City Different?]]>
By: Charlotte Martinez
“This is the most entrepreneurial activity I’ve seen since I’ve been paying attention to it in the last 20 years,” says Molly Cernicek, Los Alamos native and founder of online athletics channel SportXast.]]>