April 18, 2014

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Depressed about the environment? Do something!

Opinion Environmental news is a downer. I know. Despite trying to balance news about climate change and energy development with a love for wild places and muddy rivers, I’ve pretty much spent a decade of my life depr...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Laura Paskus

Economic Redevelopment 101

What Santa Fe can learn from Detroit’s economic and cultural reinvention

Local News Large, empty rooms form the entrance to Lucky Bean Café in Sanbusco Market Center, the commercial mall located just north of the Railyard that houses mostly high-end boutiques. A couple of signs display arrows...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 Joey Peters

Self-Disenfranchisism

Just a few of the reasons why registered voters didn’t participate in the June 5 primary: ideology, laziness and poop

Local News In this year’s primaries, 75 percent of registered voters didn’t show up at the polls. Here’s an unscientific breakdown of their reasons why.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 Wren Abbott

Tip of the Iceberg

After SFR told their story, two Native American elders received much-needed services. Many others still need help

Local News Although Nelson attempted on several occasions to find help from various agencies, not one provided assistance until the Begays told their story to SFR through their niece, Patsy Chacon, who translated from Nav...

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 Colleen Keane

PNM's Solar Dilemma

New Mexico is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the solar energy revolution—but will the state’s largest utility help or hurt the cause?

Features On a windswept hill in Albuquerque’s south valley, rows of metallic blue solar panels gleam beside a humming control center. The energy they capture from the sun’s rays goes into orange containers stacked w...

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 Wren Abbott

Unhealthy Department

Changes in the state Dept. of Health’s leadership follow months of scrutiny

Local News “DOH is sick and only you can make it better,” says a robovoice at the end of a voicemail greeting on the local Bullying, Abuse, Retaliation and Fraud Tip Hotline. The unofficial hotline, created last fall ...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Joey Peters

Howe It’s Done

Outgoing PRC commissioner Doug Howe talks about the challenges and frustrations of working for the state’s most troubled agency

Local News To most who pay attention, Dist. 3 Public Regulation Commissioner Doug Howe is a marked improvement over former commissioner Jerome Block, Jr. Block resigned last September after pleading guilty to various fel...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Joey Peters

Crapshoot

Two candidates seek to continue former House Speaker Ben Luján’s powerful legacy—but voters may be the ones who lose

Local News Voters in House District 46, which stretches from Santa Fe up through the northern pueblos to Española and includes parts of White Rock and Chimayó, have grown accustomed to power. Outgoing New Mexico House S...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Joey Peters

Under Pressure

Feds say New Mexico Gas Company isn’t ready for another deep freeze

Local News On May 15, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission voted to grant a protest, lodged by a branch of the federal Department of Energy, that questions whether New Mexico Gas Company is adequately prepared for ...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Wren Abbott

Bus-ted

For years, local officials used a Texas price agreement to green-light bus purchases. Now they’ve stopped—but the same out-of-state bus company still dominates the market

Features On July 12, 2011, Lynn Degenhart resigned from his post as a member of the New Mexico Passenger Transportation Association board with a message titled “Ethical Concern.”

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Joey Peters
 
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