May 29, 2017
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Not Bad for Government Work

Salary commission votes to pay next mayor $110,000

Local News In a raucous but relatively brief final meeting Wednesday, the city commission tasked with setting the next mayor’s salary decided on $110,000 for a year’s worth of full-time work.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Matt Grubs

Looking Ahead: Gubernatorial Candidates on NM’s Cannabis Future

Local News Come 2019, Susana Martinez will no longer be in control of the state’s medical cannabis program. Whoever replaces her as governor will need to have a plan for how to adapt the program—or to even branch out...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Aaron Cantú

The Tax Man

Reform plan for New Mexico gross receipts tax is DOA for the Legislature's special session

Local News The bill is massive. It totals 408 pages. As written, it will fill the gap between New Mexico’s revenue and the $6.1 billion budget passed by the Legislature in March. Combined with other one-time cash grabs ...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Matt Grubs

Duty to Succeed

The state won its first skirmish in a lawsuit alleging that New Mexico is failing to educate its kids

Local News Monday offered a preview of what could be a decisive case: Whether the state of New Mexico is violating its constitutional duty to provide quality education.

Monday, May 22, 2017 Aaron Cantú

Dumpster Drag

Pair arrested at Santa Fe University of Art and Design questions school’s response to dumpster diving

Local News Audrey Whitesides was on shift driving the airport shuttle when she spied the dumpsters full of goods near some dormitories on the Santa Fe University of Art and Design campus.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 Aaron Cantú

Flash of Lightning

One year after son’s death, former Pueblo governor’s family faces break with leadership and uses hoop dance to heal

Local News Word about the tragedy spread the way it does in a small community. There’d been a car wreck. The kids were badly injured; 6-year-old Valentino Rivera’s neck was broken.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Julie Ann Grimm

Two Steps Back

How Jeff Sessions’ memo on federal prosecutions could take New Mexico back to a harsher era

Local News A directive from newly appointed US Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructing prosecutors to seek the most severe charges available threatens to stunt recent progress toward less federal prison time for low-le...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Aaron Cantú

Pop Top

Spending in Santa Fe’s sugary-drink tax election tops $4 million

Local News In the end, all the bills got paid. All the consultants did, too. Michael Bloomberg spent almost a million-and-a-half dollars in a losing effort and Big Soda spent more than $2 million to win.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Matt Grubs

'Creating Crime'

ATF used traveling, well-paid informants in ABQ sting

Local News One of the men who helped the federal bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) search for potential targets in a sweeping undercover drug and gun sting operation in Albuquerque last yea

Monday, May 15, 2017 Jeff Proctor

Butt Out

With a surprise amendment, the City Council approves an all-out smoking ban on the Plaza

Local News The list of prohibited activities on Santa Fe’s Plaza just grew longer. And more definitive. Smoking is no longer allowed—at any time.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Matt Grubs
 
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