Santa Fe Reporter - Local News http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-4-1-local-news.html <![CDATA[Rained Out - Forest fire season could be muted by recent storms in New Mexico, one of wettest Mays on record]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
May is usually one of the driest months in New Mexico. But the series of rainstorms since mid-April have significantly reduced the severity of the state’s drought and the chances of a big fire season.
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<![CDATA[Pot Applicants Kept Secret - Health Department shields public records]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
Medical pot patients who want to know who has applied for a license to grow their medication in New Mexico may not get a chance to screen the applicants before licenses are awarded by the state.
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<![CDATA[Drug Hotline Gets 400 Calls - Councilor Bill Dimas wants evaluation of whether city tip line for narcotics leads to arrests ]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
It has been a little over a year since Santa Fe’s regional drug tip hotline has been in operation, and now the city councilor behind it is asking for a review of the tips.]]>
<![CDATA[Fair-to-Farmers Brew - Local coffee shops embrace idea of getting closer to the grower]]>
By: Joseph Sorrentino
There’s nothing easy about coffee production. The small-scale growers who produce much of the available high-end, specialty coffees do all the work by hand.
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<![CDATA[Rocky Road - SF Botanical Garden grows away from mountaintop preserve]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
Santa Fe County expects to lead visitors on just one more tour of a historical mining camp in the Ortiz Mountains, with future access to this coveted piece of open space remaining a mystery in the coming months.
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<![CDATA[Waiting for Reform - Locals weigh immigration-reform success of DAPA and hurdles to expansion]]>
By: Gressia Burrola
Three years after the United States gave children temporary permission to stay here despite immigration status, some in the Santa Fe community still have strong opinions on how the federal government ]]>
<![CDATA[On Camera - UPDATED: Santa Fe police chief wants to buy lapel cameras]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
Santa Fe police officers could soon be wearing body cameras on their lapels as a way of protecting themselves against claims made by citizens during calls and arrests.]]>
<![CDATA[County Curbside - County plans public meetings on trash and recycling collection plan ]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
Santa Fe County will hold a series of public meetings held next week to discuss the possibilities of bringing curbside garbage collection to three of the most crowded unincorporated areas of the county.]]>
<![CDATA[Top of the Top - Read SFR's award-winning work from the Society of Professional Journalists Top of the Rockies contest]]>
By: SFR
 We already know SFR Art Director Anson Stevens-Bollen has the goods, but now the top journalists in the Western states along the Rocky Mountains are affirming his success]]>
<![CDATA[The Last Mile - Ortiz Mountains preserve road dubbed too dangerous for cars ]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
The Santa Fe Botanical Garden, the nonprofit that manages the Ortiz Mountain preserve, decided a few weeks ago that the road was too dangerous to drive.

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<![CDATA[Gauging the Gouge - Should officials give back part of the mountain of cash that came from high water rates?]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
Santa Fe had a big role in a recent New York Times story for having the nation’s highest water rates.]]>
<![CDATA[PNM's Electricity Rate Increase Rejected - $100 million request determined to be incomplete ]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
Public Regulation Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to reject the Public Service Company’s 16 percent electricity rate increase for residents and small businesses. The final decision by the PRC fol]]>
<![CDATA[Copper & Water - Attorney general, conservation groups say Appeals Court decision was off the mark]]>
By: Laura Paskus
A contentious rule on copper mine water pollution could be heading to the state’s highest court following the attorney general’s petition seeking to overturn a ruling last month from the Court of Appeals.
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<![CDATA[Leaks at the Lab - Former LANL auditor publishes tell-all book]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
July 16 will mark the 70th anniversary of Trinity, the code name for the first detonation of a nuclear weapon in the desert of New Mexico, about 35 miles east of Socorro.]]>
<![CDATA[Lobby 2015 - Lobbyists and organizations spend half million dollars on pols this year]]> New Mexico In Depth
Lobbyists and organizations feted New Mexico legislators and other officials with more than $519,000 worth of food, drink and gifts from Jan. 15 through the end of April.Of the 600 lobbyists]]>
<![CDATA[Uber Infiltration - App-based ride-sharing program delivers with fewer rules than cab companies]]>
By: Justin Horwath
The Uber driver’s Ford Fusion appeared at the house before we were ready to leave—exactly six minutes after we summoned a lift from the ride-sharing service’s mobile phone app.]]>
<![CDATA[On Paper - Police say they finally have correct forms to issue civil citations for small pot possession]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
Santa Fe’s police department is lagging when it comes to making the switch from enforcing state penalties for marijuana possession to city ones.]]>
<![CDATA[Rating Teachers - State Public Education Department says local teachers earned better marks in this year's evaluations]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
Teachers in Santa Fe Public Schools performed better in a statewide evaluation system this year than last. That is, if the results can be trusted.The New Mexico Public Education Department on May 4 is]]>
<![CDATA[Say It Ain't So! Apparently Beards Have More Poop Than Toilets - NM study kills boners worldwide]]>
By: Enrique Limón
In a shocking revelation that is sure to stun many a hipster, man of leisure and overall #teambeard Instagram star, a new study reveals that beards are dirtier than the common toilet due to a rancid bacteria that likes to linger in in their oh-so-caressable hairs.]]>
<![CDATA[No Fair - Feds say Santa Fe landlord discriminated over daughter and cat]]> Zoe Baillargeon
Federal authorities say Santa Fe landlord Paula Anderson violated the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against a woman who wanted to live with her cat and her daughter.The US Department of Housing a]]>