Santa Fe Reporter - Local News http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-4-1-local-news.html <![CDATA[Dental Crisis - Santa Fe County's health care assistance program doles out a quarter-million dollars more for La Familia Medical Services]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
 There’s a dental crisis in Santa Fe, according to Kyra Ochoa, a healthcare assistance manager for Santa Fe County’s Community Services, and La Familia Medical Services, a consistent mainstay for Santa Fe’s poor, is apparently bearing the brunt of it.]]>
<![CDATA[Chef Eric DiStefano Dies - Friend says longtime chef at Coyote Cafe and Geronimo passed away in sleep at health spa ]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
The news started to travel around downtown Santa Fe on Friday night, the way that news travels in our town. Word of mouth. Friend to friend. Text message. Facebook posts. Whispers in the corner. 
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<![CDATA[Too Much Prosecution? - Koch brothers, defense attorneys: What’s on New Mexicans’ minds matters]]>
By: New Mexico In Depth
A politically disparate, influential group of thought-heavyweights has its eye on New Mexico for a clampdown on government prosecutions of people for crimes they didn’t know they’d committed.]]>
<![CDATA[Not Good Math - City finance director admits his calculation property tax rate's impact was way off, maximum increase is $310 not $10 ]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
No one in this newsroom became a journalist to do math, so when the question came up for the Feb. 3 cover story, “Something’s Gotta Give” about just what a possible property tax increase could]]>
<![CDATA[Livin’ on the Railyard - ]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
People who already live near the Santa Fe Railyard and people who want to live there are invited to the first public meeting about a proposed apartment complex on the city property, but details about the project are slow in coming.
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<![CDATA[NM Leans toward Legalization - ]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
Last week at the Roundhouse, State Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque, and House Rep. Bill McCamley, D-Mesilla Park, unveiled the poll in which 69 percent of respondents were in favor of making pot legal.]]>
<![CDATA[Build a Better Bicycle Program - Bike share program resurfaces, but concerns about equity in access remain]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
County Commissioner Miguel Chavez held up his flip phone, which he does not use to send or receive text messages, during the latest Metropolitan Planning Organization board meeting.
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<![CDATA[Hope Floats - Santa Fe weighs in on top presidential contenders, while Gary Johnson bolsters hope in repeat attempt for White House ]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
Plenty of Santa Feans, or at least those registered with major parties who plan to exercise their civic duties at the ballot boxes at the “closed primaries” come June, are just as focused on the top contenders as the rest of the nation.]]>
<![CDATA[High Standards - Cannabis producers say new mold and bacteria testing rules are too stringent and ask court to halt implementation]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
A group of medical cannabis producers are pushing back against strict new testing requirements they say will force them to discard up to a quarter of their medication.]]>
<![CDATA[Who Dunnit? - Century-old Underwood typewriter goes missing from Baca Street store]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
Who stole Jennifer Rowland’s almost-century-old Underwood typewriter after it was inadvertently left outside last Sunday night, in front of her Art.i.fact consignment shop?]]>
<![CDATA[Pot? No Problem - Survey of more than 400 adult residents in New Mexico shows 61 percent support recreational pot, while 31 percent oppose]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
Bolstered by what they saw as positive results from a survey that included 400 random phone calls to adult residents in New Mexico, a pair of Democratic legislators insisted Thursday that the legalization of recreational marijuana would be a slam dunk if the issue were ever put before the voters. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grows Like a Weed - Getting ready for another push to legalize agricultural hemp in New Mexico]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
Hemp: It’s been as popular as it is pragmatic for quite a while, as far back as the mid-1700s, when rope and yarn and even paper were made out of it. Then, in the 1990s, it started making a comeback, in clothes, in hoodies, in shoes, in backpacks. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sellers’ Market - Lawsuit charges PNM’s effort to purchase nuclear power leases locks ratepayers into a bad deal]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
We learned some unhappy lessons in the wake of the recession: namely, don’t pay more for something, like a house, than it will be worth when the next bubble bursts.
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<![CDATA[More Money, More Internet - ]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
As Santa Fe Public Schools moves forward with its digital learning plan, up-to-date classrooms sport document projectors, smartboards and computers, but some classrooms don’t have the 21st-century upgrades.
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<![CDATA[Not Just Any Hill - ]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
“Everybody likes a national monument,” said one man, adding that visitors are liable to stay longer in Santa Fe with one nearby. ]]>
<![CDATA[Twice Baked - Staff raises concerns about wages and being paid on time ]]>
By: Rob DeWalt
Santa Fe Baking Co. is under new management, and while questions loom about what all that might mean, for now the pastries at the popular gathering spot are reportedly set to remain unchanged.]]>
<![CDATA[Hold Up - Water Division can't move forward with conservation campaign until everyone feels better about their water meters]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
 Frustrated by the angry calls from customers citing late, missing or inaccurate water bills, city council voted to postpone approving the contract for the water division’s annual ad campaign.]]>
<![CDATA[On the Rocks - Former state Senator Phil Griego faces another investigation]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
Like a fabled cat with nine lives, former New Mexico state Senator Phil Griego keeps landing on his feet. Less than a year after he resigned from the Legislature amid an ethics scandal, Griego is once again under investigation.
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<![CDATA[Does the Catholic Church Carry Clout? - 'No human being is illegal,' the state's trio of bishops contend at their annual legislative breakfast]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
At countless Roundhouse conferences, where state laws start to emerge, there’s another conference hard at work and not to be forgotten. ]]>
<![CDATA['Keep Your Hands Off' - Rally calls for state legislature to protect public lands]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
Their message: Legislators need to support federal lands, the management of which keeps these areas open to the public, or expect to seem themselves voted out of office in November. Without those protections, the open spaces that define the state, draw tourists to it and support the region's cultural legacies will be lost.]]>