Santa Fe Reporter - Local News http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-4-1-local-news.html <![CDATA[Looking Ahead: Gubernatorial Candidates on NM’s Cannabis Future - ]]>
By: Aaron Cantú
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 and make cannabis legal for all adults.]]>
<![CDATA[Not Bad for Government Work - Salary commission votes to pay next mayor $110,000]]>
By: Matt Grubs
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.]]>
<![CDATA[The Tax Man - Reform plan for New Mexico gross receipts tax is DOA for the Legislature's special session]]>
By: Matt Grubs
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 from things like idle state-funded construction projects, it could actually build the state’s cash reserves, too.]]>
<![CDATA[Duty to Succeed - The state won its first skirmish in a lawsuit alleging that New Mexico is failing to educate its kids]]>
By: Aaron Cantú
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Dumpster Drag - Pair arrested at Santa Fe University of Art and Design questions school’s response to dumpster diving]]>
By: Aaron Cantú
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Flash of Lightning - One year after son’s death, former Pueblo governor’s family faces break with leadership and uses hoop dance to heal]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
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.
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<![CDATA[Two Steps Back - How Jeff Sessions’ memo on federal prosecutions could take New Mexico back to a harsher era]]>
By: Aaron Cantú
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-level drug offenders in New Mexico.]]>
<![CDATA[ Pop Top - Spending in Santa Fe’s sugary-drink tax election tops $4 million]]>
By: Matt Grubs
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.]]>
<![CDATA['Creating Crime' - ATF used traveling, well-paid informants in ABQ sting]]>
By: Jeff Proctor
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]]>
<![CDATA[Butt Out - With a surprise amendment, the City Council approves an all-out smoking ban on the Plaza]]>
By: Matt Grubs

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

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<![CDATA[Cutting Carbon Without Costing People - City commission’s initial recommendations for plan to become carbon neutral by 2040 promises changes that could help, or hurt, Santa Fe’s poorest residents]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
The city’s work to advance its goal of easing impacts on the climate could dramatically reshape our built infrastructure for decades to come, with ramifications that either increase equity or widen ]]>
<![CDATA[Second Lifer - Parole board moves to release man on ‘30-year lifer’ sentence, bucking its yearslong trend of denials for most prisoners ]]>
By: Jeff Proctor
On the line was Carole Royal’s husband of 25 years, OC Fero. A caseworker from the Lea County Correctional Facility in Hobbs had handed the phone to him.  “Hello, Carole,” Fero said. “Y]]>
<![CDATA[The Truck Stops Here - Planned travel center at NM 14 and I-25 gets its first Santa Fe hearing]]>
By: Matt Grubs
“They had to have told you about us,” someone piped up at Ross Shaver.]]>
<![CDATA[Feds’ sting ensnared many ABQ blacks, not ‘worst of the worst’ - ATF goes after low-level drug offenders in NM, across the nation]]>
By: Jeff Proctor, New Mexico In Depth
For three days Yusef Casanova hunted for methamphetamine and a gun. On June 4, 2016, a friend met a man in the heart of a hardscrabble area of Albuquerque pocked with pawn shops but d]]>
<![CDATA[ State and city cops disagree about pursuit prior to fatal shooting - Discrepancy could impact the legal standing of SFPD’s chase prior to the killing of Andrew Lucero in Eldorado]]>
By: Aaron Cantú
The Santa Fe Police Department and the New Mexico State Police appear at odds over what exactly happened in the minutes before Santa Fe officer Leonardo Guzman fatally shot a man in far outside the city limits. ]]>
<![CDATA[Addressing a Household Crisis - DA starts a slow shift in how prosecutors handle domestic violence casesby prioritize counseling even without convictions]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
In the space of just 18 months, some names make repeat appearances on the long list of those charged with domestic violence in Santa Fe.]]>
<![CDATA[Nothing to See Here - UPDATED: City waits nearly 24 hours to publish readable election results on its website after mayor-backed soda tax plan fails]]>
By: Matt Grubs
UNM political science professor Lonna Atkeson was looking for district-by-district results from Tuesday’s sugary-drink tax election in Santa Fe.]]>
<![CDATA[Sugar tax hike is likely defeated - Santa Feans vote today on a proposed 2-cents-an-ounce tax]]>
By: SFR
After five months of planning, refining and all-out campaigning, this is Election Day for Santa Fe’s plan to tax the distribution of sugary drinks at the rate of 2 cents per fluid ounce. The money w]]>
<![CDATA[Almost Flunking - After scoring a D, Christus St. Vincent calls hospital watchdog survey on which it was graded 'poorly validated']]>
By: Aaron Cantú
“Patient 11” entered Christus St. Vincent in June 2015 with a fractured hip; she exited the facility less than two weeks later with a fractured hip, and multiple infections.
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<![CDATA[Sugar Tax Fails - Voters soundly reject moralistic tone, show lack of confidence in City Hall's plan for beverage tax to benefit pre-K]]>
By: Matt Grubs
A proposed 2-cents-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks distributed in Santa Fe left a sour taste in the mouths of voters as they rejected the plan by a wide margin.]]>