Santa Fe Reporter - Local News http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-4-1-local-news.html <![CDATA[Behavioral Health Shakeup Fallout - Arizona providers are pulling out of the state as New Mexico providers accused of fraud sue the administration]]>
By: Justin Horwath
The June 2013 mental healthcare shakeup continues to reverberate nearly two years later]]>
<![CDATA[Local Elite Breaks Tape - Caroline Rotich trains in Santa Fe, wins Boston Marathon]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
Anyone who travels on the Santa Fe Rail Trail has likely caught a glimpse of Caroline Rotich’s slender frame bouncing along. Training in good weather and bad, the running Rotich is a familiar face.
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<![CDATA[Did Griego Commit Perjury? - Questions raised about his financial disclosures]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
A month after Phil Griego resigned from the New Mexico Senate in disgrace the Public Employees Retirement Association will start sending him monthly pension checks. Griego, who is being replaced b]]>
<![CDATA[College Opportunity - Santa Fe Community College to launch new tribal scholarship program]]>
By: Zoe Baillargeon
For local Native American students hoping to attend community college and gain a degree, the road just got a little bit easier.
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<![CDATA[What Money? - Records indicate Gov. Susana Martinez misled the public about her campaign's ability to shed contributions made by a Texas developer charged with domestic violence]]>
By: Justin Horwath
Records indicate Susana Martinez' campaign had enough money in its bank account to return contributions made by a Texas developer charged by Las Vegas, Nevada, police with physically assaulting a woman in an October 2012 incident. The revelation contradicts public statements made the the Republican governor's spokesman.

 

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<![CDATA[Extreme Value - Thousands of local businesses face new appraisals by county assessor]]>
By: Justin Horwath
A recent property valuation makes Tom Ross, owner of the eponymous art gallery, wonder if government bureaucracy is suffocating the art and soul of Canyon Road.]]>
<![CDATA[Broadband Liftoff - Broadband projects are moving forward in Northern New Mexico. We think.]]>
By: Joey Peters
Santa Fe’s broadband wireless project is more than three years in the making. This week, it finally breaks ground.]]>
<![CDATA[Give Me Shelter - City Council gives shelter more cash and agrees to install more signage, nonprofit will pick up trash]]>
By: Justin Horwath

City officials and the nonprofit Interfaith Community Shelter group have come to a new agreement that they hope will ease tensions around the publicly owned shelter for homeless. 

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<![CDATA[Governor Vetoes Hemp, Beer and Wine Delivery Bills - Messages say bills conflict with federal law and other state rules]]>
By: Joey Peters
On the final day for action on bills, Gov. Susana Martinez actively vetoed two measures that passed with wide approval during this year's state legislative session. ]]>
<![CDATA[State Health Exchange To Stick With Federal Website - Enrollment period ongoing until end of April]]>
By: Joey Peters
The New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange will continue to use the federal Healthcare.gov website for local enrollment for the time being, abandoning plans to develop a state-based website.]]>
<![CDATA[Bunk Data Disaster - City has loose grasp on flawed meter-reading devices]]>
By: Justin Horwath
The City of Santa Fe is still attempting to sort out the wet mess left by the faulty Firefly water meter readers it installed a decade ago.
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<![CDATA[This Is Prison - Another Pearson-written test shores up controversy]]>
By: Joey Peters

Even the biggest critics of Pearson may not have foreseen how it would be at the center of two former New Mexico Corrections Department employees’ whistleblower violation lawsuits against the state last week.

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<![CDATA[PRC Examiner Rejects Power Plan - Report says coal and nuclear in PNM's power replacement plan is 'not in the public interest']]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
After listening to 17 days of testimony and reading thousands of pages of legal motions and exhibits, an independent hearing examiner at the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission has recommended the Public Service Company of New Mexico’s power replacement plan be rejected when commissioners vote on the issue sometime this spring. ]]>
<![CDATA[Council OKs Mayor's Planning Commission Appointments - Vince Kadlubek, appointee, gets heat from Councilor Bill Dimas]]>
By: Justin Horwath
Even before Wednesday night's meeting, city councilors knew a mayoral nominee had generated an unusual amount of discussion.

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<![CDATA[Beyond Banana Peels - Chappelle banana peel incident sparks panel discussion on racism and privilege ]]>
By: Joey Peters
 A group of artists and activists want to turn the infamous Dave Chappelle banana peel incident into a constructive conversation about race and privilege in Santa Fe.]]>
<![CDATA[Glass Cut Out of Recycling Bid - Will Santa Fe's road to recyclable intentions be paved with more waste? ]]>
By: Justin Horwath
Officials hoping to increase Santa Fe’s dismal recycling rate, which measures the percentage of material diverted from the waste stream to reuse, still haven’t figured out what to do with one of t]]>
<![CDATA[Water Guzzlers, Part II - Here are Santa Fe's next highest commercial water users from last year ]]>
By: Justin Horwath

As a follow-up to our most recent cover story, SFR is publishing the rest of the top ten commercial water guzzlers in Santa Fe in 2014.

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<![CDATA[Gov. Martinez Selects Republican for Phil Griego Senate Seat - Ted Barela is District 39's new state senator ]]>
By: Justin Horwath
Gov. Susana Martinez selected Republican Ted Barela to serve out the remainder of the Senate term of Phil Griego, D-San Jose, who resigned the Roundhouse seat he's held for nearly two decades in the wake of revelations that he personally benefited from the sale of a state-owned building.
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<![CDATA[Train Stop Study Complete, But Long Road Ahead for Zia Station - The study found no consistent pattern of vehicle delays if the station opens, but longer rush-hour waits]]>
By: Justin Horwath
A traffic study found no "consistent pattern of vehicle delays" if the train-stop at Zia Road and St. Francis Drive opens.


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<![CDATA[Local A Semifinalist For Top Job In State's Biggest School District - Almi Abeyta, who works for Santa Fe Public Schools, is one of six semifinalists for ABQ Superintendent]]>
By: Joey Peters
Three locals wanted to head New Mexico's largest school district.]]>