Santa Fe Reporter - Features http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-5-1-features.html <![CDATA[K-9 - On the night shift with two cops: a woman and her dog]]>
By: Mark Woodward
It’s sometimes just easier talking to the dog. At the end of a shift, as she walks back into the building from the parking lot, Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Deputy Vanessa Barnett often hears “What’s up, Jackson?” It’s not her nickname.
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<![CDATA[Something’s Gotta Give - As the city heads into budget talks to address a deficit, no one wants to make cuts or increase taxes]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
No one wants to be the first to make a cut aimed at bringing the city budget into balance, but the reality is that with an estimated $15 million budget shortfall, someone will have to get the scalpel out.
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<![CDATA[The Professor and the Pueblo - Was the disclosure of Acoma traditions exploitation or scholarship?]]>
By: Lucas Iberico Lozada
From the moment he picked his way through the crowd and took the stage at Collected Works this fall, it was clear that Peter Nabokov was prepared to face public criticism.
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<![CDATA[Stuck in the Middle - Shrinking enrollment and buildings in need of repair leave Santa Fe’s middle schools with limited options]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
At a time when minds usually wander far from classrooms, the start of winter break this year instead saw students, parents and teachers anxiously gathering to discuss whether their school would even survive to see another autumn.
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<![CDATA[Balancing Corruption with the Budget - From ethics reform to campaign finance, this month’s short session has its work cut out for legislators]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
As the New Mexico Legislature prepares to convene for this year’s session, all eyes are upon the House and Senate, as members introduce a dizzying number of bills to try to curb the propensity for corruption while balancing a $6.5 billion budget.]]>
<![CDATA[Hello, Future... - A collection of letters about our planet]]>
By: SFR
Predicting what comes next isn’t a skill that humans are particularly good at. Yet, being able to cognizantly look to the future and remember the past simultaneously is a trait that differentiates us from the rest of life on Earth.
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<![CDATA[Resolutions - Santa Feans hope, dream and predict for the New Year]]>
By: SFR
While you give three cheers for the end of 2015 and read at least five versions of the Top 10 stories of the year, SFR wanted to provide our readers with something else to ponder.]]>
<![CDATA[Climate of Faith - Scientists have spoken on climate change. But will it take a leap of faith for people to change?]]>
By: Laura Paskus
Four summers ago, a tree fell on a power line, causing a wildfire that ripped through the Jemez Mountains, charring a record-setting 150,000 acres of forest, burning dozens of homes and destroying the Pueblo of Santa Clara’s watershed.
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<![CDATA[2015 Winter Guide - ]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
The nights are cold; the moon is bright; the world seems busy and broken, yet hopeful and connected all at the same time. Winter, it is.]]>
<![CDATA[Loves Me Not - Gaps in the system mean victims live with and die from domestic violence]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
Could a new tool that informs domestic violence victims if they're likely to die be an effective addition to a legal system that's got gaps big enough to drive a truck through?]]>
<![CDATA[2015 Writing Contest - Crossing the Line]]>
By: SFR
As border clashes and bottom lines weighed heavy on our minds, SFR invited writers near and far to explore what happens when one crosses over. ]]>
<![CDATA[Right This Way - New conflicts and decades-old Pueblo water disputes are at a boiling point]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
A no man’s land exists in the small community of El Rancho, a checkerboard of private property that sits inside the eastern edge of San Ildefonso Pueblo but has long been a part of Santa Fe County.]]>
<![CDATA[Giving Back - Even without a uniform, Veterans continue to serve their community]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
Their amputated limbs make us gasp. High suicide rates rob us of their presence too soon. Many are homeless and tortured by post-traumatic stress disorder.
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<![CDATA[Schooled in Two - As bilingual education evolves at SFPS,tests still push an English-only agenda]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
Two generations ago, children who spoke Spanish in Santa Fe schools were made to kneel on pencils or grains of rice. At sports team practices, they were punished with extra laps for talking in their native language.]]>
<![CDATA[Censored - 10 big stories virtually ignored in the last year by mainstream media]]>
By: Tim Redmond
When Sonoma State University professor Carl Jensen started looking into the new media’s practice of self-censorship in 1976, the Internet was only a dream and most computers were still big mainframes with whirling tape reels and vacuum tubes.]]>
<![CDATA[The Food Movement - Shaping policy about how Santa Fe gets, grows and learns about food]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
In a city with hundreds of restaurants the head chef at the Blue Corn Brewery on the Southside says everyone deserves the joy of great food produced close to home.]]>
<![CDATA[Sustainable Fable - Santa Fe’s carbon neutral fantasy]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
Once upon a time, Santa Fe promised to become a city of densely insulated homes lit by solar panel arrays that also power the electric cars parked in their driveways.
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<![CDATA[The Right to Bare Bums - Facing nipple discrimination and misconduct at the spa]]>
By: Dani Katz
Sunscreen?” my friend Ross asks, tightening the lid on a thermos full of yerba maté. “Check.” We are prepping for a hot springs adventure, doing a final supply inventory before hitting the road.]]>
<![CDATA[Gas, Grass and the Past - Finding Santa Fe High School’s Class of 1970]]>
By: Thomas Ragan
For some, the mere thought of attending their high school reunion is too hard to fathom, because high school years are supposed to be the glory years.]]>
<![CDATA[Fractured Communities - Oil and gas development near Chaco divides as it conquers]]>
By: Elizabeth Miller
Since oil and gas development took off in the Four Corners area years ago, its beacons appear constantly. Tall white towers of drilling rigs catch the baking noon sun.]]>