April 23, 2014

This Week's SFR Picks


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Topic: government


Three constitutional amendments seek to make the PRC better

Local News The saga of Jerome Block, Jr.—from election violations to drug addiction, with chimichangas and Gatorade in between—captured Santa Fe’s attention earlier this year. On election day, voters will have the o...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 Alexa Schirtzinger

This is Heather Wilson

Her private life in the private sector

Local News It was December 2007, and Kirtland Air Force Base needed money. The base wanted to build training facilities for paratroopers and combat rescue officers. In total, the project would cost more than $14 million...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 Justin Horwath

Do I Look Guilty To You?

New Mexico's grand jury system overwhelmingly produces indictments. Ham sandwiches beware

Features Imagine, for a moment, that it’s a chilly December night, and a pretty young brunette has come to your apartment. Your courtship of her began when you were picking up a paycheck and told her you had all that ...

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 Justin Horwath

Justice Denied

A tangled bureaucracy has left tribal communities facing an epidemic of violent crime

Features “It’s not safe. There’s no safety. You can’t trust anybody. You got to protect yourself,” Rebekah Apachito says. As one of about 1,600 tribal members who live in the Navajo community of To’hajiilee,...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 Colleen Keane

State Secrets

What is the Public Education Dept. hiding?

Local News Here’s how New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Records Act works: Anyone can ask to inspect a public record. If it exists—and it’s not impossible to unearth—the public agency holding the record must mak...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 Joey Peters


The lowdown on proposed amendments to New Mexico’s Constitution

Local News This November, voters will weigh in on five amendments to the state Constitution, all of which would reshape state government.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Joey Peters

Pension Politics

Do pension investments violate state employees’ free speech rights?

Local News More than 27,000 New Mexicans work for state government, according to the state’s sunshine portal. Those state employees are required to give a portion of their paychecks to a pension fund run by the Public E...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 Justin Horwath


Living with a nuclear neighbor

Opinion A few years ago, I stopped reporting on Los Alamos National Laboratory. I was no longer confident in my ability to remain objective when writing about the nuclear weapons facility. There’s no way I can preten...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 Laura Paskus

Lost in Electronic Communication

What (we imagine) New Mexico public officials would rather not reveal about their personal email accounts

Local News When government officials conduct their business through private emails, we can only speculate as to what they’re saying. Here’s a satirical, fictional, imaginative and humorous collection of that communic...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Justin Horwath

Blue or Red?

How candidates are courting New Mexico’s Latino vote

Local News A 10-year-old girl walks into her home, where her young Hispanic parents greet her. The conversation soon turns to voting. “¿Papá, tú votas?” she asks. (Dad, do you vote?) “¡Sí! Pero sólo para l...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Justin Horwath