In the race for House District 43 that represents Los Alamos, Stephanie Garcia Richard, a Democrat, is the incumbent. Garcia Richard was first elected in 2012.

Her opponent Sharon Stover, a Republican, declined invitations to participate.  Data journalist Sandra Fish interviewed Garcia Richard earlier this month.



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Last Wednesday night Santa Fe City Council voted unanimously, eight to zero, to approve the Local Innovation Corridor Overlay District along St. Michael’s Drive. Work on an overlay district proposal first began in 2011. Then city councilor Rebecca Wurzburger proposed the first ordinance to apply an overlay district to the major roadway which remains today a state highway.


In 2012 a small group assembled by the city’s economic development division worked together on the RE:MIKE festival. The festival demonstrated urban prototyping including stacking shipping containers at the edge of St. Michael’s Village West Shopping Center, owned by Thomas Properties, and also demonstrated renewable energy and landscaping alternatives. RE:MIKE festival organizers included  Kate Noble then of the city’s economic Development division, entrepreneur Zane Fischer and AHA! youth initiative leader Shannon Murphy. Housing developer Daniel Werwath was also on the RE:MIKE Steering Committee and conducted volunteer public outreach about the St. Michael’s Drive corridor subsequently. He spoke to KSFR's Ellen Berkovitch last week.

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Voters in Los Alamos face a unique decision this election—whether to keep or eliminate the office of sheriff. If the ballot measure known as “Question 1” passes, Los Alamos would become the only county in the state without an elected sheriff. KSFR’s Jenna Marshall spoke to a Kristin Henderson, a member of the Los Alamos County Council, and to Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero.

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The New Mexico Supreme Court is considering whether to change the state’s copper mine regulations. The state's ‘Copper Rule’ currently grants new rights to mining companies, and loosens restrictions on where copper mines can be dug. Earlier this week, KSFR’s Dave Marash spoke to Douglas Meiklejohn, Executive Director of the NM Environmental Law Center, about the state constitution and the Copper Rule’s potential effects on the environment. 


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Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham is one of New Mexico’s three representatives in the United States Congress. Lujan Grisham represents New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District, which covers Torrance County and parts of Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Valencia Counties. This week, as part of an effort to interview candidates on the ballot, KSFR’s Jenna Marshall spoke with Lujan Grisham about her congressional duties.

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It’s the season for political TV ads, both naughty and nice. In Politics Thursday, Sandra Fish, a data journalist for New Mexico In-Depth, breaks down the $1.2 million in advertising spending by New Mexico’s candidates for elected office.

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St. Michael’s Drive could become more walk-able and live-able if the Santa Fe City Council adopts an ordinance to re-zone the business corridor that runs from Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center to the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.  KSFR's Jenna Marshall talks to Mayor Javier Gonzales about the “Midtown Local Innovation Corridor Overlay District,” also referred to as “Midtown LINC.”


The City Council will meet Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Listen to KSFR for live coverage. For the meeting agenda, visit www.santafenm.gov.



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After the August departure of outgoing superintendent Joel Boyd, Dr. Veronica Garcia was asked to serve as an interim superintendent of the Santa Fe Public Schools. In September, Garcia was offered the permanent position. This morning, during an interview with KSFR's Nancy Stapp, Garcia indicated (for the first time publicly) her willingness to remain superintendent beyond her current contract, which goes through 2018.

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Their energy seems unbounded, their commitment to the community unparalleled. They are Santa Fe’s Living Treasures.  Four of them were honored recently for devoting their many talents and much of their time to making life easier for some of Santa Fe’s most vulnerable.  KSFR’s Dennis Carroll brings us their stories.

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The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is underway, bringing filmmakers and aficionados from around the world here to The City Different. KSFR’s Jeremy Zeilik has the story.

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If you’re considering buying physical gold for its beauty or as a secure investment, beware this bait-and-switch scam. KSFR’s Mary Lou Cooper brings advice about how to safely purchase gold.  

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During the third presidential debate, Donald Trump alluded to "millions of people registered to vote that shouldn't be."

KSFR spoke to one investigative journalist who agrees that the 2016 election is rigged. Greg Palast of the Rolling Stone came to Albuquerque this week for a screening of his film/expose "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy." In the film, Palast claims that as many as one in seven minority voters could lose their right to vote during the 2016 election, due to an interstate list that names suspected double-voters. He tells us who's on the list, and who's behind it.



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In September, two Santa Fe locals won a national competition for entrepreneurs. Ayla Bystrom-Williams and James Hill went to Chicago for the final round of Miller Lite’s Tap the Future Program, and returned with $200,000 to start their business—an alcoholic kombucha  brewery.

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Yesterday, Senator Martin Heinrich attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new commercialization center at Santa Fe Community College. The Senator stopped by KSFR’s studios on the SFCC campus. We asked him about the tech economy, the budget crisis, the STOP act, and more.

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Tonight, the Santa Fe Institute holds a community lecture at The Lensic. The subject is uncertainty and contradiction--- in mathematics. KSFR's Jenna Marshall spoke with Jordan Ellenberg for more information.

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The New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) is sometimes referred to as “the FAME school” for its arts-intensive curriculum. Last month, NMSA was awarded National Blue Ribbon School status not for its trademark arts program, but for its academic excellence. NMSA is the first Santa Fe high school to receive the award. KSFR's Jenna Marshall caught up with Cindy Montoya, head of school, to find out what sets it apart.

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The second Monday of October is Columbus Day-- a federal holiday since 1937. However some states and cities do not observe the holiday for Christopher Columbus, or recognize his so-called 'discovery' of the new world. Instead, they stage a counter celebration to honor the indigenous peoples who were there first.


This week, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque held a pow-wow and celebration on Indigenous Peoples' Day, to bring a more holistic view of history than existed when Columbus Day was designated. Derrick Toledo was there.

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Visitors to New Mexico's National Parks generate millions of dollars in economic activity every year. But what happens when the lands surrounding those parks gets developed for oil and gas drilling?

In August, a public lands conservation group called The Western Values Project reported finding a correlation between drilling the lands around national parks, and decreased visitation to the parks themselves. KSFR's Jenna Marshall speaks to Joelle Marier of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, and to Chris Saeger of the Western Values Project.


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Perhaps the biggest business story of the year in New Mexico was the decision by Facebook to locate a new service center in Los Lunas, south of Albuquerque. The deal brings a future-oriented mega-brand, and hundreds of short term and dozens of long-term jobs. But what did it cost local and state taxpayers? Dave Marash speaks to Joe Cardillo of ABQ Business First.

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On the first day of KSFR's annual fall fund drive, we take a break from fundraising to get caught up on the special legislative session. KSFR's Ellen Berkovitch speaks to Sandra Fish, a data journalist for New Mexico In-Depth.

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As the weather grows colder, the plight of the homeless grows more grueling.

Santa Fe Need and Deed works closely with the homeless and near-homeless in the city. Last weekend they convened a meeting between the public, homeless people, and law enforcement. Dennis Carroll was there.



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ITT Tech announced abruptly on September 6 that it was ceasing operations at all of its 130 U.S. campuses. Those included the Breckinridge School of Nursing and Health Sciences in Albuquerque.

ITT's closure was one of the largest closures of for-profit colleges in U.S. history and affected 40,000 students. It followed the U.S. Department of Education banning ITT from enrolling students who used federal financial aid.

What happened to some of those students in a critical area of need in New Mexico is the subject of this story.


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The House Ways and Means Committee voted Monday to cut tax incentives for filmmakers by $20 million for the current fiscal year that ends next June. The New Mexico Film Office website currently lists six film and TV productions taking place in Santa Fe, Taos, Las Vegas, Pecos, and elsewhere in northern New Mexico.

KSFR caught up with Santa Fe Film Office Executive Director Eric Witt yesterday afternoon to ask about the implications of the House vote.

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The first step of The News Literacy Project, taught to students in hundreds of schools across the country, is to help students get the most out of all their exposures to journalism. Project founder Alan Miller told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE & THERE, that first step leads to others of equal value to a democracy.


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In New Mexico, public libraries are funded by municipalities.  That means, if you live in an unincorporated town, there’s no funding stream for a local public library.  That isn’t the case everywhere.  Some states, like Colorado, have library districts -- like school districts – that fund libraries in rural as well as urban areas.  Nevertheless, in northern New Mexico, residents in several towns have joined together to create independent libraries that have transformed their communities. 

Lucia Duncan brings us the story as part of KSFR's Solutions Journalism Network grant initiative.


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The National Education Association of New Mexico says that in New Mexico, funds for education have been dwindling ever since 2008. Among the budget cuts that have surfaced over the last few days of the special legislative session is a call that would cut higher education funding including cuts to UNM's budget. On Friday, the NEA of New Mexico presented a petition to the Governor's office.The petition calls for no further cuts to public and higher education, while lawmakers work to resolve the state budget crisis. KSFR spoke with NEA representative Charles Goodmacher at the Roundhouse.





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In mid-August the Department of Justice announced it was ending the federal government's relationship with private prisons including Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) which has run the Cibola County Correctional Facility in Milan, New Mexico.

KSFR has reported on this issue extensively, including the fact that the prison closure would create 256 layoffs in Grants county where the unemployment rate is nine percent. Today, Ellen Berkovitch speaks to Marcela Diaz of Somos Un Pueblo Unido about explicitly whom this facility in Milan has imprisoned, and Santa Fe's role in having avoided becoming home to this private prison in 1999.

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Native Food Sovereignty was on the table at a recent event at Museum Hill. KSFR's Dennis Carrol has the story.


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