Judge rules Santa Fe can't ban sale of minis, half-pints

First District Judge Sarah Singleton ruled that the ordinance was “not lawful” and that the city did not have the authority to enforce it. Her decision came two days before the law was set to take effect.

Report: Tourists added record $6.1B to New Mexico economy in 2014

Tourism generated 11 percent of all new jobs in New Mexico between 2011 and 2014, according to a new report, and spending from travel jumped 4.5 percent from 2013.

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Nouveau flamenco: Ottmar Liebert

Before he was world-famous and nominated for numerous Best New Age Album Grammy Awards, Ottmar Liebert played nouveau flamenco guitar in Santa Fe bars and restaurants. Liebert performs Oct. 8 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.

City aims to buy retrofit certificates to ease water-rights process for smaller projects

During the years of Santa Fe’s housing boom, plumbers and homebuilders would often drive around neighborhoods offering to install low-flow toilets in homes so they could receive credit for saving water.

Black rice: Dramatic, dark and healthy

In my kitchen, black is the new brown — when it comes to rice, anyway. Known as “longevity” or “tribute” rice, in ancient times it was reserved exclusively for the Chinese emperor and banned for the masses — it is now easy, and quite legal, to come by.

Professor pushes for preservation of Southwest’s underappreciated outhouses

At a time when life could be harsh in the American Southwest, outhouses served more than one important role. They provided structure, protected water resources and created important social norms, a New Mexico professor says.

Coca-Cola gives millions of dollars to health organizations

The extent of the financial ties between Coke and the Academy of Pediatrics was revealed last week when the company released a detailed list of nearly $120 million in grants, large and small, given to medical, health and community organizations since 2010.

Governor again pushes controversial third-grade reading reform measure

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she plans for a sixth consecutive year to push a bill to retain some third-graders who cannot read at grade level based on state test scores.

Living with Children: Positive parenting doesn’t guarantee a positive outcome

One of the problems I occasionally struggle with is that of giving unsatisfactory answers to people’s questions. By that, I mean answers I know are unsatisfactory in the sense that they do not promise solutions, but are nonetheless the best I can do.

Faces & places, Oct. 4, 2015

Deborah Simon, a member of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe, received the Rotary Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award in San Antonio, Texas, in September.

Mormons acknowledge early polygamy days at renovated museum

The Mormon church’s renovated history museum features a small and surprising display about an uncomfortable part of the faith’s history that for generations has been glossed over: polygamy.

Authentically Designed: Heritage colors in our midst

A design element that is especially prevalent and unique to New Mexico is decorative painting found on and within architecture and interiors. Pueblo people and Spanish settlers contributed a rich history of using decorative painting in their arts, architecture and furnishings.

How to catch a cheat

A 2010 Josephson Institute Center for Youth Ethics survey of 24,000 students at 70 high schools across the United States revealed that 95 percent said they participated in some form of cheating, whether it was on a test, plagiarism or copying homework.

Urgen fondos para mejorar las escuelas públicas

Las escuelas de Santa Fe necesitan más fondos y mayor compromiso por parte de la comunidad para mejorar la calidad de la educación pública local. Ese fue el consenso de las 120 personas que as…

Meow Wolf banks on returns with ambitious new exhibit

The exhibit that is being developed, designed, programmed, manufactured, cut and cobbled together by the arts group in a 35,000-square-foot former bowling alley is perhaps unlike what has ever come before.

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