• Colorado-based escape room to open Santa Fe location in Railyard

    The escape room phenomenon across the country is slowly catching on in Santa Fe. The entry of Colorado-based Puzzah! and its three-room facility at the Santa Fe Railyard will be the city’s second escape room after Escape Santa Fe introduced the concept here last February in the Luna building, 505 Cerrillos Road. Puzzah! will fill 2,800 square feet in the Railyard’s Market Station, 500 Market St., the same building that houses REI Co-op. Co-founder Rayan Pachmayer expects to open either the second or third week in March. Escape rooms typically lock a group of people in a themed room, and the objective is for them to find clues and solve…

  • NM History Museum director let go

    The historic Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe is part of the New Mexico History Museum. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal) Copyright © 2019 Albuquerque Journal SANTA FE – The executive director of the New Mexico History Museum has been let go. Andrew Wulf, who held the position since 2015 and set off a handful of cultural controversies during his tenure, served his last day as head of the museum on Friday. The museum includes the historic Palace of the Governors on the Santa Fe Plaza. Andrew Wulf Some of Wulf’s calls as director that drew criticism included removing devils from their decadeslong roles as the villains in Santa Fe’s annual…

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    New Mexico to lead trade delegations to Germany, Mexico SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is leading trade delegations to Germany and Mexico as the state’s Santa Teresa border region sees its exports rise. The New Mexico Economic Development Department and the New Mexico Trade Alliance are hosting trips to trade shows and offering grants to help businesses, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported. The state in March will lead trade delegations to a trade fair for hunting, shooting sports and equipment for outdoor activities in Nuremburg, Germany. In addition, New Mexico will take a delegation for a solar power event in Mexico City. A delegation also will travel…

  • Educators’ coalition seeks reform at New Mexico Legislature

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Proposals for improving public schools in New Mexico are being presented at the Statehouse by a coalition of educators, nonprofit advocacy groups and the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the state Public Education Department. New Mexico lawmakers are considering a variety of proposals for spending increases on public education designed to raise teacher salaries, extend the school year and overhaul bilingual instruction. A coalition of teachers, school administrators, parents and others called Transform Education NM planned to announce its legislative agenda on Monday. A district court judge says the state is failing to meet fundamental guarantees to an adequate education and has set an…

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    NM faces class-action suit on denial of ID cards

    Former Santa Fe Mayor David Coss speaks during an immigration rally in the Rotunda at the State Capitol last year. (Eddie Moore/Journal) SANTA FE — David Coss says he was turned away repeatedly when he applied for a driver’s authorization card, even though he had the proper documents. Now he’s the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit that accuses the state Taxation and Revenue Department of illegally denying driver’s authorization and other ID cards to New Mexicans who can’t or don’t want to provide the more onerous documents required for a full driver’s license. Coss, a former mayor of Santa Fe, said employees at the Motor Vehicle Division improperly required…

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    Hyundai Santa Fe Inspiration special edition launched in South Korea

    The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe reached showrooms in South Korea just back in February. Today, its first special edition model called Hyundai Santa Fe Inspiration was launched in the country, with prices starting at KR? 35,80,0000 (INR 22,45,368.84). The Hyundai Santa Fe has a slew of exclusive styling elements designed to make it look both sportier and more luxurious. The Hyundai Santa Fe Inspiration is targeted at customers looking for a configuration offering both sportiness and luxury. It is differentiated from the regular model with a number of styling changes. At the front, the special edition model features an exclusive chrome-plated radiator grille, a differently designed bumper and skid plate,…

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    Ahead of Memorial Day, volunteers plant thousands of flags at soldiers’ gravestones in NM

    There are more than 58,000 servicemen and women buried at Santa Fe National Cemetery. (Source: KRQE/CNN) SANTA FE, NM (KRQE/CNN) – Hundreds of volunteers visited the Santa Fe National Cemetery ahead of Memorial Day weekend, to prepare it Monday’s remembrances. The annual “flags in” ceremony serves as a time-honored tradition of loyalty and respect. Come Monday, the cemetery will be filled with people honoring the heroes who lie in it. One volunteer, veteran John Colwell, said there is “no higher sacrifice” than the one the soldiers buried at the cemetery made. “We can never say thank you enough,” said another volunteer. As they worked, they paused along the way to…

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    Winner of district judge race in Santa Fe could have statewide impact

    Many of the most serious and complicated civil cases in New Mexico are heard in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Judges who preside over a civil docket in the capital city must be prepared to make decisions that can have consequences for the entire state. During her two terms on the bench, Division II District Judge Sarah Singleton handed down a ruling that negated gubernatorial vetoes of 10 bills (they became laws as a result), ordered the Santa Fe County clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and presided over a wrongful death case resulting in the largest jury award in state history. Four Democrats —…

  • New Mexico set to begin primary vote for governor, Congress

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Early voting begins Tuesday at county clerk’s offices and by mail in New Mexico’s hotly contested primary elections for two open congressional seats and the governor’s office. Voting at precincts does not take place until June 5 in primary races that also will help determine the balance of power in the state House of Representatives and narrow the competition for state land commissioner, lieutenant governor and utility commission posts. Direct early voting starts Tuesday at county clerk’s offices across the state and through mail-in absentee ballots that can be ordered online this year for the first time. Tuesday is also the final day to register…

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    NM Supreme Court revisits textbook case

    New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura, left, and Justice Charles Daniels, listen as attorney Eric Baxter, representing the New Mexico Association of Nonpublic Schools, during oral arguments in a case involving state money being used to buy textbooks for private schools. The arguments were presented in Santa Fe, Monday. (EDDIE MOORE/ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL) SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court revisited a years-long case Monday morning on whether private schools should get textbooks paid for with state money. The justices are no strangers to the arguments as they had ruled the practice unconstitutional in 2015. They upheld a case filed in 2012 by New Mexico parents Cathy Moses…