• NM Supreme Court

    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…

  • Small Cell as Answer

    Santa Fe, N.M., Considers Small Cell as Answer to Coverage Woes

    Though some are not happy about the proposal to let telecoms install small antennas in the public right of way, city officials believe the decision will spur more competition and better service to residents. Shutterstock (TNS) — SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe’s often spotty wireless and cellphone service may be in for an upgrade. A package of ordinance changes moving through the city council approval process is intended to open up rights of way to telecommunications providers and encourage more competition over rates among service providers. Matt Brown, the city’s economic development director, said residents shouldn’t expect to see improved service right away, or even in the next six…

  • Santa Fe picks publishing entrepreneur as next mayor

    SANTA FE, N.M. — Entrepreneur and Santa Fe Mayor-elect Alan Webber said local government in the nation’s oldest state capital is at an important transition and must adapt to the pressures of being an “world-class” destination. Santa Fe voters elected Webber, the founder of Fast Company Magazine, on Tuesday. He prevailed as a newcomer to political office in a five-way race against a local school board member and three men on the city council. Webber will be the first to lead Santa Fe under a new strong-mayor system, with a nearly quadrupled salary of $110,000. He’ll have greater direct authority over the city manager, city attorney and clerk’s office. He…

  • 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…

  • Utah Is A Fantastic Place For Mountain Biking

    If you love mountain biking, Utah is well worth a visit. There are countless beautiful trails throughout the southern part of the state that are extremely fun to ride. From gentle trails that are appropriate for beginners all the way up to extremely steep slopes that are best for advanced riders, there is a little bit of something for everyone. If you have never been to southern Utah, you may be surprised by just how beautiful it is. The area is home to multiple national parks including Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Zion, and Arches National Park. Everywhere you look, there is stunning scenery to take in. Most areas have large rock…