Daniel J. Chacón, Las Cruces Sun-News

Daniel J. Chacón

Las Cruces Sun-News

Santa Fe, NM, United States

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Past articles by Daniel:

Governor’s mansion used state funds for party costs

Lujan Grisham’s office tapped into a taxpayer-funded expense account to pay for a political event in October, which her campaign later reimbursed. → Read More

Report: Steep drop in higher education enrollment has effect on state's workforce

Enrollment at New Mexico's universities and colleges dropped 27 percent from 2010 to 2020, more than double the 11 percent decrease nationally. → Read More

In new maps, New Mexico Democrats may have drawn party into tough spot

New lines on a congressional redistricting map Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law Friday could make the seat even more competitive for Republicans for the next 10 years. → Read More

Lawmakers: Labor shortage could wreak havoc on New Mexico chile harvest

New Mexico prides itself on having the best chile in the world, but a shortage of farmhands could leave a big portion of this year's crop rotting on the vine. → Read More

Two members of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's Cabinet are stepping down

New Mexico Health Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins and John Salazar, Cabinet secretary of DoIT, are leaving Gov. Lujan Grisham's Cabinet in July. → Read More

New Mexico Republicans moving state convention to Texas

The three-day event, dubbed Operation Freedom, will be held in Amarillo, Texas, which has much looser COVID-19 restrictions than New Mexico. → Read More

No more minis in New Mexico come July

The sale of miniature bottles of liquor for off-site consumption will be prohibited beginning July 1. → Read More

New Mexico lawmakers may revisit payment for 'essential workers' in January

Giving financial aid to New Mexicans who earn less than $15 an hour and have continued to show up for work during the pandemic may resurface in 2021. → Read More

Report: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is a 'top contender' for Biden's health secretary

A new report says New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has become one of two "top contenders" for the job in President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet. → Read More

Santa Fe City Council approves up to $80 million in bonds to build retirement center

An estimated $80 million project that promises to create more than 1,000 temporary construction jobs is closer to reality after Mayor Alan Webber and a City Council majority agreed Wednesday to lend the city's name to a bond financing deal. → Read More

New Mexico roasts Colorado green chile in new TV ad

The state unveiled a $278,000 marketing campaign Tuesday that crowns New Mexico the "Chile Capital of the World." → Read More

Santa Fe City Council eyes $18 million bond issue for food processing plant

A proposal to develop a Santa Fe facility for high-pressure food processing is one step closer to reality. → Read More

Santa Fe plans to help Las Cruces by taking asylum-seekers

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima pitched a proposal for Santa Fe and Albuquerque to help Las Cruces handle the influx. → Read More

'It's frustrating being a Republican this year'

Steve Pearce, chairman of the state Republican Party, said his message to GOP lawmakers is to keep their chins up and continue to express their views. → Read More

Archdiocese of Santa Fe to file for bankruptcy

Archbishop John Wester said parishes and schools will continue normal operations. → Read More

Report: County might have tried to hide LANL misspending

An independent investigation of the beleaguered Regional Coalition of LANL Communities found that Los Alamos County tried to revise existing documents … → Read More

Legislative Finance Committee is critical of WNMU and its administrative spending habits

WNMU was found by the Legislative Finance Committee to over spend on its executive management and institutional support. → Read More

Santa Fe DA’s Office drops felony charges against Entrada protest leader

Prosecutors have dropped felony and misdemeanor charges against a 21-year-old San Ildefonso Pueblo woman accused of striking two Santa Fe police officers with a cardboard sign while protesting a re-enactment of Spanish conquistadors reclaiming the city from Native Americans, her attorney said Tuesday (Oct. 10). → Read More

Enrollment slumping at most N.M. universities

New Mexico State University Chancellor Garrey Carruthers has charisma. With his quick wit and friendly demeanor, the high-spirited 78-year-old can turn a tense situation into a fun and relaxed setting. → Read More

Zinke backs Sabinoso gateway proposal

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Wednesday he intends to approve a plan to accept the donation of a 3,600-acre ranch that would open the landlocked Sabinoso Wilderness in northeastern New … → Read More