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Morning Word: PNM Dumps Plan to Build New Gas Plant

November 1, 2016, 12:00 am
PNM Withdraws Gas Plant Plan
The Public Service Company of New Mexico won’t be building a new $100 million gas plant and pipeline after all, after determining that energy demand projections are lower than originally expected.
“We are thrilled that PNM is dismissing their gas plant and gas pipeline case,” said Mariel Nanasi, New Energy Economy’s executive director, in a statement. “Consumer demand is actually going down, but despite this, PNM thought they could get away with even more bloat: $100 million for a superfluous gas plant and gas pipeline just to line the pockets of PNM’s senior management off the misery of the poor."
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Martinez Names Acting Corrections Secretary
Gov. Susana Martinez has named David Jablonski acting Corrections Department secretary following the retirement of Secretary Gregg Marcantel. At the same time, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Mark Caldwell, warden of the Santa Fe Detention Center, is stepping down at the end of the year.

Pence Plans Another Campaign Stop in New Mexico
Heath Haussamen reports that Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence is scheduled to campaign in Las Cruces on Wednesday around 2 pm at Southwest Aviation Inc. at the Las Cruces International Airport,
The rally comes days after Trump made his own campaign stop in Albuquerque and is further evidence that Trump may think he has a chance of winning New Mexico’s five electoral votes. Recent polling has showed a tightening race in New Mexico and nationwide. An Oct. 24 poll of likely New Mexico voters showed Trump cutting Democrat Hillary Clinton’s lead to 5 percentage points here, 45-40 percent.
Youthful Opiate Poisonings Increase
Opiate use disorders, which have been a big problem in New Mexico for years, are also affecting children around the country hard. In fact, a new study shows that rates of hospitalizations for opioid poisonings are climbing. From 1997 to 2012, the figure jumped 205% for those aged 1 to 4.  

Turn On the Lights
The National Park Service spent $8 million upgrading the lighting system at Carlsbad Caverns, but at least 5 percent of the new fixtures aren’t working properly. Engineers and the lighting contractor are assessing problems with the power supply. Temporary lights have been installed to ensure access to the caves is uninterrupted.


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