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Morning Word: PNM Wants Another Electric Rate Hike

November 29, 2016, 7:30 am
More Snow Forecasted
Look for more snow in Santa Fe today, but not much. Still, you'd better bundle up. Forecasters say the high will only be about 30 degrees. So far, there are no school closings in the Santa Fe area, but classes are delayed a couple of hours in Farmington and other northern locales.

PNM Will Seek Second Rate Hike
The Public Service Company of New Mexico plans to ask Public Regulation Commissioners to consider yet another rate hike. The investor-owned utility says it needs the extra money to cover its costs for improvements to the grid and for adding pollution controls at its San Juan Generating Station, and for more pollution equipment at the neighboring Four Corners Power Plant.

Murder Charges Dropped Against Former Cop
Special Prosecutor Randi McGinn dismissed the second-degree murder charge against former Albuquerque police officer Dominique Perez, who was accused of fatally shooting homeless camper James Boyd in March 2014. Dennis Domrzalski reports, “McGinn filed a one-page motion in state District Court in Albuquerque to dismiss the case 'without prejudice,' which means that incoming District Attorney Raúl Torrez could refile the charge if he chooses to after he takes office on Jan. 1.”

Art College Sale on Hold
Higher Learning Commission board members voted to stall the sale of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design to a Singapore-based company until it looks at how the sale would impact financial aid for students.

Police Use Facebook to Promote Safety
The Santa Fe Police Department is using Facebook social media postings to promote safety tips during the holiday season.

Charitable Giving Rankings
Chris Ortiz at Albuquerque Business Weekly reports, “When it comes to volunteering and charitable giving, New Mexico is in the middle of the pack among the states.”
In WalletHub's Most Charitable States list, New Mexico landed at No. 33. For volunteering and service, the Land of Enchantment landed at No. 21, and it ranked No. 39 for charitable giving.
Colorado Considers Using Pot Tax Revenues to Battle Homelessness
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper wants to aggressively battle homelessness, but that takes money. To fund his program, Hickenlooper is proposing state lawmakers set aside $12.3 million in annual marijuana tax revenues to build new housing units for people who experience chronic and episodic homelessness.

Taos Named Top Ski Town
New Mexico skiers have known that Taos is a special place for decades, but now USA Today readers have voted it the top ski town in the country. In October, Taos also picked up honors for being a top small town from Architectural Digest.

 

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