Its the time of the season for recounts.
In House District 23, there is a recount between Paul Pacheco and Marci Blaze. The race is currently separated by 66 votes. The State Canvassing Board ordered the race because it was below the one-half of one-percent margin.
The race was very close to the margin needed for the recount.
A race that was not close to that margin was the race between incumbent Republican Terry McMillan and Democratic challenger Joanne Ferrary in Las Cruces in House District 37.
That race is in a dead-heat. And if it remains that way, it will be settled by a game of chance.
On to the Word:
- Steve Terrell remembers Robert Pineda.
- New Mexico In Depth, the non-profit news source that is focusing on investigative reporting, says its first story will be "a multi-part series examining Gov. Susana Martinez’s time in office halfway through her current term." The site is run by my friends and New Mexico Independent alums Trip Jennings and Heath Haussamen.
- The Associated Press reports not only will there be a surplus of funds in the state budget for spending increase or tax cuts, but there will be almost $500 million for capital improvement projects throughout the state.
- Attorney General Gary King responded to criticism leveled his way in the Rebecca Vigil-Giron case. King:
"Even though detractors of the Attorney General’s Office have capitalized on uninformed criticism and innuendo to place the responsibility for all the delay in this case on the AG, it is clear that there were numerous factors that led to the delays. If we intend to improve the outcomes in corruption cases it is important to first be honest with ourselves and the public so we can address the root causes that result in delay that may keep the defendant and the people of the state from having their 'day in court.'"
- Justin Horwath with a memorable line about the softball interview with Susana Martinez from Greta van Sustren: "Who needs stats when there's cats?"
- The 125 uncounted absentee ballots could lead to changes in the way Bernalillo County counts absentee ballots, KOB reports.
- Peter St. Cyr wrote about options for drug-addicted inmates for the Santa Fe Reporter. St. Cyr also spoke about it in the Weekly Word podcast this week.
- Studies of links between fracking and earthquakes looked at osouthern Colorado and the Raton-area of New Mexico. From the Denver Post:
A USGS team based in Menlo Park, Calif., found that the quake in Colorado and a damaging 5.6-magnitude quake in Oklahoma both were induced by disposal of fracking waste underground.
The team focused on the Raton Basin of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado where, from 1970 until 2001, five quakes of magnitude 3 or higher were recorded. They counted 95 quakes of that magnitude between 2001 and 2011, and concluded that oil and gas operations caused the majority, if not all, of the quakes since 2001.
- Thom Cole:
When the Legislature met early this year, state lawmakers knew a U.S. Supreme Court ruling meant a major provision in New Mexico’s law on public financing of campaigns was likely unconstitutional.
But legislators didn’t fix the law, leading to uncertainty and chaos in some races, a successful lawsuit against the state and a legal bill of nearly $100,000 for taxpayers, payable to the lawyers who sued the state.
- Wind energy projects are threatened because they may interfere with radar systems at Cannon Air Force Base and other area airports in the area.
- John Fleck with his typical cheery news about water in New Mexico.
The federal government has begun notifying Rio Grande water users that they may not get a full allotment of water from the San Juan-Chama project in 2013 after two years of deep drought sapped reserves.
- Remember that high-tech "ghost town" that was supposed to be built near Hobbs? Then near Las Cruces? Well, now the company is supposedly eyeing Luna County, the Las Cruces Sun-New reports.
Other locations considered including areas around Albuquerque, Roswell and Las Cruces, although company officials have declined to specify.
Barela added Pegasus has not asked for any financial assistance from state, and doesn't expect that to happen in the future.
- One plan to help speed up recovery in the area around Bonito Lake affected by the Little Bear fire? Something called hydromulching, the Ruidoso News reports.
The aerial hydromulching involves using a mulch and seed mix held together by guar gum, an agent that sticks wherever it lands, but Millar proposed another element. Added to the recipe would be his microbes to eat up waste, recondition soil and manage contaminants. The all-natural microbes enhance vegetation growth potential and are used with the blessing of the federal Environmental Protection Agency to clean up hazardous spills, according to background information. More than 800 different microbes are part of the M3 Bio Tech process.
- Milan Simonich says the Senate Rules Committee has to give Hanna Skandera a confirmation hearing in the upcoming session or risks making the confirmation process for cabinet members a farce.
- Another nail in the coffin of the idea that the Barack Obama administration is waging a war on oil producers. The New Mexico Business Weekly reports on U.S. Energy Information Administration numbers that show the U.S. has reached the highest level of crude oil production since 1998. This includes New Mexico.
The new data from EIA shows that monthly crude oil production grew more than 56 percent, from 160,000 barrels per day to 250,000 barrels per day since January 2010. New Mexico produces nearly 250,000 barrels a day, and ranks slightly behind Oklahoma, and is about 90,000 barrels a day ahead of Wyoming and Utah.
- Democracy for New Mexico reminds readers that APS and CNM board elections are coming up.
- Interesting. The Farmington Daily Times is opening a community center that offers wifi, public computers and digital archives of stories throughout the paper's history. The community center is in partnership with San Juan College.
- Taos County commissioners voted 3-1 to axe the deputy county manager position.
- Some students will participate in the cleaning of pollution from uranium mining on Navajo Nation land according to the Farmington Daily Times.
- My Weekly Word co-host Joey Peters wrote about Mixed Martial Arts and the burgeoning scene in Albuquerque that centers around a gym run by Greg Jackson.
- Walter White lookalike contest.