Morning Word: Glass Recycling Hits Roadblock in SF
Bushee skeptical people will use drop-off locationsMorning WordThursday, July 2, 2015
A plan to streamline glass recycling with five new convenient drop-off sites in Santa Fe hit a roadblock, but the proposal isn't dead yet.
Santa Fe's Public Utilities Committee, according to Daniel Chacón, shot down a request to borrow money from the Water Division to offset the recycling program's implementation costs.
Meanwhile, KRQE's Alex Goldsmith has an interesting story about Santa Fe trying to change the perception that it doesn't have a nightlife.
Donald Trump's derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants aren't going over well with Gov. Susana Martinez.
Russell Contreras has a big story on some of the state's newest laws that went into effect on Wednesday, including the changes to civil forfeitures.
After seeing a tough new vaccination law get passed in California, State Rep. Debbie Armstrong, D-Albuquerque, tells New Mexico Political Report's editor that she plans to rewrite her legislation to make exemptions harder to get in New Mexico.
A Santa Fe cardiologist is facing serious felony charges after being accused of fraudulent Medicaid billing.Dr. Roy G. Heilbron, 51, entered a not guilty plea in federal court on Wednesday.
After a fuel-cost adjustment, we should see our electric bills drop a couple of bucks each month. But don't plan on racking up a bunch of summer vacation money; the Public Service Company of New Mexico still plans to file an updated rate hike application.
In the meantime, PNM officials don't want their new coal supply agreement made public.
In the order requiring PNM to file those documents by July 1, the commission said the agreements would become part of the “public record.” But PNM is now asking the PRC to keep them under seal, meaning that commission staff and other parties in the case could review them, but not the public. The company says the documents contain proprietary information — such as the amount paid by Westmoreland to BHP for the mine, and the price that PNM has agreed to pay for coal supplies — constituting trade secrets that could damage PNM and the other companies if made public.
Robinson-Avila also covered an oil- and gas-funded energy summit in Albuquerque on Wednesday, and reports environmentalists were there to protest the lack of opposing views represented on the panel. According to Rep. Steve Pearce (R, NM), the state needs to “balance environmental goals while protecting economic development and jobs.”
“I believe government at all levels is running out of control, and nowhere is that clearer than in the energy sector,” Pearce said.
Speaking of summer vacations, if you're still looking for something to do over the Fourth of July weekend, you might want to head to Roswell for the 20th anniversary of its infamous UFO Festival.
For most of us, a trip to the Gila Wilderness would make a perfect summer vacation; for a young bear, getting relocated to the Gila is just part of the risk of rummaging through homeowners' trash cans in Deming.