national debate is heating up over who should determine energy policies in the future. New Mexico's two senators support a national standard with more renewable sources, but critics say that takes regulatory power away from the states. Despite the cool temperatures, it's almost be time for summer and that means baseball is back in Santa Fe. Go Fuego!
It's Thursday, May 21, 2015
US Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, a co-sponsor of a bill that would require utilities like the Public Service Company of New Mexico, to generate 30 percent of their energy from wind, solar and other renewable sources, says that a new national standard would slow electric rate increases and create thousands of new jobs.
“Investing in homegrown clean energy jobs just makes sense, and that’s why I’m continuing my fight for a national RES,” Udall said. “More than half the states — including New Mexico — have widely successful RES policies, and it’s time to go all in. I’ve long pushed for a ‘do it all, do it right’ energy policy, and a RES will help us get there.”
Sen. Martin Heinrich is also a bill co-sponsor.
Meanwhile, Heinrich has joined forces with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, to oppose the renewal of the US Patriot Act.
Debra Haaland, the chairwoman of the New Mexico Democratic Party, wants Secretary of State Dianna Duran and Attorney General Hector Balderas to investigate the state GOP’s use of the state seal on a controversial email.
The state’s Republican Party wants all of State Auditor Tim Keller’s emails and expense reports since taking office in January, but claims their request is being ignored. Keller’s staff says it’s responding to the “burdensome” request.
Former Educational Retirement Board Chairman Bruce Malott’s civil racketeering lawsuit against financial firms and investment advisors has been dismissed.
State District Judge Matthew J. Wilson of Santa Fe threw out the case with prejudice, which means it can’t be refiled unless the ruling is overturned on appeal.
Wilson said in an order filed last week that many of the wide-ranging alleged criminal activities alleged in Malott’s lawsuit were not directed at him or directly caused harm to his reputation. The judge also said none of the defendants in Malott’s case has been charged with a crime because of the alleged schemes he outlined.
A new report found that a large portion of New Mexico’s seniors live in poverty. America’s Health Rankings Senior Report ranked New Mexico 47th in the country for the number of seniors living in poverty, at nearly 12 percent.
A national nursing home wants Balderas to dismiss a lawsuit pushed by private lawyers exposed in The New York Times’
Pulitzer Prize winning article.
The suit against the Texas-based Preferred Care Partners Management Group — one of the largest nursing home chains in the country — alleges the business has skimpy staffing levels that make it impossible to provide good care to residents of the nursing homes.
Following the deadly biker gang shootout in Texas, New Mexico State Police plan an increased presence at this weekend’s rally in Red River as the Bandidos roll into town.
Local bikers tell journalist Staci Matlock the violence in Texas ;won't "taint" this weekend's annual event in Northern New Mexico.
Boaters and RV’ers are already showing up at Elephant Butte for the holiday weekend.
What will it take to make the New Mexico State Fairgrounds a competitive venue for national and regional events? Auditor Tim Keller has some ideas.
Speaking of improvements, a group of consultants are sharing their ideas for $2 million dollars worth of Main Street revitalization projects in downtown Farmington.
A new tourism marketing director in Taos has resigned after just two months.
New Mexico Highlands University regents have decided which of the six finalists they want to hire as the school’s next president, but they’re keeping their selection quiet until negotiations with the individual have been completed.
After meeting behind closed doors for several hours on Monday, regents emerged to announce that board chairman Leveo Sanchez and board member Frank Marchi had been given authority to begin negotiations with the individual selected.
A group of Millennial business leaders wants the PRC to reconsider their recents votes on Uber and Lyft’s ride-sharing services.
"We're all under 35. We're the future of business, and we're trying to take a leadership role," said Josh Rogers, the development project manager for Titan Development and leader of the NAIOP group. "As young developing leaders of the business community, we'd like to see the PRC make regulations that are appropriate in the market, and let the market decide the restrictions on Uber and Lyft that have caused Lyft to already leave the market, and lets let the market decide what transportation options are available and not let a regulation decide that.”
A national law journal has laid out its analysis of what “Breaking Bad” character Walter White’s trial might have looked like if he had survived and had been convicted. In New Mexico, he wouldn’t have faced the death penalty, since that law was repealed a few years ago.
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Baseball is back in Santa Fe for the summer and the Fuego team is off to a fast start. More than 500 fans watched them trounce the Las Vegas Train Robbers, 10 to 5.