Morning Word: Supreme Court Asked to Block PRC Vote
Renewable energy advocates present evidence of commissioners’ bias toward PNMMorning WordTuesday, October 6, 2015
After collecting evidence for months, New Energy Economy, a renewable energy advocacy group, has formally asked the New Mexico Supreme Court to recuse or prohibit four Public Regulation commissioners they claim are “too chummy” with PNM to vote on the investor-owned utility’s power replacement plan.
Where’s the Sun?
Meanwhile, El Paso Electric, which supplies electricity to Las Cruces and other southern cities, is being called on the carpet for not including more renewable energy sources, like wind and solar, in their 20-year operational plan.
At least New Mexico consumers are getting high marks for becoming more energy efficient at home, at work and on the road.
Members of Santa Fe City Council’s Finance Committee are considering the best options to trim the city’s enormous payroll as one way to deal with next year’s projected $15 million budget shortfall. Daniel Chacón reports employee buyouts are possible for people nearing retirement.
Pot Licenses Awarded
Five months after submitting applications to grow medical cannabis in New Mexico, a dozen nonprofit producers have been awarded licenses. New Mexico Health Secretary Retta Ward had put a priority on finding growers willing to set up shop in rural parts of the state, but yesterday changed her mind and awarded licenses to eight groups in the state’s most populous county. Only one Santa Fe group was issued a license.
A Farmington man prone to tossing f-bombs in public has settled a lawsuit with local police for violating his constitutional right to free speech. Cops busted him for disorderly conduct after warning him to stop saying the four-letter word in front of children at a local restaurant.
The New Mexico Corrections Department and two guards are being sued by a former inmate who claims “they left him and several other shackled prisoners to suffer unattended in a van with inadequate ventilation on a hot summer day.” Matthew Coyte, an Albuquerque attorney who represents the inmate, says he’s worried people could die in the back of transport vans unless something, including the guards’ attitude, doesn’t change soon.
US Customs and Border Protection, on the other hand, has issued new standards of care for immigrants in their custody; in the past, they have alleged miserable conditions, including frigid temperatures, poor hygiene, overcrowding and general mistreatment.
Jail administrators in San Juan County aren’t commenting on conditions at their facilities after three inmates died in three months there. Critics say the county has been reluctant to take ailing inmates to the hospital.
We’ve known it for a long time, but Northern New Mexico is one of the best places to see leaves changing in the fall. Now, a national magazine is ranking the Enchanted Circle drive the second best place to see the fall foliage.
This morning’s hot air balloon launch is a go.
So is today’s Albuquerque municipal election, although political analysts expect a low turnout.