Morning Word: Gas Prices Rise
Production slowdown leads to a 10 percent jumpMorning WordTuesday, October 13, 2015
After bottoming out this summer, it looks like gas prices are back on the rise. We all paid about 10 percent more to fill up our tanks last week. Still, the average price in New Mexico is $2.26. Analysts say the increase is the result of an oil production slowdown.
Bail bondsman Patrick Madrid says a $16,000 campaign reporting violation fine levied against him by the secretary of state isn’t “logical.” Madrid said no one ever told him he had to zero out his accounts after he dropped out of the Bernalillo County Commissioners race. Madrid was one of 31 cases Dianna Duran referred to the New Mexico attorney general’s office for investigation, only to have Hector Balderas return them to her, since he’s stopped providing the secretary any legal services following her indictments on 65 felony charges.
Shut Down the Park
A group of Sunland Park city residents are so disgruntled with their city leaders that they’re preparing to circulate a petition to dissolve the city government. Sam Gutierrez tells the Las Cruces Sun-News, "Their corruptiveness [stet] has gone on too long, too far, and we're tired of it. They have proven they can't rule themselves, much less us. We're ready to fight this all the way. It's not about when it's going to happen, it will happen." Petition organizers don’t think it will take them long to collect about 1,400 signatures. If they do, there will be a citywide vote on the issue.
To comply with strict new federal haze rules, engineers have started installing pollution control equipment on those two coal-fired plants near Farmington. The work at the San Juan Generation Station and Four Corners Power Plant should be done by 2018.
Joey Peters, who has been spending time in Roswell working on stories for New Mexico Political Report, has an interesting piece profiling an immigration and workers rights group’s effort to recruit new members and organize the city’s majority Hispanic population ahead of next year’s election.
Asian Population Booming
While Hispanics learn to leverage their majority in old Republican dominions like Roswell, Asian Americans are the fastest growing demographic segment in New Mexico. By 2065, the Asian population, according to the Pew Research Group, will be even larger than Hispanics. In the last census, their group saw a 46 percent increase in the state.
While demographers track shifting populations here, UNM students who want to study abroad are making Spain their top classroom destination. Semesters in Mexico and the United Kingdom are also popular.
Dan Lewis, an Albuquerque city councilor, says he’s planning to introduce a motion to censure the council’s retiring president. Lewis is upset with public comments Councilor Rey Garduño made after Republican councilors decided to oppose a proclamation for making the second Monday of October Indigenous Peoples Day. Despite the political infighting, hundreds of people marched outside City Hall carrying signs and shouting, “Native lives matter.” In California, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law banning public schools from using the “Redskins” name for their sports teams. At least four schools will have to come up with a new mascot.
Democrats Debate Tonight
If you’re like us and hoping to get away from the office in time to watch the Democratic presidential debate, here are six things to watch for tonight. Who knows, maybe the conversation will alter the race. Can Hillary Clinton protect her lead or will Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders continue to close the gap?
A California company that specializes in collectibles and rare American coins says it authenticated a tintype picture of Billy the Kid and members of his notorious gang playing croquet in Lincoln County. The photo, which has been appraised and insured for $5 million, will be featured during a two-hour special on the National Geographic Channel on October 18.
Roch Hart, the man who manages Diamond Tail Ranch east of Placitas, says he’s decided to allow film production companies to keep using the land for location shots after studio executives “squelched rumors that actors stole American Indian artifacts while filming Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials there” this summer. Hart, who offers tourists Jeep tours on the ranch, tells the AP that film production is a better option than cattle ranching.
'Cocks Not Glocks'
Students at public universities in Texas, who are upset that guns will be allowed on campus next August, are protesting the new rules by carrying dildos to school.
We blew it yesterday and published the wrong first name of the Rio Arriba political operative struggling with heroin addiction. It should have been Carlos Trujillo.