Setting the course
Energy policy heated up yesterday at the Roundhouse with the rollout of a proposal to help New Mexico transition into renewable energy. The bill calls for the state to change its electricity supply from coal to solar, wind and geothermal power by 50 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2040. It also allocates $40 million for job retraining and economic development in San Juan County.
Year of the woman
Women who serve in both houses of the state Legislature have formed a new caucus. They comprise a record 35 percent of lawmakers, and are headed by Kelly Fajardo, R-Belen, and Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, D-Albuquerque. Members told the Albuquerque Journal they aim to avoid "wedge issues" and focus instead on bills affecting families and female-owned businesses.
Air Force fail
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Air Force Chief Heather Wilson must have had an interesting conversation about groundwater contamination ($) at Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo in southeastern New Mexico in recent days. The state Environment Department on Wednesday issued a notice of violation at the base and the governor's office issued some strong words. Last fall, similar contamination was uncovered at Cannon Air Force Base in the same region, near Clovis.
The data center that social media giant Facebook is opening in Los Lunas has two '"data halls" in operation so far. Those big, darkened rooms hold servers destined to contain videos, photos and other media posted by its 2.3 billion users. The New Mexico facility expects to employ up to 300 people.
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Santa Fe author James McGrath Morris earned top honors from the Biographers International Organization this week. Morris, who helped found the organization ten years ago, says the prize for authors ($) who have made a major contribution to the art and craft of the form has typically gone to those who are more well-known. Finished with a pair of books on journalism heroes, he's next working on one about famed New Mexico mystery man Tony Hillerman.
Low temps should give way to something more middle 40s over the weekend, says the National Weather Service, which also says no more precipitation is predicted to come our way until late next week.
Bust a rhyme
Have you scribbled a notebook full of poems, typed files and files of stanzas, or perfected one great work? The annual SFR Spring Poetry Search is on, with entries accepted now through the end of the month. Lauren Camp, who has recently published a book from her time as an artist in residence at the Mabel Dodge Luhan house in Taos, has graciously agreed to serve as a guest judge.
Thanks for reading! The Word is reviewing our collection of witty limericks, which still count as poetry even when they start with "There was an old lady from Wheeling … "
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