PNM submits the electrical network plan
Yesterday, PNM filed a plan with the state Public Regulatory Commission for a six-year, $344 million modernization plan for its power grid. At a press conference, a PNM spokesperson said that if approved, the plan would cost average residential consumers about $1.20 per month through a new fixed charge on their bills. A “cornerstone” of the proposal, according to PNM officials, are smart meters, which, “when fully implemented, will allow customers to monitor electricity rates and choose when to increase and decrease electricity consumption. ‘electricity”. They will also enable “faster response time to power outages, better integration of electricity generated from solar units in homes and businesses” and “enhance measures against terrorism and piracy. against cyber threats. Converting the grid into “a two-way communication channel,” the PNM filing says, “is a game-changer, a sentiment echoed by PNM President and CEO Pat Vincent-Collawn in a statement: “This filing is a big step forward for New Mexico and our customers” and “essential to allow PNM to transition to a system where electricity is generated from different sources. PNM’s grid modernization plan, he says, prioritizes “low-income and underserved communities for access to clean energy,” as specified by 2020 legislation that created the application process. of the PRC for such projects, as well as a roadmap and grant scheme through the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.
As PNM rolled out its electrification plan, state lawmakers on the Transportation Infrastructure Revenue Subcommittee received an update from the state Department of Transportation on its plan to build charging stations for electric vehicles statewide. Under the federal bipartisan infrastructure law, New Mexico expects to receive approximately $38 million between 2022 and 2026 and will prioritize “filling the gaps” on highways: I-25, I-40 and I-10.
DA: Decision pending on how to charge suspect in teenage murder
Elijah Judah Trujillo, the 16-year-old charged with murder and tampering with evidence in the death of Samuel Cordero at Ragle Park last summer, made his first court appearance yesterday. The First Judicial District Attorney’s Office told Judge Glen Ellington that the office is ready to pursue the case, but has not yet decided how to charge the teenager: if he is charged and convicted at age as an adult, Trujillo could face a life sentence and be ineligible for parole. for 30 years. If charged and convicted as a minor, Trujillo could be incarcerated by the Department of Children, Youth and Families for two years, but could be held in custody until he turns 21. “The decision hasn’t been made yet,” District Attorney Carmack said. -Altwies tells SFR, though she says it’s “likely” Trujillo will be charged as a minor. “We are still awaiting evidence that will help and guide us in this decision.” Ellington ordered Trujillo to remain in a San Juan County juvenile detention center where he has been held since his arrest last week and placed on suicide watch, according to Assistant District Attorney Jeanine Salustri. Public defender Mark Dixon had urged the judge to return Trujillo to his parents in Santa Fe for his own safety.
City of Santa Fe Approves New Plaza Sale Events
After several delays, the Santa Fe City Council last night at a special meeting approved changes that allow Santa Fe Pride, Juneteenth and Indigenous Peoples Day events to receive business permits alongside eight other already eligible Plaza events, such as Indian Market, Spanish Market and Fiesta. . The changes allow art and food vendors – limited to the Plaza – at new events, whereas previously only the organizer could sell items and had to apply for an annual permit. The council passed the measure unanimously. “The Plaza is for the people,” co-sponsor Councilwoman Renee Villarreal reportedly said. “I’m excited to see how the ordinance … will manifest positively for cultural events for local vendors and artisans.” And speaking of Artists in the Plaza, the city is currently accepting applications for its Plaza Artist/Artisan Program. The five-year licensing program begins January 1, 2023, with a total of 19 licenses available for 16 Plaza spaces in three categories ranging from $500 to $1,500. The deadline to apply is November 4; details here.
COVID-19 in numbers
Posted on October 3: New cases: 556 (including weekends); 619,238 cases in total; Deaths: Three; Santa Fe County has recorded 351 total deaths; there were 8,570 deaths statewide. Statewide hospitalizations: 92. Patients on ventilators: Sept. According to the most recent “community levels” map from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which uses a combination of hospital measures and case rates to calculate the risk of COVID-19, several counties in New Mexico are changed from “green” (low) to “yellow” (medium) and “red” (high) during the previous seven-day follow-up period. Catron, Grant, and Hidalgo counties are now red; Rio Arriba and Otero counties are now yellow. Santa Fe County remains green. The corresponding recommendations for each level can be found here.
Resources: Interactive CDC Booster Eligibility Tool; NM DOH vaccine and booster registration; Interactive CDC Isolation and Exposure Tool; Self-report a positive COVID-19 test result; curative test sites; COVID-19[feminine] processing information; NMDOH Immunocompromised Tool Kit. People seeking treatment who do not have a medical provider can call the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453.
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Focus on New Mexico host Gene Grant speaks with leaders of the New Mexico Black Voters Collaborative and other organizations about their efforts to boost participation in communities of color and the potential influence that the African-American vote could play in New Mexico. Guests include Harold Bailey, president of the NAACP Albuquerque branch; Mason Graham and Rodney Bowe of the New Mexico Black Voters Collaborative; and Reverend Charles Becknell Sr., state chairman of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
imagining the natural world
Carrizozo, New Mexico artist Paula Wilson’s “Imago” exhibition, on view at New York’s Denny Dimin Gallery through October 29, is receiving praise from the New Yorker magazine, which asserts that Wilson’s “hybrid” works combining painting, printmaking, sculpture, collage, film, performance, and furniture design cultivate “an inviting domestic atmosphere.” The highlight of the exhibition, according to the magazine, is the short film spiral of life, “featuring the artist as an insect moving through its life cycle, from egg to imago, in brilliantly costumed, sun-drenched sequences. In less than five thrilling minutes, Wilson crystallizes the many themes of his show, emphasizing that his daily artistic existence is inextricable from the rhythms of the natural world. If you can’t make it to New York before the end of the month, don’t worry. Wilson’s work will be part of an exhibition with artist Nicola López, “Becoming Land,” which opens at the Albuquerque Museum on October 8. While “Imago” references both a stage of metamorphosis for insects and psychoanalysis, “Becoming Land” features “renderings of New Mexico’s desert landscapes that embody an ecological perspective and emphasize the relationship between humans and their environment.
Livestock through the drought
As part of an ongoing series, The Guardian examines the struggles of pastoralists in the face of the mega-drought in the southwest. The latest story begins with Mora resident Carla Gomez, who fled the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon fire, seeking sanctuary in Las Vegas not only for herself, but for 75 of the sheep from her beef and cattle ranch. lamb. When she finally returned, 100 acres of her 400-acre ranch had burned down, “but her house was still standing and the cows she had to leave behind were alive.” Not all of his neighbors were so lucky. “People who had logging permits, they really suffered because they had to move their cattle,” Gomez says The Guardian. “It was really devastating.” Wildfires are just one example of the problems ranchers are facing due to drought, with the story pointing to an American Farm Bureau Federation survey last summer that found two-thirds of herders said they had to sell parts of their herds, with average herd sizes. expected to have fallen 36% in the region in 2022, 43% in New Mexico and 50% in Texas. In New Mexico, the monsoons that followed the wildfires created more problems. “Right now, the acequia isn’t even running,” Gomez says. “But every time it rains, it fills with silt.” Many state agencies will be hosting a resource fair in Mora from 4-7 p.m. tomorrow (October 5), with representatives from more than a dozen state agencies and the federal Department of Agriculture.
The National Weather Service forecast continued “unstable weather” during the week. Today that means a 60% chance of precipitation, with showers and thunderstorms likely, mostly after 3 p.m. Otherwise, it will be mostly cloudy, with highs near 66 degrees and a 5-10 mph northerly wind turning southerly in the afternoon. If it seems cold, look at the snow that has fallen a few days ago in Taos Ski Valley.
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