PNM faces fervent opposition in two cases, each of which represents opposing aspects of the company’s future: the short-term demand to keep rates low versus the long-term imperative to rely increasingly on renewable energy.
Proposed renovations at Agua Fria have stirred up a wave of resistance in Agua Fria Village. After years’ and millions of dollars’ worth of renovations to the Works Progress Administration building, Santa Fe Public Schools is currently proposing to demolish it entirely.
Nonprofit producers, the backbone of the state’s Medical Cannabis Program, say oversight by the New Mexico Department of Health is arbitrary and heavy-handed—and that new rules and regulations imposed in December have done little to alleviate chronic supply problems.
Based on data SFCC reports to the US Department of Education, of the approximately 6,600 students who enrolled at SFCC in fall 2010, only half are expected to return for a second year. Even fewer will successfully earn a degree—a discouraging trend at the only public community college serving Santa Fe.
During New Mexico’s 2011 legislative session, a tiny controversy erupted in the two press galleries overlooking the House and Senate chambers. “The Governor’s videographer in the pressroom. Paid for by your tax dollars,” Albuquerque political strategist Keegan King tweeted on March 3.
Despite what some describe as an unproductive, highly politicized session, state lawmakers passed a range of bills this year. They banned corporal punishment in New Mexico schools, for one. They established the state’s first health insurance exchange. They passed a requirement that will enable New Mexicans to see exactly who benefits from the state’s labyrinthine tax code.