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July 19, 2015 -
water grab update:
People ask “What can we do?” Right now just become informed. The time will come when we will need to fight the Augustin Plains Ranch LLC application again. Information is important in that battle, and these articles are key to understanding the water situation in the west.

One thing everyone can do right now is watch for the announcement of that APR LLC application. The State Engineer will publish the application in the legal section of newspapers, but we don’t know where or when. So, everybody, watch your local papers wherever you are in New Mexico to be sure we don’t miss the appeal period!

July 19, 2015 - How the West Overcounts its Water Supplies  (NYTimes arfticle)

July 8 - County commission should listen to objections to Santolina project

July 1, 2015 - Official: New Mexico water debate to be shaped by transfers

June 30, 2015 -
Many of you already know that the Bernalillo County Commission has approved the Santolina Master Plan, Level A (Level B and Level C will refine the general provisions in the plan). Subsequently the Commission also approved the Development Agreement....
Full press releast here  
Related story: Santolina Approval  

Several article related to NM water issues:
La Jicarita - NM Enviro. news  

More Water Grab News Here >>


July 25 -
Clean Energy Future: Why It Pays to Get There First
Related Report:
Clean Power Means Lower Bills for States
The US Coal Crach Report  

May 6 - "Governor Martinez has vetoed any and everything that has to do with solar power." The rest of the story here.   (see climate change report just out under Climate Change, lower left column)

- Solar halted by Hawaii Power  
- Conservative group ALEC pushes stealth tax on homeowners who install solar panels

- NM Legislature deals a blow to the State's renewable energy laws
- How one small community is going
big on solar
- Top 10 Signs Solar is rapidly Winning

- PRC Renewable Energy in NM
- Solar power in New Mexico (Wiki)
- BBC Report on Germany's efforts. mp3
- The Cost of not Using Renewable Energy

March 19, 2015- Zombie Attacks on Rooftop Solar

March 12, 2015 - Kemper Electrical cooperative pulls out of Kemper power plant deal   

March 7, 2015 - Utilities wage campaign against rooftop solar

March 6, 2015 Solar Will Dominate World Energy Supply in Just 15 Years

Sept 5, 2013 - CFC, Federated and NRCO Launch Pilot Program to Develop Electric Cooperative Solar Power Projects



August 1 -
Your mail-in ballot probably arrived by now. It's a sure bet, those two characters will get on the board despite losing their last bid for election that was nothing short of embarrassment with 1 getting only 6 votes and the other only 46. There is no option for "neither of the above". Quorum or not, they will win the seat, . probably by board chair appointment. This fix is in. The only way to send a message to the board and their lawyers is to not return the ballot. If you do come to the meeting and register, but DO NOT vote. What we see here is the final nail in the democratic process and the beginning of the end of this co-op. The final looting will begin with virtually unlimited spending by trustees like the old days. That will be the legacy of the majority of the board members and their lawyers.

Meanwhile - well run companies progress:
Electric Co-ops are already practicing the future of energy   

July 25 -
Clean Energy Future: Why It Pays to Get There First
Related Report:
Clean Power Means Lower Bills for States
The US Coal Crach Report  

July 24 -
June 26 was the deadline to apply to run in the upcoming trustee election. Can anybody supply the webmaster with a copy of any public announcement where members were informed of the open period to apply?
The SEC website, IF they had the application available, does not count. E-mail address at the top of the page. Thanks.
July 23 - Scroll down for meeting videos.
Additional comments on Wednesday board meeting:

Below find the minutes of the new Credentials and Election Committee held on June 29, 2015. The entire two and a half page document is of interest to SEC members but page 2 displays one of the major problems with the new bylaws: the fact that voting by mail is not longer mandated by bylaw but a function of a Committee nominated by trustees and selected by an person not named but probably the President of the Board of Trustees.

Excerpts from the document:

"Due to the fact that only two (2) members filed for candidacy,........discussion ensued whether to conduct the trustee election along with the mail-in ballots; to forego the mail-in ballots and in-person voting; determination of a quorum; and electing the candidates by acclamation."

"Discussion ensued that there is no need to go with the expense of conducting the election with the mail-in ballots."

"The Committee discussed at length the pros and cons of conducting an Election and a motion was conduct the election of candidates with mail-in ballots."

The Committee decided as they now have the power under the new bylaws which do not mandate "vote by mail".

Another striking statement from page 2:

"Attorney Wiggins read Section 5.03 Election of the bylaws and stated that the worst case scenario would be that there would be no quorum of members."

To many members the "worst case scenario" would be the return to the board of candidates and former trustees Leroy Anaya and Don Wolberg who are the only candidates because of inadequate publicizing of rules and time limits for the self nomination process. If a quorum is not achieved at the August 22, 2015 meeting, the election is invalid and the election will have to be reset with time for other candidates to announce. This don't vote, don't go strategy is the only way to get better trustees on the board who can shift the board majority from the the present form to one who will back member rights by making changes to the present new bylaws that strip members of any control of the cooperative.

062915-credential and election committee minutes  


July 23 - Don Wolber letter to Chieftain (Scroll down)  

July 22 - Board meeting report
The fix is in:
It was revealed today how the only two candidates will be taking their seats at the board table.
They are, Don Wolberg, who got only 6 votes the last time he ran for trustee and Leroy Anaya who also lost with only 46 votes in 2013. The election is August 22nd. If there is a quorum, they win even if they got 1 vote each. There is no option for a "no" vote for either candidate.
If there is no quorum, they will be appointed by the board to take their seat at the table. Members lose again.
A reminder to those who voted for the new by-laws, you always get what you voted for. Please don't embarrass yourself by attending that meeting. Send a message by not going and they will fail to get a quorum. Mail-in ballots will be sent out. Don't return them, or return them without voting.  Prediction: Don Wolberg will be the next board president.
Meeting Videos:
Election Committee Video.wmv   or  .mp4
062915-credential and election committee minutes  
Finance Committee Video.wmv  or  .mp4
Door prizes for the annual meeting.wmv  or .mp4
Comments on expense report.wmv  or .mp4
TriState Report.wmv  or  .mp4
RUS 7 Report.wmv  or  .mp4
Public comments (Don Wolberg).wmv  or  .mp4

July 22, 2015 board agenda.pdf

July 9 - SEC Trustee Election  (Chieftain Letter)  

Today's Chieftain has a letter to the editor that raises a number of points about the upcoming election to the two new trustee seats from the City of Socorro. There are several additional points that should be addressed. The new bylaws went into effect after the April 25, 2015 meeting and the board set August 22, 2015 as the date of the econvening of 2015 Annual Members Meeting and Election of the two trustees who qualified as candidates by (self) Declaration of Candidacy - Section 5.05 of Bylaws. As all of this is very new, one would expect a effort by management and board to make members aware of and familiar with the new procedures especially as they had just spent almost $100,000 on getting the new bylaws passed. No! The only
place that the how of declaring, running and the dates of of the filing was available to members wishing to run was on the SEC Website. There were no notices in the Chieftain, the Enchantment, the utility bills or special mailings. No wonder only two old pros filed. The above letter states the
case very well. Rather than have the two retake these seats from which they were just removed less that two years ago, boycott the meeting and do not vote by mail or in person. No quorum means no meeting and no election. It is the only way to stop this stealth election which is no election at all.
We need real candidates for these two seats.

The Chieftain also also addresses the upcoming election here and raises the matter of the "Credentials and Elections Committee." This is also a new creation of the new bylaws . Section 4.12. There seems to be a bit on confusion on how to form this committee as the bylaw states that the Board shall appoint the committee while in actuality, board members were asked to nominate members and someone unknown selected who would serve from those nominated. The list of nominees is not available although it is known that Charlene West, head of the Reform Group, was nominated but not selected to serve. Among the eight members of the Committee and by the way, the bylaws specifies that the number be uneven, are three ex-trustees, Milton Ulibarri, Prescilla Mauldin and Manny Marquez. The per diem for each member is $200.

The only thing that is going to make a difference and perhaps save the entire cooperative from destruction is a new board majority independent of management and law firm that will act for the member's benefit.

A slogan is needed, such as HELL NO, WE WON'T GO or BOYCOTT THE GOOD OLD BOYS. Perhaps someone can come up with a better one?

Kemper Electrical cooperative pulls out of Kemper power plant deal   

July Enchantment -
Voting Eligibility Requirements for Businesses
July 1 - Tomorrow's Chieftain:
Anaya and Wolberg to run for SEC posts
Foxes trying to get back into the hen house.

June 29 -
The "Election Committee" had their meeting to determing which candidates were qualified to run for the 2 new positions covering Socorro.  Only two previous trustees threw their hat in the ring. Both lost their seats in the 2013 elections: - Don Wolberg, who got only 6 votes the last time he ran for trustee and Leroy Anaya who also lost with only 46 votes in 2013. The winner was Melissa Amaro with 140 votes.

The committee consists of Manny Marquez, Tanya Duffy, David Johnson, Dennis Harris, Gene Cole, Percilla Mauldin, Pete Gonzales and Milton Ulibarri.

June 24 - In viewing some of the videos of the June 24th meting, and other meetings, it is apparent that District 2 owners have been cut out of the democratic process.  A note to the state attorney general may be in order.  

Regular board meeting videos:
Public Comments (Doug May).wmv
Managers Report - Part 1 of 2 (Wilson Report).wmv
Managers Report - Part 2 of 2 (Lawyer fees, etc).wmv
Finance Committee Report part 1 of 2.wmv
Finance Committee Report part 2 of 2.wmv

Election Committee Report.wmv
(Some foxes in the hen house)

CFC - Federated Insurance Exchange.wmv

NRECA region 10 delegate.wmv
Trustee Travel.wmv
RUS Form 7.wmv
New organization chart.wmv
NMRECA Report.wmv

June 22 -

Agenda for the June 24th board meeting  
May 24th board minutes  

June 20 -  

A “make up” meeting between the General Manager, the board Vice-president, and district 2 trustee, Charlie Wagner, was conducted Wednesday June 17th. The by-laws allow such a meeting if one or more trustees are absent from the regular board meeting per the new by-laws.

The meeting outcome was that 4 items were requested to be on the June 24th regular board meeting:

1. I need prior approval to attend the Legal Seminar November 5-6, 2015 in Seattle, WA, the NMRECA sponsored training August 18 through 20 and the Region Eight and Ten Meeting October 21-22, 2015. The General Manager indicated that approval for all but the legal seminar were accomplished in the April board meeting. Pre-approval should be on the agenda for the June meeting.

2. Discussion in executive session under "litigation Pending" should be on the June Agenda. The subject being "false and damaging" statements in letters from Federated Insurance Exchange which need to be investigated.

3. The “board pack” for the June meeting should include the check registers for April and May 2015.

4. Discuss the issue of why one trustee who was excluded from committee assignments by Board President. This is probably a violation of Roberts Rules of Order and excludes any district(s) from having a representative on the various committees.

June 18 -
Socorro to study electric feasibility (Chieftain)  
Abq Journal version of the story here

Resolution 15-06-15B from the Socorro City meeting June 15th  

June 3 -
Socorro City Clerk comments at June 3rd Rotary meeting

Economic Impact of Changing Electricity Suppliers in the City of Socorro   

Resolution 15-06-15B  

CFC, Federated and NRCO Launch Pilot Program to Develop Electric Cooperative Solar Power Projects

National Rural Cooperative Association

DER ...Distributed Energy Resources are moving into the mainstream. The rest of the story here.


City Council Video:
Socorro City resolution Resolution 15-06-15B - Feasibility Study for Electric Utility. wmv

Economic Impact of Changing Electricity Suppliers in the City of Socorro   
Related websites:
UNM Bureau of Business and Economic Research   
Law firm used - Stelzner, Winter, Warburton, et al




August 26, 2015 - 2pm
310 Abeyta Ave. NE. Socorro
(Across from the DAV Hall)

SEC Website

SECs own video link  

2015 Annual Special Webpage  
Because there was no quorum, the Annual Meeting will reconvened in August and will include the election of 2 new Trustees.

New By-laws adopted April 25, 2015  
Resolution of Reasonable Notice  

District Map
   Socorro, District 3 Map

Special New By-law web page click here

Co-operative law website  


2014 Wiggins, Wilson, Christensen Detail
Wiggins lawfirm Totals for 2010 thru 2014-
2010 - $14,619.12 (5 payments)
2011 - $3,1355.83 (6 payments)
2012 - $5,5980.00 (6 payments)
2013 - $139,163.90 (full year)
2014 - $100,550.83) (full year)
Jan - $1,990.19
Feb - $5,487.19
Mar - $5,306.67
Apr - $10,481.03
May - $4,115.76
Jun - $4,038.72

Smith and Christensen (2015 Board Audit)
2014 - $32,668.82 (Includes $30K retainer)
Jan - $45,587.50
Mar - $35,359.85 (2 payments)
May - 8,142.55

Bryce Wilson, Accountant
2013 - $108,075.26 (full year)
2014 - $131,780.31 (full year)
Jan - $14,202.41 (Nov 30 - Dec 31)
Feb - $12,393.30  (Jan 1 - Jan 31)
Mar - $22,372.35 - (Feb and March billing)
Apr - $11,393.13 (all of April)
Jun - $10,340.27 (all ov May)

Cordova PR Firm 2014
2013 - $25,094.61 (July thru December)
2014- May through Dec $9,563.96
Jan - $4,681.25
Feb - $3,143.75
Mar - $5,818.13
Apr - $9,881.83
May - $2,367.38
Jun - $1,645.13

Socorro City and SEC Franchise Issue
Socorro Council Webcast  
City Council meets on 1st and 3rd Mondays at 111 School of Mines Road.
Latest Agenda: (Pending)
Special buy-out webpage click here

Click here for more news, and videos

(New district numbers)

WARNING... on the use of e-mail addresses ending in These are reviewed by management staff, and saved. Never assume privacy. The Ipads issued to the trustees are a way of controlling what trustees say, read, and correspond to everybody.

District 1: Leo Cordova
District 2: Charlie Wagner (safe to use)
District 3: Melissa Amaro

District 4: Dave Wade
Distgroct 5: Anne Dorough -

Wiggins, Lorna Wiggins, Wiggins


El Defensor Chieftain on Face Book

July 23 - Don Wolber letter to Chieftain (Scroll down)  

July 9 - SEC Trustee Election  (Chieftain Letter)  

June 18 -
Socorro to study electric feasibiity (Chieftain) 

June 4 -
SEC corrrects web information (Chieftain) 

May 21 - Two Chieftain articles
and letters to the editor
Quorum fails to meet for SEC
Mayor explains plans for o-op ordinances
Three letters to the editor

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