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FIRE ALERTS
NM Fire information website
Gila National Forest Home Page 
InciWeb NM fire information
Fire locations in Google Maps  

June 30 - Red Canyon fire growing,- [NEW] ...
Hand ignitions continued yesterday off of FR96 and FR138 along the east and west ridgelines of Hudson canyon. Firefighters are introducing backing fire into Hudson canyon to mitigate high severity effect but still allow for the creation of canopy openings in order to promote aspen regeneration.... Press releas here


 

WATER GRAB NEWS

San Augustin Water Report Website

June 30, 2015 - [NEW]
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   [NEW]

More Water Grab News Here >>

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ALTERNATE ENERGY

Solar Tax Credit Information

Economics of Residential Solar in NM

"How to Go Solar" Guide

Myths and Facts About Solar Energy

Renewable Energy Primer for Teachers and Students

The Solar Way: Photovoltaics on Indian Lands

Rural Electrification w/ Solar Energy: Micro-grids v. Solar Home Systems

New Mexico Solar Energy Association

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 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


 

CURRENT SEC NEWS AND REPORTS
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   [NEW]

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

Related:
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.

June 16 - INDEPENDENT FEASIBILITY STUDY SHOW SEC NEGATIVE ECONOMIC IMPACT ON THE CITY

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



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June 4 -
SEC corrrects web information (Chieftain) 

The relationships between rural energy co-operatives and the utilities that provide their power are usually pretty subdued. Like partners in a long and stable marriage, they mostly understand each other and few disputes make it out of the boardroom.

But earlier this year, it became clear that things have deteriorated between Delta-Montrose Electric Association and its provider, Tri-State. The two have quietly—and not so quietly—been at odds for years over whether Delta-Montrose, a rural electricity cooperative based in Montrose, Colorado, could go outside their relationship to generate some of its own power. Finally, in February, Delta-Montrose called on federal regulators to resolve the dispute. .....
The rest of the story here:
A rural utility bucks against its power supplier  

 

 

NEXT REGULAR BOARD MEETING
July 22, 2015 - 2pm
310 Abeyta Ave. NE. Socorro
(Across from the DAV Hall)
2015 Annual Special Webpage  
The Annual Meeting will reconvene in August and have the election for the 2 new Trustees

May 24 Board Minutes  

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


District Map

District 3 Map

Special by-law vote web page click here

SEC Website
SECs own video link  

Co-operateive law website  



ATTORNEY AND CONSULTANT FEES

Wiggins, Wilson, Christensen Detail

Wiggins lawfirm -
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)
     ......2015.....
Jan - $1,990.19
Feb - $5,487.19
Mar - $5,306.67
Apr - $10,481.03
May - $4,115.76

Smith and Christensen (2015 Board Audit)
2014 - $32,668.82 (Includes $30K retainer)
       .....2015.....
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)
       .....2015.....
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)

Cordova PR Firm 2014
2013 - $25,094.61 (July thru December)
2014- May through Dec $9,563.96
       .....2015.....
Jan - $4,681.25
Feb - $3,143.75
Mar - $5,818.13
Apr - $9,881.83
May - $2,367.38

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


TRUSTEE E-MAIL CONTACTS
(New district numbers)

WARNING... on the use of e-mail addresses ending in @socorroelectric.com. 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
district1@socorroelectric.com
District 2: Charlie Wagner
cawagner@gilanet.com (safe to use)
District 3: Melissa Amaro
districtthree@socorroelectric.com

District 4: Dave Wade
district4@socorroelectric.com
Distgroct 5: Anne Dorough -
district5@socorroelectric.com

Wiggins, Lorna Wiggins, Wiggins

CO-OP IN THE NEWS

El Defensor Chieftain on Face Book

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

More SEC Co-op News >>>
Wiggins, Lorna Wiggins, Wiggins

OTHER COOPERATIVE NEWS

How Nebraska Took Its Energy out of Corporate Hands and Made It Affordable for Everyone


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