26 - Let
wolf lovers raise wolves
folks were missing
7 Commission meeting video
wolves delisted, but the protection remains
County Passes Wolf Ordiance
10 - Oregon
Wolves Lose Endangered Species Protections
Dept of Fish and Wildlife
County Commission voted unanimously to ban release in the
county at the meeting today.
16, 2015 - Wolf
at the back door (Chieftain)
31 - [IMPORTANT
The Socorro county commission has already adopted an anti-wolf
fear based resolution (download
here) and is now considering adopting an anti-wolf county
here) The Center for Biological Diversity will give
a presentation Thursday, Nov. 5
about Mexican wolves, their importance to wild places and
how the mountains of Socorro county fit in to saving them.
join Michael Robinson from the Center and to learn more
about wolves, new rules for their management that were adopted
in 2015 and the proposed county ordinance.
Presentation, Return the wolf to the San Mateo Mountains
Thursday, November 5th at 6-7:30 PM
the Socorro Public Library, 401 Park Street, Socorro, NM
Please bring and tell a friend!
Rio Grande Chapter Sierra Club
Also mark your calendar for the County Commission meeting
on Tuesday, November 10 at 10 AM at
the County annex building at 198 Neel St in Socorro.
Commissioners will be voting on the anti-wolf ordinance
and each member of the public will be allowed 2 minutes
of testimony. Let's show the Socorro county commission that
wolves have friends here!
1 update -
Court case on motion to Dismiss and Remand rescheduled for
November 12th in Socorro Notice
case history here
this means is:
The State Engineer will, if Judge Reynolds decides to dismiss
and remand the current decision by the Appellate Court,
consider a new application by the Augustin Plains Ranch.
Continuing to oppose the application through litigation
is the way those opposed to the project can move forward
Governor Martinez to have her State Engineer deny the application
is the political way forward. People are encouraged
to try the political way forward by sending letters to your
rep and the Governor.
Predicting what the results of the litigation will be is
not possible, but based on past occurrences surrounding
this case, it seems that we will need to continue being
the name of the notice, Scott Verhines was the State Engineer
when the application by the APR was denied. The appeal to
Judge Reynolds was the APRs response to Verhines
denial. Tom Blaine is the current State Engineer and should
be substituted for VerhinesScott)
Augustin Water Report Website
Augustin Water Coalition (Facebook)
Cynic Special Webpage
new reports related to water in this area
Economic, and Legal Analysis of a Proposed Diversion from
the San Agustin Basin of New Mexico. by - David J. Reese
Conference report in 2010 at Corbett Center: Water needs
for the next decade - 2010
water challenges of the lower Ro Grande: A case study of
legal issues in TX and NM - Elizabeth Wheat Oct 2014
transfer projects: Impacts on communities and ecosystems
- Bruce Thomson- UNM 2010
Santolina Project has been approved. There is still a chance
to defeat this bad project: in court. Odds are high it will
get the water from Augustin project.
A hearing on the Augustin Plains Ranch's motion to dismiss
and remand. As you can see, the hearing is set for 2:30
September 23rd at the courthouse in
News Flash: Note the legal section of the Chieftian. Owners
of Cat Mountain Ranch want to drill three wells and take
over 195,510,000 gallons of water per year out of there.
This project is much closer to Magdalena than the APR. About
11 miles as the crow flies to the SW.
24, 2015 -
July 30, 2015 the Augustin Plains Ranch filed a Motion to
Remand and Dismiss with the State Engineer at
the 7th Judicial Court. The motion states Appeal from
a decision of the New Mexico State Engineer in OSE hearing
No. 09-096. You will remember that this decision,
rendered by Judge Matthew Reynolds, upheld the State Engineers
denial of APRs application to mine water in the Augustin
Doug Meiklejohn, Director of the New Mexico Environmental
Law Center, stated:
We believe that it is important to oppose the motion
think that the motion is really an effort to persuade the
Judge to vacate his ruling that upheld the State Engineer's
the Augustin Plains Ranch's application.
Subsequently, on August 12, 2015 the New Mexico Environmental
Law Center, on behalf of its clients filed A Response
in Opposition to Augustin Plains Ranch LLCs Motion
to Dismiss and Remand to State Engineer. Mr. Meiklejohn
"The Augustin Plains Ranch, LLC now has 18 days from
the date that each of the responses* to its motion was filed
in which to file a reply to each response. ... It is possible
that the Judge will
set a hearing to have oral arguments on the motion, but
I do not know
whether that will happen or when the hearing will be if
one is scheduled.
This is the latest legal maneuvering on the part of APR.
19, 2015 -
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 dont know where or when. So, everybody, watch your
local papers wherever you are in New Mexico to be sure we
dont miss the appeal period!
19, 2015 - How
the West Overcounts its Water Supplies (NYTimes arfticle)
8 - County
commission should listen to objections to Santolina project
1, 2015 - Official:
New Mexico water debate to be shaped by transfers
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
press releast here
article related to NM water issues:
Jicarita - NM Enviro. news
Water Grab News Here >>
links related to the August 4th Foresty meeting Aug 4th
Forest Home Page
on 2012 Longterm perspectives on wildfires in the SW
Key Points from report:
Burning in the American West declined slightly over the
past 3,000 years, with low levels between 1400 and 1700
CE and throughout the 20th century. Peaks in burning occurred
between 950 and 1250 CE and then again during the 1800s
Fire activity was historically highest at 1000, 1400 and
1800 CE. The rise in fires at 1000 CE occurred when temperatures
high and drought area were widespread. Another increase
in fires occurred at around 1400 CE, when drought conditions
Humans began to have a significant impact on fires in the
1800s. During expansion of Anglo-American settlements in
the 19th century, evidence of burnings increased. In the
20th century this is reversed, due in part to changing practices
nationally in fire outbreak management. Since then, fire
activity has strongly diverged from the trend predicted
by climate alone and current levels of fire activity are
clearly out of equilibrium with contemporary climate conditions.
Burning is currently at its lowest in history. The previous
minimum was between 1440 and 1700 CE, and was due to a decrease
in droughts and temperatures, which were at a 1,500-year
minimum. Prior to the current era, fire reached its lowest
historical level at 1500 CE, which corresponded with the
collapse of several Native American populations.
WATER GRAB UPDATE
reports on APR water:
CEO Michel Jichlinksi in 2013 to the Drought Sub-committee in
Las Crucis -
Report to the Drought Committee
APR project - "private-public partnership".pdf
report to the Sub-Committee
12 - we "won" the court case.
The original 2008 application rejected by the state engineer stands.
Albuquerque Channel 7, KOAT, was there with video and interviews.Click
here for article and video
issue from the NM Enviromental Law Center: :
The New York-based company seeks to pump 54,000 acre-feet of water
annually through thirty-seven 20 wells. The Law Center represents
approx. 80 individuals and organizations in this case; our clients
are concerned about the impacts of pumping on their water, on
wildlife, springs, and on the Rio Grande and Gila Rivers, which
are hydrologically connected to the San Augustin Plainsand
which is the last undammed river in the Southwest.
of the legal story here
Judge stands by ruling on water use
Message from Don Tripp on the water hearing Thursday 12th -
I will be at the court hearing this Thursday and will have a chance
to visit with all the interested parties. This process takes a
long time and we will need to stay vigilant in our efforts to
oppose the water grab. I'm sure there will be many more attempts
to gain access to the unappropriated water on the plains by many
River Diversion in New Mexico Pits New
West vs Old
taking our water:
Arabia has a hay farm in Arizona because Saudi Arabia is out of
water to grow hay
November 5th -
you may recall, the Augustin Plains Ranch LLC has asked Judge
Reynolds to reconsider his decision to deny the application they
filed to mine water from the Ranch. (Near the VLA) If Judge Reynolds
does agree to "dismiss and remand" (legaleze for changing
his mind) the application will go back to the Office of the State
Engineer. And, as you may have read in the Catron Courier, there
is evidence that the State Engineer is going to approve the application
if he gets it back.
How can this happen after all this time? There are several things
you can do:
1) go to the hearing. It will be in the Socorro Courthouse, court
room 2, November 12, 1:15pm. Our numbers are our only strength,
and your presence will matter a lot.
2) If you can't go to the hearing (or even if you can) there are
other things you can do to help. Phone Don Tripp and tell him
we need his help. The State Engineer is a political appointee
and Don is Speaker of the House as well as our representative.
A phone call asking his help could do a lot. Phone numbers are
1-800-256-1569 or 575-835-2461. Don't like phoning? Email Don
3) Let members of the Legislative Committee on Water and Natural
Resources know of your concerns. A number of representatives appear
to be with us in opposing the application of APR LLC. They are:
Rep. Bill Gomez 575-233-3040 email: email@example.com
Rep Gomez has shown considerable support for our fight and you
might like to thank him as a way of starting the conversation.
Rep. Candy Ezzell 575-625-0550 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Rep Ezzell
has been strong in opposing this project.
Rep. Andy Nunez 575-520-1654 email: email@example.com
Rep. Jeff Steinborn 575-635-5615 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Because our numbers are our greatest strength the more calls and
emails the better!
SEC NEWS AND REPORTS
28 - Judith Holcomb, from Magdalena, was chosen by the board in
a secret ballot to replace Charlie Wagner as District 2 representative.
28th board videos
for October 28th meeting
4 - update on net metering...
A letter from SEC management to net metering
customers is a must read. More on this later Download
documents: [New Oct 4th]
of the board discussing net metering
1 is here: (move the timer into 18:40)
2 continues the discussion. There will be more on this issue
1 - Co-op
looks to replace Wagner
Notice of District 2 election
Those interested in running need to contact the General Manager,
Joseph Herrera no later than Oct 23rd.
ALL members get to vote on who will represent District 2 - Not
just members living in that district. It roughly covers Magdalena,
Alamo, and western part of Socorro.
and Conservation Fund due to Expire
14, 2015 - Three
Cities on renewables
10 - Wagner
a martyr for integrity (Chieftain)
attorney fees increase, it is interesting to review this article
2011 in the Chieftain
Steps Down (Chieftain)
When Charlie Wagner decided to run for the SEC Board of Trustee,
it was because he had worked with electric cooperatives for many
years and understood how they worked and the good that they historically
did for coop members. He learned that the SEC did not operate
for the benefit of its members and spend money recklessly driving
rates up. He made these facts known to the members through a series
of talks and power point presentations to members and civic organizations.
Members put reforms into effect and created a more open cooperative
where they could attend board of trustee meetings, limit the amount
of money trustees could spend and their terms of service, vote
by mail, have more equal voting districts, etc. This history is
recorded and available on this website
and some of it did
indeed make history!
sued the membership because of enacted bylaws that shifted power
from trustees to the members, a first in United States cooperative
history. They also set up a campaign of harassment against Charlie
and leaders of the SEC Reform Group. Prevarication, threats, physical
and verbal attacks were common. Trustees used members money
to drag reformers into court. More insidious actions were those
of members who ran for trustee positions as reformers and then
used their power to act for their own benefit instead of for the
members. Things reached a crisis this year and Charlie decided
to resign judging that he would be more effective using his knowledge
and abilities off the board. The exact reasons are contained in
the attachment entitled Resignation. The other attachment
is the boards press release. They plan to appoint a District
2 member to fill Charlies seat but are asking for people
to submit their names for appointment. It is time for others to
carry the torch for the members.
this press release
28 - PNM
requests rate increase
reject PNM rate increase last May
27 - Two
fill co-op vacant seats (Chieftain)
26 - Press
release - Trustee Wagner resignation
Wagner resigns from Co-op board
is notice of my resignation effective as of the adjournment of
this board meeting, from the Socorro Electric Cooperative.
I cannot continue to serve on a board that operates under Bylaws
that reduce benefits of members and strip them of their rights,
nor serve under policies that divest individual trustees of equality,
independent judgment and their right of dissent as well as freedom
This board, since the latest sham election, is composed of the
same trustees that sued the entire SEC membership, drove the cooperative
to the brink of bankruptcy and spent a half a million dollars
on themselves yearly. My association with them is an impossibility.
report and committee assignments.mp4
on the Socorro power generation issue.mp4
Note: it took MEMBER concern to bring this issue to the board
table, otherwise the board has been completely ignoring the fact
the co-op is in serious trouble and on its death bed.
on SW energy conference.mp4
See SW conference video. Note, according to Wolberg, a shill for
the coal industry, it cost $490 to power that 100watt bulb with
solar. Thats cheap. Most of the coal plants have a capital
investment of BILLIONS over DECADES before they can power that
first 100 watt bulb (and require rail, and mines, and distribution
network, etc)... Go Solar!
the wise cracks about job loss if coal goes under.... relatively
few people dig for coal compared to building and installing alternate
energy systems, a fast growing segment of the economy. The last
thing the coal mine owners want is the burden of dealing with
labor, the fewer employees the better. What about the job loss
related to solar? Since when does the coal industry become a welfare
agency and a jobs program?? The steam-age is over folks.
26th meeting agenda has been revised to include an executive session
to discuss trustee conduct at meetings Revised
residential rates table
Christensen (SEC "audit") $6,802.40
issues and vote tally.mp4
not allowed to give trustee report.mp4
General Managers Report.mp4
- "Election" results:
Registered voters = 392. Quorum present.
Wolberg 671 mail-in - 171 in person = 842 votes
Anaya 552 mail-in - 212 in person = 764 total
Leroy Anaya (Left) Don
There is no
way this "election" could have turned out any other
2015 in the Chieftain:
meeting, Election Sunday
picks firm for study of utility
Note in the
story above that the attorney said a quorum must be present BEFORE
the business meeting for the votes to count. In the last election,
the attorney said the opposite, a quorum was needed for the business
meeting for the vote to count. Of course, that was when another
reformer was elected, and the same election Don Wolberg got only
6 votes. So... bad attorney advice again - I wonder
if they will give us the money back for that meeting?
18 - Socorro City Council voted to go forward with the study on
feasibility of the city generating their own electricity.
Feasibility Study going forward.mp4 or .wmv
of the company doing the study is
City Council agenda item: Electricity Utility Feasibility Study
August 5 -
Are Americans Switching to Renewable Energy? Because Its
utility buys solar at under fissile generation prices
Scroll into region to see road network.
click "show cities" and " show satellite data"
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, 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.
- well run companies progress:
Co-ops are already practicing the future of energy
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 made.......to 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.
and election committee minutes
July 23 -
Wolber letter to Chieftain (Scroll
AND CONSULTANT FEES
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
Jly - $4,719.73
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
Jly - $6,802.40
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)
Jly - No invoice for July yet
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
City and SEC Franchise Issue
City Council meets on 1st and 3rd Mondays
111 School of Mines Road.
Click here for more news, and videos
(New district numbers)
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 with.
1: Leo Cordova
District 2: Position Open
District 3: Melissa Amaro (Scorro)
District 3: Leron Anaya (Socorro)
District 3. Don Wolbrg (Socorro)
4: Dave Wade
5: Anne Dorough - (Board Chair)
Lorna Wiggins, Wiggins
CO-OP IN THE NEWS
Defensor Chieftain on Face Book
10 - Wagner
a martyr for integrity (Chieftain)
Steps Down (Chieftain)
release - Trustee Wagner resignation
fill co-op vacant seats (Chieftain)
July 23 -
Wolber letter to Chieftain (Scroll
July 9 - SEC
Trustee Election (Chieftain Letter)
SEC Co-op News >>>
Lorna Wiggins, Wiggins
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