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Water talks at Magdalena Library May 3th.
May Flyer

Art Shows on May 3, 2014 at the old Magdalena feed store. Details here

Water supply still a concern (Cheiftain)

WHERE TO LODGE A COMPLAINT

Report the conduct of an attorney at the Disciplinary Board of the NM Supreme Court Website- The form

Consumer complaints with the NM Attorney General - Utilities problems
Website - Form & instructions


NM Attorney General Open Meeting Act  

NM PRC (Public Regulation Commission) - Your rep is probably Ben L Hall.
Website  - Online Complaint Page
Please read instructions and FAQs
download a copy

Submit a complaint about Open Meetings and Inspection of Public Records Act or here

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Letter to the editor Chieftain  
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Letter to the Informed Cynic  

MAGDALENA AREA NEWS AND LINKS

Spring 2014 Seviletta news letter  [new]

"A Slow Genocide of the People": Uranium Mining Leaves Toxic Nuclear Legacy on Indigenous Land (video and text)   [new]

UT State Plots Massive Tar Sands & Oil Shale Projects [new] This may have influence on the water grab, and/or pipe lines through
this area

New Mexico: Where Polluting Groundwater Is Legal (Magdalena mentioned, but misinformation about the cause of the water shortage) Related article here form 2013

Cibola National Forest & Kirtland AFB to conduct tour of Air Force exercise sites on 12th  

USAF Training Impact on the New
Mexico Bear Mountains- video

Related website: Bear Mountain Blog

Toxic Legacy: Uranium Mining in NM
Related: Navajo village nestled amid toxic waste could lose land forever  

2014 Selvilleta Winter 2014 newsletter and annual meeting announcement

Magdalena 2013 village calendar
C of C calendar of events  
Bear Mountain blogspot - Cibola/Miliatry
San Augustin Water Coalition
Public library (facebook) Website
Golden Spur Saloon

The Grizz Project

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Dry western weather increases U.S. drought coverage

12/10/13 SE Drought Monitor Map
Wildland Fire Potential Outlooks
Ranger District Expands Fire Restrictions
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Current large Incidents   

-Magdalena Ranger District to begin Stage I fire restrictions on June 3  
-Summer rains in SW arriving late...
-Gila National Forest Public Affairs Office


WATER COALITION NEWS AND LINKS

“If you go to the western U.S., people are still in that mindset of trying to withdraw as much water as they can, as long as they can pump faster than their neighbour." -- Betsy Otto of WRI ...
The rest of the story here

Sectoral contributions to surface water stress in the coterminous US

For Some in the Southwest, It’s Come to Selling Water to Fracking Companies


CLIMATE CHANGE

WMO - Decade of climate extreams

Study on which states consider climate change in planning  

Global Climate Change (gov)  

Climate Impacts Poised to Decimate Human and Earth Systems... and linked to this

Magdalena pollution index  
Related: (definition of pm2.5" pollution)

World Bank report on climate change  


ENTERTAINMENT

NM Tech Performing Arts Series

Live cams from S. Africa:
Inkorho - Timbe - Idube


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CURRENT SEC NEWS AND REPORTS

Don't forget, Saturday Annaul Meeting.
April 22 -

Many questions have been raised about this meeting. Leading the list is “Why no mail-in-ballots?” followed by Why no Notice of the Meeting?” and “What’s on the Agenda?”

The “Official Notice” of the 2014 Annual Members Meeting was included in the last issue of “Enchantment Magazine.” It was also mentioned in SEC President Anne Dorough’s letter enclosed in the last SEC billing. (See previous email and/or posting here) The agenda is here. Note that the agenda states “Registration” not Registration and Voting. This is because of actions by the SEC attorneys which are backed by management and the majority of three on the Board of Trustees. Although 3 propositions were passed by District 2, the attorneys have once again blocked a District’s and member’s right to send propositions to the full membership for a vote at the next succeeding annual members’ meeting as required by our bylaws. Instead the attorneys have placed these propositions on the agenda under “New Business” for discussion and vote by persons in attendance. If these persons vote in favor of the propositions, they then will go to the 2015 Annual Meeting where they will be placed on the ballot. Two years for a made up process which is against the bylaws and strips the power of the members to amendment the SEC bylaws. They did this to the 2012 District 5 propositions and oddly, in Mrs. Dorough letter to the members, she states, “Now too much time has elapsed for the proposals to be considered at this years’ Annual Meeting.” Not sending the District 2 propositions for a vote by the membership is the reason for no ballots as well as an attempt to kill them.

A mindboggling contradiction and rebuke to this stonewalling action is Mrs. Dorough’s paragraph on “progress and forward thinking that characterizes own co-op today.” which congratulates the co-op for “fully implemented previous by-law changes proposed by the members in 2010.” These bylaw changes referred to were proposed by District 5 in 2009 and voted on and passed overwhelmingly at the 2010 Annual Members Meeting. Under the present attorneys, management and trustee majority, these bylaw changes would never have been brought to a vote, Many of you will remember that the co-op and trustee majority sued the entire membership to stop these bylaws from taking effect. In the same paragraph, the “Member By-laws Committee” is also praised as “progress”. Make no mistake this committee is a creature of the trustees. The district meetings are the way that members propose bylaw changes.

What can be done about this situation. The attorneys say “Take it to court.” What an answer! Sue ourselves for justice! The City of Socorro is working on buying the co-op because of adverse actions against the members and business community and this is not an idle threat as some think. Many say “Fire the attorneys and manager.” But the attorney and manager are hired by the Board of Trustees. Three trustees, Leo Cordova, Anne Dorough and Dave Wade are blocking remedial steps to repair this coop and their removal is the only way to stop what is happening. District 4 & 5 members will have an opportunity to sign petitions to recall their trustees at the 2014 Annual meeting this Saturday. Members of other districts can express their opinions (and maybe appear on the TV news). Please attend.
042214 annual meeting commentary  

April 19 -

If the billing insert does not provide an incentive to attend the SEC Annual Meeting next Saturday, nothing will. April billing insert & meeting announcement

April 26, 2014 - Registration 1 to 3pm. -
Business meeting 3pm.,

April 17 -

Below is a letter from The Informed Cynic to SEC members published in today’s “Chieftain.” Pay particular attention to the last two sentences which note the total from the incomplete records is $388,574.15 for the three years, 2010-2013. A rough guess or estimate places the real total at double this amount or more. Verification will have to wait for the rest of the records from SEC manager and/or attorney. Add this sum to amounts paid to mysterious accountant, Bryce Wilson, who received at least $105,000 in 2013, $16,202.56 from 12/8/13 to 1/4/14, and $13,687.22 on 2/25/14 although he is not on the SEC regular payroll and there is no logical explanation for whatever duties he carries out. (See "Attorney Documents" link above for more information)

Letter to the Chieftain - in the print edition only:

Several years ago I set up a website, The Informed Cynic, dealing with issues affecting the citizens of Socorro County and the surrounding area. I also began filming the meetings of the Socorro Electric Cooperative in an attempt to present a unbiased record of events to the membership. News archives, commentary, the meeting videos, etc. are all posted on the website.

On January 23, 2014, I began my first attempt at an Inspection of Public Records Act request with a letter to Mr. Joseph Herrera, SEC General Manager soliciting documents relating to fees paid to SEC attorneys from 2010 through 2013 and all contracts between the SEC and those attorneys. On February 26, 2014, I picked up a packet of documents for which I was charged $1 per page for a total of $344. On examination, I discovered that the file of documents was incomplete with entire years missing and gaps within years furnished. Invoices were heavily redacted. Only one attorney contract was included. I detailed the lack of compliance in another letter to Mr. Herrera dated March 31, 2014. That letter has not been answered.

The received information though incomplete is very interesting and it is important that those facts and figures be made know to SEC members. If additional records are received, they will be added to existing data posted on the website.

The records from Dennis Francish are complete and his contract is included. $113, 818.06 was billed to the SEC from 2010 through 2012.

Kennedy & Han: Only 7 months of billing supplied, Feb, 2012 – Sept, 2012 in the amount of $53,534.11 although the firm was hired in June, 2010 for the case in which the SEC sued the members. No contracts supplied.
Foster & Moss: Sept,2012 to Oct, 20 13 billings $11,605.69. No contracts or other documents.

Wiggins, Williams & Wiggins: At least $209,616.29 billed from 2010 to 2013 as there are gaps in years 2010 and 2011. One of the most intriguing items billed by the Wiggins firm deals with the “Investigation” by Ira Bolnick. This action was taken against Trustee Wagner and authorized by the SEC Board of Trustees upon the recommendation of Attorney Lorna Wiggins. Part one of the “investigation” which cost the SEC $11,789.61 is posted. Part two of the report has been kept from the members. Ms. Wiggins hired and paid Mr. Bolnick and then billed the SEC for that amount. The second item lists Cordova Public Relations to which the Wiggins firm paid $25,094.61 from July, 2013 to December, 2013 and billed back to the SEC. There is no indication as to why the PR firm was engaged. No contracts pertaining to the Wiggins firm, Mr. Bolnick or Cordova Public Relations provided. The total derived from these incomplete records is $388,574.15 for the 3 years, 2010 -2013. The actual total is higher but unknown due to the noncompliance of the SEC general manager.
041714-Letter to The Chieftian  

April 16 - Q&A With Trutee Dorough -

When Trustee Anne Dorough did not attend the meeting that she arranged with members of her District, the members held the meeting without her and asked people in attendance to compose questions that they wished Ms. Dorough to answer. The attachment contains both questions and answers arranged by topics. The "Topic: Direct to Anne" which starts on page 4 will be of special interest to members of the Reform Group who were largely responsible for her election. It also explains why many members in District V are talking recall and members from other SEC districts are cheering them on.

Answers to questions to Trustee Dorough at Dist 5 meeting on 3/26/14    


 

 

 

 
NEXT REGULAR BOARD MEETING
Next Meeting Wed April 23 2pm
310 Abeyta Ave. NE. Socorro
(Across from the DAV Hall) Map

2014 Annual Meeting - April 26 - 1pm registration and 3pm business meeting at the Finley Gym
2014 Annual Agenda

Special 2014 Annual Meeting webpage
April billing insert & meeting announcement

Recent meeting agendas and minutes:
April 23, 2014 Agenda
March 24, 2014 Meeting Agenda
 
Feb 26, 2014 Agenda

Feb 26, 2014 Meeting Minutes  
January 29, 2014 - Board Mintues  
Jan 17 Reorganization meeting minutes

Socorro/SEC Franchise Issue

Dec 16, 2013 City council minutes  
Feb 3, 2014 City council minutes  
Docs. given to the council at 3/4/14 meeting

SEC Website
2012 Satisfaction Survey
Map of New Districts
Current 2012 By-laws  
Current Board members
2013 Annual Meeting
NM Rural Electric Co-ops  
New Mexico RUS
NM Rural Electric Coop Act [2013]   
Robers Rules of Order website  

Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) 

Socorro and SEC franchise
agreement explained
 
Co-op franchise hearings continue
Energy Efficiency & Conservation Loan Program
GPS Mapping of SEC Territory 

Recent payments to the Wiggins law firm:

So far in 2014:
Jan - $21,458.56    
Feb - $12,498.76
Mar - $16,154.77
Years 2010 to end of 2013 at least $209,626.29

Payments to accountant Bryce Wilson in 2014:
Jan - $16,202.56   
Feb - $13,687.22   
Mar - $13,212.39
At least $105,000 in 2013


TRUSTEE E-MAIL CONTACTS
(New district numbers)

WARNING... on the use of email addresses ending in @socorroelectric.com. These are reviewd by management staff, and saved. Never assume privacy.

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

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IN THE NEWS

April 17 - Informed Cynic letter to the editor

April 17 - Line crews keep county plugged in

Mar 31 - Trustees vote to oust co-op's leaders

Mar 27 - Co-op meeting conducts regular business Monday

Mar 20 - Board turns Meeting over to RUS official -
             (Chieftain)

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