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WATER GRAB NEWS

San Augustin Water Report Website
Informed Cynic Special Webpage

August 25 -
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.

August 24, 2015 - [NEW]

On 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 Engineer’s denial of APR’s application to mine water in the Augustin Plains.

Doug Meiklejohn, Director of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, stated:

”We believe that it is important to oppose the motion because we
think that the motion is really an effort to persuade the District Court
Judge to vacate his ruling that upheld the State Engineer's denial of
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 LLC’s Motion to Dismiss and Remand to State Engineer”. Mr. Meiklejohn has explained:

"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. Download this announcement.pdf

July 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 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 >>

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ALTERNATE ENERGY

August 5 -
Why Are Americans Switching to Renewable Energy? Because It’s Actually Cheaper

August 3 - Orlando utility buys solar at under fossel generation prices

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



LOCAL ISSUES

Website links related to the August 4th Foresty meeting Aug 4th in Magdalena:
Cibola Forest Plan
Cibola Forest Home Page  

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

 

 

CURRENT SEC NEWS AND REPORTS

August 28 - PNM requests rate increase
Related: PRC reject PNM rate increase last May  

August 27 - Two fill co-op vacant seats  (Chieftain)

August 26 - Press release - Trustee Wagner resignation

Trustee Wagner resigns from Co-op board effective immediately:

This 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 of speech.

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.
Wagner's resignation  
Videos:
- Wagner resignation.mp4
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Discussion about Resignation.mp4
- Presidents report and committee assignments.mp4
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Discussion 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.
- Report 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!
And considering 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. 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.
August 26th meeting agenda has been revised to include an executive session to discuss trustee conduct at meetings  Revised Agenda  
Recent residential rates table   

July fees to lawyers:
Wiggins $4,719.73

Christensen (SEC "audit") $6,802.40

Annual Meeting re-do videos:
Quorum count.mp4  
Agenda issues and vote tally.mp4  
Treasurers Report.mp4  
Wagner not allowed to give trustee report.mp4
General Managers Report.mp4
  
Public Comment.mp4   
August 22 - "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 Wolberg (right)

There is no way this "election" could have turned out any other way.

August 20, 2015 in the Chieftain:
Co-op meeting, Election Sunday

Council 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?   

August 20 - Google will now tell you whether you should put solar panels on your roof Click Here
The Google website refered to in the article
is Here
(It does not cover Magdalena as yet)
August 19 - Annual Meeting this Saturday. If it is worth it to get the $25 credit on your electric bill register. Don't vote. Or, if "forced" to hand in the ballot, do so and leave the building avoid being counted in the quorum.  This is a rigged election, the fix is in. No matter which way you look at it, the members are not the winners. Democracy is dead in the water.
August 18 - Socorro City Council voted to go forward with the study on feasibility of the city generating their own electricity.

Video:  
Socorro Feasibility Study going forward.mp4  or .wmv
 (23min)
The website of the company doing the study is here  
Meeting Agenda: Socorro City Council agenda item: Electricity Utility Feasibility Study  

August 5 - Why Are Americans Switching to Renewable Energy? Because It’s Actually Cheaper

Orlando utility buys solar at under fissile generation prices

Dirty air map. 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.

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 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.

062915-credential and election committee minutes  

072315-Comments

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


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NEXT REGULAR BOARD MEETING
September 23, 2015 - 2pm
310 Abeyta Ave. NE. Socorro
(Across from the DAV Hall)
SEC Website

SECs own video link  

New By-laws adopted April 25, 2015  
Special New By-law web page click here
2016 Annual Meeting
April 16th at Macy Center

August 26, 2015 - Board Agenda original   
Revised Agenda  


2015 Annual Special Webpage  
Because there was no quorum, the Annual Meeting it will reconvened August 22nd and will include the election of 2 new Trustees.


District Map    Socorro, District 3 Map

Co-operative law website  



ATTORNEY AND CONSULTANT FEES

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)
     ......2015.....
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

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
Jly - $6,802.40

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)
Jun - $10,340.27 (all ov May)
Jly - No invoice for July yet

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
Jun - $1,645.13

Socorro City and SEC Franchise Issue
Socorro Council Webcast  
City Council meets on 1st and 3rd Mondays
111 School of Mines Road.
August 17, 2015 Socorro City Council agenda item: Electricity Utility Feasibility Study  

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

August 26 - Press release - Trustee Wagner resignation

August 27 - Two fill co-op vacant seats  (Chieftain)

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

July 9 - SEC Trustee Election  (Chieftain Letter)  

More SEC Co-op News >>>
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