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LAWYER CONSULTING AUDIT
BUY OUT CONTACT INFORMATION

Use either or both of the following secure email address to express any concerns or complaints about the SEC:

DIRECT EMAIL TO CITY OF SOCORRO:
City.Coop.Info@socorronm.gov

DIRECT EMAIL TO LAW FIRM AUDITING THE SEC: socorroreview@gmail.com

REGULAR MAIL ADDRESSES::

Smith-Christensen, LLP
ATTN: Socorro Electric Review
5970 Fairview Rd., Ste. 126
Charlotte, NC 28210

City of Socorro
ATTN: CITY.COOP.INFO
111 School of Mines Rd.
Socorro, NM 87801
Phone: (575) 835-0240

Click here for more Buyout information

OTHER COMPLAINTS

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

Contact Wiggins law firm
Letter to the editor Chieftain  
Letter to the editor Abq Journal  
Letter to the Informed Cynic  

Complaints to Agencies:
Nat'l Rural Electric Co-op Association
NM Rural Electric Co-ops  
New Mexico RUS
NM Rural Electric Coop Act [2013]   
Cooperative Finance Corp. (CFC)  

MAGDALENA AND AREA NEWS

August 26 - [NEW]
Re: the CO2 pipeline proposed to cross Catron County. Representatives from Kinder Morgan will be hosting a series of public presentations that will provide a detailed overview of the Lobos Pipeline project, as well as address questions and concerns from the general public.

Tuesday, September 9
La Promesa Elementary School
898 HWY 304 Veguita, NM 6PM

Thursday, September 11 -
Quemado High School 3484 US HWY 60
Quemado, NM 6PM

August 21, 2014 - Water Grab Oral Argument hearing  

072514-Groundwater in SW (Colorado basin) disappearing     [new]

072414-Augustin Plains submits new application (Cheiftain)     [new]

071714- Augustin Plains Ranch Files New Application for NM Water Permit  

071514 - Company tries again to tap New Mexico plains for water  

071714-Augustin Plains Ranch press
release
 

0714134 - Augustin Plains Ranch
Application
 

Bosque 2013 Habitat News
Bosque July 2014 Newsletter  

2014 Sevilleta Summer News Letter

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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

Contact Wiggins law firm
Letter to the editor Chieftain  
Letter to the editor Abq Journal  
Letter to the Informed Cynic  

Complaints to Agencies:
Nat'l Rural Electric Co-op Association
NM Rural Electric Co-ops  
New Mexico RUS
NM Rural Electric Coop Act [2013]   
Cooperative Finance Corp. (CFC)  

CURRENT SEC NEWS AND REPORTS

August 27 - Regular Board Meeting
082714-Agenda

Videos:
Presentation by Aaron Christensen.wmv  (15min)
(Smith/Christiansen agreement  )

Presentation by Kathy Buhl of CFC.wmv  (12min)

Public Comments.wmv
 (4min)

Change time and location of Dist 2 Annual meeting.wma  (9min)

More videos to come

August 25 - Don't forget, Wed 27th is the board meeting and it is important to attend as a presentation by Aaron Christensen who is doing the "audit", and by Kathy Buhl of the CFC Integrity Fund. Here is the agenda

Note in the agenda:
"G. PRESENTATION BY AARON CHRISTENSEN" This is the attorney hired to look into the activities of the SEC who has been receiving complaints, etc. from the members.

This morning, Tuesday 26th, he is meeting with the trustees on an individual basis. Tomorrow morning (Wednesday) he will meet with Mayor Bhasker. This afternoon presentation should be really something.

" H. PRESENTATION/KATHY BUHL--CFC INTEGRITY FUND" This is the Fund that the SEC is hoping to get money from to fight any take over of the SEC by the City of Socorro.

Members should attend this meeting if at all possible as the future of their electric power is at stake. If you like what is going on, attend and say so. If you dislike the actions of management, legal advisors, and the board majority, attend and say so.

Prior to the regular meeting will be a meeting by the Foundation.
Aagenda for the foundation meeting  

2014 State rankings of electric rates kw/h.
(Above webpage in pdf format) AARON CHRISTENSEN

August 18 - Comments by the mayor to the Chieftain reporter concering lack of reporting on SEC issue    

Agenda for tonights city council meeting  
(Nothing scheduled on SEC issue)

August 21, 2014 - Water Grab Oral Argument hearing  

August 7 -

Herb Meyers comments on SEC Board (also as letter in Chieftain)
Trustee Wagner on Censurship  
(Note: On-line version of The Chieftain only published 1 letter to the editor)

August 6 -

Update of Water Grab court filings here
Letter from Carol Pittman on new filings   (also as letter to Cheiftain)

August 5 -
Video clips from Socorro City Council meeting August 4th

Public comments
Santos Aragon part 1 of 2.wmv (11min)
Santos Aragon part 2 of 2.wmv (10min)
Buy-out information and rate discussion.wmv  (20min)
Customer billing problem.wma  (8min)

Socorro City Council meeting agenda  

 August 1st -

Following are 2 letters. The first is a reply by Mayor Bhasker to SEC board Chair Anne Dorough referencing: her letter to the editor in the Chieftain of July 17.
 072814-Ltr Bashker-Dorough   
July 17 -Anne Dorough letter to Chieftain:
Co-op takeover costly, bad idea (Chieftain Letter)  

The second letter is to the Socorro residents from Mayor Bhasker. 073114-Bhasker to residents  

Also note in the left column contact email and regular mail addresses to express any concern or complaints about the SEC

July 31 - Important -
The law firm of Smith & Christensen was hired by the SEC to conduct an independent audit. See contract below.

Among Services to be performed are:

"1. Firm is to review Socorro's current written and unwritten policies, practices, and procedures, including those of Socorro's Board. This review will include but not be limited to issues surrounding Socorro's management practices, Board governance, Board compensation, reimbursement of Board Members' expenses, Board benefits, and such other issues as may be raised by the members, employees or Trustees during the investigatory phase of the audit."

"3. Firm will require a means by which its membership, Board members, and employees may communicate confidentially with Firm about any issues of concern. Socorro will provide a link on its website......for interested persons to communicate confidentially with Firm via e-mail."

This contract was approved by the Board of Trustees at the June 25, 2014 Board of Trustees meeting. The Firm link is still not up on the SEC website but we have given an alternate secure and direct email socorroreview@gmail.com. Use this address to let the Firm know of your opinions, complaints, treatment by the SEC, etc. All methods will be utilized to publicize this contact link so that a broad range of experience of members with the SEC can present a accurate picture of conditions throughout the SEC service area. Please find free to forward this information.
073114-law firm email address  
Smith/Christiansen agreement  

July 31 -
The articles (below) are from this morning’s Chieftain and all deal with the SEC coop. Trustees Wade and Cordova have voted to censure Trustee Wagner again. Read this article carefully as it says more about the Board of Trustee’s majority than about Trustee Wagner. Trustee Wagner was also the only trustee who voted against suing the members in 2010 among other acts that the Board considered “disloyal,” etc. Trustee Wagner’s letter to the editor refutes Trustee Dorough’s letter in the last two issues of the Chieftain and inserts in SEC’s billing and Greg Miller’s letter covers the positives in selling the whole coop.

July 31 - Chieftain articles:
- Trustee calls for recall of SEC chair Dorough  (Letter)
- Co-op board censures Wagner  
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Letter to editor from Greg Miller on Socorro buy-out  

July 30 - June board meeting minutes

 

 

NEXT REGULAR BOARD MEETING
Next Meeting TBA at 2pm
310 Abeyta Ave. NE. Socorro
(Across from the DAV Hall) Map
SEC Website

Find your district  

District 5 Recall Petition

Recent meeting agendas and minutes:

June 25 - Board Agenda

June 25 - meeting minutes

CO-OP INFORMATION

GPS Mapping of SEC Territory 
2012 Satisfaction Survey
Map of New Districts
Current 2012 By-laws  
Current Board members
Right so inspect public records
Youth Tour NRECA program
SEC Youth Tour Contest winners  
Seven Principles of Co-ops
Nat'l Rural Electric Co-op Association
NM Rural Electric Co-ops  
New Mexico RUS
NM Rural Electric Coop Act [2013]   
Cooperative Finance Corp. (CFC)  
Robers Rules of Order website  

Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) 
Energy Efficiency & Conserv. Program
New Mexico Court Case Lookup
Enchantment Magazine  

Recent payments to outside consutants

Wiggins lawfirm - 2014
Jan - $21,458.56    
Feb - $12,498.76
Mar - $16,154.77
Apr - $7,438.05
May - $11,901.14 (Includes Annual Meeting)
June - $2,954.84
July - $5,093.48
Years 2010 to end of 2013 at least $209,626.29

Bryce Wilson, Accountant - in 2014
Jan - $16,202.56   
Feb - $13,687.22   
Mar - $13,212.39
Apr - $11,335.74 (March 9-22)
May - $17,936.23 (3/30 to 5/13)
June - $14,289.60 (5/11 to 6/4)
July - $10,886.69 (6/15 - 7/3)
At least $105,000 in 2013

Cordova PR Firm 2014
5/9/14 - $2,889.00
6/13/14 - $1,081.53
7/11/14 - $3012.05

Cordova PR Firm billing in 2013  

Socorro/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
Latest news:

May 23 and June 5, 2014 Letters SEC to
Mayor

June 16 - Socorro resolution to: receive complaints about the SEC and investigate feasibility study  

June 14 - Email from Trustee Wagner to Mayor Bhasker re: June 16 council meeting  
Dec 16, 2013 City council minutes
 
Feb 3, 2014 City council minutes  
Docs. given to the council at 3/4/14 meeting
Socorro and SEC franchise agreement explained
 

Click here for more news and information.

 

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

District Meetings for 2014  
Wiggins, Lorna Wiggins, Wiggins

CO-OP IN THE NEWS

August 7 - Chieftain:
Co-op not fair, reasonable (letter)  
Trustee Wagner on Censurship  

July 31 - Chieftain:
- Trustee calls for recall of SEC chair Dorough
- Co-op board censures Wagner  

July 24 -
Mayor wants to see a co-op quorum (Chieftain)
Ruth White letter to the editor re: buy-
out  

July 17 - Co-op takeover costly, bad idea  

July 3 - Legal, consulting firm to review co-op board  (Chieftain)  

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

SEC COURT CASES INFORMATION

NM Statutes and Court Rules

No active cases. Links to previous cases at the top.


NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL NEWS


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