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WATER GRAB NEWS

December 11 - [NEW]

Water grab application sent back
(Chieftain)
 

Water privitization not a good idea
(letter in Chieftain)

The Price of Thirst - book report

December 2 -
NM Agency seeks for details on water proposal - Albuquerque Journal
Or download .pdf file here.

Nov 27 - Gila Project news -
On Monday, November 17, 2014 the Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) decided to allow a diversion project on the Gila River. This decision has extremely important implications for the water grab attempt on the Augustin Plains. Below is an analysis of how we will be affected, written by Max Yeh, one of the
most knowledgable water experts in the state: the rest of the story here [NEW]

Questioning Augustin Plains water grab
(letter to Chieftain)

Office of State Engineer to launch updated website  (Chieftain)

State engineer website:
www.ose.state.nm.us.

November 5 -
State Will Continue to Review Pumping Plan -
With a major legal challenge removed last week by the state Supreme Court, the state engineer’s office can continue its review of an application by a private venture to pump drinking water from Augustin Plains Ranch to determine if it meets state water codes....
More in the Albuquerque Journal
Or  PDF version
Comments on news article here

September 24, 2014 -
Channel 13 repot on Water Grab  

Sept 22 - Residents ask state Supreme Court to rule in Augustin Plains water grab case
092214-Writ

More Water Grab News Here >>


CONSULTING AUDIT ATTORNEY AND
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

Flyer with auditor contact information

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

Oct. 16 -  Military study looks at area needs  (Chieftain)  [new]

August 26 -
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  

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

MORE >>


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

December 18-
Board meeting videos from yesterday coming soon.

Youth Tour winners determined and will be announced soon.

Reorganization meeting of Board Officers Tues Jan. 6th 10AM

Consultant costs for last month:

Wiggins Law Firm: $8,304.00
Bryce Wilson (Accting):$ 6,087.85 (for only 7 days in Oct)
Cordova Public Relations: $2,514.50

December 15 -

Foundation meeting agenda at noon on the 17th
Action Youth Tour winners will be announced

Regular board meeting agenda at 1pm 17th

December 4 -
BLM opens 30 day comment period on SunZia (transmission line) proposal  (Chieftain)

December 1 -
Socorro City council Agenda
 
Nov. 4, 2014 Socorro City Council Minutes  

City Council Video clips:
Discussion on resolution presented at Districe 3 meeting -
part 1 of 2.wmv and part 2 of 2.wmv

Public comment at the council meeting.wmv

November 30 -
SEC comments in Dec. 2014
Enchantment  

November 20 -
Resolution aims to dissolve SEC (Chieftain)  
Homeless awareness rises as temps drop  

Nov 19th board videos:
Discussing renewal of Wiggins Law Firm contract.wmv
Expense Report.wmv  
NM Rural Electric Co-operative Report.wmv
Tri-State report.wmv
Discussion about power cut off in winter.wmv 
See also video below "Utility cut-off policy in winter" and related article in Nov 20th Chieftain Here   

November 19 -
Consultant costs this billing cycle:
Wiggins law firm - $3,602.42
Wilson (accountant) - $11,503.26
Cordova PR firm - $1,37763

November 18 -
Socoro City Council meeting videos containg comments related to the SEC:

- Discussion about the Mayor's presentation at the District 3 meeting part 1 of 2.wmv  
- Discussion about the Mayor's presentation at the District 3
meeting part 2 of 2.wmv
  Related Chieftain article Here  
- Utility cut-off policy in winter.wmv  with related Chieftain
article Here    

- Comments on possible conflict of interest on buy-out.wmv

District 3 Meeting Videos:

These motions passed at Dist 3 and should be included for full membership vote at the 2015 annual meeting:
List of approved motions part 1 of 2
List of approved motions part 2 of 2

- Motion to put members in control of attorney contract.wmv
- Motion to change quorum rules.wmv
- Motions related to annual district meeting and trustee removal from office.wmv
- Motions related to District Division, Meetings of Trustees and General Manager residence requirements.wmv
- Comments by District 3 Trustee Melissa Amaro.wmv
- Comments by Arf Epstein.wmv
- Commenty by District 2 Trustee Wagner.wmv
- Resolution to dissolve the cooperative.wmv  
- Discussion on dissolution resolution of the coop.wmv
- Mayor Bhasker resolution on re-districting.wmv
- Mayor questions GM on rates.wmv  

District 3 meeting had a quorum. Several resolutions read and all approved overwhelmingly. Then the quorum lost.

One resolution was the dissolving of the cooperate which you can read here. 111514-Resolution to dissolve the cooperative  

November 14 - latest video from Dist 2 meeting:
Motion to change quorum so that once established, it remains in effect for the remainder of the meeting even if people leave the room.
Motion for quorum change part 1 of 3.wmv  (6 min)
Motion for quorum change part 2 of 3.wmv  (4 min)
Motion for quorum change.part 3 of 3.wmv  (3 min)

November 13 -
This Saturday is the member’s meeting of District 3, Socorro’s center. Trustee Amaro’s letter linked below stresses the importance of attendance. Those of you who attended last year’s District 3 meeting will remember the SEC lawyer’s attempt to discredit and throw out the election that overwhelmingly elected Ms. Amaro. This move to override the members failed but unfortunately the attempts to take over the district and annual meetings have not stopped. There were no lawyers present at the District 2 meeting this past Saturday but a check of the tapes of the meeting here will give you an idea of the blatant and arrogant attempts to take over the meeting from the members and shut down the meeting by delaying tactics. There can be no overruling of the actions of the members by anyone especially self appointed arbitrators. When members pass a resolution, no one has the right or the power to stop them from going to the next (2015) Annual Members’ Meeting. The lawyers and management have blocked member resolutions for the past two years and that has to stop. They tell us that if we don’t like their actions to take it to court. This Saturday’s District 3 meeting is a court of public opinion. Attend and speak.

Those of you who have watched the tapes of the District 2 meeting will remember Mrs. Eileen Latasa announcing to the meeting that, Charlene Wagner, could not make a motion as her husband, Charlie Wagner, had registered a joint membership and received the armband that gives the wearer the vote on issues for our membership. That is the only privilege that the band confers and the lack of an armband does not strip a district member from the right to speak, make a motion, etc. The point was not argued at the meeting in the interests of saving time but it should be noted in case attempted restriction of member rights during Saturday’s District 3 meeting. See Article I – Membership. Section3 – Joint Membership.

Melissa Amaro's letter in the Chieftain  

Nov 9 -
There was a quorum of at least 63 (57 needed) at the District 2 meeting. Several motions passed, one failed to pass. Details coming including all motions presented.

List of proposed amendments - some passed, one didn't, some not presented due to loss of quorum.

VIDEOS:

-Eileen Latasa calls for quorum count, closing the meeting.wmv 
-Suggestion to put phrasing on motions so they are assured of being on the annual meeting.wmv  (10 min)

-Quorum established.wmv  (1 min)
-Alamo office proposal.wmv (6 min)
-Remote conferencing proposal for meetings.wmv
(2 min)

District 2, order of business  
District 2, Nov 9, 2013 approved minutes

Nov. 7th commentary -
The letter from James Cherry in last week's Chieftain (Letter published in the Oct 30, 2014 Cheiftan questions rates concerning the rating of SEC rates used this rate chart:
Data table used questioning the SEC information

In addition, see this from this week's Chieftain  signed by Trustee Ann Dorough who is president of the Board of Trustees. After reading both attachments, view these videos from the last board meeting on expenses:

Questions on the Cordova PR firm expenses.wmv  (2min)
More discussion on the expense report.wmv  6min)

There is a Public Relations firm in ABQ which has been working for the SEC for the past couple of years. The exact time of employment and cost of employment is not precise as their billing came to the fore after an Inspection of Public Records request revealing that from July, 2013 to December 2013, the Wiggins, Williams & Wiggins law firm had billed through their invoices $25,094.61 for "Reimburse for Cordova Public Relations, Payment to Cordova Public Relations. The request that revealed this billing only went through December 2013. However, the Expenditure Report for May, 2014 disclosed a direct billing from Cordova PR. We have no records from January, 2014 through April, 2014 that deal with Cordova PR but the direct billing from May, 2014 through September, 2014 total $10,299.58.

The first video is astonishing as Manager Joseph Herrera clearly states that the PR firm deals with communication such as letters, bill inserts, and the back page of the Enchantment Magazine. The second video deals with Bryce Wilson, Accountant. Scroll down the right hand column for to date total amounts billed by Mr. Wilson who is training SEC staff and redoing past accounting records. We are approaching the fourth year of Mr. Wilson"s contract. You be the judge.

Download the above commentary  

November 6 -
City eyes co-op appraisal, upcoming meeting (Chieftain)

Letters to the Chieftain editor:
Co-op president responds  
SEC members have right, duty

Clip from the Nov 3rd Socorro city council meeting refering to recent letters to the editor. Nov 3 - Socorro Council video Clip.wmv

 

 


 

 

 

NEXT REGULAR BOARD MEETING
Next Meeting Dec 17 at 1PM
310 Abeyta Ave. NE. Socorro
(Across from the DAV Hall) Map
SEC Website
Find your district  
2014 District Meetings
2015 Youth Tour Notice  

Upcoming Meetings:
2015 Strategic Planning Meeting:
Feb 10 and 11 - 9AM - 5PM

Officer Reorganization Meeting Jan 6, 10AM

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
Aug - 5,341.01
Sep - $4509.25
Oct - $3,602.42
Nov - $8,304.00
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)
Aug - 10,410.27 (7/13 - 8/24)
Sept - 10876.85 (8/13/-8/;23)
Oct - 11,503.26 (9/14 - 10/4)
Nov - $6,087.85 (10/12 to 10/18)
At least $105,000 in 2013

Cordova PR Firm 2014
May - $2,889.00
June - $1,081.53
July - $3012.05

Aug - $1,471.25
Sep - $1,845.75
Oct - $1,377.63
Nov - $2514.50
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

Click here for more news, and videos


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

Nov 20 - Chieftain articles:
Resolution aims to dissolve SEC (Chieftain)  
Homeless awareness rises as temps drop  

Nov 13 - Melissa Amaro's letter (Chieftain)  

Nov 6 - City eyes co-op appraisal, upcoming meeting

Nov 6 - letters to the editor:
Co-op president responds  
SEC members have right, duty

Oct 30 - SEC info may not be accurate
(letter- DChieftain)
 

Oct 2 - SEC shouldn’t be priority for city

Oct 2 - Co-op OKs added charge

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 of the page.


NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL NEWS


More >>>

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Wiggins Williams Wiggins, Socorro Electric Attorney, Anne Dorough, Bryce Wilson, Joseph Herrera, Eileen Latasa,