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WATER GRAB NEWS

San Augustin Water Report Website

May 7 -
KUNM talk show on the Santolina Project

January 17, 2014 - Population growth in New Mexico is approaching zero—and other bad signs (Washington Post)  

April 24 "Santolina" project update -

There is a project called Santolina in Bernalillo
County. We are convinced that the water will
have to come from outside the area for this
project should it be approved, and where
better than from the Augustin Plains. At the hearing in Albuquerque last March 25, we learned that Santolina will have an effect beyond the local area. The next hearing is
May 11 and our voices need to be added to those of the local people opposing this project.

An example of what you might say: "Water is
scarce in New Mexico. Why is there an
application to mine water in Catron County and
pipe it north to Albuquerque if there's plenty of
water there already to serve 99,000 new
people? Something doesn't add up here.
Please DO NOT approve Santolina."

Here is a summary of the project:
Summary.pdf    or     Summary.doc
Download a Map.jpg

Sign the Petition

Related websites:
Bernalillo County Government
Contra Sandolina
Images of Master Plan

March 23 -

March Santolina Announcement

Download this announcement  

March 18 -
Water Grab update-
As you know, the Legislature has been meeting for the past two months, and there have been several bills that could have hurt our protest against the Augustin Plains Ranch's attempt to mine water here in northern Catron County. We have been very fortunate in having a few people go to bat for us to stop any bill that would be against our interests, and one of those people is Mike Loya, a long-time supporter of our cause. Mike has talked with a number of legislators on our behalf and furthered our cause considerably. He did this for our benefit and has had access to members of the Legislature that we would not have been able to see. We probably would not even have been successful in seeing the staff of these legislators. Thanks to Mike, we are now in positive territory with legislators who did not know much about us before this, and who can now be aware of the danger we face in the attempt by the APR to take our water. Mike has rendered us an invaluable service.

Mike is offering to continue his efforts with legislators by attending Legislative Interim Committee meetings. He plans to draft a sustainable water strategy overview to present and discuss at those meetings.

Mike is engaged in sustainable research, "making green mainstream" and works in the fields of water resource management, alternative energy, green building, permaculture, and sustainable living. Please go to his website at http://www.sustainableresearchcenter.org/
to see what Mike does. If you find it in your heart to help his work, that will be a nice way to say thank you for his efforts on our behalf.
Download this announcement  


March 6, 2015 - HB 299 Update
The bill has passed the House Committee on Transportation and Public Works and the House Judiciary Committee, not a surprise. What was a surprise was that there was little substantive discussion among those who voted to approve. It seems that those in favor liked the concept of public/private partnerships but weren’t concerned about the details of this bill. As we know, the devil is in the details, and this bill is flawed, needing careful scrutiny before it becomes law. Let’s hope it doesn’t become law.

Vote no on the Public-Private Partnership Act (HB 299), or any legislative attempts toward privatization.

This bill has passed the House Committee on Transportation and Public Works and we need to STOP it!!!

For exmaple: if a person cannot afford to pay his or her water bill, they would be charged with a crime and could be jailed for up to 6 months or pay a fine of up to $500!

More information here       Please sign the petition here

More Water Grab News Here >>


MAGDALENA AND AREA NEWS

American Kestrel - Magdalena, Jan 2, 2015
(Video)

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

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

MORE >>

 

ALTERNATE ENERGY
Resources:

Solar Tax Credit Information

Economics of Residential Solar in NM

"How to Go Solar" Guide

Myths and Facts About Solar Energy

Renewable Energy Primer for Teachers and Students

The Solar Way: Photovoltaics on Indian Lands

Rural Electrification w/ Solar Energy: Micro-grids v. Solar Home Systems

New Mexico Solar Energy Association

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 7, 2015 - Utilities wage campaign against rooftop solar

March 6, 2015 Solar Will Dominate World Energy Supply in Just 15 Years

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CURRENT SEC NEWS AND REPORTS

May 21 - Two Chieftain articles and letters to the editor
Quorum fails to meet for SEC
Mayor explains plans for electric co-op ordinances
Three letters to the editor

(See also below video May 18th of City Council meeting)

May 20 - Capital Credit Commentary     by Doug May

May 18 - Socorro City Counsel meeting clip discussing three ordinances related to SEC. wmv  or  .mp4

May 16 - Annual Meeting -

Only 61 registered for the meeting. Note, there was very poor notice given.

Video:
Entire Annual Business Meeting.wmv  or  .mp4
Prayer Time.wmv or .mp4

Regular Meeting Videos:
Trustee 2015 Travel Approval.wmv or .mp4
Trustee Committee Asignments.wmv or .mp4
Approve new Federated Insurance DOM
Policy.wmv
or .mp4
RUS, TriState, IRS 990 report.wmv  or .mp4

So no quorum. However, a motion was made, and passed to delay the meeting until August 22nd, when there will also be an election for 2 new board members.

May 14 - Chieftain article:
Changes in SEC bylaws may continue Saturday   

May 13 - The regular montly board meeting follows the Annual Meeting on May 16th. Board Meeting Agenda

PAY PARTICULAR ATTENETION TO ITEMS UNDER "NEW BUSINESS"

2015 Annaul Agenda   (Published in The Enchantment)

May 12 - Update on the critical "missing" video from the last board meeting -

More reports coming in that the missing and critical part of the last board meeting video was not a result of an accident.
Claims the attorney tripped over the cord (which is taped to the floor) shut down the camera is bogus. The Cynic camera is identical of the SEC, and we don't even use a wall plug. If external power is lost, the camera continues on battery for at least 2-3hrs. Therefore, we can only conclude things were said or done that at a minimum, discredit the board majority or possibly getting their sorry asses sued... just say'n.


May 7- in the Chieftain -
Mayor, council declare ultimatum for co-op

Public comments.
Marie Watkins on new bylaws.wmv

Council discussion about the by-laws and
franchise agreement.wmv

April 30 - Members approve SEC bylaws -
Chieftain Article
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April 28 - Word on the street -

It seems clear, the reform people got the quorum in the in-person vote who voted "no" while "they" tinkered with mail-in voters to get a "yes".   X-trustees going door to door "helping" folks with their ballot. The ratio of yes vs no between mail-in and in-person voting is *highly* suspect. Lets hope someone challenges the restults.

Also highly suspect is a critical part of the SEC video from the April 22nd board meeting. This was discussion under New Business. The excuses for the missing part is not consistent and we can assume was intentional.

April 25 - Meeting Day!!!

Special by-law vote web page here

Videos:
Introducing the Trustees.wmv
Public Comments.wmv
Vote results.wmv

VOTE RESULTS: "YES" WINS.
282 required for a quorum
371 voted in person:
151 "YES" for the new by-laws
220 "NO" for the new by-laws

Mail-in ballots:
802 voted "YES" for the new by-laws
577 voted "NO" for the new by-laws

Note the ratio of yes vs no on the in person and mail-in... kinda fishy, eh?

Results:
953 "YES"
792 "NO"

Important note: The videographer was not available at the board meeting Wed.   Since January the SEC has been taking their own videos of the meeting. Typically these are complete, even the boring parts and unedited. Note that a critical parts of the Wed. board meeting are missing. This was proibably intentional.

The entire meeting from the last part of the Line Superintendent report, until return from executive session is not there.  The most important discussion would have been under New Business and the "Consideration of Action By Members 2015 Annual Meeting".   The Informed Cynic is asking those concerned to contact the office to put the missing part up.  

Re-read the comment by Chomsky at the top of this page an keep that in mind.

April 23 - 9 letters in the paper today: Click Here

Easy Money -
Most recent consultant and attorney fees paid in March
Cordova PR services: $5,818.13
Aaron Christensen: $35,359.85
Brice Wilson (Acct): $10,913.20 Feb + $11,819.15 March
Wiggins: $5,306.67

April 21 -

Reminder that tomorrow, Wed. April 22 is the regular monthly meeting at 2 p.m. The Foundation Committee  (Dorough, Wade, Cordova) meets at 1 pm to discuss grants and scholarship awards. Both meetings are open to members. Agenda for the regular meeting is attached. It is also available below.

There are several items of interest and importance on the agenda. Under NEW BUSINESS is 2. Consideration of Action by Members 2015 Meeting. [May 16, 2015]. which should be a vital concern following as it does 3 weeks after the vote on the proposed new bylaws scheduled for this coming Saturday, April 25, 2015.
Foundation agenda  
April 22 board Agenda  

April 20 - April 22nd board agenda, note item 2 under New Business: - Consideration of action by members 2015 Annual Meeting. April 22 board Agenda   At 1pm, before the regular meeting will be a Foundation Meeting.
Foundation agenda  

April billing insert  

April 16 -
Five letters to the editor in the Chieftain today
1 - SEC Board doesn’t deserve support
2 - Co-op should be controlled by members
3 -
Adversarial behavior about SEC needs to stop
4 - Proposed bylaws take away member control
5 - Not happy with co-op spending

Note: How many letters to the editor in favor of the new
by-laws? Zero so far.

April 15 - New by-law, section 2.09 .....

Skim the net metering article  here  and think of the long term implications for our co-op. Gradually, our distribution system is going to have less and less intrinsic value as more and more people opt-out and the co-op tries to pay its bills using "an attempt to desperately cling to an outdated business model".

Do you sell your buggy-whip factory before or after the Model-T is announced?  Before, because after it has only scrap value. It is extremely conservative to say that within 10 years you would not build a rural new electricity-using-facility or home hooked to the co-op, unless you like flushing money down the loo.

That's why you should never vote for the new by-laws. Section 2.09 (see below) states that if you substantially reduce your electricity use or disconnect from the co-op that you are on the hook for whatever income the co-op thinks they were going to get from you - forever. Say your current summertime bills are $200. If you conserve and with alternate power that bill is half of what it is today, the co-op can still charge you the full bill - forever.

What a great idea, the co-op that is dying administratively, financially, and democratically is signing us up against our will to pay them - forever. Even if management, and the market forces that the Board refuses to acknowledge, run the buggy-whip factory in the ground - you pay forever. How in the world is that reasonable, fair, or appropriate for a 70 year old co-op? How can that fly under contract law?

Here is new by-law Section 2.09 - (quote) Reduction in Cooperative Services: - As required or allowed by Law, and as determined by the Board, if a Member substantially reduces or ceases the use, receipt or purchase of electricity from the Cooperative, then the Cooperative may charge the Member, and the Member shall pay to the Cooperative, the reasonable costs and expenses incurred by the Cooperative in reliance on prior assurances regarding the anticipated future use of electric service by the Member.

041515-New-By-law 2.09 comments
The net metering article mention above

 

Below are links to the three letters in Thursday's edition of the "Chieftain." They are very good and each hits on a different aspect of the controversial proposal. Unfortunately the "Chieftain" chose to delete the last two lines of Bill Fuller's letter, which was "Don't make old people mad. We don't like being old in the first place and it doesn't take much to piss us off."

We need more people to express their opinion on this SEC issue so write to the editor of the "Chieftain," talk to your neighbors, post the fliers below, vote no and attend the special April 25th meeting.

A question has arisen about the timing of the Special Meeting on the 25th. There is only three weeks from the April 25, 2015 meeting to the May 16, 2015 Annual Members Meeting. There were several bylaw amendments passed at district meetings that are scheduled for a vote at this Members meeting. What happens to these legally passed proposals if the Christensen proposed bylaws are voted down at the Special Meeting? There would not seem to be enough time to get vote by mail ballots out to the members nor to publish the amendment proposals up for a vote. People would also be worn out with meetings and the large cost of the Special meeting. Disregarding these members proposals would be illegal but the timing creates a lot of difficulties. Something to think about.
April 10 - comments

Members vote no poster (print in color if you can)
Vote NO Flyer  

Poison Pill by-laws

April 9 - Letters to the Chieftain:
SEC spending members' money for meeting  
Vote ‘no’ on new SEC bylaws
Against the SEC bylaws

April 6th - Socorro City Council Meeting.wmv
The segment concerning the SEC



 

NEXT REGULAR BOARD MEETING
June 24, 2015 - 1pm
310 Abeyta Ave. NE. Socorro
(Across from the DAV Hall)
2015 Annual Special Webpage  

April Board Minutes  

May 16th. Board Meeting Agenda
New By-laws adopted April 25, 2015  

Resolution of Reasonable Notice  


District Map

District 3 Map

Special by-law vote web page click here

March 25, 2015 - Board Minutes
SEC Website
SECs own video link  
March 13, 2015 - Draft Minutes
 



ATTORNEY AND CONSULTANT FEES

Wiggins, Wilson, Christensen Detail

Wiggins lawfirm -
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

Smith and Christensen (2015 Board Audit)
2014 - $32,668.82 (Includes $30K retainer)
       .....2015.....
Jan - $45,587.50
Mar - $35,359.85 (2 payments)

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)

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

Socorro City and 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 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

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CO-OP IN THE NEWS

May 21 - Two Chieftain articles
and letters to the editor
Quorum fails to meet for SEC
Mayor explains plans for o-op ordinances
Three letters to the editor

May 14 - Chieftain article:
Changes in SEC bylaws may continue Saturday  

May 7 - Chieftain article:
Mayor, council declare ultimatum for co-op


April 30 - Members approve SEC bylaws

April 9 -
Chieftain article:
SEC spending members' money for meeting  
Vote ‘no’ on new SEC bylaws
Against the SEC bylaws

April 2 - Chieftain article:
SEC bylaw meeting plans finalized despite
objections
  

March 19 - Chieftain article:
Sec members should study up before the vote

More SEC Co-op News >>>
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