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Today's News

  • ‘Excess energy’ issue remains

    The Dec. 26 paper had an article titled “PRC expands solar Incentives.” Solar, wind, alternative energy — we need to move in this direction sooner rather than later, right?

    The state Public Regulation Commission now requires PNM to pay (or better credit) businesses 15 cents per kilowatt hour they produce via solar, whereas the incentive for homes remains at 13 cents per kilowatt hour. Now, why is that? Is the solar power generated by businesses on their roofs somehow more valuable than the solar power generated on my residential roof?

  • COLUMN: Want a job? Talk to Marty

    Have you been passed up for a job opportunity at a local government agency for someone less qualified? You have the right degrees, years of experience, a record of accomplishments, a great list of references.

    But you forgot to do one thing — you didn’t talk with the morning coffee klatch at Hillcrest Restaurant.

    Oops. Apparently such a mistake can be a career killer.

  • Official: Housing agency improving

    In a long-awaited appearance before the City Council, a federal official said Wednesday that the city is making progress in removing its housing authority from troubled status.

    The official, Floyd Duran, also defended himself against allegations by a former employee that he had tried to “torpedo” the local authority.

  • COLUMN: Richardson's withdrawal

    SANTA FE — There is much we don’t know about Gov. Bill Richardson’s withdrawal of his nomination to be secretary of the U.S. Commerce Department.

    One thing we do know is that I’ve already missed on one of my 2009 predictions. I said 2009 would be as unpredictable as 2008. That was easy, considering all the stuff coming down these days.

  • WLV wrestlers win own tournament

    Winning a half dozen weight classes and reaching the finals in two others, the West Las Vegas wrestling team held off Bernalillo and the Robertson junior varsity for a victory in its own tournament Saturday at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    West, coached by Robert Alarcon, amassed 154 team points. The second-place Spartans were second with 125, and the Cardinals had 102. Belen's junior varsity (61), Bataan Military Academy (47) and Capital (34) rounded out the team scoring in the tourney, which saw a couple of teams withdraw late after being scheduled to appear.

  • Ex-Mora County clerk working for Jerome Block

    Former Mora County Clerk Charlotte Duran has a new job in Santa Fe.

    She is the executive assistant to state Public Regulation Commission member Jerome Block, who started representing northern New Mexico on Jan. 1.

    “I’m excited to be a part of the PRC and look forward to a career in state government,” Duran said. “It’s very different from being county clerk.”

  • Program teaches responsibility

    Union Elementary second-graders Sammy Vigil, Gabriella Gonzales and their classmates at the school learned about cooperation, acting responsibly, how to prevent conflicts and how to demonstrate tolerance among their peers.

    Partners in Character Education director Gloria Ortega-Romero said the Stop and Think curriculum was recently featured in an article as being supported by President-elect Barack Obama and features 10 basic and 10 advanced social skills at each of the four developmental levels.

  • Cards nearly upset No. 2 Sandia Prep

    Mismatch? Maybe not.

    With exactly one minute left in Tuesday night’s game between No. 2 Sandia Prep and a rebuilding Robertson, the score was 42-42.

    Within that final minute, the visiting Sundevils found enough push to escape Mike Marr Gym with a win.

    Sandia Prep’s 6-4 forward Kody Salcido backed a defender up and caught the ball in the low post, spinning and scoring to take a two-point lead.

  • Official to speak to council after all

    City officials are reopening the lines of communication with a federal housing official whom they previously said they didn’t want to see.

    Floyd Duran, a top official in New Mexico for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is set to speak to the City Council at its meeting at 5:30 p.m. today.

    In October, one of Duran’s former subordinates accused Duran of trying to “torpedo” the Las Vegas housing authority because he believes local politicians are inherently corrupt.

  • Madrid takes staffers to task

    In some of his toughest words on the issue, City Councilman Morris Madrid says city staffers have no excuses for leaving the council out of the loop in changing the purpose of $1.2 million in state money.

    Madrid mentioned only one city staffer by name in an interview about the money last week — George Du Four, the city’s utilities director.