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T or C Commission’s Jan. 13 meeting roundup: public surveillance cameras disclosed, smart-meter appeals process sketched, and more

by Kathleen Sloan | January 13, 2021
7 min read

Without the commission’s official approval or apparent awareness, the police department has installed solar-powered surveillance cameras in six locations around town.

T or C police surveillance camera across from denny's
Need to Know
Need to Know
Trash on the bank of Rio Grande at Rotary Park

City officials accuse P & Z chair Rick Dumiak of lying about trash at T or C’s Rotary Park

by Kathleen Sloan | January 15, 2021
3 min read

City Manager Morris Madrid said of Dumiak’s public comments at this week’s commission meeting: “Just because someone says something doesn’t make it true.”

Spaceport America staff pose outside main terminal

Sierra County Commission selects Commissioner Jim Paxon to serve on board overseeing Spaceport tax revenues

by Kathleen Sloan | January 12, 2021
3 min read

The Sierra County Commission held a special meeting on Jan. 12 to select a new representative to serve on the Spaceport America Regional Spaceport District Board in advance of an expected vote on the allocation of the Spaceport’s gross receipts taxes.

Daisy Russett touching a rock painted with a sun

Our big move: part 3

by June Jewell | January 5, 2021
4 min read

This is the third in an occasional series of personal reflections by Jewell on the challenges and rewards of making a new life for herself and her family in Sierra County.


How affordable health care can become a reality in New Mexico

by Véronique De Jaegher | January 15, 2021

If an enabling bill is passed during the 2021 legislative session, the state will be able to take the first steps toward setting up its own program to provide comprehensive health care for most New Mexicans.

Veronique De Jaegher and her husband Bill Lindenau at Health Security Plan campaign booth
North Dakota's public bank

New Mexico needs a public bank

by Doug Lynam | January 11, 2021

A public bank isn’t a bank for individuals. It’s a banker’s bank created by the state. It doesn’t compete with community banks and credit unions. It partners with them in providing economic development loans.

illustrations of reform bills before the NM legislature in 2021

2021’s Transformative Legislation

by Paul Gibson | January 7, 2021

Dozens of bills under consideration during the New Mexico legislative session beginning Jan. 19 have the potential to revitalize the state’s economy, reform our systems, invest in our communities and protect our planet. Here are the Top 15 bills that have been identified by the Santa Fe-based Retake Our Democracy advocacy organization as “must pass.”

Of Recent Interest
Of Recent Interest
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Residents’ smart-meter appeals denied Monday by T or C staff

by Kathleen Sloan | January 6, 2021
5 min read

Three Truth or Consequences residents who in December appealed the city’s decision to install smart meters to take electricity readings at their homes intend to ask the city commission for a ruling, the next step in the appeals process.

Facade of new proposed building to house the Sierra Joint Office on Aging

Manager Madrid springs full-blown concept for $12 million “multigeneration campus” on city commissioners

by Kathleen Sloan | December 22, 2020
7 min read

Madrid is seeking state funding to build a new civic center three blocks north of downtown T or C that he conceived with the assistance of the city’s on-call engineering firm but no input from the commissioners or the public.

Bo Easley restoring analog meter at Ron Fenn's home

Madrid turns Fenn’s lights and heat back on a week later—after Assistant Attorney General intercedes

by Kathleen Sloan | December 16, 2020
5 min read

A letter sent to City Manager Morris Madrid and copied to the city commissioners by Gideon Elliot, assigned to the AG’s consumer and environmental protection division, succeeded in persuading Madrid to restore Fenn’s power and allow him to proceed with his appeal fighting the installation of a smart meter at this home.

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