T or C’s customers’ past-due utility bills skyrocket during pandemic, but collection problems date back earlier
A staff report that the City of Truth or Consequences is carrying $700,000 in unpaid utility account fees prompted the city commissioners’ outrage and immediate action to reimpose red-tag procedures suspended during the pandemic.
The question of whether electric utility rates in Truth or Consequences are too high has been raised several times recently on social media. Opinions abound. The Sun did the research to provide a definitive answer and here are the results.
City of T or C plans to build electric vehicle charging stations, apparently without market study or cost-benefit analysis
The city will soon enter the electric vehicle charging business, as can be surmised from a publicly unvetted “Request for Proposals” advertised in the Sierra County Sentinel, which specifies that four stations are to be constructed on a site next to the Healing Waters Plaza.
T or C water/wastewater director responds to well field concerns in a rare public report to the city commission
Biofouling has “nothing to do with human-made waste or anything of the kind”: Second of a two-part series
Martye Allen’s influences are Mimbres pottery, Inuit stone sculpture and cave paintings in France and Spain, and, as is true of those tribal cultures, she, too, has a deep connection with animals, the subject of her art.
This is the inaugural column by the Sun’s Reader at Large, a.k.a. David Goodman, who dedicates his leisure to reading voraciously and eclectically about politics, government, society, culture and literature. Every two weeks or so, the Sun will post for your pleasure and edification the Reader’s digest (pun intended) of some of the best and most thought-provoking articles, books and podcasts that Goodman has recently enjoyed.
New Mexico’s current cottage food regulations are burdensome, hard to interpret and almost impossible to meet. In lifting restrictions, House Bill 177, which awaits the governor’s signature, will allow cottage food producers to more easily meet consumer demand for healthy, fresh homemade goods with known ingredients and no preservatives.
Prior to the opening of the 2021 legislative session, the Sun published a list of proposed bills identified as must-pass legislation by Retake Our Democracy, a Sante Fe advocacy organization of which our guest columnist is director. Paul Gibson returns today with a brief roundup of the fate of these “Transformative Bills.” The Sun will publish Retake’s upcoming Report Card, which will dive more deeply into the “hows” and “whos” involved in both the wins and the losses, as there is much to learn about how sausage is made in Santa Fe.
The New Mexico Court of Appeals in Santa Fe will hear opening oral arguments on April 1 on how much, if any, acre-feet the mine can rightfully claim. Albeit for different reasons, both the mine owner and those who oppose its reopening are appealing a lower court ruling validating the mine’s claim to about 900 acre-feet a year. Here’s why and what may happen after the appeals court rules.
T or C water/wastewater director responds to issues raised by the Sun in a rare public report to the city commission
“Nothing can be done,” about water main breaks, Director Jesse Cole advised the commissioners, because “you can’t drop 80 miles of pipe into the ground all at once.”
T or C Public Utility Advisory Board continues to limit citizens’ ability to install and benefit from renewable energy systems
The public board voted on March 15 to uphold a restrictive Truth or Consequence ordinance that mandates private solar systems must be sized at 90 percent of the owner’s previous year’s use of electricity and requires owners of newly constructed homes or businesses to wait a year to establish their baseline electricity usage before they can install a system.
During an hour-and-a-half executive session this morning, the Truth or Consequences City Commission discussed the field of five candidates and emerged to unanimously pass a resolution in open session to hire Swingle.
The news was broken this morning by the Sierra County Sentinel, owned and edited by Truth or Consequences City Commissioner Frances Luna, one hour after the commission’s executive session to review the job applicants’ resumes. Luna was highly and continuously critical of former T or C City Manager Morris Madrid during the five months their tenures overlapped before Madrid submitted his resignation. For most of Swingle’s six-plus years as county manager Luna worked closely with him as a county commissioner.