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Co-op board approves draft REC contract

Amid concerns and complaints from a small group of Socorro Electric Cooperative members, the co-op's board of trustees approved a draft of a revised contract covering Renewable Energy Credits (REC) at last month's meeting.

So long Socorro

I’m going to miss Socorro — for all the reasons Tom Kozeny mentions (see Socorro on My Mind below) and more.

County OKs interim budget at deficit

Eight to 15 Socorro County employees could lose their jobs if the county can't come up with another way to address a budget shortfall for the fiscal year beginning July 1. A lack of revenues generated through the assessor's office was largely to blame for a $291,975 deficit to the $12,334,801 interim budget approved by the county commission at its May 22 meeting.

Village plans for emergency readiness

The tornado that touched down near Magdalena earlier this month was a reminder that community emergencies can happen at any time and without warning. That's why the village of Magdalena is preparing for the next emergency – whatever it may be.

Co-op board denies payment to trustee

Socorro Electric Cooperative Trustee Charlie Wagner suggested he may sue his colleagues on the board of trustees after they again denied him reimbursement for expenses he incurred more than two years ago.

Co-op board backtracks

Socorro Electric Cooperative's board of trustees are seeking the advice of an attorney to determine how to handle the reduction of the size of the board from 11 to five trustees, as members mandated be done two years ago.

Sun of a gun

T.S. Last/E; Defensor Chieftain: A cloud got in the way just before the earth’s moon was centered during Sunday’s solar eclipse.

A long, flat cloud hovering over the western horizon obscured the annular phase of Sunday’s solar eclipse, but those who made the march out to the Jansky Very Large Array didn’t let it rain on their parade.

Co-op board still doesn’t get it

It’s been more than two years since member-owners of Socorro Electric Cooperative implemented a new bylaw that calls for the co-op’s board of trustees to abide by the Open Meetings Act. It’s been a year since a district court judge told them they must follow OMA — and should have been all along.

Members still mad as hell

At Wednesday's Socorro Electric Cooperative board of trustees meeting, member-owners of the private, non-profit corporation picked up where they left off at the annual meeting two weeks earlier, railing against the board of trustees during the public comment period.