N.M. Had the Lowest Graduation Rate in 2015
The Daily Word in economics, cryptozoology, education, football and fishing
A new teevee show titled "Get Shorty" will be filmed in Albuquerque and Los Angeles, the NM Film Office announced today.
In other economics-related news, Moody's Investors Service has lowered the credit outlook for several New Mexico School Districts and public universities.
And a University of New Mexico official has been criticized for spending state money on a bigfoot conference and expedition.
While over at The Atlantic, Emily Deruy writes about cross-border education in the age of Trump.
Up in El Norte, PNM has cancelled plans to build a huge natural gas generation plant and pipeline meant to take the place of the coal-fired monstrosities at the San Juan Generating Station.
New Mexico Democrats are up in arms about false claims made by a Republican PAC associated with La Tejana and her main minion, Jay McCleskey.
An important device on NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover was developed by scientists at Los Alamos National Labs and is managed by staff from the University of New Mexico.
If UNM's Lobo Football team wins this weekend against a similarly named Nevada sports outfit, they might get to go to a bowl game!
Someone stole Johnny Mango's Hillary Clinton for President placard.
Finally in fishing news, an Albuquerque resident caught a 23-and-half-inch rainbow trout on the pecos river recently, using cherry PowerBait
Motorcyclist Killed During Outage
The Daily Word in snake wine, wolf poaching and a feast for 5,000
So, uh, stuff has happened in the past on this day.
Make sure to read the fine print in your most recent PNM bill.
Take a look at APD's new use of force policy.
Awwwoooo! Do you have a wolfie heart?
In NY, a feast for 5,000 people was made out of food that would have been thrown away.
New studies show that government culling of wolves increases poaching.
Is Earth really the only habitable planet?
Move over dudes. The salamanders don't need you anymore.
Rare seal pups need the ice that is melting.
Pro tip: Don't drink or make wine with tiger bones in it.
Coal Habits Die Hard
Ratepayers should be nuclear over PNM proposal
Somos 1 ABQ
The Daily Word in power outages, Craigslist killings, monkey crotch
More on the winds that knocked out PNM power lines, causing thousands of blackouts.
Jobless rate falls to 8.6 percent; best since 2009.
More than 100 people in Ohio responded to a Craigslist ad asking them to "watch over a 688 acre patch of hilly farmland and feed a few cows." Some of them are buried in shallow graves.
Winds tear off part of a roof at Valencia high school. School's out for ... Friday.
Romney's case for GOP front runner.
This is a perfectly acceptable gallery of Santa photos for your children. If your name is Rob Zombie.
Weather closes I-40 in eastern New Mexico.
Grammy—"I'ma Let you finish, but Beyonce has one of the best videos of all time!"—nominations released.
Guy wearing Gorilla suit dumps sand all over a Little Caesars. Kids these days.
Unidentified flying object crashes through Massachusetts warehouse.
Pakistani text crackdown censors the term "monkey crotch."
This Just In
Update: PNM says power outages are plaguing the city
Residents along the North Valley's Fourth Street corridor aren't in the dark any more. But Albuquerque customers are still without power at about 50 other outage sites.
From a PNM news blast:
Crews are working to restore power to those customers. The other outages affect less than 300 people, mostly single homes at this point. An additional 100 +/- customers are affected by 9 outages in the Valencia area.
The utility says extra workers are responding to the outages, and that they'll work through the night if necessary. PNM says that it could take "several hours" for some customers to get their power back.
Earlier this evening, PNM says about 5,300 customers, the largest group affected in the city, lost power because of an equipment failure at their Montano substation. The failure was caused by strong winds.
PNM advises people to avoid downed power lines.
Call (888) DIAL-PNM (888-342-5766) and say "Outage" to report an outage or downed line. To stay current on outage updates, follow "PNMtalk" on Twitter or find them on Facebook. There's also an outage map with estimated restoration times at PNM.com/outage.
The Daily Word in a potential coffee shortage, Jonestown, the lost cows of Fukishima and Occupy Santa Fe
Occupy Santa Fe is no longer divided nor are they being shut down.
PNM is closing the last eight of its pay centers....
November 18th was the 33rd anniversary of the Jonestown Massacre. Sex, Corruption and the Kool Aid Massacre by Paul Krassner.
I hope they make the Jonestown site a tourist destination.
One and only timecube knows everything.
Is the world running out of coffee?
Ten Coca-Cola products you've never heard of.
The secret $850k plan by lobbyists to undermine the Occupy movement.
Gallery of cow, er I mean Fukishima photos.
$300.00 Beats headphones by Dr. Dre.
On this day in 1947, Joe Walsh was born.
The Daily Word in McDonald’s breakfast outrage, robotic ostriches, vodka-soaked tampons
The Bob Costas/Jerry Sandusky interview was one of the creepiest things I’ve ever heard. Sandusky says he showered with boys, but claims he is not a pedophile.
When Disneyland is old-hat; a Singapore family drops $1 million to take the Virgin Galactic space flight.
More than 80,000 people have signed a petition for Target to close its doors on Thanksgiving.
This woman bit her boyfriend’s arm and tore off his shirt after she discovered McDonald’s had switched over to breakfast.
Vodka-soaked tampons are all the rage. And yes, they still go exactly where you’d expect them to.
Mongolia’s capitol Ulan Bator bids on an ice shield experiment, designed to store winter temperatures in a giant brick of ice.
An Albuquerque toddler is going to live after her father cut her throat.
PNM is shutting down all of its payment centers next month.
This South Carolina teacher was accused of making students rub her feet.
The visual imagery of a naked runner colliding with barbed wire is too much to bear.
Take a look at FastRunner, a robot ostrich that’s quickly going viral.
Thanks to Constance Moss and Emily Anderson for some of today’s fun-filled links.
PNM: Don't worry about blackouts tomorrow
NPR reported earlier today that the fire in Arizona is nearing a power grid that could cause rolling blackouts for hundreds of thousands of people in New Mexico and Texas. The article said officials thought the fire could reach the grid tomorrow.
Now NPR is reporting that the grid is no longer in danger.
Either way, PNM spokesperson Kevin Fuller said in an interview this afternoon that the electric company has it under control. "With the situation as it is, we are confident, given the information we have right now and the tools we have at hand." Electricity will stay on for PNM customers, he says. The Afton and Lordsburg generating stations in southern New Mexico will be able to fill the gap, should the Arizona fire reach the grid.
If the fire were to move North and East, "that would force us to change our plan a little bit," he speculates. PNM does get electricity from the Farmington area, as well as a plant in Palo Verde.
Fuller says PNM has been in contact with other utilities in the state because if anything happens, PNM should be able to share its excess load. "They would do the same for us if we needed it."
Utilities Protest Carbon Caps
National: 25 by 25
Sen. Udall tells the country to get with the program—New Mexico’s program
Sen. Tom Udall has a nickname for his bill: 25 by 25. "We're talking about 25 percent renewable electricity by 2025." Along with his cousin and fellow senator, Mark Udall (D-Colorado), he introduced a measure in early April that aims to set a standard nationally. Utilities around the country would have to use sources such as wind, solar, biomass or geothermal for a quarter of their supply.
Take a Hike
Utility reps and public advocates trade blows on rate increase
PNM said it needed more cash—now. In the middle of a battle to raise prices overall, the electric company asked for part of that increase as soon as last week. But opponents stopped the measure in its tracks.
Velocipedes on Tramway
Albuquerque got a little more bicycle-friendly after the City Council approved a measure to allow bikes on Tramway and other limited-access roads. Councilors removed a prohibition that kept bicyclists off a few roads at the Monday, March 21 meeting. Councilor Trudy Jones said she received hundreds of comments from bicyclists asking to be allowed to ride legally. Police Chief Ray Schultz said his officers would sometimes give warnings to those riding on Tramway and said he is in support of this change.