The Daily Word in Special Sessions, rate increases, long snakes, an astronaut and a catfish
Our governor, Susana Martinez, will convene a special session of the legislature on Friday. Action items include managing a huge state budget shortfall as well as discussion and debate regarding the death penalty in New Mexico.
PNM customers (this means you, Burqueños) will soon see a 10-13 percent rate increase under a plan modified and approved by the state Public Utility Commission.
The prosecution has rested in the murder trial of now-retired Albuquerque police Detective Keith Sandy and former APD Officer Dominique Perez.
Yesterday, New Mexico's Supreme Court heard arguments related to the "Copper Rule," a controversial law that regulates the amount of pollution big mining operations in the state can produce. At issue: the massive amount of ground water pollution such operations generate. A decision is forthcoming.
Meanwhile, long snakes caused a power outage in Rio Rancho.
A US presidential candidate from the Socialist Party visited our state's flagship university on Tuesday.
Finally, in state angling news outta Storrie Lake, "Nicholas Gonzales and Marcelino Zaragosa teamed up to land a 33-inch, 13-pound catfish on the night of Sept. 17. They were using chicken liver."
The Daily Word 02.11.11
More women claim tainted yogurt samples. John Bear permanently swears off yogurt.
Ex-Astronaut not going to be Secretary of Energy.
Al Sharpton coming to New Mexico.
Opossum picks Oscar winners. (By the way, opossums are really chupacabras.)
Guy convicted of killing Chandra Levy to be sentenced.
Researchers find 200-year-old ship wreck.
Boss Hogg’s wife dies.
Happy Birthday, Burt Reynolds.
How to have good Valentine’s Day sex.
NASA v. Comet Empire
It should come as no surprise that astronauts are a bunch of nerds. (The new ones anyway. Neil Armstrong and his boys were a bunch of hard-drinking, skirt-chasing wingnuts.) Leave it to a Japanese astronaut to take it to the next level, though. The other day, astronaut/otaku Soichi Noguchi hung out on the International Space Station dressed as Derek Wildstar (known as Susumu Kodai in Japan) from the anime series "Star Blazers" (known as "Space Battleship Yamato" in Japan). Awesome or nerdy or awesomely nerdy? You decide!