Senator Martin Heinrich today will present the Los Alamos business community with the 2014 Google “e-city” award. According to Heinrich’s office, Google and Ipsos, an independent research firm, analyzed a variety of factors to determine which cities would receive a Google eCity Award. Winning cities had businesses that exhibited a strong online presence in multiple areas including social media, website, blogs, and mobile accessibility. The award presentation takes place at 10am today at the Los Alamos Cooperative Market.
In a surprise, Mora County’s status as the only county in the nation to ban on fracking remains intact today. County Commissioners voted two-to-one Tuesday in favor to keep the ban on oil and gas drilling in the county, although its future is in doubt. The New Mexican reports Commissioner Alfonso Griego, who’d indicated plans to vote against keeping the ban, changed his mind and voted to keep the ban in place. Mora County’s ban on fracking has led to two lawsuits against the county for interfering with corporate and property rights.
A scare at Ortiz Middle School in Santa Fe Thursday. The school was locked down after a gun was found in a student’s backpack Thursday afternoon. Santa Fe Police SWAT team members and state police officers responded to the scene on the city’s southwest side. No injuries were reported. However, anxious parents were forced to pick up students at the nearby State Police Complex and Law Enforcement Academy, where students had been taken as a precaution after authorities asked district officials to move them off campus. Police say numerous students have been questioned.
"Game of Thrones" author and Santa Fe resident George R. R. Martin says he's "astonished" by low voter turnout in elections. Martin rallied voters and raised money Tuesday for Democratic Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico. About 150 people attended a rally at which Martin spoke, drawing a contrast to elections in this country and the king on the "Iron Throne" in his novels that inspired the hit TV series. If people don't vote, Martin said, "you really can't complain about what happens afterward if the wrong people win election."
Public Service Company of New Mexico has negotiated a settlement proposal that would allow it to meet certain pollution standards with the partial closure of an aging coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico. PNM says the proposal, if approved by state regulators, would allow the company to reduce its use of coal at the San Juan Generating Station. The utility says it would also have an opportunity to add more renewable energy to its portfolio. PNM estimates the proposal would result in an increase of about seven-percent to the average customer's bill.