"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.