The position page on energy is much more brief than the Denish position. Instead of spending the bulk of her space addressing the state's investment in "green" jobs, Martinez has a common theme running through all of her economic ideas. She offers a recurring theme of competitiveness."
Martinez gets more specific with her ideas concerning what she wants to do regarding existing state energy policies. She suggests her idea to eliminate the state's "pit rule," a Richardson/Denish administration policy that places a $250,000 per well cost burden on our state's energy producers, will lead to the adding of revenue to the New Mexico Severance Tax Fund, simply by eliminating penalties on energy exploration and production. Also Martinez claims her opposition to a regional version of a Cap and Trade agreement, a proposal which was supported by Governor Richardson (and presumably Diane Denish) is based on her opposition to the inherent competitive disadvantages this plan will create for New Mexico taxpayers.
In the final analysis the Martinez message on energy is one of broad philosophy. News New Mexico will attempt to draw out Susana Martinez for clarity and try to determine her views on the all important question of nuclear power, since the state is already relying on Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Arizona for current (no pun intended) electricty needs. NNM will also explore her views on government using taxpayer funds to subsidize other not currently viable alternative energy sources.
The Martinez approach to energy policy is pragmatic and competitive. And the Martinez philosophy of competiveness is "comprehensive."
City Council's vote back in April against a special assessment district that would have provided private financing for the improvement of Sonoma Ranch Blvd. is going to cost the Las Cruces Public Schools $1 million dollars. LCPS will now have to build a "temporary road" north from the location pictured at right to provide secondary access to Monte Vista Elementary School which opens next month. Sadly, this costly temporary road will be ripped out when the final four lane version of Sonoma Ranch Boulevard is constructed at this same location.
In the midst of budget cuts, classroom teacher layoffs, and other austerity measures, could LCPS use the $1 million it will spend on the temporary road for something that makes more sense? Apparently city councilors, except for the mayor, did not consider this unintended consequence back in April when they cast their job-killing votes.
Updated post: in an earlier post we referred to the new Las Cruces Public Schools elementary school incorrectly. It is Monte Vista Elementary.
The Las Cruces Sun News contained some serious inaccuracies in an article it published yesterday on the Las Cruces City Council's evaluation of road issues associated with the new golf course. In the Wednesday edition of the Sun News on page 6A (paragraph 4) the article said: "Much of the new golf course has been ready for some time now. But without a paved road to it, the semi-private course has been closed to the public. The lack of a paved road created a double whammy of sorts: without a road, a construction permit to build the clubhouse could not be obtained."
It is the third consecutive All-American Scholar selection for Maggie Murphy, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in Community Health this past May. Murphy, who played 17 rounds for the Aggies in the 2009-10 season, carded an average score of 80.33. With a 3.71 grade point average, Murphy was able to find balance between academics and athletics. Read more here: