Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Construction of the new Deming High School is at full throttle while students scurry about from classroom to classroom at the existing DHS. The new school is set for completion in August of 2017 and will replace the existing Deming High School location which has stood for the last 61 years. The bond for the school was passed in February of 2014 with strong support from the community. The bond also allowed funds for the construction of a new intermediate school in Deming. The total estimated cost of the construction for both schools is $73,500,000.
Yesterday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas filed public comments in support of the Facebook data center with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The Office of the Attorney General reviewed this application to ensure the New Mexican families and small businesses would not see an unacceptable rate increase. After reviewing the application, Attorney General Balderas urges the Commission to approve the application and help New Mexico secure more clean energy and help New Mexican families find jobs and economic security.
The State Department of Health ruled on Wednesday that a drive-thru dispensary for Medical Marijuana would not be feasible due to safety concerns. The department has not approved any requests for drive-up windows, despite claims by post-traumatic stress disorder patients who say they are uncomfortable with crowds in retail stores.
As of Wednesday, customers of the New Mexico utility Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS) will no longer have to worry about having to pay higher fees for producing their own solar energy. Most solar customers will even see reductions in their total surcharge fees. Earthjustice and Vote Solar, in partnership with New Mexico attorney Jason Marks, fought SPS`s proposal to increase a special charge on customers who produce renewable energy at their own homes, schools, farms and other locations.