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September 24, 2018
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First News: PRC member wants to question PNM about just how many customers were over-billed. (listen)
(KSFR) - One of the members of the Public Regulation Commission is questioning just how many PNM customers in Santa Fe were affected by the company's admitted over-billing. Commissioner Doug Howe says he wants the full commission to question PNM on the issue. At first, the utility said some 200 customers may have gotten higher bills because of faulty estimated meter readings. The company later said there could be 3,000 or more.

The City of Santa Fe has more than $350,000 in unspent money from last year that will be dedicated this year to economic development. The city's Economic Development Division didn't spend the money last year because several programs were never completed. One of them was a program to create jobs. The New Mexican reports that 40 businesses applied for grants for job-creation, but the city awarded less than 20 percent of the money it had budgeted for the grants.

Tourism in New Mexico was up nearly 5% last year. State officials note that 31 million visitors in 2011 spent about five-and-a-half billion dollars, providing more than a billion dollars in state revenue. The uptick in tourism is also credited with creating a 2.7 % rise in employment statistics for the hospitality and leisure sector.

Groundbreaking has been delayed on the long-touted Tres Amigas superstation that would see an area near Clovis, New Mexico become the hub for the nation's three largest power grids. The $1.5 billion project was to have launched sometime this month but a public information officer says more time is needed to procure some $485 million in industrial revenue bonds. The Clovis Journal reports that groundbreaking is now expected sometime in early fall. Curry county officials have been asked by Tres Amigas to consider the bonds at a July 24th meeting with a vote to follow in August.

Government appears to be the biggest employer in Dona Ana County. The Las Cruces Sun News says nearly a third of the county's workers are employed by local, state or federal government agencies. That's twice the national average.

This has been another expensive year for spending on wildfires in New Mexico. The state forestry division says the state spent more than $13 million on wildfires for the fiscal year that ended on June 30th. The fiscal year covers part of the period in which the Las Conchas fire raged near Los Alamos. It was New Mexico's biggest wildfire ever at the time.

Governor Susana Martinez meets with Santa Clara Pueblo Governor Walter Dasheno today for a tour of areas damaged by last year's Las Conchas Fire. Ash, fallen trees and other debris are now causing problems in Santa Clara Canyon and recent rains have caused black, ash-laden flooding at Santa Clara Pueblo. The Pueblo has made a formal disaster declaration and is seeking federal funds from FEMA.

A "heads up" to Santa Fe motorists as two weeks of roadway work on St. Francis Drive between Cerrillos Road and the Rodeo Road overpass began in the overnight hours. Crews are crack-sealing the road surface with driving delays expected between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday. The anticipated project-completion date is July 31st, weather permitting.

Weather for Santa Fe - partly sunny today with highs in the low 80s and a 50% chance for afternoon showers and thunderstorms. That decreases to 40% this evening. Wednesday ushers in the start of a drier weather pattern with just a 20% chance of precipitation each day for the remainder of the week.
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