December 14, 2015

Three things to look for on December 14

For most people, except those who hoard their vacation time, this is the last full workweek until 2016.

If you haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet… well, you’re running out of time.

Anyway, there are still some things going on this week and here are three to look for on Monday, Dec. 14.

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1. Duran sentencing

Dianna Duran after her guilty plea.

Joey Peters

Dianna Duran after her guilty plea.

Former Secretary of State Dianna Duran will find out exactly what her punishment is this morning as Judge Glenn Ellington will announce it at 9:00 a.m. in Santa Fe.

It comes more than a month after her guilty pleas on six counts, including two felonies. At the time, she pleaded guilty as part of an agreement that said she will avoid jail time. The judge will decide if this is appropriate.

Meanwhile, Gov. Susana Martinez still has not named a replacement for Duran, meaning Mary Quintana has been the acting Secretary of State for more than 50 days.

2. “Trep center” opens

As Albuquerque continues to try to show it is a city for entrepreneurs, the city will be opening a “trep center” at the downtown library. That awkward name is an abbreviation for “entrepreneur center” and is certainly easier to spell.

From the city press release:

Librarians who have been specially trained in the entities and events in Innovation Central meet by appointment with entrepreneurs; direct them to the most appropriate digital and/or physical resources for their unique needs; and provide support so that each client leaves the center believing he or she can be successful.

It’s actually the city’s second trep center, the other is at the Patrick J. Baca Library

3. Final Clean Power Plan public input of the year

The fourth and final Clean Power Plan of December will take place today in Farmington, New Mexico. The meeting from noon to 3:00 p.m. will include an open house from noon to 1:00 p.m., followed by the actual meeting.

The meeting will take place at the Merrion Room in the School of Energy building at San Juan College.

From the Environment Department release:

The meetings include a brief introduction to the Clean Power Plan, followed by the opportunity for interested citizens to provide input to the New Mexico Environment Department and to ask questions regarding the final rule.

Brief programming note:

As a reminder, the Three things to look for… feature will not be around next week and the final week of the year, but it will be back in January as we head towards the Legislative Session. Yeah, we’re just about a month away from that.

Did you miss something Friday?

Friday was a big news day (as it so often is), led by our two feature stories.