December 15, 2015

Three things to look for on December 15

Yesterday was the big Dianna Duran news, but tomorrow is the deadline for a big decision for Duran.

You can see a link to our report on Duran’s sentence, and more, below.

But first, here are three things to look for on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

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1. New Secretary of State?

The empty desk of the Secretary of State, taken on December 14. Photo Credit: Joey Peters

Joey Peters

The empty desk of the Secretary of State, taken on December 14. Photo Credit: Joey Peters

According to a report by KOB-TV, Gov. Susana Martinez will name Albuquerque City Councilor Brad Winter as the next Secretary of State this morning.

There has been no official announcement from Martinez’s office.

The appointment comes more than fifty days after Dianna Duran resigned from the position (Mary Quintana has been acting Secretary of State since then). Duran, of course, was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Monday.

2. Public safety press conference in Las Cruces

With public safety shaping up to be one of the biggest stories in the upcoming legislative session (see Gov. Susana Martinez’s recent barnstorming tour around the state on things like strengthening DWI laws), it’s no surprise that Attorney General Hector Balderas is appearing with local law enforcement on something to help police. Especially when it also will help with de-escalation, something that has come into sharp relief nationwide in recent weeks.

This time, it’s a law enforcement and use of force simulator at Dona Ana Community College in Las Cruces. It will happen in the morning, though media may be participating in the afternoon as well.

3. Public meeting on “Startup, Shutdown and Malfunction”

Odds are, unless you’re in the energy industry, you don’t know what “startup, shutdown and malfunction” means. But there are rules related to it when it comes to power plants; some states allow unlimited amounts of pollution to be released during these three times at coal-fired power plants, refineries or chemical plants.

The New Mexico Environment Department will be holding a meeting this afternoon in Santa Fe about changes to these rules to make sure the state is in compliance with the Clean Air Act.

The meeting will take place at the NMED Air Quality Bureau (525 Camino de los Marquez, Suite 1) from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will include time for the public to ask questions.

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