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1 0 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2010 PNM agreement could result in major expansion of NM solar energy Submitted by PNMIAIbuquerque, NM An agreement reached last week between PNM and numer= ous environmental, renewable Mr. Dale Alexander Alexander is new art teacher at LHS and DTMS By KAYLA NEWELLJLHS There's a new staff member at Lordsburg High School and Dugan-Tarango Middle School this semester, replacing Mrs. Doc- tor as the art teacher. Mr. Dale Alexander is originally from LaOroya, Peru in South America. "I definitely plan to change the art program in this school by directing it more towards fine arts rather than arts and crafts." said Mr. Alexander. Though Mr. Alexander ad- mits his first Week has been stress- ful, he wants students to know he cares for their education and he expects high performance from them in the classroom. "I have a really good feeling about the students and staff." said Mr, Alexander. "Even though I haven't gotten to know the com- munity well, I know once the stu- dents get to know me we can come Out with a good report". Mr. Alexander last taught at Valley High school in Sander. Arizona on the Navajo reserva- tion. The Lordsburg community should be sure to welcome him as he strives to make a difference in Lordsburg High School. energy and government groups could pave the way for one of the largest-ever expansions of solar energy in New Mexico: the ,addition of nearly 80 mega- watts of solar power, or enough energy to power 26,000 homes. The agreement will form the basis for a new PNM renewable plan to be filed by Jan. 25 with the N.M. Public Regulation Commission. PNM originally filed its renewable procurement plan on July 1. 2009. but agreed to refile parts of it at a later date to allow more time to incorpo- rate input from these groups. The agreement represents months of discussions with vari- ous parties. That effort was started when Gov. Bill Richardson assembled a group of stakeholders to reach a con- sensus on revising PNM's plan. A goal of the group was to help achieve the goals in the Sept. 21. 2009, Green Jobs Cabinet Report from Gov. Richardson. Among other things, the pro- posal provides a new framework for rapid growth of customer- owned photovoltaitc systems by creating a new system of incen- tives, along with a large-scale utility solar construction pro- gram. New Mexico law requires PNM and other electric utilities by 2011 to have 10 percent of the energy they generate come from renewable resources such as wind and solar. The current requirement is 6 percent. The agreement reached will lay the groundwork to meet that re- quirement by including: t o Expansion of incen- tives for customer-owned solar installations that could grow par- ticipation to 24 megawatts about 11 times the current in- stalled capacity, o Up to 10 MW of PNM- owned solar facilities sited at go'vernment and tax-exempt fa- cilities that currently cannot take advantage of tax credits for so- Judy Groh Ms. Groh teaching at Central Elementary Judy Groh came new to Lordsburg Municipal Schools as the reading and math specialist for Southside and Cefitral Elementary Schools. She is taking "over for the month of January to help with Ms. Grijatya fifth grade class. Ms. Grijalva is out on maternity leave and will be returning on February I s' . Ms. Groh was raised in Artesia. NM. She has 13 years experience in Education (10 yrs. in NM: 3 yrs. in AZ). Ms. Groh has been a, 2 na, 3 rd, 5 th. and 6 th grade teacher: served as a Reading Coordinator and Reading Teacher Grades 6-8, and been an Assistant Principal. She loves to teach reading and wants to help students have a successful reading and school experience. lar construction, and o PNM's first significant entry into utility-scale solar with construction of up to 45 MW of PNM-owned solar facilities involving hundreds of thousands of panels installed at various sites throughout New Mexico. "'Incorporating input from stakeholders is an important part of our decision-making process, so we have spent several months listening to ideas that can do more to promote the develop- ment of solar than our original July 1 .filing did," said Pat Vincent-_Collawn, PNM presi- dent and CO0. "We believe this new plan will provide a greater growth opportunity for solar while still minimizing the over- all cost impact to customers." "This agreement shows a serious commitment on behalf of PNM to develop a distributed generation industry in New Mexico. The proposed plan will help New Mexico meet its economic developriaent goals, creating green jobs and an in- frastructure tlat will allow clean energy business to thrive for years to come." said Brian Cassutt. board member of the Renewable Energy Industries Association of New Mexico and finance director for Consoli- dated Solar Technologies. "This is a crucial step in mak- ing New Mexico a leader in so- lar energy." As part of the original fil- ing, PNM will continue to pur- sue the biogas project it pro- posed in July to help meet the state renewable requirement. Through that project, PNM would rely on fuel derived from dairy waste to help supply its Luna Energy Facility near Deming, N.M. That project re- cently was approved by the PRC. The plan to be filed by Jan. 25 requires PRC approval. Based on the expected timeline for that approval, PNM could begin construction of the new large-scale solar facilities as early as mid-2010, with the first project operational by early 2011. The customer-owned fa- cilities would be operational later this year if PRC approval is obtained by mid-year. Parties to the agreement currently include: Coalition for Clean and Affordable Energy (CCAE) New Mexico En- ergy, Minerals and Natural Re- sources Department (EMNRD) Renewable Energy Industries Association of New Mexico (REIA) Everguard Roofing and Solar, LLC Western Resource Advocates" (WRA) visit us at our new location at the Old City Hall Building 206 South Main Street Lordsburg, New Mexico L0rdsburg-Hidalg0 County CHAMBER OF COMMERCE I o Central holds Spelling Bee Central Elementary School held a Spelling Bee on Monday, January 11, 2010.The five winners will compete in the district spelling be on January 26, 2010. The winners pictured above were Kaitlin Hackworth (4 th place), Taylor Gandara (1 = place), Dakota Ulibarri (2 "n place), Ashley Arambula (5 th place) and Tommie Rojas (3  place). Courtesy photo Chubby Checker and SSI Commissioner announce a new "twist" in the law Submitted by RAY VIGILISSI/EI Paso Michael J. Astrue, Commis- sioner of Social Security, and Chubby Checker, Grammy Award winner and rock and roll legend, last week launched a Ombudsman program seeks volunteers Courtesy submission Ombudsmen are advocates and problem solvers for residents in nursing homes and assisted liv- ing facilities. The State Long- Term Care Ombudsman Program will train new Volunteer Ombuds- men in Las Cruces during Febru- ary 23-25, 2010. Ombudsman Volunteers pro- vide a voice for long-term care residents at a time in their lives when they are particularly vulner- able. Ombudsmen assist these residents by advocating for their rights, investigating complaints and helping to resolve their con- cerns fairly, and ensuring they receive the care they deserve. There is a special need for volunteers in Lordsburg. If you are looking for a rewarding expe- rience that can truly make a dif- ference in the lives of elderly New Mexico citizens, please contact Mollie Wallsteadt at 1-800-762- 8690. Hours are flexible and in- dividuals set their own schedules. Travel reimbursement for the training is available. $12 new campaign to inform mil- lions of Americans about a new "twist" in the law that makes it easier to qualify for extra help with Medicare prescription dr, u g costs. The extra help program currently provides assistance to more than nine million senior and disabled Americans sav- ing them an average of almost $4,000 a year on their Medicare prescription drug plan costs. To apply for extra help, there is an easy-to-use online application available at www.socialsecurity.gov. "The changes in the Medi- care law that take effect this month will allow hundreds of thousands of Americans who are struggling to pay their pre- scription drug costs to get extra help during these tough eco- nomic times." said Commis- sioner Astrue. "I am thrilled that Chubby Checker has volun- teered to help us spread this important message through a new television, radio, and Internet spot as well as pam- phlets and posters." "'Listen up, America! For 50 years, people of all ages and backgrounds have danced the Twist," Chubby Checker said. "Now it's important everyone learn about this new twist in the law. Check it out at www.sociatsecurity.gov.'" To qualify for extra help, people must meet certain re- source and income limits. The new Medicare law eases those requirements in two ways. First. it eliminates the cash value of life insurance from counting as a resource. Second, it elimi- nates the assistance people re- ceive from others to pay for household expenses, such as food. rent, mortgage or utilities. from counting as income. There also is another mp0rtant "twist" in the law. The appliqati0n for extra help can-now start the ap- plication process for Medicare Savings Programs state pro- grams that provide help with other Medicare costs. These programs help pay Medicare Part B (medical insurance) pre- miums. For some people, the Medicare Savings Programs also pay Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) premiums, if any, and Part A and B deductibles and co- payments. To, learn more about the ex- tra help program and to view the new TV spot featuring Chubby Checker. go to www.socialsecurity.gov/ extrahelp. In Loving Memory of St=ff Sergeant Jacob R. January 14. 1978 - May 6. 2007 Though his smile is gone And his hand we cannot touch, We still have so many memories Of the one we love so much. His memory is our keepsake, Which we'll never part. God has him in Hiskeeping, We have him in our hearts. [,,d. I Alex V. D , eL, Garza Occupation: NM Certified Waste Water System 3 Operator NM Certified Waste Water System 2 Operator City of Lordsburg, 37 years experience I was informed by the City Administration that I could not pursue a political position in the upcoming March 2, 2010 Municipal Election unless I resigned my present city employment. I decided to seek information elsewhere, I contacted the New Mexico MunicipalLeague and they advised me to use the City of Lordsburg Personnel Policy as a guideline "/g. to,.. 70,. PAID BY CANDIDATE Section 2-3 Political Participation: No city employee shall campaign during working hours. An employee elected, to a post may not retain his/her City employment election should the elective post cause conflict or be perceived to cause conflict with the City employment. During my years of employment with the City of Lordsburg, I believe that we have had no representation for the LordsbLrg Housing Authority Personnel. the Police Department Officers & staff and all City Department Employees. Praying and seeking leadership from the Almighty God. I have made this effort to announce my candidacy for i=ostien I as a City of Lordsbur9 Councitman. Asking me for'a platform full of promises is for intellectual people--Reasons, information and advice from common folk, myself included, will be in future announcements of Why Change Is Needed. Alex V. DeLaGarza