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1 0 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD Information courtesy SEN. BINGAMAN'S OFFICEIWashing- ton, DC U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman last week announced that Lea County Electric Cooperative has been approved for a $38.55 mil- lion loan guarantee through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to finance the construction of a new production facility, The loan guarantee will al- low construction of a 42.2 MW natural gas-fired electricity pro- duction facility and related inter- connection transmission facili- ties. Last Month LCEC an- Federal 10an guarantees to support improvements to NM rural electric co-ops nounced that it had awarded Wirtsili Corporation a contract thatprovide for engineering ser- vices and generation equipment for the future facility. The future plant will be located next to the existing LCEC Plant east of Lovington on U.S. Highway 82 East and is expected to be fully operational by June 2012. "Lea County Electric Cooperative's future gas-fired electricity facility will help it continue to provide reliable and affordable electric power to its customers - homes and busi- nesses - in southeastern New BYA goes rock climbing The BootheelYouth Association (BYA) has been active in the com- munity, giving students opportunities they may normally not have. The BYA hired rock climbing experts to share their knowledge with the youth at the Pinos Altos Range in the Gila National Forest. Pictured is Shane Kline climbing the most difficult route, called the "Nose". The BYA's next excursion will be hiking at Granite Gap near Rodeo on Saturday, November 27. For more information, or to join the BYA group, contact Eric Moore at 575-538-1781. Courtesy photo Mexico and Texas," Bingaman said. Additionally', Tri-State Gen- eration and Transmission Asso- ciation, Inc. was approved for a $173.68 million loan guarantee to upgrade and modify the gen- eration system and make environ- mental control improvements. Tri-State is a wholesale elec- tric power supplier owned by the 44 electric cooperatives, includ- ing 12 in New Mexico. They are: Central New Mexico Electric Cooperation (Mountainair), Co- lumbus Electric' Cooperative (Deming), Continental Divide Electric Cooperative (Grants), Jemez Mountains Electric Coop- erative (Espafiola), Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (Taos), Mora-San Miguel Electrical Co- operative, Northern Rio Arriba Electric Cooperatiye, Otero County Electrical Cooperative, Sierra Electric Cooperative (El- ephant Butte), Socorro Electric Cooperative, Southwestern Elec- tric Cooperative (Clayton), and Springer Electric Cooperative. Report from the AG: Priorities for Next Four Years Submitted by AG GARY KING/ Santa Fe One of the advantages of being an incumbent who wins re- election is that one does not nec- essarily have to reinvent the wheel and can instead work to- ward new goals while solidify- ing past accomplishments. We have already begun working on new ways to protect New Mexico families while expanding the programs and policies the Attor- ney General's Office has imple- mented over the preceding four years. Two of the recent additions to our arsenal to combat drunk driving and violence against women are the Traffic Safety Re- source ProsecutOr and Violence Against Women Resource Pros- ecutor who specialize in prosecu- tions and training in their respec- tive fields. The Attorney General's Office was fortunate to obtain these dedicated attorneys through federal grant programs. Not only will New Mexico vic- tims of drunk driving and domes- tic violence benefit from these special prosecutors, but eventu- FRIDAY NOVEMBER26, 201( Healthy eating comes to life at Southside FoodPlayTheatre came to Southside Elementary recently to educate students on the importance of healthy eating. Their energy and humor really kept the attention of the students and staff. The stu- dents really captured the message of healthy eating and how to make good decisions so they may maintain a healthy lifestyle. Pictured above are some students chosen to participate as contestants in a game show, including Skeater Lassiter, Brooklyn Kempton and Raquel Rendon. Courtesy photo exploitation, ID theft and com- puter crimes. • Forfeiture and Drug law revi- sions to apply to real property seizures and authorize community service improvements. • Money Laundering Act revi- sions to update property crime violations. Misc. Civil • Fraud Against Taxpayers Act • Tobacco Law Revision Last, but clearly not least, 1 will continue this office's fight against public corruption. Much was said by others about my ef- forts to combat corruption during the just ended political season; unfortunately, much of it was false and/or misleading. 'In the past,'I have sent reports to state- wide media outlets to explain the good work we have accomplished so far in battling corruption and updated the public on ongoing major cases. Investigating and prosecuting corruption will al- ways be a top priority and it will be done professionally, ethically, and with as much speed as the legal system will allow. Penalty Reforms • Financial Disclosure Act Amendments DWI and Underage Drinking Prevention • Prevent Underage Intoxica- tion • Local Option Tax to support prevention & treatment Domestic Violence • Family Violence Protection Act Amendments • Uniform Orders of Protection enforcement Criminal Law Enforcement • Securities Laws enhancements • Child Pornography law amend- ments • Animal Cruelty law revisions • IPRA Criminal Penalties addi- tion • Anti-Counterfeiting Law Environment • Citizen suit Private Actions for Enforcement • Air Quality "Bad Actor" provi- sion Border Issues and Drug En- forcement Issues • Administrative subpoenas for computer and bank records to in- vestigate and prosecute sexual ally thousands of police officers and fellow prosecutors around the country will receive training in the latest methods and tech- niques for addressing these top tier problems. Another focus for my office in- volves the Border Violence Divi- sion which has recently received a federal grant to expand its ef- forts to help bring awareness to and prosecute human trafficking cases and other border issues. Other areas to be targeted include drug cartel money laundering, il- legal firearms trafficking, and fu- gitive extradition. My legislative priorities will be presented in the upcoming legislative session early next year, here is an overview: Ethics and Campaign Finance Reform • Disclosure Requirements for Independent Political Campaign Expenditures • Governmental Contractor Re- quired Campaign Disclosures and Prohibitions • Governmental Conduct Act Expansion to Local Government • Procurement Code Violation 1