City Officials Want To Collect Old Debt

Unpaid utility bills have left the city of Española’s utility services short $1.5 million — about 15 percent of the city’s annual budget.

However, officials have a plan they hope will recover some of that money. A proposal reviewed by the city’s Finance Committee, Aug. 18, would hire The Advantage Group, LLC, an Albuquerque-based debt collection agency, to find customers who are delinquent on their utility bills and collect the money from them.

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Hydroponic farm’s tomatoes found throughout New Mexico

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Steve and Kim Martin have been growing tomatoes and cucumbers for nearly 18 years using hydroponic techniques. They say the process requires attention to detail and constant upkeep, but the rewards include more flavor, a better appearance and a longer shelf life.

Steve was a fourth-generation dairy farmer in Madison County, New York, outside of Syracuse, for most of his life up until the 1990s, before turning to the type of farming he does today.

“I was running around in the barn with diapers,” Steve said. “Farming was ingrained in my blood, so I wanted to stay with farming and have a home-based business, which this creates for us.”

Today, the Martins raise English cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, 10 different varieties of heirloom tomatoes and mint and watercress on their seven-and-a-half acre property in Los Luceros on the east bank of the Rio Grande.

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