New Mexico panel OKs plan to spend $100M to fix state dams

A plan to spend $100 million to fix dams throughout New Mexico passed its first test Tuesday amid an urgent call to upgrade the facilities over worries about the loss of life.The Las Cruces sun news reports that the New Mexico Senate Conservation Committee voted 9-0 to move along a measure that would add funding to address the state’s dam infrastructure that advocates say is in dire need of repairs.Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, said the state had no choice but to get started soon on fixing dams or risk a tragedy in the future. Sen. Bill Soules, D-Las Cruces, also added that the state should spend the money to fix is dams while it has revenue from an oil and gas windfall.