Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Yesterday, New Mexico Representative Rodolpho “Rudy” Martinez, received the American Association of Retired Persons “Capital Caregivers” Award. Representative Martinez, provided key leadership to pass the Guardianship Affidavit and Pre-School Care during the 2017 Legislative Session. These measures help family caregivers, particularly grandparents raising grandkids in New Mexico.
Western New Mexico University will commemorate its 125th anniversary with a Founder’s Day celebration on Friday, Feb. 9th, hosting the public for tours, birthday cake and history presentations on campus. Western New Mexico University was founded on February 11, 1893, as a state normal school for the training of teachers in the state’s southwestern mining region. WNMU has been continuously accredited since 1942. And has provided teacher training and administrative training to thousands who now staff New Mexico’s public education system. Founder’s Day will kick off at 11 a.m. in Light Hall Theater. Silver City mayor, Ken Ladner, and other WNMU dignitaries will speak at the opening ceremonies, which will also include a reading of Western New Mexico University’s Founder’s Day proclamation and an historic video presentation.
Beginning next month, residential customers of PNM will see an average of increase of 46 cents on their monthly bill staring in February. Public Service Company of New Mexico calculated the increase as part of a compliance filing made this week with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The increase can assist PNM recover costs associated with grid improvements and the partial closure of the coal-fired San Juan Generating station, in addition to other changes. Residential customers can expect an increase per month of approximately 42 cents in 2019.
The Grant County Prospectors participated in Grant County Day at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe this week. The group, comprised of area business leaders, spent time at the Capitol to educate the policymakers on behalf of local educators, governments and healthcare providers. In addition, the Prospectors host an annual legislative forum where representatives of many fields discuss their needs and goals to Grant county legislators. Some of this year’s list of priorities include, local water projects, funding for WNMU capital improvements and systems upgrades, addition to Gila Regional Cancer Center funding for equipment, in addition to funding projects for Silver City Mainstreet and the Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society. `