Here’s a look at today’s news:

PNM is receiving reports from business customers that people claiming to be with PNM, are threatening to disconnect their electricity unless a payment is made. Some ask for payments made by pre-paid gift card, PayPal donation, or credit card over the phone. PNM has received more than 300 scam reports from business customers in the last two weeks. Scammers are primarily targeting businesses in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Santa Fe, but reports have been received throughout New Mexico for both residential and business customers. Some scammers have figured out a way to add a false PNM caller ID name appear and have similar recorded on-hold messaging when customers call the number back. Many times they target customers on Fridays, threatening disconnection of service over the weekend unless they pay within a small window of time, leaving customers to panic and often pay up, even when all the signs of a scam are present. However, PNM does not disconnect on weekends or holidays. It is helpful if customers jot down any details, such as the name, the number on the caller ID, and the specifics of the request, and then report it to PNM at 888-DIAL-PNM. Customers should also contact local law enforcement if they feel like their safety is at risk or if they are a victim of fraud.

The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents unanimously approved the 2018-19 student fees and tuition amounts, which will not be increased, and voted to move ahead with the capital projects transmittal for underground utilities on campus and the disposal of depreciated computers during their meeting on Tuesday, at Western New Mexico University. Student body President, Tim Stillman, said that while the distribution of student fees is changing slightly, the amount students pay will remain exactly the same. “Monies are being moved around between departments,” he said. Regarding the 2018-19 tuition recommendation, Vice President for Business Affairs Kelley Riddle said, “We are not requesting any tuition increase at this time.”

USSSA Summer League registrations will be held from 5:00 to 6:30 P.M. at the PNM Building located at 3815 North Swan Street on March 28th and April 4th.  The league starts at age 3 and goes to age 16 with multiple divisions. The Women’s League is age 17 and up. It is not a travelling league and all games are played at Ben Altamirano Stadium in Silver City. Credit cards will be accepted at registration.

The Silver Consolidated School Board has approved a new position of “Safety and Security Coordinator.” School Board member, Eddie Flores, was appointed to act as the Board’s representative on the committee. Mr. Flores stated he would like to have the position filled by July 1st, the start of the new fiscal year.