Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Today, US Senator Tom Udall stopped for lunch at Diane’s Restaurant to showcase how women-owned businesses like Diane’s are strengthening local communities. This afternoon, Udall chaired a meeting of the Southwest New Mexico Energy and Green Jobs Task Force. Initiated by former Sen. Jeff Bingaman and now supported by Udall and Sen. Martin Heinrich, the task force brings together leaders from local government, business, non-profits, finance, energy and the community to promote job creation by expanding energy efficiency and renewable energy in Southwest New Mexico. Udall highlighted a $250,000 grant he helped the region secure from the Economic Development Administration.
Registration is still open for the Sixth Annual New Mexico Women Veterans Conference on Saturday, October 24 from 8am-5pm in Albuquerque at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel, located at 5151 San Francisco Road NE. The conference—presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services, the New Mexico VA Health Care System, and Women Veterans of New Mexico– is free for women military veterans, National Guard/Reserve and active-duty personnel.
PNM is urging customers to be alert for another possible phone scam reported during the past few days. Scammers have been calling small business customers claiming to be a PNM employee, threatening to disconnect service due to a past due account, and demanding an immediate payment made through a pre-paid money card. Scammers are hoping to redeem the money on the pre-paid money card and are using a pirated PNM phone greeting to further deceive PNM customers. This recent scam comes from a fake 1-800 number. Scammers have taken PNM’s interactive voice response system prompt menu, so when customers call them back; they hear a recorded message similar to what they would experience if they called the real PNM customer service. If you receive a call a suspicious call, hang up and call PNM using the number on your bill (1-888-DIAL-PNM). Remember that PNM does not require prepaid gift cards or PayPal money cards. Please report fraudulent calls and scams to law enforcement. Stay safe and check with PNM before you pay.
A large group of fathers gathered in front of the Roundhouse in Santa Fe Tuesday, rallying against issues in family courts. Members of The Father`s Rights Movement of New Mexico are pushing for tougher laws on custody battles. They want anyone who lies in court in order to gain custody of a child to be held accountable.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will move forward with its efforts to recover the Mexican grey wolf despite opposition from the state of New Mexico.
Governor Susana Martinez announced plans to bring high-speed Internet access to every New Mexico classroom by the 2018 school year. By leveraging $49 million in appropriated state funds over the next few years, several state agencies and a national nonprofit will team up with local districts to improve infrastructure and bring high-speed Internet to every student in New Mexico. Currently, more than 30 percent of New Mexico’s school districts don`t have access to high-speed Internet.