Here’s a look at some local news:

PNM, ranks number one across the country for awareness of assistance programs that help low income customers pay their electric bills, according to the latest J.D. Power 2019 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study for similar midsize electric companies. According to a release from PNM, the entire 2019 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study is based on more than 103,000 total responses nationally, conducted from July 2018 through May 2019 among residential customers of 142 largest electric utility companies across the United States, which collectively represent more than 101 million households. PNM performance surpassed the other 42 midsized investor-owned utilities that are part of the study. Through the PNM Good Neighbor Fund, PNM customers who are facing a financial emergency can receive a grant to help pay part or all of a past-due PNM bill. Last year, the program helped more than 3,698 families with more than $461,000 in PNM Good Neighbor Fund assistance by the generosity of customers, employees, and shareholders who donated their own money towards the fund.

The Southwest Council of Governments hosted a town hall meeting this week that brought city leaders and the public together in order to discuss the development of a Community Revitalization Plan. According to the Deming Headlight, over 30 residents and representatives from local non-profits focused discussion on “projects concerning economic development, infrastructure, beautification and recreation.” Many residents prioritized the development of increased broadband internet access and more economic development support for businesses.

City of Bayard, Mayor Chon Fierro, presented the Copper All-Stars girls with a special recognition during the regular city council meeting on Monday. The athletes were honored for their outstanding season with a signed proclamation to the team and their manager, Robert Esqueda. The Copper All-Stars won the District 7 and New Mexico State Tournament.