Monday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines

Five facts you need to know:

  1. Monday, PNM is expected to begin making its case to raise your power bill. It’s the first of several days of hearings scheduled before State’s Public Regulation Commission. PNM said it wants to increase its revenue by more than $120 million and is looking to raise its base rate by up to 14-percent. PNM said it needs to pay for the $650 million spent in the last five years including to build a new gas fired power plant.
  2. Monday, expect it to be mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers, some with thunder in the afternoon. High’s in the 60’s. Tonight, partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy.
  3. A repeat felon is back behind bars, accused of using his home as a torture chamber. Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputies said they were called to a home near Goff and Arenal after a woman told dispatchers she was being held against her will by her boyfriend Marcel Bland. Inside, deputies said they found a bloodied victim passed out on a couch and tools like a taser, claw hammer, and scissors. Bland is facing multiple charges.
  4. In just weeks, local first responders will get more training to help fellow emergency workers in the field. It’s part of a peer support program to support struggling first responders, dealing with the emotional toll their job takes combined with personal stresses. Organizers said it helps them serve the public better and could even save lives.
  5. There are still a few days left to bid on a special Holly Holm jersey autographed by the hometown hero herself. Only 24 of those Holly Holm Isotopes jerseys are being auctioned off. All the money raised benefits local charities.

Top Morning Headlines:

The founder of a mail-order green chile club said he has every intention of getting people their money back since the business never heated up. Jaime Dubuar Dean said Sunday he’s working on securing capital to give out refunds and owed chile shipments to dozens of subscribers. The company’s Facebook page recently received posts from customers saying they never received their orders.

A man who allegedly threatened his ex-girlfriend and her children at gunpoint has been taken into custody after a standoff with Albuquerque police. Authorities say officers were called to a home shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday because of reports of a couple fighting and the woman was screaming. After more than five hours, 30-year-old Gabriel Duarte surrendered without incident.

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