1. New Mexico’s newest members of Congress are among those slated to be sworn in at noon. That includes soon-to-be congresswoman Deb Haaland and Democrat Xochitl Torres Small in the House of Representatives. Haaland will be one of the first Native American women to serve in Congress. Haaland is a member of the Laguna Pueblo. Haaland most recently chaired the state’s Democratic party and before that, she ran for lieutenant governor in 2014. Haaland says in her first term, she is looking to shed light on missing and murdered Native American women, making the topic part of the national conversation. For Torres Small, it’ll be her first time holding office. She will be representing New Mexico’s second congressional district, one of many across the country that flipped to Democratic control.
2. A structure caught fire in northeast Albuquerque near Ventura and Paseo Del Norte. Thursday morning, Albuquerque fire crews are asking you to avoid the area. AFR crews are saying that due to the heavy amounts of water used to put the fire out, freezing temperatures may cause the water to solidify and makes for potentially icy roads. An investigation is underway to find out the cause of the fire. No one was hurt in the blaze.
3. As the early week storm departs, sunshine will take its place, helping to boost temperatures across the state. Afternoon highs will still remain below average statewide.
Full story: Kristen’s Thursday Morning Forecast
4. The City of Albuquerque is working to total up all the roadside damage from this week’s snowstorm. Several street signs, traffic signals and street lights were knocked over by drivers who couldn’t handle the icy roads. KRQE News 13 cameras, captured a damaged stop sign on Central near I-25 and another at San Mateo near Constitution. Those signs are about $250 each. Crashes knocked out traffic signals at major intersections including Louisiana and Indian School. The city says large “mast arm traffic signals” can cost anywhere from $60,000 to $70,000 to replace. The city usually ends up paying for much of the repair costs.
5. Parajito Ski Resort still celebrating this morning. The ski area is reporting 36 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours from our most recent snow storm. Viewer Tim Lovell sent in photos saying he could barely move as he was knee deep in snow. The snow got so heavy it was bending the trees.
Full story: Pajarito Ski Resort receives 36 inches of snow