6/17 Local roundup

CNJ staff

Clovis Juneteenth celebration Saturday
The Clovis Juneteenth celebration will be filled with food and fun, according to event coordinator William Hall.

Upsilon Street at Potter Park will be closed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday for the all-day event.

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

Hall said the celebration is free and will include barbecued chicken, brisket, ribs, catfish, side dishes and cobbler for dessert. Fifteen barbecue pits are being assembled in Potter Park to cook the fare, Hall said.

To beat the heat, children can swim free from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Potter Park pool.

“Oh yeah, it’s going to be a good time,” Hall said. “There will be lots of good food.”

No deadline set to file notice against rate increase
No deadline has been set for filing an intervention notice with the New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission to protest a rate increase proposed by New Mexico-American Water Co., according to the utility’s vice president Kathy Wright.

Wright said customers will receive a special mailing about the rate increase and timing for filing an intervention. The utility will also will place a legal ad in the CNJ, she said.

The filing deadline will be set once the PRC hearing examiner has been assigned, Wright said, which she expects will be in the coming week. She estimated about a six-week window for filings to be made in opposition to the increase.

New Mexico-American Water filed a rate-increase request last month with the PRC that would raise residential water rates of more than 14,000 Clovis residents by an average of 25 percent.

Commercial rates would increase 39 percent for high volume users, according to the proposal filed with the PRC.

Walter Bradley named to property rights task force
SANTA FE — Former Lt. Gov. Walter Bradley of Clovis has been named to a task force to protect the private property rights of New Mexicans, according to a press release from Gov. Bill Richardson’s office.

The Governor’s Task Force on the Responsible Use of Eminent Domain will help recommend ways for New Mexico to prohibit abusive condemnation practices that could result because of the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Kelo v. the City of New London.

A House bill to address the situation was passed in the 2006 Legislature. According to the release from the governor’s office, the bill was vague and left loopholes that would have made it difficult for the state and local governments to build roads and extend water and utility lines, infrastructure that is necessary in a growing state.