Ute water agreement updated

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Contracted employees of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority updated the Clovis City Commission Thursday on its plans to move into utility authority status. Following a 15-minute regular meeting, Project Manager Scott Verhines and two others held the floor for about an hour. Creating a utility authority, Kevin […]

Press release: Xcel Energy, customer groups reach agreement on New Mexico base rate increase

ROSWELL – Xcel Energy’s Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS) has reached an agreement with New Mexico customer groups to increase base rates, a measure driven in large part by the costs of new power generation and the increases in the cost of doing business. SPS has submitted the agreement to the New Mexico Public Regulation […]

Xcel Energy, customer groups reach agreement on New Mexico base rate increase

ROSWELL – Xcel Energy’s Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS) has reached an agreement with New Mexico customer groups to increase base rates, a measure driven in large part by the costs of new power generation and the increases in the cost of doing business. SPS has submitted the agreement to the New Mexico Public Regulation […]

Hotel Clovis remediation agreement

New Mexico Environment Department Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the New Mexico Voluntary Remediation Regulations, the following proposed Voluntary Remediation Agreement has been submitted to the New Mexico Environment Department.

Judge denies plea agreement change

Freedom New Mexico District Judge Teddy Hartley on Friday denied a request to change the terms of a recent plea agreement, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Cody Banister, 28, of Roosevelt County, in January agreed to a 15-year prison sentence following allegations he manufactured methamphetamine. On Friday, Bannister asked to spend the last two years […]

City commissioners to decide on lease agreement for biodiesel plant

CNJ staff The Clovis City Commission meets at 5:15 p.m. today at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Items on the agenda include: • A request to issue $100 million in industrial revenue bonds for the Southwest Chese plant. Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry said the bonds would go towards […]

Clovis man pleads guilty to first-degree murder

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Albert Ramirez shot and killed his mother’s boyfriend in 2007. CNJ staff writer: Sharna Johnson Just as the jury was about to be seated Monday and opening arguments were set to begin, Albert Ramirez decided to plead guilty and accepted the maximum sentence for the first-degree murder of his mother’s boyfriend. Ramirez, 20, will serve […]

NATO initiation of Ukraine not worthwhile plan

Freedom New Mexico The cutoff of supplies of natural gas from Russia to Europe through pipelines in Ukraine may have been resolved for the time being with an agreement to deploy international monitors to make sure Ukraine isn’t siphoning off natural gas intended for countries farther west. But this dispute is about more than what […]

Agreement reached to keep witnesses in homicide case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local law enforcement have reached an agreement with federal authorities to keep witnesses to a November homicide in Texico involving a Honduran national in the U.S., District Attorney Matt Chandler said. In addition to the victim, seven witnesses in the deadly shooting six weeks ago were Honduran nationals working […]

Bookout reaches plea deal

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout entered a no-contest plea Friday morning to a felony charge of tampering with public records. She will serve 12 months unsupervised probation, according to her attorney. Under the terms of the agreement, Bookout must resign as county treasurer immediately. Bookout was indicted in February […]

Legal ads best left untouched by government

Freedom New Mexico Perhaps local newspapers and local governments should come to an agreement in which each party says to the other: We reserve the right to take issue with how you do your job, but we’ll stop short of actually trying to do your job. This proposition comes to mind because of efforts across […]

Writers’ Guild should adhere to agreement

Freedom New Mexico We’re writers, so we feel common bond with those who earn their living stringing words together. We’re also free-marketers, so we defend creators’ right to get a fair price for what they create. That’s why we empathize with the Writers Guild of America, whose members create programs for television, radio and movies […]

Proposed trade agreement met with opposition

Freedom New Mexico It’s sad, really. For most of the last century, the Democratic Party, as the most significant advocate of an internationalist perspective in American politics, understood that promoting international trade was a key aspect of being an internationally oriented world power that valued multilateral relations. With its latest action on a proposed trade […]

Kenya situation shows intervention not always needed

Freedom New Mexico It’s a long way from guaranteeing that the tribal and ethnic tensions that have led to violence and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people in a country most outside observers had considered one of the most stable in Africa will actually bring an end to resentment and violence. But the […]

Bush, House make tax rebate deal to stimulate spending

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — With unprecedented speed and cooperation, Congress and the White House forged a deal Thursday to begin rushing tax rebates of $600 to $1,200 to most tax filers by spring, hoping they will spend the money just as quickly and jolt the ailing economy to life. Rebates would be even higher […]

Salas agreement withdrawal being evaulated by DA

CNJ staff The District Attorney’s office is still reviewing the legality of withdrawing a plea agreement made with a Clovis teen who refused to testify against his brother in the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. District Attorney Matt Chandler said his office is evaluating the case to determine if the juvenile sentence can […]

Local Roundup: Train strikes flatbed trailer

CNJ staff An eastbound train struck a flatbed trailer at the intersection of U.S. 84 and the New Mexico/Texas state line Friday night, police said. Emily Patterson of the Farwell Police Department said the accident occurred at 10:20 p.m. CST. The driver of a commercial pickup truck pulling a 35- to 40-foot trailer carrying heavy […]

Fans take hit in NFL, cable matchup

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer “Turn to page 38,” Shawn told me. I was holding Shawn’s copy of the NFL Shop catalog, and was considering a new 49ers jacket until he alerted me to the collectible Super Bowl book on page 38. It was quite a book, leatherbound with a case and handling gloves, […]

Palestinian-Israeli peace long way off despite talks

By Freedom New Mexico Considering the discouraging history and circumstances, it was an accomplishment to get representatives from 40 countries, including most of the relevant Arab nations, to sit down for a day just to talk about the possibility of a Palestinian-Israeli settlement. And if the real point was to use the meeting to give […]

Security officer approved for County Courthouse

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Courthouse is adding another facet to its security system — a security officer. Curry County commissioners approved a security officer position for the courthouse during Tuesday’s regular meeting. The District Court will provide $95,000 over the next two fiscal years to pay the salary of a […]