Bingman: Report says New Mexicans taking home an average of $1,012 more this year

WASHINGTON — On the eve of tax filing day, U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman pointed out that almost all New Mexico working families benefited this year from tax cuts enacted as part of last year’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. •Citizens for Tax Justice, a Washington, DC-based think tank, today released a [ http://www.ctj.org/obamastaxcuts/nm.pdf ]report saying […]

USDA enhances integrity and defensibility of farm programs

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2009 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is partnering with the Internal Revenue Service to reduce fraud in farm programs and streamlining payment limits for family farmers. The actions are intended to strengthen the integrity and defensibility of USDA farm safety net programs and help the agricultural industry to […]

Growers: Peanut harvest slightly above average

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PNT Staff Photo: Clarence Plank Mark Brewer of Portales rakes peanuts into a grate, which are carried to a shifter that takes out rock, vines and leaves on Saturday at Sunland, Inc. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico With the harvest about halfway there, this year’s peanut crop is good to average, according to people […]

ENMU women take fourth, men sixth in rodeo

CNJ Staff Tori Bilberry won the average in breakaway roping, helping the Eastern New Mexico University women’s rodeo team place fourth as last weekend’s rodeo at West Texas College in Snyder, Texas. Bilberry, a junior from Elida, posted a total time of 4.0 seconds over two runs. Portales junior Joni Brakebill finished sixth in barrel […]

Statewide gas price average drops 2 cents

Albuquerque, New Mexico; March 13, 2009 —

Xcel proposes rate increase

CNJ staff Xcel Energy wants to raise electric rates 5.1 percent in New Mexico, a move the utility says would increase the average customer’s bill about $9 a month. Xcel filed its rate request Thursday with the state Public Regulation Commission, according to company spokesman Wes Reeves. Reeves said if approved, the increase would raise […]

Increased BAH rates announced

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to service members living off base in stateside areas will increase an average of 6.9 percent in January to keep pace with local rental costs. The new BAH rates will pump an additional $1 billion into service member paychecks in 2009, raising total BAH […]

Act makes claim filing too tedious

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist In the last decade, the Department of Veterans Affairs has doubled the number of disability claim processors on staff, and yet the average time to process a claim has climbed during that period from four months to six. From January 2007 through June 2008, as VA added 2,700 claim processors […]

Housing woes not affecting Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Home prices in Clovis rose 9.3 percent in 2008. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Local and state marketers are optimistic the housing crisis gripping the nation is not likely to affect New Mexico, and could possibly miss Clovis. According to numbers released Tuesday from the Realtors Association of New […]

Business Feature: Mower problems usually gas-related

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Doug Bowman of Valley Mower Clinic does a recoil for a miniature tiller Monday afternoon. Mower repair shop owners around Clovis say the biggest issues they deal with are small fixes for gardening tools or gasoline issues with lawn mowers. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The temperatures are rising […]

AAA New Mexico weekend gas watch

AAA NEW MEXICO’s WEEKEND GAS WATCH Second week of higher New Mexico gasoline prices, fourth week of lower National prices (Albuquerque, New Mexico – February 8, 2008) – The New Mexico gasoline price average has increased 3.2 cents over the past two consecutive weeks, while the national average has decreased 12.9 cents over the past […]

Feb. 1: AAA New Mexico weekend gas watch

AAA NEW MEXICO’s WEEKEND GAS WATCH New Mexico’s average higher than neighboring states (Albuquerque, New Mexico – February 1, 2008) – New Mexico’s average price per gallon of gasoline is highest in comparison to neighboring states: New Mexico      $2.966 Colorado        $2.908 Arizona         $2.881 Texas           $2.874 Oklahoma        $2.867 The New Mexico average for regular […]

Jan. 25, A.A.A. N.M. gas watch

Albuquerque – Gasoline prices in all of the AAA New Mexico Weekend Gas Watch Communities have declined for two consecutive weeks, except for Durango.  The New Mexico average gasoline price per gallon has dropped 3.8 cents and the national average is down 9.7 cents since January 11, 2008. The New Mexico average for regular unleaded […]

Weekend gas watch: AAA N.M.

AAA NEW MEXICO’s WEEKEND GAS WATCH Gasoline Price Rollercoaster (Albuquerque, New Mexico – January 18, 2008) –Gasoline prices in New Mexico are down this week after rising for the last two weeks.  The national gasoline price average is down this week following three weeks of incline. The New Mexico average for regular unleaded gasoline of […]

Property owners feeling pressure

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Robert Garcia loves the home he and his wife share in Clovis, a three-bedroom, two-bath brick house he considers average. The Garcias are planning to move for a possible promotion with Robert’s computer job, and he’s shared a problem with average Americans in trying to sell his house. A […]

Farm bill lacking reform promised

By Freedom New Mexico Democrats took control of Congress vowing to take a fresh look at wasteful programs and spending priorities. The expiration of the federal farm program — it has to be renewed every five years — was a golden opportunity to put some substance behind those promises. Crop prices are high, and farmers […]

Officials:Sorghum harvests plentiful

By Casey Peacock: Freedom New Mexico Grain sorghum farmers are reporting an above average year with yields double and even triple the average, according to area producers and officials. “It is probably one of the better crops we’ve had in the past five years,” said Toby Bostwick, Curry County farmer and president-elect for the National […]

Area gas prices unreasonably high

I have traveled extensively this past year and find gas much cheaper in other communities and states. On Friday, AAA New Mexico reported the average price for gas in Tucson, Ariz., was at $2.67 per gallon. The average was $2.75 in Denver and $2.81 in Amarillo. The average price in Texas was $2.69 per gallon. […]

Women don’t belong in combat

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist Women were first admitted to West Point in 1976 after President Ford signed legislation opening the nation’s service academies to females. For the class of 2011, more women than ever entered West Point, bringing the number of female cadets to 225, which is 17 percent of the class. This is […]

Summer not expected to sizzle

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Javier Naranjo, 10, of Clovis enjoys a snow cone Monday. His grandmother, Sylvia Cordova, bought the snow cone to cool him off. The temperature reached 88 degrees Monday. CNJ staff This spring’s wet and cool weather is expected to continue into the summer, according to a weather expert. As of […]