Film incentives must be reasonable

The crafting of the state budget is an exercise in economics, not emotion. I have received hundreds of e-mails from passionate supporters of the film industry, pleading for the Legislature to leave New Mexico’s generous film subsidy unchanged. Almost all of those contacting me appear to believe that this incentive program merely returns to the […]

Sheriff’s office offers designated driving incentives

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff’s Office’s designated driver program is operating through the holidays. Individuals who volunteer to serve as designated drivers are eligible to receive an incentive package at local alcohol establishments, according to a press release. Drivers who sign a pledge will receive a hat, shirt, Coca-Cola products and chips from Frito-Lay, […]

Xcel Energy launches Solar Rewards in New Mexico

Electric customers of Xcel Energy in New Mexico can now apply for Solar*Rewards incentives on small and medium solar photovoltaic (PV) generating systems installed on their homes and businesses. For small and medium systems, Xcel Energy will purchase the Renewable Energy Credits (REC) generated by a customer’s PV system. Credits are purchased at a rate […]

Film industry wins fight to keep incentives

By Robert Not: The New Mexican The sponsor of a legislative effort to kill the state’s popular film-production incentives said Tuesday his bill is dead. Rep. Dennis Kintigh, R-Roswell, acknowledged defeat after film industry supporters passionately argued that the movie business is their economic life blood. HB725 would repeal the 25 percent tax credit and […]

Industrial park helped pull in plant

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis officials knew if they built the Clovis Industrial Park, businesses would come. The city’s nabbing of an $80 million biodiesel plant proves it, according to Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry. He said the park is a major reason Clovis beat out four other New Mexico […]

Governor pushes methane gas initiative

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Local dairy farmers support the idea of turning manure into electricity, and now that Gov. Bill Richardson wants state incentives to encourage the idea, they say it’s more feasible than ever. “Local dairies here have been wanting to do some projects, but we need help,” said Art Schaap, a […]

City being considered for movie

CNJ staff Clovis is being considered as a site for a movie called “Seasons of Dust,” Mayor David Lansford said. Set in 1930, the movie will portray an Oklahoma farming family forced to move to the city after being unable to eke out a living due to dust storms. Lansford said Clovis is being considered […]

Military using creative recruiting

BRODIE HOLLAND

High School junior Todd Brodie, right, talks with U.S. Army recruiter Staff Sgt. Toby Holland on Oct. 18, in Marion, Iowa. (AP photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A recent graduate of both Clovis High School and Marine boot camp is back in Clovis for a short stint as recruiter himself. Marine Pfc. Mathew […]

Fire department workers given incentives

By Ryan Lengerich When the bells go off at Clovis fire station No. 3 and the ambulance sirens are flicked on, Bill Baca doesn’t know who or what he will encounter. The fire department’s driver and paramedic said at least twice each month he will encounter a Spanish-only speaking subject. Baca said he speaks limited […]

Bush effort is a start to reopening immigration talks

President Bush’s new proposal on immigration has at least one virtue. It represents an effort to confront — and begin an open discussion about — an immigration system that is clearly not working. Whether you think immigration should be more restricted or less restricted, the fact that 8 million to 12 million people are in […]

Incentives offered for conserving water

By Mike Linn New incentives for farmers to conserve water in the area lack the compensation funds and may have come too late to save considerable amounts of water in area wells, local conservation specialists said. Financial incentives to save water will never outweigh the income irrigation provides through the harvesting of water-thirsty crops, the […]