Officials: Gas price increase a spring ritual

Tonjia Rolan Gas prices are creeping higher, a spring ritual according to officials. There is some talk of gas reaching $4 and even $5 per gallon this summer. New Mexicans are paying 7 cents more per gallon this week than last — an average of $3.36 per gallon on Thursday — and 20 cents per […]

Commission OKs property tax rates

Freedom New Mexico Curry County Commissioners on Thursday approved new property tax rates for 2011 that should mean no increases or only slight increases to most property owners, according to County Assessor Tim Lyman. Lyman said the new rates do include an increase to some Melrose property owners of about 4 mils. That increase to […]

ENMU sets another enrollment record

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University has set another enrollment record with 5,574 students for the fall semester, an increase of 9.7 percent over last year’s previous record of 5,080 students. The previous record was 4,685 students set in the 2009 fall semester, according to a press release from the university. Student credit hours, […]

Thursday morning briefing: The price of lunch, a new house and full rights granted

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. No free lunch Clovis Municipal Schools’ students who buy regular priced lunches will see a 5-cent per meal increase beginning in August with the 2011-2012 school year. Prices will increase from $1.75 to $1.80 per meal for elementary school students and from $2 to […]

City officials announce pay increase

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield thanked city employees for their work during a press conference Tuesday at City Hall. City officials announced a 2 percent pay increase for city employees. Liliana Castillo Clovis city officials announced Tuesday in a press conference that they will be bringing a 2 percent pay increase […]

Report: Suicides, accidental deaths up slightly in 2010

Sharna Johnson There was a slight increase in suicides and accidental deaths in Curry County during 2010. The annual report prepared by the state Office of the Medical Investigator shows there were six suicides in 2010, up from four, and 24 accidental deaths, an increase from 21 in 2009. Deaths investigated through autopsy and toxicology […]

Press release: Federal help available for local business

In an effort to combat the high unemployment rate and frozen credit markets, President Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act late last year. The federal government has distributed several million dollars to Small Business Development Centers across all fifty states to help small business begin exporting and increase sales overseas. In New […]

Committee OKs TRICARE increase

The Senate Armed Services Committee has agreed with House colleagues to approve a small increase in TRICARE Prime enrollment fees for working-age retirees, and to allow these fees to be raised annually by the percentage cost-of-living adjustment applied to military retired pay. The vote ensures that TRICARE Prime enrollment fees for individual retirees under age […]

Street fund shows biggest increase in preliminary city budget

Kevin Wilson The Clovis City Commission, during its May 26 meeting, approved a preliminary budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year, totaling $42.22 million A quick look at the budget, which was due to the state’s department of finance and administration before June: What’s the difference between the last two budgets? The preliminary 2010-11 budget was […]

School board passes budget with $11 million increase

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education approved a budget with an increase of more than $11 million Tuesday, despite budget cuts to education across New Mexico. The 2011-2012 budget was approved at $115,633,295. The 2010-2011 budget totaled $104,492,504. CMS Chief Financial Officer Jose Cano said the increase is due largely to the […]

Press release: Bingaman talks about bill to increase judgeships

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reporters about a bill he has introduced to increase New Mexico’s District Court Judges. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman052311m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman talks about a bill he has introduced to authorize […]

New Mexico American Water requests rate increase

CNJ staff Clovis New Mexico American Water customers could see their water bills go up as early as next year if the state Public Regulation Commission approves a requested rate increase. NMAW filed the request Wednesday in an effort to generate money for $8 million of infrastructure investments to provide adequate water to Clovis, according […]

Gross receipts tax election polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today

Kevin Wilson Today is election day for an ordinance that would increase Clovis’ gross receipts tax to pay for the city’s share of the Ute Water Project. Voting runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ordinance 1953-2011 would impose a .25 percent gross receipts tax increase (25 cents per $100 spent on taxable items), for […]

Gross receipts tax election set for Tuesday

Kevin Wilson The city is holding a special election Tuesday for a gross receipts tax increase. Here are some of the basics about the election: What is being voted on? Ordinance 1953-2011 would impose a .25 percent gross receipts tax increase (25 cents per $100 spent on taxable items) for 10 years, to be dedicated […]

City GRT proposal not necessary

Water is the lifeblood of civilization, and something that is in short supply in eastern New Mexico. It should go without saying that most members of the High Plains Patriots (a local tea party group) are in favor of securing a renewable water source for our community. This fact has somehow been distorted in the […]

Gross receipts tax our choice of poison

Freedom New Mexico Studies accepted by city leaders predict Clovis residents will run out of water in about two decades, if not sooner. No one has shown any proof to dispute this dire prediction, though some studies guess the water won’t dry up for a decade or so longer. But there certainly is no debate […]

CCC hikes tuition

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Community College board of trustees approved a third tuition increase in last three years during Wednesday’s board meeting. Tuition will increase $6 for each credit hour beginning in the summer. President John Neibling said the state sets a minimum two year colleges can charge for tuition. While the state doesn’t require […]

ENMU administration recommending tuition increase

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University administration is recommending a 6.5 percent tuition increase for next year, Director of Media Relations Wendel Sloan said Thursday. For the increase to become effective, the Board of Regents would have to approve it. The next Regents meeting is April 26.

Xcel Energy seeking rate increase

Thomas Garcia Xcel Energy is seeking a 6.9 percent increase in New Mexico electricity rates. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said the proposed increase was filed Monday at the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission meeting in Santa Fe. He said the increase is needed to pay for new infrastructure that will improve reliability. Riley Hill, president […]

Commission approves gross receipts tax increase

Kevin Wilson The Clovis City Commission approved a .25 percent gross receipts tax increase, effective July 1, during its meeting Thursday. The tax, which will be in place for 10 years and raises the city’s GRT rate to 7.8125 percent, is expected to generate about $1.5 million annually to help pay the city’s share of […]