City going to taxpayers too often

The Clovis City Commission is attempting to implement yet another increase to the gross receipts tax to fund the city’s portion of the Ute Water Project. This project will bring much needed water to Clovis and surrounding communities. We have been aware of the need and the costs attached for several years. In 2004, the […]

City may raise gross receipts tax next month

Kevin Wilson The first time the Clovis City Commission meets in February, it can vote on an ordinance to increase the city’s gross receipts tax rate. That’s because the first time the commission met in January, it approved the introduction of that ordinance. A .25 percent increase could be voted on as soon as Feb. […]

Minimum wage increase adjustments ongoing

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Terri White, front, labels, wraps and feeds jalapeno peanut brittle into a machine while Fawn Goodwin packages the candies into cartons Thursday after they are sealed by the machine. Leslie’s Candy Co. owner Greg Southard said he cut his staff size and brought in machines to compensate for a 2009 […]

Official attributes increase in sexual assault exams to growing awareness

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners report an increase in exams during the month of October. Sharna Johnson October saw a spike in the number of sexual assault exams performed in Curry County, a dynamic Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Director Amber Hamilton attributes to increased awareness. Hamilton said SANE nurses conducted 19 […]

Officials: Proposed property tax increase would retire

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Court officials say a proposed courthouse would keep inmates separate from the public and jurors, a security risk they say the existing courthouse does not address. Sharna Johnson A proposed property tax increase to build a courthouse would retire in about 20 years — after the bond is paid off. […]

County manager: Judicial complex operating costs hinge on tax increase

Sharna Johnson It will cost Curry County an estimated $1.2 million more a year to staff and operate a proposed judicial complex. And meeting those operating costs hinges on voters passing an increase in gross receipts tax, according to County Manager Lance Pyle. Voters will decide Nov. 2 if the county will raise taxes to […]

Local bond questions spark contention

Sharna Johnson Whether to build a new judicial complex and jail may prove to be the most contentious local questions voters are asked to answer Nov. 2. The first phase of the proposed project is expected to cost $33 million, split between a .25 percent gross receipts tax increase and a general obligation bond raising […]

Officials: District will need more faculty, staff with student increase

Liliana Castillo Clovis Municipal Schools officials say the district will need more teachers and support staff for a near 1,000-student increase projected by 2013. If voters on Aug. 31 approve a proposed third middle school, most of the new staff will be located at that new school, officials said. Deputy Superintendent of Instruction Cindy Martin […]

Enrollment up in Clovis school districts

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File photo Clovis Municipal Schools and Clovis Christian School saw increases this school year and both schools attribute part of the growth to Cannon Air Force Base. Liliana Castillo Enrollment at Clovis Municipal Schools and Clovis Christian Schools has increased this year. School officials at both schools partially attribute their increases to expansion at Cannon […]

Schools hustling to keep up with fall enrollment increases

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Financial aid specialist Desiree L. Garica , right, trains TymberLee Durham, 16, of Clovis on filling out financial aid verification worksheets Friday at Clovis Community College. Argen Duncan With Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College expecting significant increases in enrollment this fall, employees from both institutions are scrambling […]

Congress should consider USPS privatization

The U.S. Postal Service has increased rates so often in recent years it came out with the Forever Stamp, which is good for a first-class mailing into the indefinite future. On July 6, the USPS proposed another increase, a two-cent hike, to 46 cents, in 2011. That’s a 4 percent increase. Rates for other types […]

Commissioners to consider tax increases for judicial complex

The question of whether to pass tax increases to pay for a new $33 million judicial complex will be put to Curry County commissioners Wednesday. A plan to develop the complex calls for a general obligation bond of $16.5 million and a .25 percent gross receipts tax increase to be voted on in the November […]

Don’t put blame on Blue Cross

By Paul Gessing: Guest columnist There has recently been a great deal of consternation and concern over the rate increase enacted by Blue Cross Blue Shield New Mexico (BCBS). The company, a “mutual” firm legally obligated to re-invest any profits back into the company, had originally requested a 24.6 percent rate increase. Then, just as […]

Press Release: PRMC program to increase organ donations

In honor of National Donate Life month in April, Plains Regional Medical Center is helping to save lives by launching a hospital and community campaign to increase organ and tissue donation education and registrations.

Utility seeking Texas rate increase

CNJ staff Xcel Energy’s Texas-based operating company, Southwestern Public Service Company, is seeking a 7 percent overall retail rate increase in Texas to recover recent investments in the power lines, substations and workforce. Riley Hill, president and CEO of SPS, said the increase in rates is needed because the regional economy is changing and growing, […]

Press release: Xcel Energy files for increase in Texas base rates

AMARILLO – Xcel Energy’s Texas-based operating company, Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS), is seeking a 7 percent overall retail rate increase in Texas that will recover recent investments in the power lines, substations and workforce necessary to maintain and sustain regional economic and industrial growth. Riley Hill, president and CEO of Southwestern Public Service Company, […]

N.M. lawmakers OK $200 million tax increase package

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — The state Legislature approved a measure Wednesday to raise taxes by more than $200 million next year to help balance the state budget, the largest tax increase package in more two decades. Passage of the measure moved lawmakers close to the finish line of a politically […]

BAH rates adjusted for rental markets

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to nearly a million service members living off base in stateside areas will increase an average of 2.5 percent in January to keep up with rising rental costs. But in 158 military housing areas — 43 percent of the total nationwide — current BAH […]

2010 BAH rates released

Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan and Jenna Zamie The U.S. Department of Defense released the 2010 military Basic Allowance for Housing rates online Wednesday. Rates are different for each pay grade and base. At Cannon Air Force Base, most personnel are receiving an increase of less than 5 percent, according to rates on the department […]

Burglary awareness should increase during holiday season

Every Christmas Holiday Season there are several reported vehicle and home burglaries in which the victim’s property was targeted as a crime of opportunity. Doors to vehicles and homes had been left unlocked by the victims and the burglars were looking for such unsecured property as an easy opportunity to steal. The other issue is […]