Education feature: Wayland Baptist University graduate students increase

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Graduate students are flocking to Wayland Baptist University in Clovis because of its location and professors. This year, 100 more students have come to Wayland to obtain their master’s degrees than last year, according to Wayland officials. Currently, graduate classes average 15-25 students. Last year, the same classes averaged […]

Bill seeks transparency on state spending

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican State expenditures would be displayed online and searchable under a measure the Senate approved Tuesday, one of a few moves that would increase transparency in the Roundhouse this year. Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, who is carrying the measure (SB159), said it would make it easy for people to follow […]

Shelter sees increase in parvo cases

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Chica, an 8-month-old American bulldog, wears a protective cone around her neck and is hooked to an IV to help her recover from parvovirus at the Curry County Animal Hospital. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A recent increase in parvovirus cases among dogs has animal professionals stressing the importance […]

Excise fee increase would nick car owners

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

Feb. 12, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 37 Vehicle taxes: A bill (HB649) sponsored by Rep. Bobby Gonzales, D-Taos, would increase the state’s motor vehicle excise tax from 3 to 4 percent. Raising the tax by 1 percent is expected to create $40 million in revenue in the 2010 fiscal year. Most of the money, 60 percent, would […]

State sees increase in lobbyists

The New Mexican Days remaining in session: 51 A swarm of lobbyists More than 500 lobbyists have registered with the Secretary of State’s Office this session, with another 500 expected. There also are 600 organizations represented by lobbyists. That’s a ratio of 4.46 lobbyists to each of the 112 lawmakers. It’s also a decent amount […]

Public Works Committee proposes road work

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Public Works Committee will recommend to the city commission a $100,000 budget increase for a road improvement project on Purdue Avenue. The project stretches between Thornton and Cameo streets, which draws heavy use from the high school, Bunch said. He said the road is cracked and requires […]

VA health enrollment will increase

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist An estimated 258,000 middle-income veterans with no service-connected health conditions will be allowed by late June to enroll in the VA health care system.

Business feature: City construction up 6 percent

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CNJ staff photo The city issued 154 building permits for new residential and commercial properties in 2008 compared to 145 in 2007, according to city reports. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Construction of new properties in Clovis rose about 6 percent in 2008 from the year before and city officials believe the number will […]

Donations to Salvation Army programs increase

By Jenna DeWitt: CNJ staff writer Despite economic hard times, Clovis and Portales still gave generously to the Salvation Army’s three holiday programs, Red Kettles, Angel Tree and The Empty Stocking Fund. Monetary donations were up 16 percent, according to Salvation Army figures. The biggest increase was in kettle collections, which helped offset a 27-percent […]

Domestic violence calls suddenly increase

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Whether it’s the strained economy, the holidays, population changes or something else area law enforcement leaders can’t be certain. But what they do know is they are seeing an increase in domestic violence calls in recent months. In Clovis, calls for assistance in domestic disputes have risen moderately. In […]

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 […]

Caution urged in light of holiday season

27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron During the holiday season, crime can increase. In the last few weeks, there have been increases in property crimes (i.e., vehicle and home burglaries) in the Clovis area. The majority of these activities were “crimes of opportunity” due to victims presenting an easy target for thieves. Here are a […]

Commissioners opposed to salary increases

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo New Curry County Adult Detention center administrator Lois Patricia Jones-Bean discussed allowing volunteers into the detention center with Clovis’ Joe and Elva Padilla during Tuesday’s meet and greet at the Curry County Courthouse. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners agreed Tuesday not to raise elected official salaries, […]

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 […]

Board approves CCC fee increase

CNJ staff This is a report of Wednesday’s Clovis Community College Board of Trustees Meeting: • Board members approved a fee increase for several courses in the Spring 2009 Semester. CCC President John Neibling said the fees reflect increases in the cost of instructional materials for courses such as welding and cosmetology. • Board members […]

Water company holding meeting on proposed rate increase

CNJ Staff New Mexico American Water officials will hold a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex to discuss a proposed rate increase, according to a company news release. The water company in July filed a rate increase request to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. New Mexico American […]

Parmer, Bailey counties report increases in early voting

CNJ staff Election officials in Paramour and Bailey counties said they are seeing a significant increase in early voting. Early voting in Parmer County has increased about a 50 percent increase, according to Deputy Clerk Gerri Bowers. More than 300 voters so far have taken advantage of early voting, she said Tuesday. In Bailey County, […]

Blood donors needed

BLOOD CENTER ASKS AREA RESIDENTS TO HELP INCREASE

Business feature: Firm helps companies increase productivity

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A unique state-subsidized consulting firm says it can help local businesses increase the bottom line. New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership consults with existing small- and medium-sized manufacturing businesses on how to increase productivity and efficiency through a series of educational classes and seminars. Clovis Industrial Development Corp. business recruiter […]