Tuition rate, fees will increase at ENMU

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents voted Thursday to increase tuition, fees, and room and board by about 6 percent for the 2008-2009 academic year. Tuition rates will go up from $1,116 to $1,182 per semester for a full-time student. Student fees will go up from $462 […]

Human Services Department Increases Medicaid Dental Provider Rates

Human Services Department Increases Medicaid Dental Provider Rates Rate Increase and Other Improvements to Encourage More Dental Participation in the Medicaid Program Santa Fe, New Mexico – The New Mexico Human Services Department has increased Medicaid dental provider rates by ten percent, the first increase since 1999.   “This is something that had to be done […]

Domenici announces energy tax increase

DOMENICI STATEMENT ON HOUSE ENERGY TAX INCREASES             WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Pete Domenici, ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement regarding House passage of an $18 billion tax increase on domestic oil and natural gas production:             “Here we go again.  The House of Representatives has […]

Winter weather advisory in effect

From Ken De Los Santos, emergency management coordinator for Clovis and Curry County: WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 11 PM MST THIS EVENING INCLUDES CURRY AND ROOSEVELT COUNTIES THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 11 PM MST THIS EVENING. SNOW […]

Sundance Ranch raising adoption fees

Due to rising costs in food and veterinary care for the animals at the Sundance Ranch Feline Sanctuary. We have been forced to increase our adoption fees. The new fees which began on January 1st of this year are $40.00 for cats one-year and older and $50 for kittens less than one-year of age. The […]

Minimum wage going up Jan. 1

Sarah Meyer, CNJ News editor New Mexico employees working at minimum wage jobs will get a 65-cent per hour pay raise Tuesday, but local business owners say the increase is likely to cause more problems than it solves. The state minimum wage jumps to $6.50 an hour beginning Tuesday from the current federal minimum wage […]

Future of juvenile detention center clouded

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County could lose its juvenile detention center if it does not add more detention officers, according to jail officials. Newly hired County Manager Lance Pyle said the county did not meet staffing requirements during an annual evaluation last month by the state Children, Youth and Families Department. He […]

Power company trying to correct rate increase information

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission has received more than 700 comments about a proposed rate hike for Xcel Energy, a case manager with Xcel said. Most of those comments stem from false information, an Xcel spokesman said. Xcel’s Wes Reeves said the proposed increase, filed in May, is […]

Commission rejects fire department pay increase

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission voted down a proposed pay increase for city fire department employees. The plan called for using about $240,000 from five vacant firefighter positions to increase the pay of about 50 middle-range jobs, which includes paramedic, lieutenant and driver/operator posts. Commissioner Robert Sandoval, who voted against […]

Xcel proposes increase, plans upgrades

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Energy company Xcel Energy is proposing a base-rate increase from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The electric and natural gas company is seeking an overall increase of 6.6 percent from all customer classes. Residential rates would increase by 7.3 percent a month for an average household that uses […]

School meal prices rising

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm told the school board at Tuesday’s meeting there would be an increase of 25 or 35 cents per meal depending on the amount of the district’s food bid in July. She said the last increase of 10 cents was in 2001. Citing higher transportation and food […]

Water rates increasing up to 13 percent

CNJ staff Clovis customers of New Mexico American Water will pay up to 13 percent more for water, according to a New Mexico Public Regulation Commission spokesman. The PRC on Tuesday OK’d the rate increase, pending a final staff review of certain cost adjustments by New Mexico American Water, the PRC’s John Arnold said. New […]

Board awards superintendent 5 percent raise

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis Schools Superinten-dent Rhonda Seidenwurm will receive the same 5 percent pay raise other school district employees on average will receive. The school board approved Seidenwurm’s pay increase at Tuesday’s meeting. Her current annual salary was increased $6,425 to $134,925 effective July 1. “It’s a vote of confidence,” Seidenwurm […]

Local Roundup: Hearing to evaluate new Novak evidence

CNJ staff The Air Force reopened an Article 32 hearing in the case of a Cannon Air Force Base airman accused of killing his wife in 2004, according to Cannon officials. The hearing, which begins today, will evaluate new testimony and evidence in the case, officials said. Airman Edward Novak II was charged with premeditated […]

Schools’ budget could get 6.5 percent boost

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Clovis Municipal Schools’ budget for the 2007-2008 school year is expected to top $50 million, a 6.5 percent increase from last year. School board members OK’d the introduction of the $51.3 million budget at Tuesday’s meeting. They will vote on its final approval May 22. Salaries account for the […]

ENMU regents OK tuition hike

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Higher education costs are going up across the state and nation, and Eastern New Mexico University will be no different. The ENMU Board of Regents took care of a lengthy agenda Friday, much of which involved discussion of tuition, fees and boarding increases at the university. The meeting also addressed […]

Proposal ups tax component 33 percent

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer One component of property taxation would increase approximately 33 percent in 2008 under a finance plan proposed for Clovis Municipal Schools, which would cause an overall property tax increase of about 6 percent. Under the proposed plan, an owner of a home valued at $100,000 would see a tax […]

Recommendation downsizes rate hike

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor A state Public Regulation Commission hearing examiner recommended a smaller water rate increase for the city’s water provider, according to a PRC document. Hearing examiner Elizabeth Hurst recommended in her Feb. 12 report a 12.6-percent hike, which would generate about $1 million annually in additional revenue for New Mexico […]

Division might cure federal budget busting

By Freedom Newspapers We’re about to find out whether divided government really means more prudent spending by the government, as some of us have hoped. President Bush’s $2.9 trillion budget spending proposal, delivered Monday, offers a small dollop of hope. Whether the newly empowered Democratic majority in Congress shreds it by insisting on higher domestic […]

State minimum wage bill flies through Senate

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Moving with a speed that surprised some legislators, the state Senate approved a minimum wage bill 35-7 late Friday, sending it to the House before a House version had a chance to get on track. Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, said she’s fundamentally opposed to a state minimum wage and believes […]