Meetings watch: Commission approves pay raise for elected county officials

At a meeting Tuesday Curry County commissioners: • Approved a contract for a fund manager to handle some of the county’s investments and renewed an agreement with Eastern Plains Council of Governments. • Approved cost of living and merit pay increases for county employees that would allow departments to use 1.5 percent of their individual […]

Nurse hoping to raise awareness with cancer education

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Kim Adams changes a bag of medicine for one of her patients at Plains Regional Medical Center’s Cancer Center. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer After years helping cancer patients, an award-winning nurse is planning ways to educate people about cancer at next month’s Relay for Life cancer-research fundraiser. Kim […]

Cigarette tax hike proposed

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican Anti-tobacco advocates say they have one way to help the state solve its budget crisis and help prevent smoking: Raise the tobacco tax in the state by $1 a pack. The idea could bring in $29.7 million in the first year. Although a bill has yet to […]

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 […]

Raise, ‘Wellness’ plan get OK

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Military members will get a 3.9 percent pay raise in January. But the fiscal 2009 defense authorization approved by Congress on Saturday does not include a House-passed plan to set military pay raises through 2013 a half percentage point higher than private sector wage growth. The new defense bill will […]

Groups seeking funds for city welcome signs

CNJ staff The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce and the Clovis Rotary Club are trying to raise $7,000 for a beautification project for the city. The project would erect welcome signs on the four main entry ways into the city. “This is a community-wide project that will enhance the entrance into the city on all […]

First person: Passion for art

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ramona Beltran likes to paint sculptures of Indians. She thinks it’s because of the Indian in her blood. Ramona Beltran is known as the ceramics lady at the Friendship Senior Center. Beltran pours, fires and paints ceramic figurines that the center sells to raise money. The passion: I’ve done the […]

Band members go the distance to raise funds

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High tuba player Zach Balli, senior, heads out with the rest of the band from their second break at Yucca Middle School Saturday during the band’s march-a-thon fundraiser. The band marched 8 miles around the city. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer For Jesika Trujillo, getting up at 8 […]

Reporter’s notebook: Riders raise funds

A woman and her husband traveling 6,000 miles by motorcycle to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation will be in Clovis Friday to receive a donation from the Elks Lodge, according to Elks Chairman Tom Pacholke. Pacholke said the Clovis Elks Lodge will present Debbie Argel Bastian with $1,000 around 9:30 a.m. at […]

VA loan ceilings may be on rise

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist With thousands of service members and veterans having lost homes or facing foreclosure as the mortgage crisis continues, lawmakers are pushing legislation to raise VA loan ceilings, lower VA funding fees and expand the VA’s ability to help veterans refinance loans they can’t afford. The Department of Veterans Affairs, meanwhile, […]