Housing allowance rates raised

Basic Allowance for Housing paid to a million service members living off base in stateside areas will rise an average of 2 percent Jan. 1. BAH for a typical enlisted member, in pay grade E-6 with dependents, will increase by an average of about $35 a month. BAH for a typical officer, a married O-3, […]

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 […]

Unemployment rates drop in Curry, Roosevelt

Sharna Johnson Monthly unemployment numbers in Curry and Roosevelt counties dipped to rates that haven’t been seen in two years and officials are crediting expanding industries as the reason. The most current data available from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions shows in April, Curry County’s unemployment dropped to 4.2 percent and Roosevelt County’s […]

Our viewpoint: Student loan default rates at record highs

High school graduates have long been told, “A college education is always a good investment.” Student loan debt? No problem. It’s more than offset by the increased earning potential and better job prospects from a college degree. But, with the cost of tuition rising as fast as the youth unemployment rate, many recent graduates are […]

Committee postpones vote on sanitation fees

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Lifeguards Morris Sharp and Evie Fisher watch over Wednesday afternoon’s “When the Bell Rings” after-school program at the Clovis Wellness Center. The center is one of a many areas where city departments looking for fee increase approvals. If the city commission approves fee increases next Thursday, individual open swims will […]

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, […]

Tres Amigas Superstation granted power to set electricity rates

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo The superstation the Tres Amigas Project is planning to build would connect the country’s three power grids and allow for different types of power, including wind energy, to flow from one grid to another. By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico

Commission passes ordinance for lower landfill rates

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With some quickly withdrawn concerns, an ordinance to allow for lower landfill rates passed through Thursday’s city commission meeting. The ordinance allows, with prior consent of the city public works director and city manager, to assess charges of $10 per ton to dispose debris resulting from the demolition of […]

Opponents: Project would give Tres Amigas monopoly on power market

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Courtesy illustration Tres Amigas filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in December, seeking approval to charge negotiated transmission rates. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Opponents are lining up against a proposed electric superstation in Curry County, arguing the project would give Tres Amigas a monopoly on the power market. Tres Amigas filed with […]

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 […]

Water rates going up

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CNJ photo illustration: Liliana Castillo New Mexico American Water will increase its rates Thursday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ water rates are going up. New Mexico American Water has announced it will raise its rates 15 percent after receiving approval from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. According to an NMAW news release, […]

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 […]

Study: More students engaging in risky behaviors

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MCT illustration The New Mexico Health and Public Education department’s Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey shows Curry County students are having sex, using alcohol and marijuana and attempting suicide at sometimes much higher rates than the state average. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A new study shows Curry County students are having sex, using […]

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 […]

Survivor benefit often overlooked

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The value of the military Survivor Benefit Plan has climbed sharply over the last three years as a steep drop in SBP annuities, which had hit surviving spouses at age 62, was phased down and then eliminated last April. SBP participation for newly minted retirees, however, has risen only modestly. […]

Adjusting wage rates hinders U.S. workforce

Freedom New Mexico Earlier this month, many people with

Upping energy regulations still not solution

Freedom New Mexico Is the United States reliving the Nixon and Carter eras? Interest rates certainly are well

State raises dental care rates for Medicaid

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The state Human Services Department has raised rates for Medicaid dental providers by 10 percent in what the department secretary says is an effort aimed at encouraging more dentists to serve lower-income New Mexicans. It’s the first increase in the rates since 1999, the department said. “This is something […]

County teen birth rate declines

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Babies born to Curry County young teens in 2006 dropped 18 percent, according to statistics recently released by the New Mexico Department of Health. In Roosevelt County, the number increased 43 percent, statistics show. In 2006, 51 babies were born to Curry County teens 17 years old and under, […]

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 […]