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 […]