Officials: Gas price increase a spring ritual

Tonjia Rolan Gas prices are creeping higher, a spring ritual according to officials. There is some talk of gas reaching $4 and even $5 per gallon this summer. New Mexicans are paying 7 cents more per gallon this week than last — an average of $3.36 per gallon on Thursday — and 20 cents per […]

BAH rates increase

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Christina Calloway The Department of Defense’s Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) given to service members living off base increased at most pay grades

ENMU sets record enrollment

Eastern New Mexico University has set another enrollment record with 5,574 students for the fall semester, an increase of 9.7 percent over last year’s previous record of 5,080 students. The previous record was 4,685 students set in the 2009 fall semester, according to a press release from the university. Student credit hours, which higher education […]

Thursday morning briefing: The price of lunch, a new house and full rights granted

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. No free lunch Clovis Municipal Schools’ students who buy regular priced lunches will see a 5-cent per meal increase beginning in August with the 2011-2012 school year. Prices will increase from $1.75 to $1.80 per meal for elementary school students and from $2 to […]

Committee votes to increase fees

The House Armed Services Committee has endorsed key portions of the Obama administration’s plan to begin to raise out-of-pocket costs modestly for some TRICARE beneficiaries, particularly working-age retirees. The committee voted early Thursday to allow the first bump in TRICARE Prime enrollment fees in more than 15 years. Retirees not yet eligible for Medicare would […]

ENMU to seek tuition increase

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University administration is recommending a 6.5 percent tuition increase for next year, Director of Media Relations Wendel Sloan said Thursday. For the increase to become effective, the Board of Regents would have to approve it. The next Regents meeting is April 26.

Xcel seeks rate increase to pay for upgrades

Thomas Garcia Xcel Energy is seeking a 6.9 percent overall increase in New Mexico base rates.Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said the proposed increase was filed Monday at the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) meeting in Santa Fe.

ENMU enrollment continues to increase

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Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University will almost certainly break last year’s spring enrollment record, the university president has said. President Steven Gamble said census day is in two weeks, so enrollment numbers aren’t official yet. “It looks very good, though,” he said. Compared to last spring, Gamble expects head counts to be up between […]

Year in Review: Agriculture producers had good year

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PNT staff report Agriculture this year saw good harvests overall, an increase in cotton and a little relief for dairy owners. Floyd farmer Allen Deen said Roosevelt County had 75 percent more cotton than normal this year, and Kenny Whitecotton of Strippers Custom Harvesting estimated the county had 5,000 to 6,000 acres of the crop. […]

Schools hustling to keep up with fall enrollment increases

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Argen Duncan With Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College expecting significant increases in enrollment this fall, employees from both institutions are scrambling to keep up, officials say. Lisa Spencer, director of marketing at CCC, said the school had 1,025 students enrolled for the coming fall semester, compared to 667 this time last year, […]

Southwestern Public Service Company seeking Texas rate increase

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy’s Texas-based operating company, Southwestern Public Service Company, is seeking a 7 percent overall retail rate increase in Texas to recover recent investments in the power lines, substations and workforce. Riley Hill, president and CEO of SPS, said the increase in rates is needed because the regional economy is changing and […]

ENMU raising tuition, fees next year

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents voted Tuesday to increase tuition and fees at all three of its campuses next year. Regents Randy Harris, Chad Lydick, Marshall Stinnett and Pauline Ponce voted Tuesday for the increases. Student Regent Robert Wachter voted against them. Tuition and fees at […]

County could see property tax increases

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Many Roosevelt County property owners are facing an increase in property values for 2010, which could mean an increase in tax payments. For property the state Taxation and Revenue Department determined to be undervalued, rates are to increase 3 percent a year for residential property and 20 percent a […]

N.M. lawmakers OK $200 million tax increase package

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — The state Legislature approved a measure Wednesday to raise taxes by more than $200 million next year to help balance the state budget, the largest tax increase package in more two decades. Passage of the measure moved lawmakers close to the finish line of a politically […]

Dems back tax increase for wealthy

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Despite the fact that Gov. Bill Richardson and conservative Democrats who control the state Senate are opposed increasing taxes, a band of lawmakers Thursday are proposing various tax hikes. And one senator in the newly formed group called the Working Families Caucus, told reporters there are 22 votes in […]

BAH rates adjusted for rental markets

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to nearly a million service members living off base in stateside areas will increase an average of 2.5 percent in January to keep up with rising rental costs. But in 158 military housing areas — 43 percent of the total nationwide — current BAH […]

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 […]

ENMU administrators mull tuition increase

PNT Staff Report At the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents meeting at the ENMU-Roswell campus Thursday afternoon, Regents: • heard the administration is looking into tuition increases, departmental cuts in supplies and services, and leaving vacated positions unfilled to deal with possible cuts in legislative appropriations, said President Steven Gamble. The worst-case scenario […]

Empty stocking program starts Friday

Freedom New Mexico The number of children the Salvation Army is hoping to help has almost doubled this holiday season, according to Maj. Kevin Ray. Friday the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune will launch their annual Empty Stocking program in partnership with The Salvation Army. Every day until Christmas, a local family in need […]

TRICARE increase stuns retirees

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Defense health officials didn’t do the Obama administration any favor last week when they announced a “small” increase in the daily fee that military retirees under 65, their families and covered survivors must pay for inpatient care in civilian hospitals under TRICARE Standard starting Oct. 1. The jump, in fact, […]