Base population increase boosting rental market

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico It’s never been too difficult for Clovis’ Bill Johnson to rent out a house. But he’s not sure if it’s every been quite this easy. “I’m getting a lot of calls right now on rentals,” said Johnson, who’s received about 40 calls for five rental units in the last […]

Enrollment increases at ENMU

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer As the new school year begins, Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble expects enough of an increase in credit hours taken to earn more money from the state. Freshmen and transfer applications and the number of returning students look strong, he said. “I will be surprised if our […]

U.S. agriculture secretary backs dairy relief proposal

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture has committed to temporarily raise the price the federal Department of Agriculture will pay for dairy products, providing the director of the U.S. Office of Management and the Budget approves the move. In a meeting with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and other senators […]

Press release: Xcel Energy, customer groups reach agreement on New Mexico base rate increase

ROSWELL – Xcel Energy’s Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS) has reached an agreement with New Mexico customer groups to increase base rates, a measure driven in large part by the costs of new power generation and the increases in the cost of doing business. SPS has submitted the agreement to the New Mexico Public Regulation […]

Xcel delays submitting rate revision

Freedom New Mexico An Xcel Energy spokesman said Wednesday the company has postponed filing its revised rate increase request. Spokesman Wes Reeves said the revised request will be significantly lower than the 6.2 percent increase orginally sought last December. Reeves said the new filing could be presented Friday to the state Public Regulatory Commission.

ENMU regents approve room and board rate increase

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents approved a 3-percent increase Tuesday in room and board rates for the next school year. The rate increase was approved on a 3-1 vote, with Student Regent Robert Wachter the lone dissenter. Vice President of Student Affairs Judith Haislett said the […]

Finance comittee to meet

PNT Staff Report The Finance/Administration Committee of the Portales City Council is set to meet at 3 p.m. Thursday in City Hall. The agenda includes discussion of changes to policy and a fee increase for the Memorial Building, a salary increase for the municipal judge, discussion of senior and Portales Area Transit transportation and recreation […]

Southwest Cheese expanding

Freedom New Mexico A $90 million expansion at Southwest Cheese will increase its milk processing capacity by one-third and bring approximately 50 full-time jobs to the area. Production at the Clovis plant is expected to increase from 7 million pounds of milk processed a day to 10.5 million pounds and a daily production capacity of […]

Annexation up for city council discussion

The Portales City Council is set to consider an increase in the municipal judge’s salary and a notice of intent dealing with the Stratton Annexation. The council meets 7 p.m. today at City Hall. The agenda also includes a notice of intent to change the zoning of annexation to R-2, a contract for banking services […]

Excise fee increase would nick car owners

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

Feb. 12, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 37 Vehicle taxes: A bill (HB649) sponsored by Rep. Bobby Gonzales, D-Taos, would increase the state’s motor vehicle excise tax from 3 to 4 percent. Raising the tax by 1 percent is expected to create $40 million in revenue in the 2010 fiscal year. Most of the money, 60 percent, would […]

VA health enrollment will increase

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist An estimated 258,000 middle-income veterans with no service-connected health conditions will be allowed by late June to enroll in the VA health care system.

Donations to Salvation Army programs increase

By Jenna DeWitt: Freedom New Mexico Despite economic hard times, Clovis and Portales still gave generously to the Salvation Army’s three holiday programs, Red Kettles, Angel Tree and The Empty Stocking Fund. Monetary donations were up 16 percent, according to Salvation Army figures. The biggest increase was in kettle collections, which helped offset a 27-percent […]

Domestic violence calls suddenly increase

By Sharna Johnson: Freedm New Mexico Whether it’s the strained economy, the holidays, population changes or something else area law enforcement leaders can’t be certain. But what they do know is they are seeing an increase in domestic violence calls in recent months. In Clovis, calls for assistance in domestic disputes have risen moderately. In […]

Xcel seeks to increase rates

Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

Increased BAH rates announced

By Tom Philpott: PNT 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 […]

Ambulance fees to increase

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PNT Staff Report

Property taxes going up in county

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Portales residents will see a 3 mill increase on their 2008 property taxes. Other Roosevelt County residents will see a rate increase of 1 to 2 mills. Taxes on a $50,000 home will jump from $408 to $456, according to Roosevelt County Chief Deputy Assessor Royene Tivis. A mill […]

Smart driving, vehicle maintenance can save gas

By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer With gas at an average of $3.99 a gallon consumers are looking for ways to improve and increase their gas mileage. Automobile manufacturers are developing newer vehicles that are fuel efficient. But what about people who are trying to get the best mileage possible from an older vehicle? Local […]