Housing allowances increase for new year

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) will increase an average of 3.5 percent next year for the nearly 950,000 service members who live off base stateside. Some BAH recipients will see their housing allowance rise two to three times the average percentage increase while others will see no BAH raise in [...]

Portales increases graduation rates

By Tony Parra The Portales Schools District has already met one requirement of the adequately yearly progress guidelines by improving its high school graduation rate from 87 percent for the 2003-04 school year to 94 percent in 2004-05 school year. The district had more than 150 students graduate, but Priscilla Mestas, assistant superintendent and director [...]

Water: Pumping rates exceed replenishment

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The Ogallala Aquifer, which provides much of the water to Curry County and other parts of eastern New Mexico, may never be replenished. That was the ominous message delivered to city officials at Thursday’s city commission meeting. Pumping rates have exceeded replenishment rates by such a wide margin over the [...]

PNT subscription rates on the rise

PNT Staff Because of rising business costs, Portales News-Tribune subscription rates will increase beginning Jan. 1. The price of individual papers will remain 50 cents for weekdays and $1 for Sundays. Subscription rates still will provide a savings, compared to “off-the-rack” prices, for those receiving home delivery and for those getting the paper through the [...]

Ute pipeline may cause water rates to double

Jack King TUCUMCARI — Monthly water rates in some area communities could double or triple once the Ute water pipeline is in place, a financial study says. The rates of all communities participating in the project would rise and beyond some communities’ capacities to pay without various types of support, Clovis Public Works Director Harry [...]