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 inpatient costs increase for fiscal 2010

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Every year the costs for TRICARE-covered inpatient services are reviewed and are subject to change. For the coming fiscal 2010, which runs Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, 2010, there is an increase for some out-of-pocket costs paid by TRICARE Standard beneficiaries at civilian hospitals for inpatient care […]

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, […]

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 […]