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 [...]