Report shows assault, theft rates increase

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Assault and theft rates were up this year in Portales, but the crime rate is still lower than most communities, according to city police. At Thursday’s Portales City Council meeting, Police Chief Jim Gill and Capt. Lonnie Berry presented their department’s report for 2008. According to department records, there [...]

Unemployment rates rise in Roosevelt, Curry counties

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By Gabe Monte: Freedom New Mexico Local economic development experts said Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a special operations wing has softened the blow of unemployment in the area. New Mexico’s unemployment rate climbed to 4.9 percent in December, a 53 percent jump from 3.2 percent a year ago. Smaller increases occurred in Curry [...]

Deputy rates TRICARE ‘C+ or B-’

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Too many beneficiaries of the military direct-care health system still can’t get timely appointments, or reach doctors after hours, or establish a close family-doctor relationship with a single military physician or group. For these reasons and more , Army Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Elder Granger, deputy director of TRICARE and a [...]

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 [...]

July 24, 1952

The Portales City Council was asked to give Portales citizens another chance to pave their streets on a volunteer basis. The rates for a 32-foot street were $4.95 and up to an 80-foot street was $9.35 and would be completed by a contractor.

Energy rates set to increase

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Energy company Xcel Energy is proposing a base-rate increase from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The electric and natural gas company is seeking an overall increase of 6.6 percent from all customer classes. Residential rates would increase by 7.3 percent a month for an average household that uses about [...]

Roosevelt County Electric Coop to hike rates

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Rising costs for oil and gas as well as wood and steel are forcing Roosevelt County Electric Coop to raise rates for their more than 6,000 customers for the first time in more than 22 years. In a letter mailed to all members earlier this month, the Coop announced [...]

Water rates increasing up to 13 percent

Freedom Newspapers Clovis customers of New Mexico American Water will pay up to 13 percent more for water, according to a New Mexico Public Regulation Commission spokesman. The PRC on Tuesday OK’d the rate increase, pending a final staff review of certain cost adjustments by New Mexico American Water, the PRC’s John Arnold said. New [...]

Funds moved to help control odor problem

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors approved a $250,000 transfer from utility fund reserves to pay for a short-term fix for odors emanating from the wastewater treatment plant during a special meeting Monday. They also used the opportunity to review a water, wastewater and solid waste rate study. Freeing up the reserve [...]