Bill could raise utility costs

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Local electricity providers expect customer costs to go up if a proposed federal cap-and-trade climate legislation passes the U.S. Senate without changes. This summer, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, which has a number of provisions to limit carbon emissions […]

City to ask BNSF for payment extension

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The City of Clovis, hoping to cover costs through the federal economic stimulus program, decided to ask Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad

Health care overhaul will prove costly

Freedom New Mexico You have to admit it takes a certain amount of chutzpah to try to sell expanding the role of government in health care as a way of controlling costs and improving services. Yet judging by recent statements and his speech Monday to the American Medical Association, that has become one of President […]

Meals program fights costs with bubbles

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Albuquerque Journal halts local home deliveries

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Falling on hard financial times, the Albuquerque Journal is canceling distribution of its paper to more than 30 New Mexico towns including Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari. The paper will terminate home delivery and rack sales in outlying communities on Jan. 31 because of falling advertising revenue and rising production […]

Increased BAH rates announced

By Tom Philpott: CNJ 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 […]

Education feature: Students help cut energy costs

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Halli Heath, 10, is a member of one of Mesa Elementary School’s green teams, which monitor classrooms after school for left on lights and computers. They also turn down thermostats in the rooms. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer As the school empties out each day, a select group of […]

Business feature: Clovis flights on rise

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer High fuel costs may have grounded private pilots in Clovis but they have played a hand in the increase of passengers flying out of Clovis in the last year, according to Clovis Municipal Airport Director Steve Summers. And more use of the airport is expected as Cannon Air Force […]

Board hopes turf change offsets costs

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer In an effort to cut down on water costs the Clovis Water Policy Advisory Board will recommend to the city commission seeding certain parks with water-saving grass. The board unanimously approved Tuesday the recommendation from the Parks and Recreation Department during its regular monthly meeting. Clovis Parks and Recreation […]

Xcel Energy proposes rate increase

CNJ staff Xcel Energy is requesting a 5.9 percent base rate increase in Texas to offset increasing infrastructure costs. Xcel filed a proposal of a base rate increase with the Public Utility Commission of Texas and area municipalities served by the company, according to Wes Reeves of Xcel Energy. He said Xcel also included in […]

Stimulus payments being used for daily living costs

Staff and wire reports Many Americans allowed themselves to fantasize about large-screen TVs, bigger vacations and other luxuries when they learned of the federal rebates they’d be getting this spring and early summer. Or maybe they’d pay off a credit card or set the rebate aside for a big purchase in the future, notwithstanding Washington’s […]

Air conditioning worth the costs?

Glenda Price Those of us who live in the Southwest — not in the mountains, not in houses with thick adobe walls — have to deal with a summertime that lives up to its name, especially in times of drought, which is nearly all the time. So we have to deal with air conditioners. Since […]

Bad combination

Mayoral candidate Tim Ashley thinks it would be a good idea to merge city and county government into one. Editors asked readers what they think about that idea. Gerald Majewski’s response: “That’s just like combining the church and state.” Bob Baker’s response: “The goal of consolidation of should be overall cost savings and that is […]

Cost savings key to Ashley idea

Mayoral candidate Tim Ashley thinks it would be a good idea to merge city and county government into one. Editors asked readers what they think about that idea. Bob Baker’s response: “The goal of consolidation of should be overall cost savings and that is usually accomplished by spreading the costs over a larger number of […]

Financial tools key to success

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Guest columnist Managing a business’ finances can be a huge undertaking. It can be a daunting task to connect how an increase in advertisement will impact sales, and most importantly, how the increase will affect the balance sheet. There are financial tools available to help decide how to raise wages or change […]

Personally paying for health costs would be best fix

By Freedom New Mexico America is rushing to a pivotal decision that could dictate the nature of health care for decades to come. Escalating costs, rising consumer demand, coupled with employers reducing benefits are creating widespread unease. These and related converging factors guarantee change is coming. The question is whether Americans will succumb to the […]

Energy market doesn’t need Congress’ help

By Freedom Newspapers Always in search of a gimmicky way to mass market lousy ideas, some members of Congress have been lining up behind something called the 25 X 25 plan. The plan would set the country on the course of getting 25 percent of its electricity and motor fuels from so-called renewables by 2025. […]

Xcel proposes increase, plans upgrades

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer 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 […]

Carbon tax may be best way to halt polluters

Freedom Newspapers Michigan Congressman John Dingell, a Democrat who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, through which any major climate change measures must pass, is calling the bluff of colleagues who demand that something, anything, everything be done to address global warming. And while Dingell’s gambit might backfire, given the atmosphere of alarmism that […]

$54 million pants lawsuit abuses judicial system

By Freedom Newspapers Washington, D.C., administrative law judge Roy Pearson last week lost his $54 million case against his drycleaners for losing a pair of his pants. Fifty-four million dollars. Over a pair of pants. Thankfully, he lost the case, but why was such an absurd lawsuit even allowed to get that far? Not surprisingly, […]