Ten Commandments hike Saturday

CNJ staff The Boy Scouts annual Ten Commandments hike through Clovis is 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The hike is a cooperative effort between Scouts and various faith groups interested in promoting religious tolerance and knowledge of their faith, according to John Schonberger, a Clovis certified public accountant and scout leader. The hike will […]

City to host town hall meeting on tax hike

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis is hosting a town hall meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library to answer questions and present information about a .25 percent gross receipts tax to pay for the Ute Water Project. Present will be city officials and Eastern New Mexico Water […]

Group: Petition has enough signatures to force special election

Kevin Wilson The High Plains Patriots said they have enough signatures to force a special election on a .25 percent gross receipts tax hike. The citizens group plans to bring the city signatures on Monday, the deadline day established after the Clovis City Commission approved the GRT increase in its Feb. 3 meeting. The group […]

Commission member seeking alternative to tax hike

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Cindy Vaughan of Clovis, right, takes her change Thursday from Cindy Arnold, owner of Pet Logic on north Main Street, while purchasing a sweater for her pet Chihuahua Blackie. Arnold said she files gross receipt taxes every month. Kevin Wilson Clovis’ mayor hates the idea of a tax increase, but […]

Town hall announced on gross receipts tax hike

Kevin Wilson What started as opposition to a tax increase morphed into support Thursday from one Clovis resident. But opposition to a proposed zoning change from a neighborhood of others remained solid. The Clovis City Commission dealt with proposed zone changes, and announced a town hall on a possible gross receipts tax hike, during its […]

Boys Scouts catching ride for Ten Commandments Hike

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ten Commandments Walk event chair John Schonberger maps out churches in Clovis to figure out the scouts route for the annual walk taking place Saturday. Liliana Castillo Clovis’ Boy Scouts will be riding church-to-church Saturday as part of the Ten Commandments Hike. This is the second time the El Llano […]

Congress should consider USPS privatization

The U.S. Postal Service has increased rates so often in recent years it came out with the Forever Stamp, which is good for a first-class mailing into the indefinite future. On July 6, the USPS proposed another increase, a two-cent hike, to 46 cents, in 2011. That’s a 4 percent increase. Rates for other types […]

Boy Scouts plan Ten Commandments hike

CNJ staff The El Llano Grande Boy Scouts District is planning a Ten Commandments hike on May 1. The hike will last from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Participants will be introduced to a variety of faiths and houses of worship. Scouts will hike to churches, avoiding major traffic areas. Each stop will be approximately […]

Tax hike only temporary solution

By Keith Gardner: Guest columnist The day many of us warned of is now here. New Mexico’s budget deficit has risen to somewhere around the $650 million mark. This problem was not just caused by the shrinking economy and the declining state revenue that followed — it was also caused by state government overspending. Between […]

Experience necessary hiking tool

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The clearest memory, the one which stands out above all others, and there are many beautiful ones, was the beginning. 5:15 a.m. Cold to many. Not to me. And we started up the mountain. In all there would be 450 of us. But some of us, who deemed ourselves slower, […]

Xcel decreases proposed rate hike

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy still plans to seek a rate increase, just not as much as orginally planned. Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves Tuesday said the company plans to revise a request filed with the New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission last December seeking a 6.2-percent rate increase. Reeves said Xcel and customers groups have […]

Cub Scouts hosting Ten Commandments hike

CNJ staff The El Llano Grande District of the Boy Scouts of America is hosting a Ten Commandments Hike beginning 8 a.m. Saturday. Co-sponsor of the hike, John Schonberger, said they are expecting about 50 Cub Scouts for the hike. The hike is intended to introduce participants to a variety of faiths and houses of […]

Feeling of reverse deja vu unshakeable

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist We all know that deja vu is the sense that you have lived this moment before. What, however, is the sense that you will live this moment in the future ? English teachers call it a foreshadowing event; I had one of those today. We had my 4-year-old granddaughter Mikayla […]

Residents ask questions on proposed rate hike

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Eric Wuest said he’s resigned that water rates will go up. He said he attended a public meeting put together by New Mexico American Water to learn about what he can do to conserve water for his car wash operation. But Wuest asked New Mexico American Water officials Monday […]

Finding opportunities within crisis

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer, Ed.D.: Guest columnist Another hike in gas prices and the cost of other goods rising causes business owners to maintain their finances and plan for the future in order to survive. J. Roy Miller State Director of the New Mexico Small Business Development Center and a Clovis son, recently discussed the opportunities […]

Water refund coming

CNJ Staff Clovis residential customers of New Mexico American Water will receive a one-time credit of about $12.25 as part of the city water provider’s recently negotiated rate hike, according to a New Mexico Public Regulation Commission news release. The refund will be appear on water bills no later than Oct. 1, the release reads. […]

Water rate decision postponed again

By Freedom Newspapers A decision on the New Mexico American Water rate case pending before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is expected next week, according to a PRC spokesman. The PRC postponed a decision again Thursday on the proposed water rate hike in Clovis and Edgewood, asking for additional time to compare other Edgewood-area […]

Wage setting not part of Congress’ responsibilities

By Freedom Newspapers Why can’t Washington keep it simple? It seems every time Congress passes a law that meddles in areas where government shouldn’t be, lawmakers add some kind of so-called incentives to make its intrusions more palatable to voters. Take the federal minimum wage hike being debated by Congress. The proposal passed the House […]

Officials getting pay hike

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioners approved a 12 percent salary increase for elected officials Tuesday during a regular meeting. The increased was approved unanimously after a motion by Curry County Commissioner Tim Ashley for a 15 percent salary increase failed. Commissioners Kathrynn Tate and Albin Smith opposed the 15 percent hike. […]

Minimum wage hike bad idea

Freedom Newspapers We applaud the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors for opposing state-lawmaker efforts to hike the minimum wage. By a vote of 8-5, with four abstentions, the board last week sent a strong message that government should not be in the business of telling private business owners what to pay their […]