Empty Stocking program sees increase in children

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 […]

Traffic crashes up 20 percent, but injuries, fatalities down

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Traffic crashes have jumped almost 20 percent in Clovis this year but the number of injuries from those crashes has dropped and crash-related fatalities are down. At the heart of the crashes lie traffic infractions, such as following too close, failing to yield and failing to stop at stoplights, […]

Police chief says crime declining overall

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Though year-to-date figures show an increase in burglaries, Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said the numbers are actually declining and overall crime in the city is down. Burglaries — auto, residential and commercial are all tracked under one heading — rose about 10 percent from January to October by […]

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, […]

CCC officials credit programs, online enrollment for student increase

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis Community College’s unofficial attendance numbers are up signiricantly, according to Marketing Director Lisa Spencer. The head count on Thursday, the fourth day of school, was 3,784 — up 429 students from the 3,355 counted on the same day last year, said President John Neibling. Spencer and Neibling credited […]

Fair attendance up about 10 percent

CNJ staff Fair ticket sales jumped more than $15,000 this year and attendance was up around 10 percent. According to figures presented to the county commission Tuesday by Finance Manager Mark Lansford, the gate sale increase accounted to about 21 percent, taking the total from almost $72,000 to more than $87,000. Carnival receipts also rose […]

Base population increase boosting rental market

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Lt. Raymond Gobberg of Cannon’s Public Affairs department said about two-thirds of Cannon personnel live off-base, and that proportion is expected to remain constant as the base expands. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer It’s never been too difficult for Clovis’ Bill Johnson to rent out a house. But he’s […]

U.S. agriculture secretary backs dairy relief proposal

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File photo By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

Emergency calls on the rise

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Donna Gonzalez of Clovis takes a call at the Clovis Police Department dispatch center. Gonzalez has 17 years of dispatch experience. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The fire department is responding to a significant increase in calls for help lately. The majority are ambulance calls and there doesn’t appear […]

Police: Fireworks complaints increase

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Delilah Barela and her 2 1/2-year-old daughter Destinee look for fireworks Thursday at a tent sale west of Clovis to help the family celebrate the July 4th weekend. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As Independence Day draws closer, Clovis police are getting 10 calls or more a day because […]

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 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 energy 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.

Southwest Cheese plant expanding

A $90 million expansion at Southwest Cheese will increase its milk processing capacity by a 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 1.1 million […]

Education feature: Wayland Baptist University graduate students increase

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Graduate students are flocking to Wayland Baptist University in Clovis because of its location and professors. This year, 100 more students have come to Wayland to obtain their master’s degrees than last year, according to Wayland officials. Currently, graduate classes average 15-25 students. Last year, the same classes averaged […]

Bill seeks transparency on state spending

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican State expenditures would be displayed online and searchable under a measure the Senate approved Tuesday, one of a few moves that would increase transparency in the Roundhouse this year. Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, who is carrying the measure (SB159), said it would make it easy for people to follow […]

Shelter sees increase in parvo cases

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Chica, an 8-month-old American bulldog, wears a protective cone around her neck and is hooked to an IV to help her recover from parvovirus at the Curry County Animal Hospital. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A recent increase in parvovirus cases among dogs has animal professionals stressing the importance […]

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 […]