State auditor calls for Patrick Lyons resignation at PRC (updated)

Robin Fornoff Two key state officials spent most of Thursday accusing each other of incompetence over an audit that charges the scandal-ridden Public Regulation Commission is corrupt from top to bottom. State Auditor Hector Balderas, a Democrat, set it off in the morning, calling on PRC chairman and Clovis native Patrick Lyons, a Republican, to […]

Legislators expected to debate PRC reform

Trip Jennings Two years from now, will the state Public Regulation Commission look the same? New Mexico’s 112 state lawmakers will likely answer that question in this year’s 30-day legislative session, which starts Tuesday. While an extensive makeover of the commission is not a sure bet, it is a distinct possibility as legislators grapple with […]

Lyons to remain PRC chairman

Freedom New Mexico Clovis native Patrick Lyons will remain chairman of the New Mexico’s scandal-tainted Public Regulation Commission (PRC). The PRC voted unanimously Tuesday to re-elect Lyons and Vice Chairman Theresa Becenti-Aguilar. “We’re looking forward to cleaning up the PRC and making it a better agency for the consumer,” Lyons said. “We want to be […]

Lyons earns District 2 PRC seat

Kevin Wilson Patrick Lyons has secured another four years in state government. The former state senator and current land commissioner handily won his race for District 2 of the Public Regulation Commission, defeating Democrat Stephanie L. DuBois of Tularosa. As of 10:22 p.m., Lyons had garnered 54,351 votes against 25,360 for DuBois. Lyons, a Republican […]

Legislative tidbits: Bill would modernize PRC

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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 rates increasing up to 13 percent

CNJ staff 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 […]

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 […]

Local Roundup: Hearing to evaluate new Novak evidence

CNJ staff The Air Force reopened an Article 32 hearing in the case of a Cannon Air Force Base airman accused of killing his wife in 2004, according to Cannon officials. The hearing, which begins today, will evaluate new testimony and evidence in the case, officials said. Airman Edward Novak II was charged with premeditated […]

Recovery program created

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis Mayor David Lansford will unveil “Operation Disaster Recovery” at tonight’s Town Hall meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Administered through United Way of Eastern New Mexico, the aim of the charity program is to fill in the gaps not met by state and federal programs for area residents […]

Recommendation downsizes rate hike

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor A state Public Regulation Commission hearing examiner recommended a smaller water rate increase for the city’s water provider, according to a PRC document. Hearing examiner Elizabeth Hurst recommended in her Feb. 12 report a 12.6-percent hike, which would generate about $1 million annually in additional revenue for New Mexico […]

Date set to oppose

CNJ staff The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission has set the proceedings schedule for the rate increase requested by New Mexico-American Water Co. Interventions objecting to the proposed increases must be filed on or before Sept. 20, according to the PRC hearing notice. They should be sent to PRC’s offices at 224 E. Palace Ave., […]

Proposed residential water rate drops

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A proposed 18 percent rate hike by the New Mexico-American Water Company has been somewhat blunted after objections were raised by Clovis schools, the city and local residents. While the schools and city made modest progress toward reducing the hike, residents in the area will see a substantial reduction […]

Commission votes to contest proposed water rate hike

By Rayn Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission voted unanimously Thursday to intervene on a proposed rate hike by New Mexico American Water Company. The local water provider filed a rate increase request May 24 with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. If approved, water rates for Clovis residents would raise by an […]