Non-citizen recruits last longer

Tom Philpot

The armed forces have enlisted nearly 70,000 non-citizens since the attacks of 9/11 and, as a group, their washout rate is much lower than that of American citizens who enlist, according CNA, a think tank that studied attrition data gathered by the Defense Manpower Data Center. Within three months of entering active service, 8.2 percent […]

Officials: Economic improvement will be slow-paced

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Thomas Siems, director of economic outreach for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, talks to Eastern New Mexico University faculty and students and community members about economy Wednesday afternoon at the university. Three Federal Reserve Bank officials gave presentations on their economical studies. Alisa Boswell Economic improvement for the U.S. […]

Government has no place to rule on marriage

The unemployment rate in Cleveland County, N.C., hovers just under 12 percent. In North Carolina, the rate is at 10.4 percent. When a major problem affects thousands in North Carolina and Cleveland County, legislators are expected to work for solutions. Instead, ours went looking for another problem. With the state’s economy in peril, legislators decided […]

Clovis High School graduation rate jumps 9.2 percent

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File photo Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Terry Myers congratulates Brandon Boydstun at Clovis High Schools commencement in May. CHS’s graduation rate for the 2009-2010 school year was 82.9 percent. Liliana Castillo Clovis High School’s graduation rate for the 2009-2010 school year jumped to 82.9 percent, more than 15 percent higher than the state graduation average. […]

New Mexico American Water requests rate increase

CNJ staff Clovis New Mexico American Water customers could see their water bills go up as early as next year if the state Public Regulation Commission approves a requested rate increase. NMAW filed the request Wednesday in an effort to generate money for $8 million of infrastructure investments to provide adequate water to Clovis, according […]

Year in review: Homicide rate drops in 2010

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File photo The Clovis Apartments was the scene of a homicide in March; it was one of two this year. CNJ staff For the second year, Clovis’ homicide rate has dropped in keeping with an overall reduction in violent crimes. There were two homicides in Clovis — the Feb. 3 shooting of 36-year-old Sandra Bousqet […]

Protection stops allowance drop

Tom Philpott About 400,000 active duty service members will see their Basic Allowance for Housing protected from a rate drop Jan. 1, thanks to “individual rate protection” Congress adopted nearly a decade ago. Users of the Post-9/11 GI Bill education program also will be protected from any cut to student monthly stipends, which are based […]

Without H1N1 pandemic this year, concern rises over vaccine rate, potential for increased flu cases

ALBUQUERQUE — Experts estimate that the H1N1 pandemic encouraged 23 percent more people nationwide, on average, to get flu shots last fall. Now that the pandemic threat is generally over, insurers like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) are concerned that members may be less motivated to vaccinate this year, which could […]

Don’t put blame on Blue Cross

By Paul Gessing: Guest columnist There has recently been a great deal of consternation and concern over the rate increase enacted by Blue Cross Blue Shield New Mexico (BCBS). The company, a “mutual” firm legally obligated to re-invest any profits back into the company, had originally requested a 24.6 percent rate increase. Then, just as […]

Free markets helping people live longer lives

Freedom New Mexico Some good news for a change: Childhood deaths are dropping worldwide. The number of deaths of children under age 5 has been cut by 35 percent in the past 20 years, to 7.7 million. The lower world rate now is 53.3 childhood deaths out of 1,000 children. The best rate, in Singapore, […]

Utility seeking Texas rate increase

CNJ staff Xcel Energy’s Texas-based operating company, Southwestern Public Service Company, is seeking a 7 percent overall retail rate increase in Texas to recover recent investments in the power lines, substations and workforce. Riley Hill, president and CEO of SPS, said the increase in rates is needed because the regional economy is changing and growing, […]

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2-5 Legislative tidbits

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: 13 Drop-out rate A memorial (HM 46) by Rep. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces, would require the Public Education Department to examine whether there’s a correlation between 4th and 8th grade reading and math proficiencies and high school drop-out rates. “For many years there has been a […]

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.

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 […]

Udall: Indian country youth suicide rates demand attention, help

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., participated in a hearing to examine the overwhelming frequency of youth suicide in Indian Country. The rate of suicide among American Indian and Alaskan Native population is 70 percent higher than the general United States population, with the incidence of youth suicides reaching epidemic proportions. New Mexico, which has […]

Retiree mortality rate needs study

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Department of Defense actuaries have discovered significantly higher mortality rates among active duty retirees compared to reserve retirees, and the disparity stretches back decades. In any given year, looking at populations of non-disabled military retirees age 60 and older, the death rate for active duty enlisted retirees is 20 to […]

Area stores find shoplifting at normal rate

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PNT Photo: Clarence Plank Shane Nichols, assistant manager at Russell’s Super Save in Portales, points to one of many different medicine items that shoplifters steal from stores. By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer The recession may have shoplifting on the rise nationally, but this holiday season Clovis and Portales appear to be bucking the trend. […]

Xcel proposes rate increase

CNJ staff 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 raise […]