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 […]

Water company holding meeting on proposed rate increase

CNJ Staff New Mexico American Water officials will hold a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex to discuss a proposed rate increase, according to a company news release. The water company in July filed a rate increase request to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. New Mexico American […]

New Mexico American files for rate increase

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Carrie Phipps of Clovis waters a friend’s plants on Tuesday. CNJ staff The average water bill in Clovis could go up about $5 a month as soon as April of next year if the a rate adjustment request from the city’s water provider is approved. New Mexico American Water filed Monday a request to the […]

New Mexico American Water Files Rate Plan for Clovis

lovis, NM (July 1, 2008) –New Mexico American Water has announced that it has filed for a rate adjustment for the Clovis area with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC).

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 […]

Unemployment lowest in state in 31 years

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s jobless rate was 3.1 percent in January, which state labor officials say is the lowest since 1976. The unemployment rate was down from 3.2 percent in December. In January 2007, the state’s jobless rate stood at 3.8 percent. That’s according to the state Department of Workforce Solutions. The […]

Wall Street struggle reaches globally

The Associated Press NEW YORK — An unusual emergency interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve gave Wall Street a partial rebound Tuesday from a precipitious early decline — and perhaps the first steps toward a long-term recovery. The rest of the comeback, for the economy as well as the stock market, may depend on […]

A billion is a lot

Clovis’ Anna Baucom sends along trivia and urges caution “next time you hear a politician use the word ‘billion’ in a casual manner:’” • A billion seconds ago it was 1959. • A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive on Earth. • A billion dollars ago was only eight hours and 20 minutes ago, at […]

Rate cut should spur growth

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve dropped its most important interest rate to a nearly two-year low on Tuesday and left the door open to additional cuts to prevent a housing and credit meltdown from pushing the economy into a recession. A disappointed Wall Street took a nosedive. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke […]

Power company trying to correct rate increase information

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission has received more than 700 comments about a proposed rate hike for Xcel Energy, a case manager with Xcel said. Most of those comments stem from false information, an Xcel spokesman said. Xcel’s Wes Reeves said the proposed increase, filed in May, is […]

Flat-rate tax would boost economy

By Freedom New Mexico GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson has proposed an interesting tax reform. It’s not a “flat tax” because it has two rates — 10 percent and 25 percent — but it might simplify the tax code. The idea of a flat-rate tax system — all incomes would be taxed at the same […]

County teen birth rate declines

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Babies born to Curry County young teens in 2006 dropped 18 percent, according to statistics recently released by the New Mexico Department of Health. In Roosevelt County, the number increased 43 percent, statistics show. In 2006, 51 babies were born to Curry County teens 17 years old and under, […]

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. […]

Structure backbone of business

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Guest columnist When a business is established or expanded, the owner must consider the legal structure. There are three main legal categories for a business structure: sole proprietorship partnership corporation A sole proprietorship is a one-person-owned business that cannot be transferred to another person. A business owner who wants the independence and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Utility rates aren’t answer to poverty

The state Legislature is considering three Senate bills that allow or require a utility to provide lower gas and electric utility rates for certain classes of rate payers. Some state the Public Regulation Commission “shall establish a program of assistance by public utilities to low-income electric and gas customers. … Energy expenditures may be reduced […]

At 300 million strong, U.S. keeps going

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist The other morning my family and I ogled a beautiful one-day-old infant girl featured on Fox News as the 300 millionth American. She was so cute we were prompted to dig out pictures of our own kids as babies. But, shhh, can you keep a secret? There is no actual […]

Water rate interventions filed

By CNJ Staff About a half-dozen interventions have been filed objecting to the proposed rate increases requested by New Mexico American Water, according to a utility official. New Mexico American Water Vice President Kathy Wright said they included interventions filed by businesses, the city of Clovis and Clovis Municipal Schools. She said no residential customers […]

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., […]