Adjusting wage rates hinders U.S. workforce

Freedom New Mexico Earlier this month, many people with

Upping energy regulations still not solution

Freedom New Mexico Is the United States reliving the Nixon and Carter eras? Interest rates certainly are well

State raises dental care rates for Medicaid

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The state Human Services Department has raised rates for Medicaid dental providers by 10 percent in what the department secretary says is an effort aimed at encouraging more dentists to serve lower-income New Mexicans. It’s the first increase in the rates since 1999, the department said. “This is something […]

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, […]

Xcel proposes increase, plans upgrades

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Energy company Xcel Energy is proposing a base-rate increase from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The electric and natural gas company is seeking an overall increase of 6.6 percent from all customer classes. Residential rates would increase by 7.3 percent a month for an average household that uses […]

July 30, 1931

All bids for the $30,000 National Guard Armory in Clovis were rejected by Brig. Gen. Osborne C. Wood. He said the plans would be revised and that a call for new bids would be advertised soon. … A reduction of 1/2 percent in freight rates on grains was announced. … For $15, a furnished apartment […]

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 […]

Base Allowance for Housing rising effective Monday

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) will increase an average of 3.5 percent next year for the nearly 950,000 service members who live off-base stateside. Some BAH recipients will see their housing allowance rise two to three times the average percentage increase while others will see no BAH raise in the […]

Racial profiling only effective option

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Charges of racial, religious and ethnic profiling swirl in the wake of US Airways’ removal of six imams. According to police reports, the men made anti-American statements, were praying and chanting “Allah,” refused the pilot’s requests to disembark for additional screening and asked for seat-belt extensions for no obvious reason. […]

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 […]

New water rates to provide for long-term

By Kathy Wright: guest columnist As a lifelong resident of the Clovis area, I have been proud to see our community grow and prosper. I shared the joy of many to hear that Cannon Air Force Base has a new mission, and what a mission it is! Cannon is the economic engine of our community […]

School to fight for water rights

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis Municipal Schools and the city of Clovis are mounting a joint defense against a water-rate hike proposed by the New Mexico-American Water Co. Their rates would increase by 30 percent under the proposal, according to New Mexico-American officials. City and school officials said they will file a motion […]

Water company raising rates in Clovis

Freedom Newspapers New Mexico-American Water Co. has petitioned the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission to raise rates for water utilities in Clovis. According to the petition, the water company is requesting an increase of 25 percent from its Clovis customers. New Mexico-American serves more than 14,000 customers in the Clovis area. The reason cited in […]

Xcel Energy seeks increase in rates

CNJ Staff Xcel Energy is proposing to raise its base rates for electric service in Texas by 7.4 percent, or $5.18 per month for an average household using 800 kilowatt-hours, according to a company news release. It is the first time since 1986 Xcel’s Texas-based operating company, Southwestern Public Service, is proposing to raise its […]

Report: Violent crime in Clovis up 12 percent

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Violent crime in Clovis was up last year almost 12 percent from 2004, according to a Clovis Police Department annual report released Wednesday. The number of violent crimes such as homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault rose from 267 in 2004 to 298 in 2005, or an average of […]

House OKs wage increase

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — A proposal to raise the state minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.50 an hour over the next two years cleared the House on Monday. With 10 days left in the annual legislative session, the measure headed to the state Senate, where an alternative proposal — $7.50 […]

Housing allowance to rise in January

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), paid to 950,000 service members living off base in stateside areas, will rise in January by an average of 5.9 percent, or $53 a month, say Defense Department pay officials. For 2006, as in years past, changes to individual BAH rates will vary by rank, […]

A man’s great ideas live on after he’s gone

We are saddened at the loss of economist Jude Wanniski, who on Aug. 29 died suddenly of a heart attack at age 69 in New Jersey. A journalist, he started out in the 1960s with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the now-defunct National Observer. In 1972, he became an editorial writer at The Wall Street […]

Good idea gets stopped in favor of handouts

CNJ staff Politicians and interest groups already seem to have snuffed out one of the more sensible money-saving recommendations in President Bush’s fiscal 2006 budget — his proposal that four Department of Energy-run utilities start charging closer-to-market rates for electricity generated by federal dams. The episode illustrates how difficult it is to win Congressional backing […]

Stateside housing allowances to rise

by Tom Philpott Monthly housing allowances for 910,000 service members living off base in the United States will climb by an average of 8 percent, effective Jan. 1, say Defense Department officials. The rise in individual rates, however, will vary significantly, from no change for some grades in some areas to as much as 20 […]