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 […]

Spirit remains in our hearts year-round

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Christmas is only 13 days away. Through the years, my wants at Christmastime and my attitude about the season have really changed as I have grown. One Christmas when I was only seven, we were living in Kansas City. I remember that Christmas because Susie was very, very sick and […]

Proposal would give school board final say on policies

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis Board of Education Secretary Mark Lansford wants students, staff members and parents to have a voice when it comes to school board policies. That’s why Lansford is proposing a policy that would allow the board of education to preside over an appeals process regarding the interpretation of board […]

Name reform would hurt more than help

Freedom New Mexico Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver recently changed his name, legally, from Chad Johnson to Ocho Cinco. Singer Beyonce Knowles now wants to be called Sasha Fierce. And let’s not even try to track Puffy, Diddy or Daddy, whatever the hip-hop mogul is calling himself these days. If Michael Chertoff had his way, these […]

ENMU sponsors hot air balloon

By Celena Cordova, PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University wants fiesta-goers to see its message about tuition costs is powered by hot air, not full of it. “Avoid Soaring Tuition” was chosen as the slogan for the university’s hot air balloon at the 2008 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Fiesta goers will have the opportunity […]

Judge: Casillas considering surrender

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Double-homicide suspect Anthony Ray Casillas wants to surrender, according to a Texas judge who said he has been in contact with the suspect’s mother. Moore County Judge Rowdy Rhoades, whose office until three weeks ago was monitoring Casillas twice weekly as part of a pre-trial release agreement, said he […]

Committee making plans for county’s centennial

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Miss Moo Curry County, a life-sized recycled cast aluminum cow, was painted by Patsy Delk, one of the Centennial Committee members. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Curry County will turn 100 years old in 2009. To celebrate, the county has formed the Curry County Centennial Committee, which will plan […]

Lady of the House raising stink

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist The Lady of the House wants me to start using deodorant. Um, I should clarify that. The Lady of the House wants me to start using deodorant instead of antiperspirant. It seems most antiperspirants use some kind of aluminum compound to keep a body from sweating. She says we don’t […]

New FNM advertising director committed to customers

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks FNM Advertising Director Ian Cooke moved to Clovis in March from San Bernardino, Calif., where he served as the outside classified sales manager for the San Bernardino County Sun. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Ian Cooke, new advertising director for Freedom New Mexico, wants to provide local businesses consistent […]

Thanks for the help

Clovis’ Pat Clark wants to pass along a good-citizen report: