Local Roundup: Water rate decision delayed again

CNJ staff

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission has delayed action again on the New Mexico American Water rate case, voting Thursday to extend the deadline for its decision another week, according to a PRC spokesman.

The PRC “indicated at the meeting, following a fairly lengthy discussion, that it would (consider the case) again Tuesday,” spokesman John Arnold said.

New Mexico American Water had asked in May 2006 for a 20-percent hike in rates for Clovis from its 2005 adjusted water service revenues because of increased expenses, according to officials and documents.

In February a hearing examiner recommended a 12.6 percent hike.

Military funds OK’d by Senate committee
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted Thursday to advance a $109.2 billion bill with just over $10 million to facilitate the Air Force Special Operations Command transition to Cannon Air Force Base in October, according to a news release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M.

The FY2008 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill is ready for consideration by the full Senate.

“I look at this bill, with its Cannon funding, as a good sign that Senate appropriators are willing to advance the AFSOC mission,” said Domenici, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Defense.

The bill includes two projects recommended in the administration’s budget request for the Cannon transition: $7.5 million to construct an MC-130 flight simulator facility, and $1.7 million to alter an existing hangar to accommodate C-130s.

Another $855,000 was added at Domenici’s request for planning and design work on a hangar project needed to support AFSOC aircraft.

The bill provides $136.9 million for work at U.S. military installations in New Mexico in FY2008 of $21.5 billion overall for military construction projects, according to the release.

The bill also provides $87.5 billion for the Veterans Affairs Department.

Route 66 Festival held in Tucumcari
The Route 66 Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. today in Tucumcari with live music and a watermelon feed at Kvols Park.

On Saturday there will be events throughout the day such as the Mother Road Rally, Rotary Car Show and Monster Truck Crush put on by Racing Crazy Enterprises.

Route 66 Festival:
6 p.m., Kvols Park free watermelon feed and live music by Eastern New Mexico Old Tyme Bluegrass Association.

9 a.m., parade of vehicles entered in the car show from K-Mart along Route 66 to the Tucumcari Convention Center.
9 a.m., food and item vendors at the Convention Center.
10 a.m., Mother Road Rally at the Convention Center.
10 a.m., Poker Run begins from the Convention Center.
10 a.m., Chamber of Commerce Piñata Party at the Convention Center.
11 a.m., Rotary Car Show at the Convention Center
3 p.m., motorcycle games at the Convention Center
4:30 p.m., Monster Truck Crush.
7 p.m., Mother Road Rally $5000 drawing.