1-27 Legislative tidbits

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining: 22 Investment panel to review contract: The State Investment Council on Tuesday agreed to have a subcommittee review a multi-million dollar contract with the Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker law firm. As part of the contract, which is drawing scrutiny from state lawmakers this session, the firm is […]

MVD opening late

CNJ staff The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department office in Clovis opens at 9 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. Thursday to allow for a one-hour staff meeting, according to a spokesperson for the department. Information: 762-3732

Dental health tips offered

By Capt (Dr.) Mike Hoge: 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron February is Children’s Dental Health Month, and the Cannon Dental Clinic would like to help you to ensure excellent oral health for your children. Did you know that tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease? According to the National Institute of […]

The good news of immortality is real

By Curtis K. Shelburne I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to it, but at least it no longer surprises me as much as it once did. I’m sitting in my barber’s chair, indoors, and a gentle snow is falling onto my shoulders and gently to the ground. It’s a snow of gray, almost white, […]

Isler case in federal court Wednesday

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The attorney for J.D. Isler says a federal court hearing Wednesday in Albuquerque could determine his client’s future as coach of the Clovis High School boys basketball team. Isler’s attorney, Warren Frost, said he will argue for the continuation of a restraining order allowing Isler to continue coaching. The […]

N.M. overpays unemployment benefits

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — State officials say unemployment benefits were accidentally doubled for thousands of unemployed New Mexicans. Overpayments went out around 6 a.m. Monday, but the state Department of Workforce Solutions became aware of the problem by 9:30 a.m. and worked to reverse the overpaid amounts. The agency says about 9,000 direct-deposit recipients […]

ENMU’s Murphy invited to tryouts

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University senior libero Caitlin Murphy has been invited to try out for the United States national volleyball team. The tryouts will be conducted by U.S. head coach Hugh McCutcheon in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the United States Olympic Training Center. Murphy, from Amarillo, will be seeking a position […]

Tuesday morning briefing: amateur radio operators and choir

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State investment case costs rise to $517,000

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican The state has spent $177,211.56 on legal fees since July 2009 in an alleged pay-to-play case involving the State Investment Office and the Educational Retirement Board, according to records obtained by The New Mexican. The total spent so far is $517,014. The biggest chunk of the legal […]

Land commissioner defends request for legal fees

By Steven Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican State Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons, who also sits on the State Investment Council, on Monday defended the SIC’s request for millions of dollars in additional legal fees to a San Francisco law firm conducting an internal review of documents related to federal investigations of state investment practices. […]

ENMU connects with state supercomputing center

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Eastern New Mexico University faculty and staff gather in the computer center building on Monday for a demonstration of the New Mexico’s Supercomputing Center. They got to see a 3D presentation and hear Gov. Bill Richardson talk about what the Supercomputer purpose for education, economic development and workforce development. By […]

Wind farm official says they hope to break ground ‘as fast as possible’

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When looking for a place to set up their wind farm startup, Abundant Energy was blown away by what they saw in Clovis. The company, which has agreed to start subsidiary Vert-I-Go Energy in Clovis on 6 acres of land south of the city landfill, said the area’s excitement […]

Bovina man sentenced for robbery

CNJ staff A Bovina man was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for robbing two Clovis Dairy Queens in 2008. Christopher Garcia, 20, pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery, court records show. He must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence because the court found his charges were serious violent offenses, […]

Legislative tidbits: Furlough Frito pies

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: 23 Furlough Frito pies The Communications Workers of America Local 7076 has set up a fund to help ease the financial burden on state employees who have been furloughed. Today, Fox’s Uptown Cafe in the Bataan Memorial Building will serve Frito pies for a donation to […]

Press release: Bingaman talks jobs, economy

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico reports about a variety of issues, including jobs and the economy. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link:

Miep Gies’ heroism made diary possible

Freedom Newspapers For millions of people, “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” has provided insights into the suffering of some of the victims of the Nazis’ vicious campaign of state-supported terror against Jews. But the book would never have seen the light of day if not for the courage and resourcefulness of Miep […]

Base tax office ready to open

By Myra Barnum Tax season, one of the most dreaded times of the year is once again upon us. However, completing and filing your tax forms can be painless, simple, and free if you come to the Cannon Tax Office, which opens Jan. 26. All active duty personnel, family members, retirees and federal civilian employees […]

Meeting set for Clovis 801 housing residents

27th SOW Public Affairs A community town hall meeting for residents of 801 housing in Clovis will be held Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. in the community center. 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron personnel will be available to answer questions and concerns about security and safety. This will be a neighborhood-watch type of forum. […]

Registration opens for ‘You Got Talent’ contest

27th SOW Public Affairs On Feb. 6 the Cannon Community Center will host the annual “You Got Talent” family and teen talent contest at The Landing Zone starting at 1 p.m. The contest is open to everyone who wants to sing, dance or perform in one of eight categories in this family-oriented event. Tapes of […]

VA officials to begin recovery of GI Bill advance payments

Courtesy of American Forces Press Service from a Department of Veterans Affairs news release. WASHINGTON —Veterans Affairs Department officials are beginning the process of recovering advance payments made available during the fall 2009 semester to veterans and servicemembers who applied for education benefits. “The advance payments were a huge success and helped thousands of student […]