Proposal aims for paternity leave

By Tom Philpott: CNJ Columnist About 76,000 active duty service members will father babies next year if recent military birthrates hold.

Jan. 6, 2008 Honor

Pat Weekley is the Pintores Art League artist of the month for January. Her paintings will be on display at Clovis-Carver Library until Jan. 31. She has been active in the art league for 11 years and has served in several offices. She also has been involved in many art shows sponsored by the art […]

Reservists shorted by deficient GI Bill

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Proponents for strengthening Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) benefits for the National Guard and Reserve say the critical issue is fairness. Reserve rates, frozen for years, need to be raised. Reserve benefits need to be made as portable as MGIB for active forces, their wartime deployment partners. Not so, said a […]

Ready reserve activation could break military

By Freedom Newspapers The decision to start calling up Marine Corps reservists who have already served their active-duty obligation but are still subject to being called back is a strong indicator that the war in Iraq is not going well — and that our leaders believe U.S. troops will be required in significant numbers for […]

Summer fun located all over area

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleMiranda Andazola, 8, of Clovis, skates at Hillcrest Park Wednesday. Miranda was at the park with her father, Willie, and sisters, Caitlyn and A’lani. She is spending her summer skating, swimming and reading. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer A promenade of three tumbled from the minivan and into the shade […]

Rury, Elbert W. “Ebb”

Elbert W. “Ebb” Rury, 78, of Belen died Friday, May 5, 2006, at Loveland Hospital of Albuquerque. Born on June 20, 1927, in Oklahoma, he had been a Belen resident since 1971 and previously lived in Clovis.  He was a U.S. Army veteran, having proudly served in Korea, his family said. He retired from Mountain […]

GI Bill holds inequities for Reserve, Guard

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Reserve and National Guard members mobilized for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are discovering an inequity in their GI Bill education benefits that needs to be fixed, says Arkansas Rep. Vic Snyder, senior Democrat on the House armed services’ subcommittee on military personnel. “It’s unconscionable how these young men and […]

Chairman eyes steps to ‘modernize’ GI Bill

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Rep. Steve Buyer, R-Ind., chairman of House Veterans Affairs Committee, wants active duty veterans to have more “flexibility” to use Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) benefits. He also will consider making Reserve MGIB benefits “portable” so they can be used after reservists leave service. But Buyer hasn’t endorsed that second change, […]

Jimmie P. Adams Hancock

Jimmie P. Adams Hancock, 70, of Hampton, Va., died Monday, Oct. 31, 2005, in Hampton, Va. She was born March 11, 1935, in Melrose to Jimmy and Chonita Adams. She attended the Field Schools until the 10th grade, and graduated from Melrose High School. She attended college at Eastern New Mexico University. Family members said […]

Medical care gaps frustrating to vets

By Tom Philpott: Military Update With the Iraq war producing a steady stream of severely wounded service members, the departments of Defense and of Veterans Affairs are struggling with calls to create a “seamless transition” for disabled warriors moving from active duty medical care to long-term veterans’ care. For some war wounded and their families, […]

Defense bill aims to strengthen recruiting

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Congress has passed a 2006 defense authorization bill that focuses its personnel initiatives on new and improved tools to strengthen recruiting and retention and to help reshape the current force. The final bill leaves behind a host of Senate-passed initiatives to enhance entitlements for military survivors, reservists and disabled retirees. […]

8/16 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police were dispatched Aug. 8 to a department store in the 3700 block of North Prince Street response to a report that someone had broken into the coin box of a ride in the game room. An investigation of the equipment indicated […]

Reporter’s notebook: Resident takes active role in honoring police

Clovis resident Ray Jackson knows the value of emergency services. On four occasions the 68-year-old has been transported to Lubbock for heart problems. That’s why he has taken an active role as vice president of the area Fraternal Order of Eagles in recognizing firefighters and police officers. “I know exactly what they are good for,” […]

2/15 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded Friday to a local school where a student complained someone had scratched her car. The officer inspected the car and saw a couple of scratches 18 inches in length. She said it happened sometime between about 8 a.m. and just […]

Health insurance will cost reservists

Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Thirty years ago, Congress decided the nation could no longer afford to offer military volunteers a robust draft-era GI Bill, so it concocted VEAP, the most unpopular veterans’ education benefit of the last century. Last year Congress decided the nation couldn’t afford to open active duty TRICARE benefits to all drilling […]

Iraqi elections fraught with irony, hope

CNJ staff Today’s elections in Iraq are brimming with ironies. A celebration of democracy and freedom features curfews under which citizens are not allowed on the streets after dark, candidates fearful of appearing in public, stores and restaurants closed, concrete barriers restricting movement in major cities and heavily armed police and security forces everywhere. It […]

Retirees will benefit from new laws

By Tom Philpott When legislative language misfires, Congress can intend to do one and instead does another. That seems to have occurred twice last October with passage of the 2005 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It likely reshaped benefits, in unintended ways, for two groups of disabled retirees. One provision, which executive-branch lawyers continue to […]

Iraqi violence is behind rare call-up

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The intensity of violence in Iraq, with insurgents attacking roads and bridges and interrupting supply lines, is behind the rare involuntary recall of more than 5,600 soldiers who had completed active duty obligations, says Gen. Richard A. Cody, the Army’s vice chief of staff. Cody told the House Armed Services […]

Draft would only cause more problems

You can rarely go wrong by assuming the government is lying. Right now, the Pentagon denies any plans to restore the draft, even though the military clearly has too few soldiers. I’m the sort of person who grabs an umbrella whenever Donald Rumsfeld says the sun is shining. But in this case, the administration faces […]

Deputy had job in waiting

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Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Brockett checks the information of a driver after pulling him or her over for speeding Friday on South Prince Street. (CNJ photo by Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer When Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Brockett gets ready for work, he puts on a dark blue-black uniform […]