Proposed agency offers savings

Defense officials have asked Congress to approve a new governance structure for the military health care system that, like higher TRICARE fees, would help to curb what, for a decade, have been runaway medical costs, officials explained. The centerpiece of the plan is to elevate the TRICARE Management Activity to a more powerful Defense Health […]

Everybody’s Business: Difference between employees, contractors can mean hundreds of dollars

What is the difference between an independent contractor and an employee? This is one question that does not get asked often, but should. The choice can mean a difference of hundreds of dollars to the business owner. And the answer is … it depends. According to the Internal Revenue Service, there are three categories that […]

ENMU plans baseball clinic

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University baseball team is hosting a free youth baseball clinic on Oct. 22 at Greyhound Field. The clinic, directed by first-year ENMU coach Chris Terry and members of his team, is open to anyone from kindergarten through 12th grde. Participants are asked to bring a glove, hat, baseball […]

Airport director asked to empty hangar

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CNJ staff photo: Robin Fornoff Clovis homebuilder Bob Linn checks the oil on one of his airplanes, kept at Clovis Municipal Airport. Linn’s complaint prompted City Manager Joe Thomas to order Airport Director Steve Summers to stop using a hangar to store personal items. Robin Fornoff Clovis’ city manager has ordered Clovis Municipal Airport Director […]

We need to take a stand on important issues

The interlude page in the algebra book was the subject of the humor. Well, actually I am the only one who got the humor. Interlude pages, as I call them, are those pages between chapters, that give you subjects like Math Applied To Life. This one featured positive and negative numbers, so the picture accompanying […]

Xcel customers asked to conserve power until 8 p.m.

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Xcel energy are advising customer to turn off their air conditioning or increase the thermostat setting to 85 degrees, slowly lowering the setting after 8 p.m. to a more comfortable setting. This does not apply to customers who depend on air conditioning for health reasons. Xcel Energy officials are hopeful […]

Students, teachers brace for beginning of school

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Kim Matlock, right, helps her 7-year-old daughter Makena load up her desk with supplies during the Zia Elementary open house Friday afternoon. Makena is starting second grade at the school Monday. Kevin Wilson The hallways and parking lot of Zia Elementary were bustling Friday afternoon, as parents and students got […]

Human judgment falls short of God’s perspective

I had an unusual experience several years ago. Some college teacher friends and I were attending a school conference in Boston. We were leaving Chatham on a Sunday morning and we saw a woman on the road hitchhiking. My first thought was to pass her and then I thought she might be in trouble. So […]

Firefighters invaluable resource

By Russell Anglin: Freedom New Mexico Last Sunday was an awfully strange day. It started for me at 10 a.m. with the phone waking me up. My editor called and asked me if I had electricity. With my eyes still hazy and without my wits about me, I replied, “Um … I don’t know.” Turns […]

Club notes — June 26

Daughters of the American Revolution The monthly meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution was held at the home of Vicky Stratton in Portales on June 10. Chapter Regent Pam Wallace called the meeting to order at 10 a.m. and conducted the opening rituals and the business portion of the meeting. Proclamations from Clovis […]

Sacrificing soldiers all had stories

A coworker asked me a few days ago, “Do you think Memorial Day is too commercialized?” I balked, because I’d never considered it. I could only stammer, “Not really, do you?” She said yes, noting the emphasis on sales, cookouts and Facebook posts that missed the point. I agreed with her premise — that we’re […]

Grant: Yard project never ending

When I asked The Lady of the House what she wanted for Mother’s Day she said, “A chocolate cake and an afternoon of yard work.” There’s always plenty of yard work to be done around the Stucco Hacienda. You see, The Lady of the House always has projects on her “honey-do” list: Things to be […]

In search of ponies: Dogs predisposed to destruction

Sharna Johnson “My dog is helping me downsize,” a coworker said to me recently. “How so?” I asked curiously. She went on to explain her dog has this thing about destroying anything that enters his area of the yard, regardless of what it is. So far he has eaten a garden hose, potted plants and […]

Area entities asked for capital outlay priorities

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File photo Curry County administration submitted capital outlay requests for Curry County roads, the Curry County Adult Detention Center and the Curry County Courthouse. Kevin Wilson and Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico entities sent capital outlay priorities Monday at the request of local legislators. But there’s no indication there will be capital outlay available, or […]

ENMU hitting camp cancelled

Eastern New Mexico University softball coach Lauren Sigwing has announced that a hitting camp scheduled for today in Portales has been cancelled. Campers signed up for today are asked to attend the camp scheduled for next Sunday.

Commission gives jail administrator raise

Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jail Administrator Keith Norwood will get a $1,500 raise and training he asked for but commissioners told him to pay for a concealed weapons permit himself. The 4-1 decision was made Thursday during a regular Curry County Commission meeting. “I too have a concealed carry permit (and) I’m an elected […]

Xcel offering credit for lowering energy demand

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Xcel Energy is offering credit to Clovis customers in exchange for using a new tool to help lower peak demands on electric power. Customers in Roswell, Carlsbad and Artesia are also being asked to sign up for the company’s Saver’s Switch program. The voluntary program allows Xcel Energy to […]

Holiday luncheon set

The Causey Community Holiday Luncheon is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Causey Community Building. Meat, bread and drinks are provided. Attendees are asked to bring salads, other vegetables and desserts.

Commissioners discuss jail options

Sharna Johnson Commissioner Bobby Sandoval asked the public for help and solutions after voters sent a “loud and clear” message on recent bond issues. “Our constituents spoke and they are our bosses and we got the message loud and clear,” he said during a Friday meeting. “Tell us how to do it. If somebody out […]