Panel told not to cut vet benefits

Advocates for military retirees and veterans urged a bipartisan commission studying ways to end runaway budget deficits not to lump military-earned benefits in with other entitlements eyed for cost controls. “There’s a fundamental difference between social insurance programs open to every American and military benefits earned by decades of service and sacrifice,” Steve Strobridge, director […]

City holding swim lessons

CNJ staff The City of Clovis will be holding swimming lessons this summer at the Clovis Aquatic Center, 1700 E. Seventh St. Sign-ups are ongoing, and will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 9-11 a.m. at the Aquatic Center. Cost is $70 for the program, with ages 6 and up accepted. Lessons are offered in […]

Police investigating criminal damage complaints

CNJ staff Clovis police are investigating nearly three dozen broken vehicle windows over the weekend. Police began receiving reports of broken windows Saturday morning from residents in the mid-north to northwest portions of Clovis, according to Capt. Patrick Whitney. Police are investigating under the assumption the incidents are related due to the time and location […]

Letter to the editor: Poly-carts will cost more in terms of fuel

Poly-carts will cost more in terms of fuel I don’t see where a poly-cart program is going to save taxpayers money. (“Residents protest poly-cart program” in Thursday’s CNJ) Turning 520 dumpsters into 10,000 plastic trash cans doesn’t make any sense. There are four dumpster bins in my alley and 18 homes. Looks like it would […]

Government mandates are always costly

Freedom Newspapers T he passage of the federal health care bill is likely the result of a confluence of various factors. A costly existing system, primarily due to doctor shortages, the cost of existing regulation and hefty lawsuit awards that drove up costs and insurance premiums, convinced many that change — any change — was […]

Contradicting population counts could cost county

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Contradicting population counts could cost Curry County as much as $250,000. County Manager Lance Pyle said a count conducted by the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research put the county’s population at 48,005, while a U.S. Census estimate puts the population at 43,755. As a […]

Bill seeks more scrutiny over state contracts

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican Records show that a contract between the State Investment Office and an international law firm has been amended six times since 2005, boosting the original $30,000 cost to $5.8 million. The deal — which among other things calls for Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker LLP to create […]

Letter to the Editor: Greed reason for high rental costs

I am appalled by the high cost of rent in the Portales/Clovis area. I am a retired military dependent. Here our troops are fighting in a war, defending and protecting our country. Since Cannon Air Force Base has remained opened, and more squadrons have come in, to raise the cost of rent to such outrageous […]

Heart conditions now compensated

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The cost of war — on veterans’ health and taxpayer wallets — will loom a little larger in the new year when the Department of Veterans Affairs issues a final rule to claim adjudicators to presume three more diseases of Vietnam veterans, including heart disease, were caused by exposure to […]

Hull Street bridge bids under projections

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Call it a little reverse sticker shock. When City of Clovis administrators began opening bids from companies hoping to build a new bridge at Hull Street, it was expected that the cost would be somewhere close to $6 million. That’s because HDR Engineering previously estimated the cost at $5.8 […]