Clovis falls in 5A final

Josh Sanders converted a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left to lift Hobbs to a 73-71 win over Clovis on Saturday night in the Class 5A boys state championship game at The Pit in Albuquerque.

Feb. 24 – Moon

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The cloud coverage gave the moon over Clovis a halo Friday night.

House committee guts governor’s bill

The Associated Press SANTA FE — With the 30-day legislative session at its midpoint, the governor’s health coverage bill started moving — but only after a House committee gutted it. The House Health and Government Affairs Committee on Wednesday removed key provisions of Gov. Bill Richardson’s universal coverage plan: requiring New Mexicans to have health […]

Presidential politics entertaining

By Anita Doberman By Anita Doberman You would think that being from Italy I’ve had my fair share of politics, and I certainly have when it comes to outrageous situations. But I was nevertheless surprised by the coverage of our current American political races. I am not talking about the candidates or political views, Republican […]

Politics coverage rather hollow

By Anita Doberman: CNJ columnist You would think that being from Italy I’ve had my fair share of politics, and I certainly have when it comes to outrageous situations. But I was nevertheless surprised by the coverage of our current American political races. I am not talking about the candidates or political views, Republican versus […]

Gov. Richardson delivers State of State speech

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson appealed to legislators on Tuesday to approve a proposal for universal health care, saying the “most expensive choice is to do nothing” and stick with the current system that leaves many New Mexicans without medical insurance. Richardson outlined his agenda for the Legislature […]

Health plan cost questioned

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By Sarah Meyer: CNJ News Editor Area representatives and senators say Gov. Bill Richardson’s universal health care plan is a good idea, but it’s not ready for implementation and cost remains a question. Richardson wants to extend health coverage to uninsured New Mexicans. A summary of the plan states that the goal of insurance reform […]

Life would be better on Planet Kevin

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A few years ago, I did a few pieces on how different a planet could be if I controlled the rules — a planet Kevin, based on the “Planet Charlie” standup routine of Charlie Viracola. Consider these rules of Planet Kevin, with explanations. More to come in the next […]

Personally paying for health costs would be best fix

By Freedom New Mexico America is rushing to a pivotal decision that could dictate the nature of health care for decades to come. Escalating costs, rising consumer demand, coupled with employers reducing benefits are creating widespread unease. These and related converging factors guarantee change is coming. The question is whether Americans will succumb to the […]

Tricare changes policy

Air Force News FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Tricare has implemented coverage for anesthesia services and associated costs for dental treatment for beneficiaries with developmental, mental or physical disabilities, and for children age 5 or under. The coverage began July 1. Additionally, Tricare encourages beneficiaries who received these services between Oct. 17, 2006 and July 1 […]

Everybody’s Business: Disaster planning necessary evil

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Business columnist Two words that should become part of every business owner’s regular vocabulary are, What if? The “what if” factor is the beginning stage of preplanning to prevent or minimize the damage of a catastrophe. According to David Russell, author of “Insuring the Bottom Line,” a business owner’s obligation is to […]

Disaster situation handled well

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist We have read and heard a great deal about the tornado that swept through our town March 23. It seems inappropriate not to add to that, pulling out some of the positive things that meant we as a community pulled together to weather this situation. Only one radio station was […]

Local television has every right to cover NFL

Freedom Newspapers The National Football League should quickly rethink its plans to forbid local television journalists from being on the sidelines during games for the 2006 season. The league’s 32 teams voted unanimously March 31 to adopt a ban for local television stations not affiliated with the network carrying the local game. The stations would […]

SGLI increases for Airmen in September

For all active duty service members Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) coverage automatically increased to $400,000 on Thursday. 27th Fighter Wing Military Personnel Flight For all active duty service members Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) coverage automatically increased to $400,000 on Thursday. This increases the maximum coverage from $250,000 to $400,000. The increase affects everyone […]

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 […]

Increase in death benefits on the table

By Tom Philpott Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and Defense Department officials have negotiated a proposed increase in military death benefits that would boost total payments to survivors of service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan by $238,000. The higher payments would be made retroactive to the start of the war in Afghanistan, in the fall […]

Take advantage of new health benefits

By Tom Phillpott: Military Update activated reservists, have left thousands of reserve families unable to take full advantage yet of some new pre- and post-mobilization healthcare benefits. The unusual circumstances have TRICARE officials advising reservists to save medical receipts, explanations of benefits and other documents that could be useful weeks or months from now in […]

Health-care bill could cost more than percieved

Freedom Newspapers House and Senate negotiators reportedly haven’t been able to agree on several issues in a bill that would provide an open-ended prescription drug benefit under Medicare and (maybe) offer hope of reform in the troubled program. Good. The proposal under consideration, which the White House apparently thinks is the key to buying a […]

Medicare excess: Not a threat, a promise

Steve Chapman When Lyndon Johnson was pushing to create Medicare, an aide approached him about adding a provision to win approval in the House of Representatives. The problem was that it would cost the federal government $500 million a year. “Five hundred million,” snorted an incredulous Johnson. “Is that all? Do it. Move that damn […]

Our heroes have always been Cowboys

From the editor’s desk They don’t have this problem in Denver or Philadelphia or Green Bay, Wis. Newspapers in those towns focus their coverage on the Broncos, Eagles and Packers, respectively, and no one could seriously dispute that most fans in those cities want to read about the home team more than any other. But […]