Non-citizen recruits last longer

Tom Philpot

The armed forces have enlisted nearly 70,000 non-citizens since the attacks of 9/11 and, as a group, their washout rate is much lower than that of American citizens who enlist, according CNA, a think tank that studied attrition data gathered by the Defense Manpower Data Center. Within three months of entering active service, 8.2 percent […]

Group collecting public official pay records

Sharna Johnson Payroll records for the cities of Clovis and Portales are among 14 New Mexico cities whose data has been posted online by a private research foundation that says it’s working to better inform the public. The data — with intentions of eventually including all counties and cities in the state — is being […]

Some carriers dropping unlimited data plans

lojyj4-lojyhh719billshock.jpg

CNJ photo illustration: Kevin Wilson Cell phone companies are moving towards a trend of tiered pricing for heavy data users. Kevin Wilson Data: It’s the new roaming. Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest wireless carrier, dropped its unlimited data plan for new smartphone customers starting Thursday. New customers must now choose between limited data plans that […]

Housing survey contains few surprises

Kevin Wilson A lot of data compilation, and very little surprise. That’s what the city discovered when it put together results of its affordable housing survey, commissioned in June with responses gathered over a month. “We sent out 3,000 surveys, mailed out randomly throughout the community,” said Claire Burroughes of the city. “It was also […]

Mexico needs to change perception of success

Freedom Newspapers A lot of recent data show how Mexico is doing as a country; some figures are surprisingly good; others, however, suggest the country’s progress could come more slowly than we might hope. Mexico’s government reported last week that some 28,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence since the government began its crackdown […]

Growth committee looks at data analysis

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Local Growth Management Committee got a taste of Chicago-style data analysis Tuesday afternoon. Marc Doussard of the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Voorhes Center presented committee members with a look at data the center tries to provide as part of its work with the Office of Economic Adjustment. The OEA […]

Data: Minorities in supervisory roles increased under Seidenwurm

l1z5fc-56superfolo.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Central Baptist Church Pastor Alan McAlister spoke to the school board in support of Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm Tuesday during a special session. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Data kept by Clovis schools shows the number of minorities in administrative and supervisory roles has increased since 2005. The data was […]

Sheriff’s office seeks updated jail data system

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is expected to request approval for computer software at the jail to replace an “antiquated” paper record system at Tuesday’s commission meeting. The upgrade to Sleuth, a data system used by local law enforcement agencies, is expected to cost $17,649, according to the meeting […]

Education data encouraging for Hispanics

Freedom New Mexico A new study of Hispanic youth in the United States offers interesting data about one of the country’s fastest-growing groups. For political and social leaders, it has valuable information about their attitudes and risks for the future. It also can help dispel many myths and assumptions about them. The Pew Hispanic Center […]

Getting away with murder

Staff and wire report National data shows despite the rise of DNA fingerprinting and other “CSI”-style crime-fighting wizardry, more and more people in this country are getting away with murder. FBI figures reviewed show that the homicide clearance rate, as detectives call it, dropped from 91 percent in 1963 —the first year records were kept […]

We all proclaim personal message

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist We are nearing the end of the political season. The television news is full of debate news, poll data, interviews with candidates and red and blue state maps. The national election consumes much of the news. Even locally, there are many important races to watch. Have you noticed the political […]

Personal data ends up in wrong hands

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Personal data belonging to approximately 30 Clovis city employees inadvertently ended up on the backside of a Zia Elementary student’s homework assignment Thursday. City Manager Joe Thomas said he was alerted late Friday afternoon after a parent turned the document over to officials. Thomas said his office is investigating […]

State law requires crime data reporting

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Department of Public Safety began reporting crime data collected from state law enforcement agencies on its Web site this month. Spurred by state legislation requiring the department of public safety to serve as a statewide clearing house for crime reporting, the first data report was made […]

Americans deserve to hear results of airline survey

By Freedom New Mexico NASA can shoot people into space, but it’s not shooting straight with millions of Americans who fly closer to home. How else to explain the space agency’s refusal to release data that suggest safety problems in aviation occur far more often than previously known? The unprecedented survey of about 24,000 commercial […]

ENMU officials say lost schoolwork will be credited

Staff and wire reports PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble said students whose grades were lost by a computer malfunction last week will receive an A for the course. Students also will receive full credit for any assignments that cannot be recovered either through the system or a paper trail, he said. […]

Server crash endangers ENMU data

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico University officials are assessing the scope of a computer malfunction last week and whether lost academic data for thousands of students taking online courses can be retrieved. Data retrieval experts have been brought in to work on the server in hopes of saving some data, according […]

Take doomsayers with grain of dust

By Guest Columnist: Brett Johnson The April 6 CNJ article “Dusty days may be ahead” made me laugh. Am I the only person who watches the weather forecast to see how far the weatherperson will miss it? For instance how about the snow we had on March 30? Did anyone get an advance notice about […]

Base Allowance for Housing rising effective Monday

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) will increase an average of 3.5 percent next year for the nearly 950,000 service members who live off-base stateside. Some BAH recipients will see their housing allowance rise two to three times the average percentage increase while others will see no BAH raise in the […]

Survey shows county youth on par with state in drug use, sex

1165736955-20021216-TEEN-DRUG-USE.jpg

Among 40 states that participated in a 2005 teen behavoir survey, New Mexico ranked highest for number of students who used cocaine, injected drugs intravenously, smoked marijuana and attempted suicide that resulted in injury. (MCT illustration) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer By the numbers More than 200 Curry County students in grades nine through […]

Sharing medical data imperative for care

By Tom Philpott: Military Update William Winkenwerder Jr., assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, took time during a teleconference with journalists last week to tout his department’s ability to transfer electronically the medical records of separating service members to the Department of Veterans Affairs. In doing so, Winkenwerder ignored a rising chorus of critics […]