Child Find screening offered

CNJ staff Grady Schools will be one of four sites for Child Find preschool screening clinics. The free clinic, scheduled for 1 p.m.-3 p.m. April 5, is for children 5 and younger. A representative from ENMRSH and Clovis MECA Therapies will be present at each clinic, which serves to locate, identify and refer as early […]

Conference geared toward promoting employment of people with disabilities

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson From left, Eastern Plains Council of Governments Information Technology Manager David Brown, Josh Pando of the state’s risk management division and Pat White of the state’s Commission for the Blind plan for Tuesday’s Focusing on Abilities conference at Eastern New Mexico University. Alisa Boswell The Eastern Plains Council of Government […]

All but two Portales schools miss AYP

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County Schools saw little change in schools under scrutiny from the pass/fail system known as Adequate Yearly Progress. Portales schools are still plagued by failure in subgroups, especially students with disabilities, and several have slipped into the corrective action designation. School officials in the county say they are generally […]

Eight Clovis schools miss AYP marks

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Eight Clovis schools did not meet federal academic proficiency targets for the 2006-2007 school year, two more than last year. Added to the list were La Casita Elementary for failing reading proficiency and the Arts Academy at Bella Vista because students with disabilities did not meet math and reading […]

Air Force vet helps others with disabilities

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John Prater, left, spent 26 years in the Air Force. (Freedom Newspapers: Claude Vigil) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Instead of settling into retirement and putting up his feet after 26 years in the Air Force, John Prater headed to the college classroom. However, somewhere along the way he began to suffer the effects […]

Military back pay cost will be shared

By Tom Philpott: Military update The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have worked out a plan for sharing the cost and the task of delivering about $500 million in back pay to more than 100,000 military retirees with VA rated disabilities. The retroactive payments are owed to nearly half of all recipients of Combat-Related […]

Civilian workers ready for worst

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Pilkington gets his hair cut by Melissa Gallegos of Clovis on Friday at a barber shop at Cannon Air Force Base. Gallegos is among 600-plus civilians who work on the base. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Devastated to nonchalant — that was the gamut […]

Disabled military to get higher pay

By Tom Philpott Though unseen by an anxious population of disabled retirees, work proceeds at the Pentagon and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service to implement a multi-billion-dollar upgrade in retirement benefits. The effort soon will deliver bigger paychecks to 200,000 or more annuitants. Here is how the two new programs — limited Concurrent Receipt […]

Agreement means more money for vets

Tom Philpott Congress and the Bush administration have agreed to a $22.1 billion deal over 10 years that will dramatically pare back a century-old ban on “concurrent receipt” of both military retired pay and tax-free disability compensation for injuries or illnesses traced to time in service. Up to 200,000 disabled retirees with 20 or more […]

Pressure rises to ease military pay law

By Tom Philpott House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert and other Republican leaders are urging President Bush to drop his veto threat and allow Congress to further ease the century-old law that bans “concurrent receipt” of full military retired pay and Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) disability compensation. Capitol Hill sources said career retirees who now […]