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Clovis MainStreet receives accreditation Clovis MainStreet was one of 11 MainStreet projects in the state to receive national accreditation for commercial district revitalization, according to a release from the New Mexico Economic Development Department. It is the third straight year the Clovis office has received the accreditation. MainStreet Executive Director Robyne Beaubien said that with […]

County holding grant meetings

CNJ staff Curry County will hold a trio of public hearings to discuss possible uses of Community Development Block Grant planning funds. The meetings will be 5:30 p.m. June 30 at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, 6 p.m. July 5 at the Melrose Senior Center and 5:30 p.m. July 14 at the […]

Sen. Tom Udall to speak at ENMU commencement

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Courtesy photo: Jessica and John McGraw Siblings John and Jessica McGraw are teenage students at Eastern New Mexico University and karate instructors in Hobbs. Jessica, 16, is preparing to graduate with her bachelor’s in biology this week, and John expects to finish his bachelor’s in biology and finance in December, at age 19. Argen Duncan […]

VA fails to meet crucial deadline

Senior Democrats and Republicans on the veterans affairs committees have joined hands to scold the Department of Veterans Affairs over missed deadlines and restrictive language drafted for implementing new benefits for caregivers of severely wounded Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. In an unusual letter last week to President Obama, signed by both chairmen and ranking […]

Ag training sessions available

CNJ staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development is conducting free training sessions for its Rural Energy for America Program and Value Added Producer Grant program. Eligible applicants for REAP include agricultural producers and rural small businesses. Eligible applicants for VAPG include independent producers, farmers or rancher cooperatives, agricultural producer groups and majority-controlled producer-based […]

Retroactive stop loss pay filing deadline nears

CNJ staff report The deadline to apply for retroactive stop loss pay is Oct. 21. Service members whose service was involuntarily extended from Sept. 11, 2001 to Sept. 30, 2009 are eligible for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay. Stop loss is a policy used during major conflicts to quickly retain and generate forces to surge. […]

Portales man sentenced to 12 years for sex offenses

A Portales man was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for molesting an 8-year-old child. Derek Garcia, 27, will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole and will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, according to a press […]

County eligible to apply for development grant

Thursday, Curry County hosted the first of three meetings for public input on Community Development Block Grant money. County Manager Lance Pyle said the county is eligible to apply for up to $500,000 from the state. The hearing was attended by 19 residents and three projects — a paved road from Cannon Air Force Base […]

Press release: Bingaman: Rural New Mexicans now eligible for more affordable prescription medications

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today applauded the Obama administration for implementing provisions he wrote that make prescription medications more affordable for patients served by rural hospitals and other safety-net hospitals. Safety-net providers – health care providers that treat a high percentage of low-income and uninsured patients – and their patients are able to […]

Roswell man sentenced to 48 years for murder

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Brandon Barela waves to his family Monday after receiving his sentence of 48 years for the death of Ron Hittson. Barela will be eligible for parole after he completes a 30-year life sentence and 85 percent of an 18-year term. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 25-year-old Roswell man […]

Roosevelt farmers, ranchers eligible for disaster aid

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt and Quay are among six New Mexico counties declared eligible for disaster assistance Thursday due to continuing drought. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., announced eligibility due to their proximity to Texas counties, which were declared disaster areas. Farmers and ranchers in Dona Ana, Eddy, Lea, Otero, Quay, and Roosevelt counties are now […]

Bingaman: New Mexico counties eligible for drought disaster aid

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today announced that six New Mexico counties been declared eligible for disaster assistance due to their proximity to Texas counties, which were declared disaster areas due to continuing drought. As a result of the declaration, farmers and ranchers in Do

VA acts to expand disability claims

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist About 86,000 Vietnam War veterans, their surviving spouses or estates will be eligible for retroactive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs — an average of 11.4 years for veterans and 9.6 years for survivors — under a draft VA rule to expand by three the number of diseases […]

Diseases linked to herbicide exposure in Vietnam expanded

By Tom Philpott: Military Update About 86,000 Vietnam War veterans, their surviving spouses or estates will be eligible for retroactive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs — an average of 11.4 years for veterans and 9.6 years for survivors — under a draft VA rule to expand by three the number of diseases […]

Stop-loss vets eligible for payment

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist About 185,000 veterans who were forced by wartime “stop loss” orders to serve on active duty after enlistment contracts had expired, or past their approved retirement dates, are due a retroactive special payment of $500 for each extra month they served. But these veterans must apply by Oct. 21 to […]

Bingaman: Eastern New Mexico counties eligible for disaster aid

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today confirmed that the counties of Lea, Curry, Quay and Roosevelt have been declared eligible for disaster assistance due to their proximity to Texas counties, which were declared disaster areas due drought and other disasters that occurred earlier this year. As a result of the declaration, farmers and ranchers […]

Press release: N.M. hunter education certifies 1,402 students

New Mexico’s Hunter Education Program certified 1,402 students in March as young hunters scrambled to become eligible for the April 8 application deadline for 2009-2010 big-game hunting licenses and permits.

Bingaman, Udall and Teague: Chino mine workers eligible for federal assistance

U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, and Representative Harry Teague, today applauded news that the U.S. Department of Labor has determined that workers laid off from the Chino mine are eligible for federal assistance. The New Mexico lawmakers urged then-Labor Secretary Elaine Chao in a December letter to quickly approve any application made for […]

Curry, Quay counties eligible for disaster relief

CNJ staff WASHINGTON — Curry and Quay counties have been declared eligible for federal disaster assistance due to their proximity to a neighboring county in Texas, according to a press release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Parts of Texas were declared disaster areas as a result of hail and high winds on Aug. 16, the […]

USDA error cuts grazing time for local ranchers

By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer A state lawmaker is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture for additional grazing time for roughly 100 Roosevelt County ranchers involved in a federal program. U.S. Rep.Tom Udall, D-N.M., said a clerical error resulted in the ranchers eligible for a special U.S. Department of Agriculture program that allowed grazing […]