Keeping fees means cutting force

Tom Philpott

If Congress blocks Defense Department plans to raise TRICARE fees for military retirees and beneficiary co-pays on drug prescriptions filled off base, the services will have to make even deeper cuts in force strength than now planned, the military’s top health official told lawmakers last week. “Given the constraints of the Budget Control Act, if […]

Roads in need of repair

The roads in Clovis are horrible. I have lived in three states and these roads in Clovis are the worst. They are filled with potholes and are a hazard to drive on. Everywhere I have lived, the roads are watched over 24/7 and are always under construction to maintain the best quality. I was hoping […]

Portales Christmas parade features 31 floats

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Chamber of Commerce: Courtesy photo Gaynelle Thomas, left, with the help of Katelynn Skinner, right, robes Ashlynne Goins Thursday night at the coronation for Little Miss Merry Christmas. The 11 contestants raised $5,326 in funds for Portales’ Christmas Jubilee with Goins raising the most at $2,019. The Jubilee will be today at 6:30 p.m. at […]

Clovis band students dominate band selections

Freedom New Mexico Students from the Clovis High School Freshman Academy and Marshall and Yucca middle schools dominated selections on the Southeastern New Mexico Music Educators Junior High All-District Honor Band. The band, named last week, had 64 of its 95 available seats filled by Clovis students. Also, Clovis students claimed nine of the 14 […]

First person: Management specialist

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Thomas Thornton, a senior at Clovis High School, handles numerous duties as baseball team manager, from fixing equipment to hitting fly balls with the fungo bat. Major League Baseball celebrated its opening day Thursday, as managers filled out lineup cards, made pitching changes and mastered the “double switch” (National League […]

Our people: Proud Texan

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Courtesy photo Chrisman and her brother Bradley Seimens took riding lessons when they were younger. Brittany Chrisman is the president of the Associated Students of Eastern New Mexico University. A native Texan, Chrisman enjoys spending time with her horse, Fancy. Chrisman said her favorite part about her job as president is that she gets to […]

Worldwide communion brings churches together

Clyde Davis Ecumenism was a hope-filled buzzword, certainly old in concept but given a re-birth in the optimistic years following World War II — the war which our fathers fought and came home hoping their sons would not have to fight, only to have those sons and daughters go off to Vietnam, Southwest Asia, and […]

God is a source of joy

By Curtis K. Shelburne Bruce Larson tells of a conference at a Presbyterian church in Omaha. As the story goes, people were given helium-filled balloons and told to hold them until a time came in the service when they experienced joy in their hearts. At that point, they could just let go of their balloons […]

Education digest: Students earn seats in honor band

Students earn seats in honor band Clovis High School band members filled 39 of 89 chairs available in the South East New Mexico Music Educators Association’s High School Honor Band after tryouts last Saturday. Students will travel to Hobbs Dec. 11-12 for the All District Band clinic and concert. Clovis qualifiers for SENMMEA honor band: […]

School board chooses final labor board member

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board filled out the district’s labor management board, choosing former CMS teacher and administrator Lonnie Leslie. Two members had already been chosen for the board — former interim superintendent G.C. Ross and railroad union member Larry Coker. The board would moderate procedural difference between teachers unions […]