Proposal to ban funeral services too extreme

Freedom New Mexico Funerals are accepted as the final rite of passage in virtually every culture. Here as in most of the world, funerals, and funeral processions, are part of that rite. In addition to showing respect for the deceased, they help offer some closure, perhaps even catharsis, to the mourners. Texas District Attorney Rene […]

Clovis grad ties for 38th at Nevada Open

CNJ staff Clovis High graduate Travis Reid shot a 4-over-par 76 in the third and final round Friday and finished tied for 38th at the Nevada Open in Mesquite, Nev. Reid finished at 3-under 213 and earned $537. He was tied for 17th at 7-under entering the final round. Brady Schnell beat former La Cueva […]

Hull Street overpass close to completion

CNJ staff Crews are putting the final touches on the Hull Street overpass, with hopes that cars could cross the new structure as soon as Friday. City Engineer Justin Howalt said the final step is a pedestrian fence, a standard feature with the sidewalk area overlooking the railroad. The fence could take up to two […]

Retroactive compensation awarded

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Department of Veterans Affairs published its final regulation Aug. 31 for compensating Vietnam veterans with ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease or B-cell leukemia, or their surviving spouses. Veterans diagnosed with these diseases only will have to show they stepped foot in Vietnam sometime from Jan. 9, 1962 through May […]

Richardson talks Ute, ENMU

Kevin Wilson New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson paid one of his final official visits to eastern New Mexico Thursday, when he gave $125,000 to Eastern New Mexico University’s digital cinema arts program. Following the ceremony, he took a few questions from Freedom New Mexico and News 3 New Mexico (KENW-TV) reporters. Kevin Wilson, Freedom New […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A winner, local 4-H hall of famers and the death of a princess

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Final winner John Zitzelsberger is this fifth, and final, winner in the drawing for The Freedom New Mexico newsletter contest.

County awaiting vote to complete complex plan

Sharna Johnson Curry County commissioners voted Tuesday to wait on the final phase of an architect’s plan for a judicial complex until after voters decide in November whether to fund the project. They also — following a more than hour-long executive session — granted the county manager authority to proceed with purchasing private properties needed […]

Final Agent Orange review ordered

An estimated 200,000 Vietnam veterans suffering from three diseases newly associated with exposure to Agent Orange are closer to receiving disability compensation following an appeals court order Aug. 2 directing VA to publish a final implementing regulation within 30 days. On a lawsuit brought by a coalition of veterans’ service organizations, the U.S. Court of […]

Influencing TRICARE option barred

Civilian employers of military retirees once again can offer a TRICARE supplemental plan with their cafeteria-style health insurance options so that workers who elect to use their TRICARE Standard benefit can buy coverage conveniently and with pre-taxed dollars. The change took effect June 18 under a final rule published by the Department of Defense that […]

Veterans cautious of health reform

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist As House and Senate Democrats negotiate a final compromise national health care reform bill, military people across the nation — and their advocates in Washington D.C. — remain vigilant for side effects. The Obama administration and Democratic congressional leaders have tried to reassure military members, retirees and veterans that national […]