Business digest — March 13

Finance authority accepting applications The New Mexico Finance Authority (NMFA) is accepting applications through March 30 for awarding low-interest loans for businesses in qualified low-income areas throughout New Mexico. New Markets Tax Credits can provide low cost gap financing to fund projects and business expansions that are more than $5 million. Benefits include lower cost […]

Officials preparing for high-alert fire season

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CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway Portales Firefighter Chay Chenault checks a fire truck’s water and fluids, a daily check to prepare for the day and very important during high-risk fire seasons. Christina Calloway Portales and Clovis fire departments are preparing for another high-alert fire season and officials want to make sure residents and farmers are […]

Early voter turnout for Portales alcohol election low

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Vines Italian Restaurant server Idette Spears cleans wine glasses Tuesday afternoon. Owner Mark Vigil said the restaurant will begin staying open on Sundays, whether the Dec. 13 special election passes or not. The election is to decide if Portales restaurants will be allowed to sell alcohol on Sundays. Alisa Boswell Early […]

Press release: Cannon LATN environmental assessment released

DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW FOR CANNON LOW ALTITUDE TRAINING PROPOSAL CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – A draft Environmental Assessment analyzing establishment of a low altitude training area in portions of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico for the 27th Special Operations Wing is available for download on the Cannon Air Force Base […]

Cuts could impact TRICARE users

Low reimbursements are the top reason physicians say they turn away beneficiaries who use TRICARE Standard, the military’s fee-for-service insurance option, or TRICARE Extra, the preferred provider option, according to TRICARE health care provider surveys. Access to health care for these two groups of beneficiaries could become an even bigger challenge thanks to the convoluted […]

Low water levels expose berm in Greene Acres Lake

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Due to drought conditions and low levels at Greene Acres Park, a berm was exposed in recent weeks in the southeast corner of the lake. Liliana Castillo A berm in the southeast corner of Greene Acres Lake has become exposed in recent weeks with drought conditions causing low water levels […]

Weekly update — June 19

Testing: Heat, low oxygen likely behind fish deaths Preliminary testing has identified high temperatures and low oxygen as probable reasons for hundreds of fish dying at Dennis Chavez Lake. Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell said a test showed temperatures are abnormally high at 78 degrees with oxygen at a low level of 1.1 milligrams […]

SGLI offers servicemembers low-cost coverage

By Maj. Tabitha Stump: Air and Space Expeditionary Force Casualty Matters RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Having insurance is always good and not spending a lot on the coverage is even better. So, getting $100,000 in traumatic injury life insurance coverage for $1 is great. The Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection program […]

High wind, low humidity equals fire danger

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Dry winds and low humidity on the first full day of spring means an extreme fire danger in New Mexico. The National Weather Service has issued high wind warnings across the entire state Monday. Forecasters predict gusts of nearly 60 mph with blowing dust after noon. The wind advisory remains […]

Cold-damage assistance available for low-income homeowners

Argen Duncan Dixey Evans has been without regular running water for seven-and-a-half weeks. Since the below-zero temperatures in February burst the first pipe, she’s had one leak or broken pipe after another at her Clovis home. Evans said she ran out of money to pay plumbers without getting everything fixed, and she doesn’t have homeowner’s […]

Press release: $46 million for low income communities

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that Finance New Mexico will receive $46 million to support job creation and investments from the private-sector in economically distressed communities across the state. The $46 million comes through the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program under the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial […]

Food at the speed of life: Cake has fewer calories

German chocolate cake is great low-fat. Really. I was skeptical when a friend first offered me a piece of her low-fat, reduced-sugar German chocolate cake about a year ago. It’s a good thing I tried it, though. The cake is chocolatey, moist and light. It doesn’t sit like a rock in your stomach for hours, […]

Humane society starts spay, neuter program

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Animal Control Officer Michael Field spends outdoor time with a golden lab Wednesday at the Animal Shelter. Shelter employees euthanize a majority of the animals that come to the shelter each month. Liliana Castillo The newly created High Plains Humane Society, with the help of two grants totaling $8,000, […]

2010 year of adjustment for Cannon

FNM file photo Clark was nominated for his first star. If his nomination is confirmed by the Senate, he would be elevated to brigadier general. Kevin Wilson As far as years go for Cannon Air Force Base, 2010 was a pretty abnormal year, in that it was actually pretty normal. With no threats to close […]

Year in review: Low-altitude training, land use study highlight year

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File photo Cannon Air Force Base is on the cusp of a few new developments, including low altitude training and the finalization of a joint use land study intended to help the base grow while reducing negative impact to civilian neighbors. Kevin Wilson As far as years go for Cannon Air Force Base, 2010 was […]

County commissioners back Cannon low-altitude training

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Courtesy illustration The proposed low altitude training area covers about 94,000 acres of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Sharna Johnson Assuring property owners’ rights would not be encumbered and the future of wind energy in the region will not be jeopardized, Curry County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution supporting low altitude training efforts by […]

Reports due on low-altitude Air Force flights

The Associated Press DURANGO, Colo. — Colorado and New Mexico residents worried about an Air Force proposal to start low-altitude training flights are putting finishing touches on their arguments against the plan. The Air Force has extended until Monday a deadline to submit concerns about its proposal to start the training out of Cannon Air […]

Base commander: Communication key in low-altitude training issue

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Clark Liliana Castillo Cannon Air Force Base Commander Col. Stephen Clark said communication is going to be the key to the Air Force creating a low-altitude tactical navigation area over northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Cannon hosted eight public meetings within the proposed 94,000 square mile area that Cannon would train its MC-130 and […]

Press release: USAF announces Colorado public scoping meetings on Low Altitude Tactical Navigation Area Proposal

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – The United States Air Force will present information and hear issues and concerns regarding the proposal to establish a Low Altitude Tactical Navigation area for Special Operation Forces here during a series of upcoming public scoping meetings hosted by several Colorado cities. The schedule for the meetings is as […]