Retroactive pay: Timely, complex

Tom Philpott Many Vietnam veterans with ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease or B-cell leukemia expected VA compensation for their illnesses to begin soon after a 60-day congressional review period ended Oct. 30. Though the first batch of payments did go out mid-week, the relatively small number — about 1,300 claims worth $8 million — reinforced […]

Bond D will have positive impact

As presidents of Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University, we want to outline the benefits of General Obligation Bond D in the Nov. 2 General Election, and why it makes sense to the citizens of Curry and Roosevelt counties. The cost of Bond D is very reasonable. The owner of a $100,000 assessed […]

School board approves land acquisition for middle school

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal School board of education approved a contract Tuesday to acquire 40 acres of donated land from Clovis developer Sid Strebeck. Thirty acres will be used to build a proposed new middle school. The contract included the offer of 10 additional acres for the future development of an elementary school, sewer […]

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. […]

Feds ready to pay ‘stop loss’ troops

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Let’s go on a scavenger hunt! The object is to find one (or more) of 89,836 service members, many of them now veterans, who were forced to stay on active duty under “stop loss” orders, for days or months beyond projected separation or retirement dates, sometime from Sept. 11, 2001, […]

Advisory panels: Military benefits unsustainable

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A consensus is building among current and former military leaders and defense industry executives that rising military personnel costs threaten the viability of the all-volunteer force. In July, two separate advisory groups reached the same general conclusions regarding what needs to be done to sustain the force. In the nearer […]

County to consider bond question

CNJ staff Curry County commissioners meet Monday to consider posing a bond question to voters in the November general election. The bond, if approved by voters, would pay for a judicial complex. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the commission room at the courthouse. Commissioners will also consider a bid and contract for the […]

Commissioners approve one ballot question, postpone another

Sharna Johnson Curry County commissioners Tuesday approved one ballot question and postponed action on another regarding possible tax increases to pay for a new jail and a judicial complex. The board adopted an ordinance letting voters decide in the November general election if the county should increase gross receipts taxes to pay for a new […]

Middle school site raises concerns

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Citizens brought concerns about the site chosen for the new middle school to the Clovis Municipal School board of education Tuesday. On June 8, the board chose a 40-acre plot of land from three gifts of land. The site is on Pleasant Hill Highway and Humphrey Road and owned […]

Bill lessens pay gap for troops

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A House panel has voted to give the military a 1.9 percent pay raise next January. That would be a half percentage point higher than what the Obama administration wanted simply to match private sector wage growth. The House armed services subcommittee on military personnel panel also endorsed increases next […]