Military digest: Board says military retirement overly generous

By Tom Philpott Gen. Martin Dempsey, Army chief of staff, seemed to splash figurative cold water on ideas surfacing at the Pentagon and elsewhere to cut future retirement obligations and other personnel costs, deeply and soon. Testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee to become the next chairman of the Joint […]

Official: Housing, health care among top growth priorities

Argen Duncan Housing, quality of life and health care are top priorities for regional growth management, the regional growth planner has said. At the Local Growth Management Committee meeting Wednesday in Portales, Rick Draker of RM Draker and Associates gave a close-out report on the first year of regional growth planning work. Draker said the […]

Education digest —

Executive director of personnel hired The Clovis Municipal Schools has hired Kerry Parker as the new executive director of personnel, according to a news release. Rhonda Roberts, who previously held the position, has retired. Parker previously served as the principal of a technical high school in Connecticut and as an assistant principal and principal in […]

Less incentives for troops this year

The fiscal 2012 defense budget taking shape in Congress could have the fewest significant initiatives for military personnel, retirees and their families in a generation. Blame the ballooning debt crisis, which has left Republicans and Democrats alike looking for ways to curb federal spending, including for defense. And credit a long list of pay and […]

Animal control personnel say they’re pleased with licensing results

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Animal Control Officer Martin Martinez, left, and Laura Duden, right, watch as Carol Baca fills out a pet license application for a dog she adopted from the city shelter. Kevin Wilson Animal control personnel said there’s plenty of work to go, but they’re pleased with the impact the city’s pet […]

Delayed reporting Wednesday for Cannon personnel

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — There is a two-hour delay for non-essential personnel to report to work due to weather conditions.

Reduction of forces real concern

Military personnel who seek to extend their careers should stay in shape and stay out of trouble because the armed forces will strive to keep only the best through a post-war drawdown period, warns the new chairman of the House armed services personnel subcommittee. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., said his priority will be to improve […]

Proposal raises costs for military

Military personnel and federal civilian workers would see pay levels frozen for three years and their out-of-pocket medical costs rise under a proposed plan to cut federal budget deficits by $200 billion a year by 2015. The 58-part “illustrative” plan was unveiled Wednesday by former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson (Wyo.) and Erskine Bowles, chief of […]

Letter to the editor: Responders reacted with diligence

Responders reacted with diligence A recent Internet piece named New Mexico as one of the least favored states for good medical care. I have lived in Clovis since 1967 and have heard many conversations about the lack of quality medical care in Clovis. No doubt, some of the complaints have merit. However, I was the […]

Officials: Area needs more rentals

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis City Commissioner Randy Crowder talks about gross receipts taxes and energy regulations adding costs to construction projects. Crowder spoke Thursday at a Regional Growth Planning Office housing forum. Liliana Castillo After 3 1/2 hours of information sharing and discussion at the Regional Growth Planning Committee regional housing forum, officials […]