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 […]

School board to discuss personnel matters

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education will discuss personnel matters related to the position of superintendent during Wednesday’s special board meeting. The board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the district board room in closed executive session.

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 […]

School board meets about superintendent position

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education met in executive session for about an hour and a half Tuesday. The meeting was called to discuss personnel matters related to the position of superintendent, according to the legal notice. The board’s attorney Dave Richards and longtime Clovis educator G.C. Ross attended the closed meeting […]

Fire departments battle Sunday grassfire

Freedom New Mexico Ten eastern New Mexico fire departments helped fight a grass fire in Curry County on Sunday. Portales, Floyd, Elida, Dora and Arch firefighters and Roosevelt County Road Department personnel worked on a blaze that was caused by a lightning strike and burned about 6,400 acres of sandy range land along North Curry […]

EPCOG holds meeting on personnel issues

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Eastern Plains Council of Governments spent nearly two hours in an executive session Wednesday to discuss personnel matters. Richard Arguello, interim EPCOG director and chairman of the executive committee, did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday following the meeting. Committee member Gary Watkins declined to comment on […]

Education digest: Board meeting today

Board meeting today The Clovis school board is holding a special executive session 5:30 p.m. today in the district board room. The board will discuss personnel matters related to the position of superintendent.

Officials say options limited for helping builders

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Frankie Lopez of Double I Construction plumbs a post Thursday for a picket fence at a home under construction on Ralph Boone Drive in northeast Clovis near the Cannon Air Force Base 801 housing for personnel. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base is set to receive […]

Weather delays Cannon

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Due to inclement weather, non-mission essential personnel

Cannon power to be shut down for repairs

Electricity at Cannon Air Force base will shut down from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday for repairs to the power grid, according to a base news release. Non-mission essential personnel are ordered to stand by and not report for duty until directed by their commanders, according to the release. The following services and offices […]

Cannon late-night dance open to personnel, surrounding community

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Building community and dancing all night — people age 21 and older can do both in tonight’s Late Nighter at The Landing at Cannon Air Force Base. The dance is open to Cannon personnel and the surrounding community. It includes free snacks, alcohol and two disc jockeys playing at […]