Care plan to encompass more military families

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The Defense Department’s family care plan policy will be expanded in the coming months to encompass a wider population of military parents, a defense legal expert said. The new policy will require military parents with custody of children from a previous relationship to file a family […]

Judge approves Freedom reorganization plan

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge in Delaware has approved the Chapter 11 reorganization plan of Freedom Communications. Freedom Communications is the corporate owner of Freedom New Mexico, including the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. Under the plan approved Tuesday, Freedom’s secured lenders including JPMorgan Chase and Bank of […]

Weather slows overpass progress

CNJ staff Recent winter weather has slowed progress of the replacement of the Hull Street Overpass. City Engineer Justin Howalt said the target date for the overpass is now November. Howalt said the plan this week is to work on drilling for the bridge’s foundation. The step involves drilling 70-foot holes, and filling them with […]

Roosevelt dairy ordered to form groundwater cleanup plan

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Environment Department has ordered a second dairy in Roosevelt County to come up with a plan for cleaning up contaminated groundwater. According to a news release from the department, La Jolla Dairy northwest of Portales has submitted a Stage 1 Abatement plan to address soil and […]

Officials holding fair open house

CNJ staff Curry County is hosting an open house 6:30 p.m. Monday at the fairgrounds to discuss future growth and improvements to the grounds, according to a press release. County Manager Lance Pyle said some of the suggestions his office has received for improving fairgrounds have included: Parking and hook-ups for recreational vehicles, covered horse […]

Melrose hoping for change, growth

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Village of Melrose is trying to plan ahead and entice growth. With a changed mission at Cannon Air Force Base, a new medical center underway and local energy projects on the horizon, the community of about 700 is looking to prepare for change. And villagers want growth, Mayor […]

Area schools plan to start late

Some area schools have announced plans to start late Thursday due to inclement weather.

Realtors plan to text donations to Haiti in unison at meeting

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Realtor Kelly Corn donates $5 to United Way from her cell phone to help earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Everybody’s doing it. And this time, it’s a good thing. The Clovis Board of Realtors plans to join in by texting in unison Tuesday […]

Meetings watch: Commission approves affordable housing plan request

The Clovis City Commission met Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. • The commission approved a request to prepare an affordable housing plan. Community Relations Director Claire Burroughes said the project is not geared towards housing for incoming Cannon Air Force personnel, which is addressed in the city’s comprehensive plan, but for low-income housing. Prepared […]

TRICARE screenings essential to health

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance While January is a great time to plan for your health in 2010, you’ll never find a wrong time to get vital screening tests. Whether you’re a man or a woman, age 25 or 65, make sure to talk with your doctor about the screening tests listed below. These […]

2010 Thrift Savings Plan contributions remain at 2009 limits

American Forces Press Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board here announced Dec. 11 the 2010 elective deferral limit for regular Thrift Savings Plan contributions will remain at $16,500, unchanged from 2009. Contributions for the TSP catch-up plan also remains at the $5,500 limit set in 2009. “TSP is […]

Medicare plan enrollment open

CNJ staff Medicare Part D open enrollment is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at La Casa Senior Center. Medicare beneficiaries can shop for a better Medicare Part D drug plan by reviewing a list of options for the 2010 Medicare Part D Plan list. Anyone seeking to enroll will need a drivers license or identification card, Medicare […]

Freedom creditors can solicit alternative plan

By Randall Chase: The Associated Press WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The creditors committee in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Freedom Communications will be allowed to seek an alternative to the company’s reorganization plan, a Delaware judge has ruled. Following a hearing Wednesday, Judge Brendan Shannon granted the committee’s request to allow its investment bankers to […]

Dairy submits plan to clean up contamination

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico Environment Department representatives have said they’ve found groundwater pollution at a local dairy, but the owner said he has decreased existing contamination since taking over the property. NMED environmental scientist Bart Faris, reading from the abatement plan the dairy has turned in to address the situation, said […]

Survivor plan not being utilized

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist A typical officer retiring today who declines to enroll in the Survivor Benefit Plan lets the government off the hook for a subsidy worth $50,100 in “net present value,” say Department of Defense actuaries. The typical enlisted retiree who chooses not to enroll in SBP is turning down a subsidy […]

Thrift Savings Plan options available to Airmen

By by Airman 1st Class Staci Miller: 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany — The Thrift Savings Plan is a government-managed, 401k-type payroll-deduction program designed to provide tax-deferred retirement plan for servicemembers and federal civilian employees. Military members can contribute any whole percentage of basic pay, as long as the annual total […]

Commission to vote on improvements plan

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners are expected to approve a five-year, $56.1 million capital improvement plan during a special meeting Tuesday. The Infrastructure and Capital Improvements Plan — which outlines capital improvement requests the county will make from 2011 to 2015 — shows a focus on road improvement. The commission will […]

National health plan won’t hit TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist President Obama says his push to reform the nation’s health care system will not diminish health benefits for service families or retirees who use TRICARE, or for veterans who rely on VA hospitals and clinics. In fact, he suggested, as health reform takes hold across the country, veterans who, for […]

No tolerance for opponents of health reform

Freedom New Mexico The ongoing debate over the White House health-care plan has revealed the ugly dark side of this administration. We now see that behind President Barack Obama’s soothing words and talk about ameliorating differences is a man and his allies who disdain their opponents and have little tolerance for freewheeling public debate. We’re […]

No money to pay survivor benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military update It can be a frustrating time of year for 54,000 military widows who see their Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments wiped out or reduced by the monthly amount they receive in Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the Department of Veterans Affairs. As it has done routinely in recent years, […]