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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Education feature: District has plan for improving Clovis schools

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School is under the gun to get Adequate Yearly Progress exam scores up and Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said the district has a plan. After Clovis High School failed federal mandatory AYP exams for four years, the board of education adopted an alternative governance plan to help the […]

Alternative governance plan approved for Clovis High School

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Clovis board of education approved an alternative governance plan for Clovis High School during Tuesday’s meeting after the high school failed Adequacy Yearly Progress exams for a fourth year in a row. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Four years of failing Adequate Yearly Progress exams has caught up […]

Health plan may be harder to fund than thought

Freedom New Mexico After a period in which his administration declined to get too involved in the details of a planned major overhaul of the way health care is delivered — presumably to avoid the mistakes of the first Clinton administration when Congress was presented a detailed plan concocted largely behind closed doors and didn’t […]

DTV transistion plan waste of federal funds

Freedom New Mexico More than 3 million American households don’t have digital TVs and haven’t prepared for the upcoming demise of analog broadcasting. A converter box that would allow each of these households to keep tuning in after Friday’s deadline usually costs $50 or more. Based on those numbers, we can conclude that closing the […]

Growth plan highlights housing, mental health challenges

Freedom New Mexico Housing, mental health services, public transportation, future water availability and recreation are among items in the area that need improvement, according to a growth management plan released Monday. The Regional Growth Management Plan is aimed at evaluating the communities within Curry and Roosevelt counties and their needed responses to growth at Cannon […]

Survey: Majority of potential Cannon airmen have families

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Steven Blakeley of Spriggs Electric in Clovis wires a home under construction Monday on Lowe Avenue. Blakeley said that business is steady. The number of new residential building permits issued by the city of Clovis in 2009 is up from a year ago. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The […]