VA officals contacting veteran-students about new GI Bill

American Forces Press Service Representatives of the Department of Veterans Affairs here will be telephoning veterans across the country to explain their education benefits under the new Post-911 GI Bill and ensure beneficiaries are able to receive payments due them. “The Post-9/11 GI Bill is one of our highest priorities,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs […]

Zias post fourth consecutive shutout

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Zias midfielder Andrea Elizondo makes a play on the ball from the ground after a collision with New Mexico Highlands forward Kimberly Hutchings in the first half of Monday’s women’s soccer match at the ENMU pitch. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — A letdown wasn’t a fear, or […]

Zias beat Pueblo, lose to Fort Hays

CNJ staff Megan Kabrick played basketball her first two years at Eastern New Mexico University, then sat out her junior season. A bit restless, she tried out for the Zias’ volleyball team in the spring. It was a sport she hadn’t played since 2005, her senior year at Portales High. Kabrick put together perhaps her […]

Letters to the editor: Post office remodel would cost public

Post office remodel would cost public It is plain to see something is rotten in Denmark, as the old saying goes. A group of six postal employees, some from Albuquerque, stood in various places in the lobby of the Gidding Street Post Office on July 16 and offered little or no information about the planned […]

Post-9/11 GI Bill guidance released

By Maj. Beth Kelley Horine: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force Personnel Center officials here provided updates to the field recently on the Air Force implementation of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The updates, effective Aug. 1, include guidance on how eligible airmen can choose to transfer part […]

City official hopes grassroots effort saves post office

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis city commissioner is hopeful that a public effort can save the Gidding Street post office like it helped save Cannon Air Force Base. In the days following the second public meeting about the post office, which the U.S. Postal Service wishes to close for financial reasons, Commissioner […]

Groups gather to stop post office closing

Four local entities have scheduled a special town hall meeting 9 a.m. Thursday at the Clovis Carver Public Library to rally support for keeping the Gidding Street post office open.The U.S. Postal Service has confirmed it is considering closing the downtown building and consolidating all Clovis operations at its site on West 21st.The town hall […]

Open house will address post office consolidation

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The real estate market may dictate whether Clovis residents will have one or two post office locations in the future. An open house is scheduled 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Thursday at 417 Gidding Street, the downtown Clovis Post Office property the United States Postal Service is trying to […]

GI Bill transfer full of questions

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Users of one of the most popular features of the Post-9/11 GI Bill — the option to transfer benefits to family members — will find a few quirks in how Congress designed the transfer provisions as they take effect in August. For example, spouses of active duty members who hope […]

Century-old St. Vrain post office closes

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Courtesy of Bonnie Robinson St. Vrain Post Office has closed after 102 years. Its last day of sales was Tuesday. Freedom New Mexico The 102-year-old St. Vrain Post Office has closed. Bonnie Robinson of Melrose, who ran the post office for the past seven months, said her last day of sales was Tuesday. Customers began […]

Post 9/11 GI Bill applicants rising

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The Obama administration is taking steps to reconcile ambitious campaign promises with real world budget challenges on two key issues for veterans: advance funding for VA health care and expansion of concurrent receipt for disabled retirees. Some progress on both fronts is promised this year even if the administration and […]

Proposed Post-9/11 GI Bill rules explained

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — With Department of Veterans Affairs representatives ready to begin accepting sign-ups for the Post-9/11 GI Bill May 1, Defense Department officials are working to get word out on the proposed policy regarding the bill’s transferability provisions to help servicemembers decide if the new benefit is right […]

Bingaman strongly backs New Mexican for FEMA post

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said New Mexico’s Tim Manning is an excellent candidate to be Deputy Administrator for National Preparedness at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and urged a Senate Panel to approve his confirmation.

Bingaman working to keep Giddings post office open

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman is pressing the U.S. Postal Service to keep open the Giddings Street Post Office in Clovis.

Bingaman pushes to keep Gidding Street post office

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Add Sen. Jeff Bingaman to a growing list of officials bristling over plans to close the downtown Post Office in Clovis. Bingaman said he is pressing the postal service to keep the Gidding Street Post Office open and said he has sent a letter to the postmaster general making […]

27th SOW command post remodeled

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Master Sgt. Bobbi Jo Stumpf, 27th Special Operations Wing Command Post, zip-ties together loose cords in one of the rooms of the recently renovated Command Post. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs As construction continues unabated around base, there is an area in a […]

Editorial: Newspapers must adjust to changing business climate

The conversion of the venerable Seattle Post-Intelligencer to an Internet-only news source — with a staff of 20 in the newsroom rather than the 165 who were there a day earlier — following closely on the death of the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, is another sad milestone in what we prefer not to call […]

Hounds post series win at Kingsville

CNJ staff KINGSVILLE, Texas — Struggling senior right-hander Tyler Doughty pitched five strong innings in relief and Eastern New Mexico University used a four-run, sixth-inning rally to beat Texas A&M-Kingsville 5-4 and sweep Saturday’s Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader. In the seven-inning opener, junior first baseman Seth Clabaugh homered and drove in three runs as […]

Zias post sweep of Mustangs

CNJ staff PORTALES — Two big innings made it an easy day for Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team. The Zias scored nine runs in the bottom of the first en route to a 16-2 first-game rout of University of the Southwest at Zia Softball Field, then parlayed an eight-run second into a 9-0 second-game […]

Zias post sweep in home opener

CNJ staff PORTALES — Junior pitcher-first baseman Kristen Cruickshank belted her seventh homer in seven games as Eastern New Mexico University completed a sweep of Texas-Permian Basin Thursday with a 12-1 rout at Zia Softball Field. In the first game, the Zias did all their scoring in the second inning, capped by a two-run homer […]