Committee approves bill providing $4 million for 30-day session

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Legislature’s 30-day session could end up costing almost $142,000 a day. A House committee unanimously approved a bill Tuesday to allocate more than $4.2 million to pay for the legislative session and nearly $13.3 million for year-round operations of the Legislature. The measure, known as […]

Who are these folks? Residents unable to name local lawmakers

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Those seeking fame and name recognition should stray from the realm of state politics. Here in eastern New Mexico, the men and women of the state Legislature are widely unknown, despite the approaching 30-day legislative session, which will send local lawmakers to Santa Fe, where they will dole out […]

CCC holds veterans event

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Linda Thrower, a registered nurse and veteran, speaks with Ernest Doyon of New Mexico Service Disabled Veterans Business Advocates Wednesday at Clovis Community College. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) CNJ staff Military veterans converged on Clovis Community College on Wednesday for an all-day event that included speakers, breakout sessions, exhibit booths and networking. Sandra Taylor-Sawyer the […]

Officers oppose two-tiered death benefits

Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The vice chiefs of armed forces gave a frosty reception to a Defense Department plan that would raise the military’s $12,400 death gratuity to $100,000 but only for survivors of service members who die in combat areas. In testimony last week before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the second-highest ranking officers […]

Increase in death benefits on the table

By Tom Philpott Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and Defense Department officials have negotiated a proposed increase in military death benefits that would boost total payments to survivors of service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan by $238,000. The higher payments would be made retroactive to the start of the war in Afghanistan, in the fall […]

Tornado spotter courses slated for Tuesday

David Arkin Those interested in learning more about storm spotting will have the chance to do so this week during two sessions being held in the area. Two Tornado Spotters Courses are set for Tuesday. A Clovis course will be from 1-4 p.m. in the Bert Cabiness City Government Assembly Room. The Portales course will […]

Convention to address Bible’s relevancy

CNJ Staff The New Mexico Christian Convention is coming to Clovis next week and the general public is invited to attend the preaching and teaching sessions that will be held Thursday through Saturday. Hosted by Central Christian Church and First Christian Church, the meeting is the statewide assembly of independent Christian churches in New Mexico. […]

Tornado season upon us

By Jack King May and June are peak tornado times for eastern New Mexico, which is on the far western edge of the nation’s Tornado Alley. And local officials take regular steps to prepare for potential storm damage, said Clovis/Curry County Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos — even though tornadoes are rare around […]