Officials ready to raise enrollment fees

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Defense Department officials have drafted plans to raise TRICARE enrollment fees and deductibles sharply over the next three years for military retirees under age 65 and their families, about 3 million beneficiaries. If the changes touted by senior Defense officials are adopted, annual enrollment fees for TRICARE Prime, the military’s […]

Better benefits could be on way

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Three weeks before the TRICARE Reserve Select program begins, a key senator predicts Congress this year will embrace his plan to offer even better healthcare benefits to drilling Reserve and National Guard members. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., new chairman of the Senate armed services’ subcommittee on military personnel, described as […]

Carlsbad rules 4-5A until it loses

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Clovis sophomore Sonia Chavez looks to second as she fields a ground ball during practice Wednesday at the Lady Wildcat Softball Complex. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Carlsbad coach Shaun Standard can’t remember the last time the Cavegirls failed to win the district championship. He thinks the streak is at […]

Marine misses court date while in Iraq

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Schmuck: Will not make trial date while in Iraq. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer John Schmuck is accused of battery in connection with a Clovis bar fight in November of 2002. He didn’t show up for court in April 2003, he didn’t show up for another court date last week and a warrant […]

TRICARE contract plus for Standard users

Tom Philpott Military healthcare beneficiaries will be mailed information packets this year, explaining benefits under TRICARE, the triple-option health plan. The mailing will coincide with the June-through-November phase-in of new TRICARE support contracts, which will merge 11 stateside TRICARE regions into three, require all contractors to operate under the same rules and set contractor performance […]

Turn back the hands of time

By Sue Gilmore Welcome to the dark side … of the day. Yes, it’s that time again. Time to set back the clocks and bid farewell to that extra hour of daylight. Except, of course, in Arizona (not including the Navajo Nation), Hawaii and most of Indiana. Their time zones are constants — always standard […]

Clovis knows whose character counts

Project: Reader Reaction Clovis’ public schools are celebrating Character Counts week. A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked participants for examples of people whose character is a standard for others to follow. Some responses: “My grandfather, O.H. Gaedke, was a man of impeccable character. He was scrupulously honest, a hard-working businessman who became president of […]

Letters to the Editor 8/17

Utility manager lauds conservation efforts On behalf of New Mexico American Water, please allow me to thank the residents of Clovis for their tremendous response to our recent requests for conservation. While wise water use is always a good idea, this summer our system has been especially strained. I was very pleased to see the […]