Team examines travel pay process

By Tech. Sgt. Drew Nystrom: Air Force Reserve Command Public Affairs Robins Air Force Base, Ga. — Air Force Reserve Command officials here hosted a total force team of financial experts from around the Air Force Aug. 11 through 14 to improve delays in processing travel vouchers. The team, under the direction of Richard P. […]

Airmen hit the road on two wheels

USAF Photo: Airman 1st Class Erik Cardenas Goggles, wraparound glasses or a full face shield that is properly attached to the helmet must be worn on a motorcycle. All must meet or exceed American National Standards Institute standards for impact and shatter resistance. By Airman 1st Class Erik Cardenas, 27th SOW Public Affairs With gas […]

Clovis, Portales mayors travel to Washington D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Pete Domenici today visited with the mayors of Portales and Clovis in advance of their appearance before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

What's Happening April 25

Friday Discover Home Travel Fair — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Doc Stewart Park. Social hour — 4:27 p.m. in the lounge at The Landing Saturday End Zone Bar — Open 5 p.m.-midnight. Youth Center — 7 p.m., Teen Lock-In. Youth Center — Open recreation. 4-H cooking and photography club, Keystone Club, Image Makers, Fit Factor […]

April 20, 2008 Letters to the Editor

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Government racks up hefty travel bill

By Freedom Newspapers As big and costly as the federal government is, we wouldn’t expect that its travel budget would be a pittance. But last year’s total of more than $14 billion is still a shocker. Perhaps we can take solace in the fact that it’s lower than the 2005 bill by $1.3 billion. But […]

Millions making long holiday trips

CNJ Staff Albuquerque — An estimated 34.6 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Labor Day weekend, most by motor vehicle, according to a AAA New Mexico news release. That’s about the same number as last year but a drop from the 34.8 million who traveled the 2005 Labor Day weekend, […]

Paying the price

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Cathy Jones of Portales fills up her car Wednesday. She lives in Portales and commutes to Clovis for work. Jones plans to stay home Memorial Day weekend, but said she might have taken a trip if gas prices would have been lower. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers People are making […]

Cannon Finance Office reminds Airmen of services provided online

1st Lt. Christopher Alexander The Air Force has developed numerous tools for Airmen to access their financial records and military history info. Tools such as myPay, Leave Web and the Virtual Military Personnel Flight allow Airmen to research and correct any errors in their records. The key component of all these systems is user involvement; […]

Meetings watch: Tuesday’s Municipal Schools board meeting

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer The following is a supplemental report on Tuesday’s Municipal Schools board meeting: The board took the following action: —Approved the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 school year calendar. The calendars have 173 and 174 instructional days, respectively. School begins Aug. 15 and Aug. 13, respectively. —Approved a request to travel for […]

Near miss still leaves mark

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Luis Acosta of Clovis scrapes ice and snow from his van’s windshield Wednesday on Gidding Street. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff A winter storm front that was more bark than bite drifted out of the area Wednesday afternoon, but not before dusting the area with about 2 inches of light […]

Space travel means one pricey ticket

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist George Bush, the first and arguably the brighter George Bush, first spoke in 1987 about “the vision thing.” The vision thing. It’s the concept of looking past my tiny world and dreaming of what could be. I don’t have the vision thing. Noting my inability to project beyond current reality […]

Student profile: Priya Sharma

Priya Sharma is a Clovis High School senior. She is the daughter of Kiran and Madhu Sharma. What do you envision your life being like in 10 years? I hope that I will be an established dentist or doctor, and I hope to have a family of my own. If money were no object, what […]

Journey of 1,250 miles begins with jerky

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM columnist As I prepared for my 10th high school class reunion, I couldn’t help but think about the class motto we’d decided on that fateful senior year: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step.” A decade later, I realize that’s a load of bull. If you’re a […]

Travelling mentally, if not physically

By Grant McGee My brand new passport came in the mail the other day. “I understand there’s a microchip in here so the government can keep track of you via satellite,” I said, tongue firmly in cheek, as I pulled it from the official-looking envelope. “If they are,” said The Lady of the House, “it’s […]

Budget trims shouldn’t happen only in emergencies

We hope President Bush’s recent signing of a long delayed $94.5 billion military supplemental spending bill relieves the cash crunch that led to a hiring freeze at many military facilities. But it doesn’t, and shouldn’t, end efforts by the Pentagon to pinch pennies, because every military dollar spent in superfluous or wasteful ways is one […]

Conference spending wastes taxpayer money

Freedom Newspapers It’s not always easy to get a federal employee on the phone. Now we know a bit more about where they are when we call. Federal spending on out-of-town conferences has increased by nearly 70 percent over the past five years, according to Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, one Republican who is taking on […]

Politicians have bogus concept of rights

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Do people have a right to medical treatment whether or not they can pay? What about a right to food or decent housing? Would a U.S. Supreme Court justice hold that these are rights just like those enumerated in our Bill of Rights? In order to have any hope of […]

Let the willing pay for space conquests

CNJ Editorial Way back in January 2004, as almost a throwaway line in his State of the Union speech, President Bush proposed returning humans to the moon and eventually to Mars. Many commentators noted that this grandiose public-works proposal seemed to sink like a stone in the sea of public opinion, and the president has […]

Collecting books not deviant hobby

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist So how do you read your books? What I mean is, do you get your books one at a time to read? Do you only read books from the library? Or do you get a book thinking, “I’ll read that someday.” That’s what I do. I have rows of books […]