Redistricting plans stir up debate

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Current districts Robin Fornoff By most accounts, it’s boiled down to two choices. One changes little. The other changes everything and brings the threat of a lawsuit, according to Curry County Commissioner Robert Sandoval. At stake is who will represent county voters in the 2012 election and beyond. Commissioners plan to make their critical decision […]

Clovis woman receives four-year prison term for embezzlement

A Clovis woman was sentenced Friday to four years in prison after pleading guilty to embezzling about $90,000 from the accounts of disabled customers at the bank where she worked. Dawn Lebow, 45, as part of a plea agreement, paid $60,000 restitution Friday during the hearing and will be required to pay an additional $30,000 […]

Bankers: Bill could strengthen local economy

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A Bill introduced in the state House of Representatives would require state agencies to bank in state and would give local banks preference over out-of-state banks for state investments. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local bankers believe a bill introduced in the state House of Representatives could strengthen local […]

President announces Medicaid relief

President Obama Announces More Than $95 Million in Medicaid Relief from ARRA for New Mexico Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) funding available for states on Wednesday in special Treasury accounts President Barack Obama announced this morning in a meeting with the Nation’s Governors that states will be able to access the first two quarters of […]

Woman charged with embezzling funds of disabled individuals

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Dawn Lebow is charged with 12 counts of forgery and 12 counts of embezzlement, according to a criminal complaint filed in Curry County Magistrate Court on Wednesday. CNJ staff A 43-year-old Clovis woman is charged with forgery and embezzlement following allegations she drained more than $13,000 from bank accounts of 12 disabled clients of ENMRSH. […]

More county fair funds may be missing

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File photo The Curry County Fair is held in August. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer More revenue from the 2007 county fair appears to be unaccounted for and a state auditor has been recruited to assist Curry County in the investigation, according to County Manager Lance Pyle. Pyle said he discovered a discrepancy of […]

Congress got one thing right: health savings

By Freedom Newspapers The lame-duck session of Congress that also marked the end of 12 years of Republican domination of the legislative branch ended Saturday morning with more of a whimper than a bang. Nine of the 11 “normal” appropriations bills remained unpassed, leaving the federal government to rely on “continuing appropriations” that will fund […]

Cash flow the key for solid business

Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Everybody’s Business Having a profitable business means success — myth or fact? Before answering the question, it is important to understand the difference between cash flow and profitability. The leading cause of business failure is improper cash flow planning. In order to plan cash flow, a general understanding of accounting principals is needed, […]

Take steps to protect against identity theft

Terry Blaschke: Guest Columnist Identity theft is the nation’s fastest-growing crime. More than 40,000 Americans reported incidents of identity theft during 2000, with more than half of the complaints involving credit card fraud, according to the Federal Trade Commission. That’s roughly one case of identity theft reported every 19 minutes. Identity thieves can strike at […]

Encourage legislators to encourage savings

By Fred Nathan: Guest columnist The national savings rate is at its lowest point since the Great Depression, according to a report issued recently by the Commerce Department. Last year, Americans’ personal savings actually fell into negative territory (at minus 0.5 percent) for the first time since 1933. With fewer and fewer companies providing pensions, […]

Thrift savings plan more investor-friendly

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The number of active duty and reserve component members enrolled in the federal Thrift Savings Plan will hit a half million this month. Recent improvements could encourage many more to join, say plan administrators. In July, TSP began year-round enrollment, in place of twice-yearly “open seasons.” The open seasons didnít […]

AARP: Private accounts not viable solution

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The New Mexico chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons is adamant Social Security needs to be fixed, and they are concerned about a day that the federal program’s expenses will exceed revenues. Their message to Portales residents during a seminar Tuesday was that private investment accounts […]

Bush should stress positives, not negatives

CNJ staff It has been a rough couple of weeks for the Bush administration and the idea that the Social Security system requires reform and that individual accounts should be part of that reform. A Pew Research Center poll showed that, after a month of selling the idea, the percentage of Americans who said they […]

Privatization is independence for our future

CNJ staff Part of President Bush’s recent economic summit involved a possible overhaul of Social Security. Long considered untouchable for politicians who hoped to be re-elected, Social Security is approaching insolvency in the foreseeable future, prompting Bush and others to take another look at the program. Although Social Security has enough to pay benefits now, […]

Social Security needs to be fixed now

by John Bussian, Guest Columnist Were the country not at war, easily the biggest issue in the presidential campaign would be President Bush’s plan to save Social Security benefits for younger workers. The issue isn’t just a curiosity, to see if the plan would work. It is a necessity if workers below the age of […]

Two arrested in fraud sting

By Darrell Todd Maurina Two state employees face charges of stealing at least $2,900 from accounts meant to assist low-income Portales residents, according to 9th District Attorney Brett Carter. Ricardo Mendez, 37, of Clovis, and Julia Tapia, 49, of Portales, were arrested Friday on charges of fraud over $250 and conspiracy to commit fraud over […]