Benefit program deadline approaching

By Pete Domenici: Guest columnist The May 15 deadline for signing up for Medicare prescription drug benefits is quickly approaching and there are still thousands of New Mexicans, particularly low-income residents, who have not signed up. Because we built in extra compensations to help poor seniors, I strongly encourage them to act now to sign […]

Drought assistance available to farmers

CNJ staff Federal disaster assistance is available to farmers and ranchers in Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties who have endured economic hardship as a result of the region’s continuing drought, Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) has announced. For information about low-interest emergency loans, contact the Farm Service Agency, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, at […]

Heating costs forcing some seniors to look at alternatives

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Richard Jamieson holds up his homemade storm window Saturday at his home north of Clovis. The storm window, which is piece of insulation with tape, is used to keep out the cold and lower heating costs. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A wood stove and closed doors. These are the […]

Winter cost-cutting: Some residents turning to heating alternatives

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Clayton Ortiz cuts pinon and pine Tuesday at David’s Firewood on 21st Street. The pieces of wood will be packaged and sold in stores. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Curry County residents will be paying more to heat their homes this winter. On Wednesday, the Energy Department predicted winter heating […]

9/27 Business Digest

Certification program open to companies The New Mexico Economic Development Department is accepting applications for the Albuquerque 2006 class of the New Mexico 9000 program. The purpose of this program is to provide small businesses in New Mexico with technical assistance to achieve ISO 9001:2000 compliance/certification at an affordable cost. Costs incurred in becoming ISO […]

Experts estimate 20 to 26 percent decrease in jobs

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Economy experts are estimating a decrease in local jobs between 20 and 26 percent in Curry County if Cannon Air Force Base is closed. Pentagon officials on Friday announced Cannon was on the list of recommended U.S. base closures. According to the Department of Defense, Clovis would be the hardest-hit […]

Federal program educates military personnel on electoral process

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer As the Nov. 2 election comes to a head, Cannon Air Force Base personnel will have the special assistance of trained voting representatives to assist them in a myriad of voting issues. The federal voting assistance program provides that for every 100 people in the military there should be […]

Administrator says new state guidelines will place burden on staff, housing

By David Arkin: CNJ CORRESPONDENT The administrator of a Clovis senior care center says a decision to relicense the facility by the state’s health department will create serious staffing and housing-cost issues. Mary Weigl, who oversees the Senior Citizen Resident Center, said the health department will no longer license the center as an independent living […]

Mother sees hope in fund’s gift

Eric Butler Tangible, material goods are what most people hope to give during the Christmas season. June and Roger (not their real names) won’t be able to do much of that this year for their four children. And community assistance, which June is hoping to receive from The Salvation Army through its Empty Stocking Fund, […]

Be prepared for roadside emergencies

By Gary Mitchell Best to be prepared for roadside emergencies Should you have a flat tire on a pitch-black country road in the middle of the night, there are some emergency “must-haves” you may want to consider stashing away in your car — just in case. According to Shell Oil Products officials in a press […]