Mullen, military coalition at odds over bonus

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, will not join a chorus of critics who oppose the $30,000 bonus offer made to careerists in their 15th year of service if they agree to accept a less generous retirement plan. Mullen, in our interview two weeks ago, suggested the Redux […]

Reporter’s notebook: Singer chosen to represent state

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer ZANESSA DODD SAID SHE watched the mail daily anticipating the letter from the National FFA Chorus. The Melrose High School senior, who has been a member of the Melrose FFA chapter for six years, has been selected to sing in the 2006 National FFA Chorus Oct. 25-28 in Indianapolis. […]

Retired ENMU music director belts out Christmas tunes

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Louis Burkel, 85, has played every Christmas concert with The Clovis Community Band since joining the band in 1980. CNJ staff photo: Jack King. By Jack King Louis Burkel has spent a lifetime with music, either playing it or teaching it to others. Burkel, who retired in 1980 as director of the school of music […]