Fire destroys sorghum, hay on ranch east of Portales

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune A fire, which broke out on a ranch east of Portales, claimed more than $1 million in sorghum and hay Thursday afternoon. Wes Fraze, son-in-law of the ranch owner said some corn may have also been threatened. Fire destroyed an estimated $800,000 worth of ground hay and sorghum this afternoon on […]

Cannon claims narrow 72-68 victory over Dyess

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Steven McCoy, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, scores the first basket of the game Jan. 7 in the Fitness Center. By Airman 1st Alexxis Pons Abascal: 27th SOW Public Affairs The Cannon men’s varsity basketball team stepped onto their court Jan. 7 […]

Chief justice claims ‘false allegations’

Mike Gallagher Chief Justice Charles Daniels said Wednesday he won’t remove himself from any matters arising from criminal charges against a Las Cruces judge — and said the request that he do so contained “false allegations” and “factual misrepresentations.” In a strongly worded order, Daniels took aim at allegations raised by special prosecutor Matt Chandler […]

Clovis man claims $105,000 lottery jackpot

Freedom New Mexico Hector Martinez of Clovis claimed a $105,000 jackpot Friday for matching five numbers in Monday’s Roadrunner Cash drawing. Odds for Martinez matching five numbers in Roadrunner Cash were 1 in 435,897. The Lowe’s grocery store where Martinez purchased his ticket is eligible for a $1,000 bonus for selling the ticket.

Fort Sumner woman claims lottery prize

CNJ staff A Fort Sumner woman claimed a $50,000 prize Monday from the New Mexico Lottery. Blanche Boyd, 79, purchased a ticket for the Feb. 19 Powerball drawing at an Allsup’s convenience store in Portales. Boyd’s ticket matched the white ball numbers of 3, 12, 34 and 42 and the red Powerball of 36. The […]

Weekly update — Feb. 13

Curry awarded safety grant Curry County has been awarded $20,000 as an incentive for improving workplace safety, according to a press release. The award, from the New Mexico Association of Counties, was given to six counties in recognition of reduced workers compensation claims in fiscal year 2009/2010. Curry County experienced a 46 percent reduction in […]

Hail damage claims through roof

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Juan Flores, left, and Manuel Morales of R.G. Construction apply shingles to a new home Monday on Springwood Drive. As 2010 gets ready to bid its farewell, hail damage from a pair of June storms is hanging around some houses like the Griswolds’ cousin Eddie. The storm caused millions of […]

Veterans encouraged to submit stop loss claims

American Forces Press Service SAN ANTONIO — In working closely with the Office of the Secretary of Defense staff on a congressional action involving veterans submitting claims for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay, major command and wing level officials are working to inform veterans who were affected by stop loss. Eligible airmen include those who […]

New Agent Orange claims deadline near

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Department of Veterans Affairs likely will begin in October to pay thousands of disability claims to Vietnam veterans with ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and B-cell leukemia — illnesses newly associated with exposure to defoliants, including Agent Orange, used in that war. A 60-day countdown to the day that […]

VA eases claims process for veterans with PTSD

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The Veterans Affairs Department published a final regulation July 13 intended to ease the claims process and improve access to health care for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. The new rule, to be published in the Federal Register, will relax the evidence requirement if the PTSD […]

Freshman pair claims college title

A new horse. The notion that freshmen don’t win national championships. Just details to Chance Kiehne and Michael Trujillo. They had a calf to rope. The pair finished their goal Saturday night, taking second in the short round and earning enough points to claim first place in team roping at the College National Finals Rodeo […]

Agencies flooded with hail damage repairs, claims

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Zane Brothers pulls dents on a car hood caused by a June 12 hail storm. Brothers said he has been busy all week with repair jobs from the storm. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A week after a storm dumped more than an inch of rain and pelted Clovis […]

Agent Orange aid hits roadblock

By Tom Philpott Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), chief architect of the pricey post-9/11 GI Bill education benefit for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan war era, could become a new champion, for taxpayers, against what he perceives as excess spending on military pay and on a new wave of Agent Orange claims. Webb, a former […]

Shinseki vows to reduce VA’s claims backlog

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Prioritizing the work ahead shortly after his first anniversary on the job, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said his focus for the year ahead is on reducing the disability claims backlog. “We are going to break the back of the backlog this year,” Shinseki said […]

Improved Agent Orange claims process sought

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs officials announced March 9 an aggressive new initiative to solicit private-sector input on a proposed fast-track Veterans’ claims process for service-connected presumptive illnesses due to Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War. “This will be a new way of doing business and a major step forward in […]

AGW claims can’t be made forcibly

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist A powerful and vital aspect of the fully free society would be that only those burdens may be imposed on citizens that they have been convincingly shown, via due process of law, to deserve. This is roughly how the criminal law works. This is why the prosecution carries the onus […]

One year filing deadline for TRICARE claims

By Tyler Patterson and Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — When you visit the doctor, you probably pay your co-pay, then leave. But what if you visit an out-of-network doctor or have other health insurance? You might need to file your own TRICARE claim, something your TRICARE network provider is required to do for […]

Feds settle Clovis nursing home lawsuit

The Associated Press The owners of a now-defunct Clovis nursing home have agreed to pay more than $1.2 million to settle a false claims lawsuit. The U.S. Justice Department on Friday announced the settlement with Dr. Ali Ghaffari Sr., the medical director of the Buena Vista Retirement Center, and Linda Rose Ghaffari, the nursing home’s […]

Clovis man claims lottery prize

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — A Clovis man won the top prize in the New Mexico Lottery’s “$250,000 Money Maker” game. Travis Odell purchased the winning ticket Saturday at Llano Estacado Chevron at 660 E. Llano Estacado. Travis, a 48-year-old plant manager, and his wife Kymburly claimed the $250,000 prize Wednesaday at lottery headquarters in Albuquerque. […]

Quicker compensation on its way

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs would reach veterans sooner, and with special swiftness for severely wounded veterans and their families, under legislation to upgrade the VA disability rating process unanimously passed by the House on July 30. The Veterans Disability Benefits Claims Modernization Act (HR 5892) is […]