County seeks better premium

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Fifteen minutes a week could save the county on insurance, officials say. Curry County Commission approved a resolution at its meeting Tuesday to adopt a risk awareness training program for county employees. Assistant County Manager Lance Pyle said the 15-minute weekly training classes could bring down the premium the county […]

Aug. 7, 1917

Twenty-five Curry County men made claims for exemptions after appearing for examinations for the military draft. Having dependents was the primary reason for exemption claims. … The Clovis Chamber of Commerce planned to attend a meeting in Seymour, Texas, to pledge their support for an interstate highway between Clovis and Fort Worth. … The Elite […]

Drowning victim’s family receives $448,500

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The city of Clovis settled lawsuits totaling almost half a million dollars in recent months, according to documents released Tuesday by city officials. The city’s insurer paid $448,500 to the family of a 3-year-old child who drowned in July 2005 at the city’s Potter Park pool, according to documents. […]

Deadline set for full payment of claims

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Service members who have household goods damaged or lost during government-directed moves will be reimbursed under a more robust “full replacement value” standard starting by at least March of 2008. Congress set the deadline in the 2007 defense authorization act signed into law Oct. 17. The National Military Family Association […]

Legal battles difficult for veterans

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Senate voted on Aug. 3 to allow paid attorneys, for the first time in over a century, to represent veterans in filing disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs. “It’s like inviting the wolf into the chicken house,” said retired Air Force Lt. Col. Charley Burch. Burch, 74, […]

An open letter to Keavin Lawdermilk

By David Stevens; Clovis News Journal Editor Dear Keavin, I read a wonderful story about you in our newspaper on Wednesday. What an exciting life it must be, guarding the Dixie Chicks and associating with all of those other movie and music stars. Wow. A lot of people must be jealous. I know I am. […]

First phone line north of Clovis led to love at first ring

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian Editor’s note: The following column is a story told to Don McAlavy by former Clovis resident Marguerite Sellers about her father Sellers. “My father and grandfather,” said Marguerite Sellers, “sold their property in Oklahoma and Texas and gone to California to establish themselves. But on the way via train they […]

City faces string of wrongful death suits

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis is facing a rash of wrongful death lawsuits after years of having none, according to city officials and the state’s court Web site. Four wrongful death lawsuits filed against the city since 2003 are pending. Three of the wrongful death lawsuits have been filed since […]

Katrina disaster shows need for advance preparation

Cannon Air Force Base Claims Office From time to time, the forces of nature strike members of our Air Force family — destroying homes, beloved possessions, and sometimes even lives. In case of such disasters, we’re always told to have fresh water, food stores, battery operated radios, flashlights and other emergency materials on hand. Yet […]

Range fire fuels erosion concerns

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers FLOYD — A fire that ripped through the Floyd area last week destroyed more than fences and grassland; it destroyed livelihoods, according to landowners. Floyd area landowners met with Cannon Air Force Base officials and agricultural extension agents Friday at the Floyd Community Center to learn more about the steps […]

Cannon, local firefighters contain 35,000-acre fire

Cannon and local area firefighters worked together to contain the 35,000 blaze that erupted Wednesday. Capt. André Kok At approximately 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Cannon Air Force Base fire protection personnel responded to a brush fire on Melrose Bombing Range which is located approximately 22 miles west of the base. At the time of this incident […]

County officials tour juvenile detention center

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Commissioners and elected officials toured the Juvenile Detention Center as part of Tuesday’s regular Curry County Commission meeting. The group was introduced to Jerry Peckinpaugh, who is employed as a teacher at the facility. Peckinpaugh presided over three sullen teenage boys wearing black and white striped scrub-like uniforms with […]

Location could affect disability claims

Tom Phillpot: Military Update More than two years after congressional auditors scored it as a problem, the Department of Veterans Affairs still has no way to assess whether its 57 regional offices are consistent in deciding disability claims for veterans suffering from the same type and severity of impairment. The Government Accountability Office, in recent […]

Ethical standards enforcement rests with the voters

Freedom Newspapers How one views the ethics controversy swirling around House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a Texas Republican, greatly depends on one’s visceral reaction to the man himself. He’s one of those polarizing figures people either love or hate. But emotions shouldn’t cloud our judgment about what this case is all about. We have no […]

It’s time to put trial lawyers on trial

Perhaps what’s needed is a class action lawsuit against attorneys and firms that bring class action lawsuits based on misleading or fraudulent claims. We don’t know if that’s legally possible. But it would certainly advance the cause of justice. Law firms in the past reaped huge financial awards, bankrupted companies, whipped federal regulators into a […]

Filmmaker claims of being censored are unfounded

Michael Moore As a filmmaker, Michael Moore makes full use of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. In fact, his type of in-your-face movies possibly rely more on those protections than, say, Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Moore has made a career of tweaking the noses of people in high places. And […]

Web great to promote business

By Tom DiFrancesca In last week’s column, I wrote about a couple of Internet success stories, and I asked for my readers to send in their own. I did receive one this week, from Mr. Robert Schriefer of Cincinnati, Ohio. He’s a loyal reader and receives my column each week through a subscribable mailing list. […]