Letters to the editor: Contractors not responsible for jail

Contractors not responsible for jail I find new Curry County jail administrator Gerry Billy’s comment (in Wednesday’s article), “Obviously the person who built the jail had never built a jail before,” offensive. “The person who built the jail” is obviously a contractor. A contractor places a “bid” for a specific job, which is laid out […]

Press Release: Use caution with roofing contractors

Due to recent hail storms a number of roofs were damaged and there are numerous contractors doing repairs.

Business column: Taxes can be complicated for self-employed

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Everybody’s Business Who is an independent contractor? According to the Internal Revenue Service, they are people who have an independent trade, business or profession in which their services are offered to the public and they perform a job in which they determine how the task is accomplished is an independent contractor. Money […]

Homeowners dispute work done on homes

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Norman Woodard displays a sign labeling KL General Contractor as a lemon in the front yard of his home on Springfield Street in north Clovis. Woodard said problems in the house range from major issues to cosmetic ones. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis residents Woodie and Kathy Woodard […]

New contractors for TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: Military update Six million military health care beneficiaries, those who live in TRICARE’s North and South regions, will have new managed care support contractors and claim processors to deal with by April. In a surprise development, two of three current TRICARE contractors — Health Net Federal Services and Humana Military Healthcare Services […]

In limbo

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Fifty-five liens have been filed against three different entities affilliated with Wheatfields Senior Living Community. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In the early winter of 2006, plans were announced for the development of Wheatfields Senior Living Center, a 12 1/2-acre lot just south of the intersection of North Prince […]

Aug. 24, 2008 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Cutting Garden Quilts: Fabulous Fusible Flowers by Melinda Bula was given by the Llano Estacado Quilt Guild in memory of Mary West. Using a simple, paint-by-number style process, this book shows how you can create stunning results with the help of color charts, techniques for […]

Costly defense doesn’t protect ground troops

Freedom New Mexico The Government Accountability Office has issued yet another study documenting gross overspending and underproduction in Pentagon weapons systems. The GAO has been doing these studies and making recommendations for the past six years, followed by promises from the Pentagon and defense contractors to improve. But the problems have not gotten better. If […]

Despite problems, private companies necessary in Iraq

By Freedom New Mexico The private security company Blackwater USA is on the hot seat just now, largely as a result of a shooting incident Sept. 16. That’s when 14 people, mostly Iraqi civilians, were killed and 18 people were wounded. If the imbroglio leads to clarifying the legal status of private security operatives and […]

Sept. 9 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families edited by Andrew Carroll was given by Jim and Carolyn Shipley in memory of Livio Edward Palla. From riveting combat accounts to profound reflections on the wartime experience […]

Officials: Choose building contractors carefully

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor With many area residents beginning home improvement projects at this time or fixing damage from the March 23 tornado, city officials advise: Hire licensed contractors. Clovis city building safety director Pete Wilt said New Mexico requires contractors to be licensed and homeowners should ask to see their license when […]

DA investigator escaped blast in Iraq

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By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Keith Bessette was checking e-mails in the early morning hours of March 9 in his fourth-floor room at the Al-Sadir Hotel in downtown Baghdad, a short distance from the square where a statue of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was famously toppled in 2003. He started hearing volleys of […]

Unlicensed contractors causing concern

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Problems with unlicensed contractors in New Mexico have reached an all-time high, according to state officials. It’s such a problem the state recently released a top 10 list of known unlicensed contractors, a first-time measure Construction Industries Division spokeswoman Charmaine Jackson-John said the agency took to crack down on […]

TRICARE contract plus for Standard users

Tom Philpott Military healthcare beneficiaries will be mailed information packets this year, explaining benefits under TRICARE, the triple-option health plan. The mailing will coincide with the June-through-November phase-in of new TRICARE support contracts, which will merge 11 stateside TRICARE regions into three, require all contractors to operate under the same rules and set contractor performance […]