Retirees also deserve pay changes

By Tom Philpott Older military retirees like Marine Corps Master Sgt. Lanny Bauer, 68, of Stockton, Calif., do not begrudge current service members for a string of annual pay raises that have exceeded wage growth in the private sector. Every dollar they get is deserved and likely is needed to keep quality volunteers in wartime, […]

Wildcats pull away in fourth quarter

Bryce Hill took over the game in the fourth quarter with his 3-pointer shooting en route to a 27-point night as Clovis remained unbeaten with a 92-74 win over Hobbs on Friday at Rock Staubus Gym. The game was tied at 38 at halftime. Jaden Isler finished with a team-high 28 points for top-ranked Clovis […]

Man causing climate change?

New Mexico lawmakers have asked constituents a series of questions. One is, “Do you think the current climate changes are man made?” Here are some answers: • Ardyth Elms: “I believe man is causing the majority of change in the climate. I’m sorry to say that there are too many people who don’t care what […]

God is in control

New Mexico lawmakers have asked constituents a series of questions. One is, “Do you think the current climate changes are man made?” Here are some answers: • Kay Arvizu: “If the current climate changes are man made, what did man do in prehistoric times to melt the ice cap? Regardless of what some would have us […]

Even the governor blogs

Can’t get enough news about New Mexico politics? Check out Gov. Bill Richardson’s Web log for “behind the scenes information on current events, news conferences, the 2008 Legislature and much more,” according to a press release from Richardson’s office. Governor’s blog

July 23, 1917

The Clovis National Bank tendered the contract for the construction of its new $15,000 home to contractor C.L. Overby. … Curry County men were given numbers to be drawn in an attempt to build up the nation’s Army. …The Clovis Journal reported that the Lyceum Theatre would soon begin showing the greatest line of current […]

Immigration bill start toward right direction

By Freedom Newspapers This year’s congressional debate over immigration has begun with the introduction last week of a House bill that would stiffen enforcement and worker verification procedures, set up a guest worker program and offer a path to citizenship for the 11 million to 12 million workers who are already in this country illegally. […]

System would ease school’s upkeep

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis Municipal Schools Director of Technology Dave Whitehead believes the district is in dire need of an administrative software upgrade. He recommends a software system called Skyward, which would allow administrators to manage finances and enrollment, teachers to enter grades and assignments, and parents to view student grades and […]

Security troop surge may provide not worth costs

Freedom Newspapers In his State of the Union message, President Bush, echoing previous comments from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, announced he will ask Congress for authority to increase the U.S. armed forces by 92,000 people over the next five years — 65,000 additional soldiers for the Army, bringing the total to 547,000, and 27,000 additional […]

Everybody’s business — Financial statements powerful asset

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer As 2006 comes to an end, it is a good time to reflect on past accomplishments, future endeavors and failures. Yes — failures. Failures can build or weaken a business depending on the step taken immediately following the mishap. That step should be to get up and not lie down waiting for […]

Cash flow the key for solid business

Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Everybody’s Business Having a profitable business means success — myth or fact? Before answering the question, it is important to understand the difference between cash flow and profitability. The leading cause of business failure is improper cash flow planning. In order to plan cash flow, a general understanding of accounting principals is needed, […]

Letters to the Editor: Followers can’t pick, choose scripture

Leonard Pitts may be a genial person with whom a conversation would be enjoyable. His newspaper editors apparently consider him to have a way with words. Yet, he lacks sufficient understanding to write about biblical interpretation (Aug. 30 CNJ). He points to a church he assumes is applying scripture accurately only when some people find […]

ENMU celebrates cross country history

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent A trip back to the states for one of Eastern New Mexico University’s all-time greats gave ENMU cross country coach Joel McMullen the chance to tie the past to the present. And that he did through a 40-year celebration of Eastern’s program Saturday night at Cannon AFB’s The Landing. While […]

Iran negotiations sign of strength, confidence

Freedom Newspapers May you live in interesting times, goes the old Chinese curse. Judging by the sophomoric letter apparently sent by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to President Bush, we certainly live in interesting times. Iran and the United States — backed to some degree by most of Western Europe — are involved in a potentially […]

Plan would allow earlier retirement

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Today’s military members serve under the traditional 20-years-or-bust retirement plan, which has been prized by generations of retirees. That plan isn’t going away for the current force. But a new plan might be offered as a voluntary option, promising at least some retirement benefits to many members who don’t expect […]

Students want say in policy

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Clovis High sophomores Austin Graham, back left, Cydney Thurma and Dustyn Cole are upset about a change from 90-minute classes under the block schedule to 55-minute classes. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An administration decision to bury the current class schedule at Clovis High School has left some students complaining […]

2-11 Local roundup

CNJ staff ENMU spring enrollment highest in 12 years Eastern New Mexico University’s 2006 spring semester enrollment is at its highest point in 12 years, according to a university press release. The current enrollment is 3, 722. That’s up from 3,692 in 2005 and 3,491 in 2004. ENMU media relations director Wendel Sloan said one […]

Bill to speed up tax cuts shelved

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A proposal to speed up the phase-in of personal income tax cuts was derailed Thursday by a House committee on a party-line vote. The measure by Rep. Justine Fox-Young, R-Albuquerque, would lower the top marginal tax rate to 4.9 percent this year rather than waiting until 2008 under the […]

Failed spending cuts signal loss of realism

Freedom Newspapers The fading dream that this Congress might ever rise to a level of modest responsibility on spending took a big hit Thursday. House leaders were forced to pull a budget reconciliation bill that would have cut spending over the next five years by about $53.9 billion — a drop in the fiscal bucket. […]

Plan adopted to study retirement changes

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Defense Advisory Committee on Military Compensation has adopted an “action plan” to study private-sector-like changes to military pay and retirement, the kind that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has endorsed for several years. The committee of seven “eminent authorities in the fields of compensation,” as described by the department, adopted […]