Keeping fees means cutting force

Tom Philpott

If Congress blocks Defense Department plans to raise TRICARE fees for military retirees and beneficiary co-pays on drug prescriptions filled off base, the services will have to make even deeper cuts in force strength than now planned, the military’s top health official told lawmakers last week. “Given the constraints of the Budget Control Act, if […]

Press release: Ribbon cutting set for dog park

The City of Clovis will be holding a ribbon cutting for the new dog park area at Hillcrest Park at 12:30 p.m., Monday, February 6th, 2012.

Officials: Position cuts don’t mean job losses

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Christina Calloway Cannon Air Force Base will be cutting 53 civilian positions but a spokesperson said Thursday that doesn’t mean 53 people will lose their jobs. According to a press release from Cannon public affairs, 26 of the jobs being eliminated were already vacant and hadn’t been filled. Of the remaining 27 people being affected […]

Monday morning briefing: Highway plans, jazz and the queen of mean

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Highway talk The highway reconstruction project cutting through the center of Portales is the subject of Roosevelt County Chamber quarterly luncheon. It’s noon Tuesday at Mark’s Latte Lounge, 1126 W. First St. Tickets: $10 in advance and $12 at the door. To RSVP contact […]

New CDC now operational

USAF: Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom Lt. Col Dave Piech, 27th Special Operations Mission Support Group commander, left, assisted by, Denise Vanderwarker, right, Airman and Family Services flight chief, Dalton McDonald and Kiyah Morris, cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the new Child Development Center at Nov. 21 at Cannon Air Force Base. […]

Congress needs to stop playing with economy

W ill the deficit-cutting supercommittee raise taxes? That’s the question of the hour in Congress. President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress deftly have maneuvered Republicans into a corner. This shows — for starters — why Republicans were foolish to agree to setting up the supercommittee. It’s officially named the U.S. Congress Joint Select […]

Friday morning briefing: Ribbon cutting and football coming

Good morning, and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday morning briefing.

Officials ready for Goodwin Lake Trail ribbon cutting

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The Goodwin Lake Trail in north Clovis travels through a 32-acre parcel of land the city owns for drainage purposes, and covers about 1.125 miles. Kevin Wilson Clovis city officials are set for a ribbon cutting on a walking trail first discussed two years ago, on a piece of land […]

Postal service leading way in cutting costs

Freedom New Mexico There’s good bad news and good news in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Postal Service, a semi-independent federal agency, which is only slightly propped up with tax dollars. The bad news is that like many businesses, the USPS has fallen on hard times, suffering through consecutive years of operating deficits. Unlike other […]

Curry County celebrates Melrose health clinic opening with ribbon cutting

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Courtesy photo More than 80 people attended a Friday ribbon cutting for the Melrose health clinic, in operation since July 18. Freedom New Mexico Curry County held a ribbon cutting Friday for its new health clinic in Melrose. La Casa is managing the clinic, which opened July 18 under a three-year contract with the county. […]

Groundbreaking, ribbon-cutting being held

CNJ staff The city has held a pair of ceremonies for parks and recreation properties this week, including a groundbreaking for the Youth Recreation Building and a ribbon cutting for the new city golf course. Community Development Director Claire Burroughes said the ribbon cutting was a basic event to let citizens know the city now […]

Press release: Clovis YMCA opening

The new Clovis Family YMCA will hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House on Friday, May 13th from 2PM – 5PM. The YMCA of Central New Mexico invites all community members to come in and tour this state-of-the-art family friendly wellness facility located at 2300 N Main Street in Clovis near the intersection of […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Hank Baskett, pitch your cause and it’s all OK

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Cast your vote Hometown favorite Hank Baskett has become a website favorite in the Athlebrity Madness tournament. The site asks you to vote for your favorite pro football player who blends athleticism and celebrity — Athlebrity. Baskett sent Mark Sanchez packing by garnering 54 […]

Sponge painting tips featured on show

Information on sponge painting on fabric, using a Klic-N-Kut die cutting machine and reducing allergens in the home will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Ava Green is a designer, and her company is Terri’s Yarns and Crafts in Sieverville, Tenn. She’s going to demonstrate sponge painting […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Calendars, cutting up and a revolutionary law

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Mark your new calendars The 2011 Relay for Life American Cancer Society fundraiser in Portales has already been scheduled. The event is set for April 8-9 in the Greyhound Arena. There’s a kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 27, with the location to be […]

Press release: Hull Street overpass ribbon cutting Wednesday

The City of Clovis will be holding a ribbon cutting on the north side of the Hull Street Overpass at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 1st, 2010. The ribbon cutting will be immediately followed by a reception at Our Lady of Guadalupe at 108 N. Davis Street when area representatives involved with the reconstruction will comment […]

Weekly update —

Wellness center holding ribbon cutting The Clovis Wellness Center is taking another step in its progress Tuesday. A 4 p.m. ribbon cutting is scheduled for the new aerobics room. Clark Campbell of the wellness center, which will absorb the Clovis Aquatic Center, said the center is in the process of adding an aqua zumba aerobics […]

VA officials cutting insurance premiums

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced April 29 that military personnel insuring their families under the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance program will have reduced out-of-pocket expenses beginning July 1. “VA (officials hope) these reductions will allow more military personnel to obtain affordable life insurance coverage for their […]

Cutting doctor’s fees cause for concern

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Lawmakers took steps this past week to put military people at ease over how TRICARE benefits will be protected and, for older children, how coverage likely will be expanded as the Obama administration implements the new national health care reform law. But Congress continued to take only clumsy temporary steps […]

Commissioners give consent to file foreclosure suit

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Commissioners gave the city consent Thursday to file a foreclosure lawsuit against 128 properties in Clovis. The properties are ones for which delinquent, unpaid sewer, garbage, weed cutting or demolition fees exist, City Attorney Dave Richards told commissioners. The city finance office has diligently tried to collect on the […]