Pioneers outlast Zias in five

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Joshua Lucero: FNM correspondent EMNU’s Amber Durand looks for a kill during the Zias’ Lone Star Conference volleyball match agaist Texas Woman’s Thursday at Greyhound Arena. Dave Wagner In his second tour of duty as Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball coach, Mike Maguire is finding the sledding a bit tough. The Zias played well in […]

Residents warned of jury duty phone scam

Curry and Roosevelt County residents are cautioned to be wary of a phone scam claiming to be connected with jury duty service in the 9th Judicial District. A resident recently reported receiving a phone call in which the caller —who claimed to be with the clerk’s office of the 9th Judicial District Court — asked […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Ag biz, civic duty and what creeps you out

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Showtime The 2011 New Mexico Ag Expo trade show is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The 18th annual expo is expected to include 200 booths, workshops and seminars on agriculture-related issues. Information: Call 356-8541 or 800-635-8036, […]

Protection stops allowance drop

Tom Philpott About 400,000 active duty service members will see their Basic Allowance for Housing protected from a rate drop Jan. 1, thanks to “individual rate protection” Congress adopted nearly a decade ago. Users of the Post-9/11 GI Bill education program also will be protected from any cut to student monthly stipends, which are based […]

Yucca Middle School celebrates veterans

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Yucca Principal Mitzi Estes thanks veteran Burdette Theophilus for attending the event Thursday morning. Liliana Castillo Hands leaped into the air one after another, the students eager to ask Lt. Col. Jeff Hinrichs the next question Thursday morning. He was visiting their class as part of the Veterans Day ceremony […]

Our people: Call of duty

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Courtesy photo Majors Tammy Ray, left, and Kevin Ray are leaving Clovis on June 27 for a new assignment in Dalles, Ore. Bio • Name: Kevin and Tammy Ray • Birthday: Kevin: Nov. 4, 1964 Tammy: Dec. 9, 1965 • Profession: Salvation Army Corps Officers • Family: We’ve been married 20 years. Children Caleb, 13, […]

Seniors jump the gun on jury duty exemption

Legislation that would allow citizens 70 and older to exempt from jury duty is causing a headache for court clerks who are fielding calls from seniors trying to invoke their age exemption. The problem is the bill is still pending and even if it is passed, it won’t become law until July 1. District court […]

Proposed bill exempts seniors from jury duty

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The saying age has its privileges may find new meaning in New Mexico law. A bill passed by the state Senate Tuesday gives senior citizens 70 and older an automatic pass on jury duty. Introduced by Sen. Stuart Ingle, SB 112 gives citizens 70 and older a choice to […]

Retiree mortality rate needs study

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Department of Defense actuaries have discovered significantly higher mortality rates among active duty retirees compared to reserve retirees, and the disparity stretches back decades. In any given year, looking at populations of non-disabled military retirees age 60 and older, the death rate for active duty enlisted retirees is 20 to […]

Proposal aims for paternity leave

By Tom Philpott: CNJ Columnist About 76,000 active duty service members will father babies next year if recent military birthrates hold.