Portales ex-deputy chief pleads no contest

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Berry Christina Calloway Former Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry pleaded no contest Thursday in district court to three charges of tampering with public records. A plea agreement he signed Thursday placed him on 18 months of unsupervised probation. The agreement also required him to pay a $500 restitution fee — the amount of the […]

Commissaries to be consolidated

In these tight budget times, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has learned it must cut current spending to fund new initiatives for veterans. For example, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., committee chairman, would pay for her Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 by extending by three years, to 2014, a higher fee on veterans who reuse their […]

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Police, Docview partnering The Clovis Police Department is partnering with Docview for online processing of crash reports. Insurance companies and law firms representing citizens involved in the accidents can now purchase the crash reports at docview.us.com by paying a convenience fee. Citizens who do not wish to pay the convenience fee can still pick up […]

Friday morning briefing: The big catch, a road closing and rain on the horizon

Good morning. Start your day off right with the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Hooked on fishing Oasis State Park is holding its Second Annual Spring Trout Derby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 26. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and continues throughout the event. Anyone can enter, but ages 12 and older need […]

Proposed fee increases ‘modest’

Lawmakers seeking guidance from military associations on whether to support the new Defense Department plan to raise TRICARE Prime enrollment fees modestly for working-age retirees next year, and then to adjust them annually for inflation, will get mixed signals this time around. Joyce Wessel Raezer, national director of the National Military Family Association, is not […]

Pay raises, fee increases proposed

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The Obama administration proposes to spend three percent more next year on support programs for war-strained military families. But officials are urging Congress to stop adding extra dollars to the military pay raise every January and find a way to raise TRICARE fees for the first time in 15 years. […]

TRICARE fee increases blocked

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The last decision made by House-Senate conferees negotiating final details on a fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill was to insert language that will rollback an announced Oct. 1 increase in fees charged to TRICARE Standard beneficiaries for stays in civilian hospitals. The surprise fee increases, reported here last week, gave […]

Oasis State Park hosting fishing derby

Friends of Oasis State Park is staging a Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Registration is open from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. All ages can participate in the derby, which offers prizes ranging from $10 to $75. Prizes are to be awarded based on the weight of the fish. […]

May 1 Religion digest

Free Indeed and Power Ministry is hosting a Word and Power Conference for men and women ages 13 and up from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. May 9. Speaker Sherri Wilson said the conference will cover the end of times and how to deal with the death of a loved one. Registration is free and […]

Excise fee increase would nick car owners

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

Board approves CCC fee increase

CNJ staff This is a report of Wednesday’s Clovis Community College Board of Trustees Meeting: • Board members approved a fee increase for several courses in the Spring 2009 Semester. CCC President John Neibling said the fees reflect increases in the cost of instructional materials for courses such as welding and cosmetology. • Board members […]

Space still available in CCC classes

CNJ staff Clovis Community College is still enrolling students for the following classes: High Plains Chorale — 15 sessions, 6:45–8:25 p.m., Thursdays through Dec. 13, Room 186. Fee: $15 The Backstage Pass — Allows students to work behind the scenes with the CCC Cultural Arts staff, assisting with live performances and the production process. Classes […]

Baskett golf tourney set for April 28

CNj staff The Hank Baskett III Tee’d Off About Child Abuse golf tournament is being held April 28 at Chaparral Country Club. The tournament benefits the Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center in Clovis. Baskett is entering his second year with the Philadelphia Eagles. Registration is 7 a.m. with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The entry fee […]

Late fee waived for Medicare Part D

CNJ Staff Low-income Medicare beneficiaries in New Mexico who are not getting federal prescription drug benefits can still apply for prescription coverage without a late fee, according to a news release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. The Department of Health and Human Services has eliminated 2007 Medicare Part D late enrollment penalties for low-income […]

Day Trip: Area offers year-round links

By Ashley Lee: Freedom Newspapers Year-round golfing seems like a dream in some places, but not in southeastern New Mexico and west Texas. Fall and winter golfing can be found all over the area. From the local courses in Portales and Clovis to the Ocotillo Park golf course in Hobbs and The Links at Sierra […]

City Commission OKs service rate hikes

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor As expected, the Clovis City Commission voted Thursday to raise fees for library, inspections, animal control, wastewater and garbage services. Commissioners accepted the hikes recommended by the Revenue Review Committee, except for wastewater fees —they voted to raise them 21.45 percent instead of the recommended 26 percent. Effective April […]

U.S. has responsibility to keep liberty alive

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist The Foundation for Economic Education, located in Irvington-on-Hudson, N.Y., celebrated its 60th anniversary on May 6. On that occasion, the Foundation held its third annual Adam Smith Award Dinner, with ABC-TV award-winning correspondent John Stossel as master of ceremonies. I’m pleased to report that I was the recipient of this […]

House panel votes to block cost-shares

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A House panel has voted to block for at least two years any increases in TRICARE beneficiary cost-shares. It’s the first formal step by Congress to derail the Bush administration’s plan to raise fees, co-payments and deductibles for military retirees under age 65 and their families. The armed services subcommittee […]

Lawmakers moving to block fee increase

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Influential lawmakers are moving to block for at least a year the Defense Department’s plan to raise TRICARE fees, co-payments and deductibles for military retirees under age 65 and their family members. Rep. John McHugh, R-N.Y., chairman of the House armed services subcommittee on military personnel, and his Senate counterpart, […]

Commissioners dig deep for charity

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Mayor David Lansford and commissioners opted to open their wallets and pool a wad of cash rather than spend public money at Thursday’s city commission meeting. Rebecca Holt of the Curry County Relay for Life asked commissioners to waive the $485 fee and provide Ned Houk Park with […]