Take politics out of VA health care

By Tom Philpott Moving fast on a key recommendation from a presidential task force, the House Veterans Affairs Committee chairman has introduced a bill to require “full funding’’ of VA health budgets to ensure timely care to almost all enrolled veterans, including many with no service-connected ailments. The Veterans’ Health Care Full Funding Act “would […]

SDE approves 78 new full-day kindergarten literacy readiness programs

By Gary Mitchell Three Clovis area schools will receive state funding for full-day kindergarten programs for the academic year 2003-2004. Barry Elementary, Highland Elementary and Ranchvale Elementary schools are among 78 new full-day kindergarten programs within 33 school districts that have been approved by the State Department of Education. Those three schools join seven other […]

Lack of moisture hampers planting

By Mike Linn A lack of precipitation and plenty of wind-battered crop land has been concerning area farmers, causing some to parlay excessive amounts of water onto their fields from area agriculture wells. One Roosevelt County farmer, Colin Chandler, said he has already spent more money fixing water pumps this year than all of last […]

Business briefs

Lucero receives service award Adrianna Lucero of the Women’s Medical Center received a service award from the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program at its yearly conference April 25 in Albuquerque. Lucero was given the award because of her knowledge and professionalism in dealing with patients that qualify for the program, the Women’s Medical Center said. […]

Tornado season upon us

By Jack King May and June are peak tornado times for eastern New Mexico, which is on the far western edge of the nation’s Tornado Alley. And local officials take regular steps to prepare for potential storm damage, said Clovis/Curry County Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos — even though tornadoes are rare around […]