PNM offers low-income a plan to help with rising costs

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Public Service Company of New Mexico is offering a payment plan to help low-income customers with winter utility bills that will be due after March 15. That date marks the end of a program that protects people from having their bills cut off in the winter. The payment plan is […]

Snow, ice expected to skip Clovis area

Staff and wire reports OKLAHOMA CITY — A wintry storm caked the center of the nation with a thick layer of ice Monday, blacking out more than 600,000 homes and businesses, and more icy weather was on the way. At least 15 deaths in Oklahoma and Missouri were blamed on the conditions, with 13 of […]

Sept. 19, 1922

C.W. Harrison, president of the First National Bank of Clovis, attended the meeting of the New Mexico Bankers Association in Las Vegas. … The Clovis News reported the senior class of Clovis High School had 47 pupils, which was the largest graduating class in Clovis’ history. … The Leader Stores Co. claimed to be the […]

Sept. 14, 1938

Santa Fe Railway offered low one-way fares, such as two cents per mile, in a Clovis News-Journal advertisement. … The Clovis News-Journal reported a baby boy was ready for adoption and would be glad to put anyone interested in contact with the physician in charge. … The New Mexico Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association held […]

Report: Pilot died trying to protect ground forces

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Gilbert — Husband of Clovis native CNJ Staff An Air Force pilot with Clovis ties crashed his F-16 fighter and died last year in Iraq while attempting to protect ground forces, according to an Air Force report released Monday. Maj. Troy Gilbert — who was flying an F-16 assigned to Cannon Air Force Base — […]

Utility rates aren’t answer to poverty

The state Legislature is considering three Senate bills that allow or require a utility to provide lower gas and electric utility rates for certain classes of rate payers. Some state the Public Regulation Commission “shall establish a program of assistance by public utilities to low-income electric and gas customers. … Energy expenditures may be reduced […]

Medical bus on way

CNJ Staff Twenty-one percent of New Mexicans are without health insurance, according to the Web site www.statehealthfacts.org. But, help is on the way. The “Help is Here Express,” a national bus tour sponsored by America’s pharmaceutical research companies that helps low-income people find programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free, will be […]

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 […]

Minimum wage leads to maximum debate

By Walter Willliams: syndicated columnist There are decent people, without a selfish hidden agenda, who support increases in minimum wages as a means to help low-skilled workers, and there are other decent people, with the identical goal, who strongly oppose increases in the minimum wage. So the question is: How can people who share the […]

Bush turned deaf ear on Iraq opponents

By Leonard Pitts, Jr.: Syndicated columnist I write this in order to say I told you so. Not for me. Well, maybe a little bit for me. But also for some people who would probably never publicly say it for themselves. As a general rule, good soldiers toiling on government payrolls don’t do that sort […]

Immigration bill hesitation good idea

Freedom Newspapers House Speaker Dennis Hastert last week announced at least seven House committees or subcommittees will hold hearings on the immigration bill the Senate passed, in Washington and in other parts of the country, most likely the South and Southwest. Most observers think this move will assure that Congress will not pass immigration legislation […]

Benefit program deadline approaching

By Pete Domenici: Guest columnist The May 15 deadline for signing up for Medicare prescription drug benefits is quickly approaching and there are still thousands of New Mexicans, particularly low-income residents, who have not signed up. Because we built in extra compensations to help poor seniors, I strongly encourage them to act now to sign […]

Women gain empowerment at CCC women’s conference

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer She settled into a seat in the front, hugging her oversized sweater closer in the chilly, air-conditioned classroom. Practical, with steady, dark brown eyes, Denita Wilson is planning for her future, so the topic of discussion in the chilly classroom, “Understanding your Finances,” fit. The finance session was one […]

Campaign against Wal-Mart hurting, not helping poor

Freedom Newspapers Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, a longtime civil-rights activist who helped draft the 1964 Civil Rights Act, is facing criticism that he usually has not had to endure. Union activists are calling him a “corporate shill.” One African-American commentator was even more vicious: “How many more times will other Andys and Amoses of […]

Bill to encourage savings shouldn’t use tax money

Freedom Newspapers New Mexico lawmakers are considering a bill that could create incentives, using some tax dollars, to spur savings for low-income families. House Bill 112 would appropriate $2 million to pay for a matching-fund mechanism. The bill remained in committee Tuesday. It should die there if the wording continues to allow any use of […]

Winter chill grips area

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Clay Burch, the industrial pretreatment coordinator at the Clovis wastewater treatment plant, makes a routine check on the equipment Wednesday afternoon as he monitors the condition and the operation of the plant. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Area residents awoke Wednesday morning to single-digit temperatures and, and found their yards […]

ENMU FOOTBALL NOTES: Elliott making progress

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer THE HEALTH OF FORMER Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott has significantly improvement since being hospitalized last week following a fall at home. Elliott has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room at Lubbock Heart Hospital. The Sept. 7 fall resulted in two […]

Former ENMU coach Elliott in hospital

CNJ staff Bud Elliott, who retired after last season after 11 years as Eastern New Mexico University’s football coach, is in Lubbock Heart Hospital after breaking his shinbone in a fall at home. ENMU football coach Mark Ribaudo said after Saturday’s game at Southwestern Oklahoma that the 73-year-old Elliott had been on a respirator after […]

Presidential bid troubling for column writing

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Where were we? Where were we before I decided to stretch out on a deck chair and watch the August monsoons? It was fun. Two column deadlines passed. It felt good. But then I got to feeling guilty. I had made a pledge to my readers some time back and […]

Weather dampens fair attendance

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Trucks bearing carnival rides from last week’s county fair began pulling out from the Curry County Fairgrounds on Monday afternoon. Fair officials believe poor weather hampered the turnout at the fair this year. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The first week of school and a series of evening thunderstorms contributed […]