Drought may break over summer

Tonjia Rolan Relief from the state’s extended drought may come this summer, weather experts say. The La Nina weather pattern, responsible for the hot, dry conditions, developed in 2010 and intensified in 2011. National Weather Service meteorologist Deirdre Kann said the dry weather is expected to continue through the spring but as La Nina weakens […]

Organization wants help to find housing for fire victims

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Fire Department works on putting out a fire Wednesday morning at the Clovis Apartments on Martin Luther King and Cesar Chavez boulevards. Tonjia Rolan Though relief organizations are doing all they can for displaced victims of Wednesday’s fire, disaster relief is short term, according to Erinn Burch, director of […]

Purging ‘collections’ brings unexpected relief

We live in such a fast forward world, it’s easy to get caught up in accumulating. Now I’m not speaking specifically about cool collections. I know baseball cards, knives, stilettos and handbags can be quite fulfilling to collect. I’m talking about stuff that you think you need, or want, that serves no legitimate purpose. If […]

Education column: Homecoming parade has history

There is finally a hint of autumn in the air, relief from the long, brutal heat we’ve been experiencing. With the onset of fall comes the season of “homecoming” celebrations. Although the origins of the tradition of homecoming are debatable, it is generally agreed that in the early 1900s, inviting alumni to “come home” for […]

Bill eases GI Bill shortfall for vets

As Congress moves closer to protecting veterans at private colleges in seven states from a sharp drop in Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, the Department of Veterans Affairs has softened its warning that the relief move will cause significant payment delays for many thousands of GI Bill users this fall. VA officials still see payment challenges […]

National charities accepting donations for Japan relief

Kevin Wilson Local organizations contacted haven’t taken up large donation efforts for last week’s earthquake in Japan, but say many of their national affiliates are. The official death toll from the 9.0 magnitude earthquake was at 2,800 Monday, but officials fear deaths may top 10,000. Diana Cordova, director of multicultural affairs at Eastern New Mexico […]

Military mama: School welcome relief

Summer is sputtering to a halt and I’m anxiously counting down the days until school is back in session. I am sure that I am not alone in this sentiment, but if I am I will boldly continue. I am exhausted. Entertaining my 4-year-old is a full-time job with no overtime pay. All summer my […]

Defense officials authorize Humanitarian Service Medal for Haiti relief efforts

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Department of Defense officials have approved the Humanitarian Service Medal for personnel assigned to Operation Unified Response who directly participated in humanitarian relief assistance to the people of Haiti following the 7.0 earthquake Jan. 12. U.S. military personnel supporting Joint Task Force-Haiti for at least one day between Jan. […]

Spouses now have domicile options

Submitted by: Capt. Ryan D. Malnar On Nov. 11, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law an amendment to the servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide certain protections for spouses of military members. The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act simply extends to military spouses the exemption that already applies to military members. They do not […]

Other ways to facilitate relief in Haiti

Freedom New Mexico As relief efforts have continued in Haiti following a Jan. 12 earthquake that killed an estimated 250,000 people, criticism has arisen that United Nations funds have not been spent properly. “The United Nations has quietly upped this year’s peacekeeping budget for earthquake-shattered Haiti to $732.4 million, with two-thirds of that amount going […]

Commissioners table financial relief request

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis city commissioners are looking for a way for a slogan to circumvent a clause. That’s why, at an otherwise brief regular meeting Thursday, the group opted to table a request from a resident who sought financial relief for a building he recently tore down. Junior Dallas of Clovis […]

Rains bring relief, worry of disease-bearing insects

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Veterinarian David J. Orton of Clovis Equine Center, gives Duce a vaccine Thursday to fight against West Nile, encephalitis, and tetanus. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Just add water. It’s a good thing for some recipes and maybe a Chia Pet. And in eastern New Mexico, few dispute the […]

No relief in sight

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Marlowe Wiseman, 11, and Kaseam Jackson, 6, eat a snow cone to help them cool off during the hot Friday afternoon at a snow cone stand on 21st Street. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Bahama Babes — and the shaved ice stand’s employees — are busy these days. The […]

Editorial: Government bullied banks into TARP funds

A few smaller banks have begun to repay money loaned to them under the Troubled Assets Relief Program begun with $700 billion in October when the depth of the financial crisis became apparent, and the government decided some troubled financial institutions were “too big to fail.” But interestingly, repayment is not just a matter of […]

Paycheck tax relief headed to New Mexico

Washington, DC – New Mexicans could begin to see tax relief in their paychecks beginning this week because of the “Making Work Pay” tax credit.

President announces Medicaid relief

President Obama Announces More Than $95 Million in Medicaid Relief from ARRA for New Mexico Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) funding available for states on Wednesday in special Treasury accounts President Barack Obama announced this morning in a meeting with the Nation’s Governors that states will be able to access the first two quarters of […]

Clovis woman charged with embezzling tornado relief funds

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Lori Howard By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A 40-year-old Clovis woman has been charged with embezzling more than $145,000 in tornado relief funds, according to a press release Monday from the district attorney’s office. Lori Howard, a former project manager for Eastern Plains Council of Government, is charged with 34 counts of fraud, 24 […]

Curry, Quay counties eligible for disaster relief

CNJ staff WASHINGTON — Curry and Quay counties have been declared eligible for federal disaster assistance due to their proximity to a neighboring county in Texas, according to a press release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Parts of Texas were declared disaster areas as a result of hail and high winds on Aug. 16, the […]

Gas price drop brings relief

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The drop in fuel prices over the last month haven’t just been good for consumers, it’s good for gas companies too. When fuel prices are high, gas companies have to pay more just like regular consumers. April Rutter, office manager for C&S Fuel in Portales, said it’s a relief […]

Medical fund set up for infant

CNJ staff A medical relief fund has been established at Citizen’s Bank of Clovis for the family of Jayden Richter. Born Aug. 14, Jayden was born with a heart defect and is scheduled for a heart transplant. The family is incurring extraordinary expenses in connection with Jayden’s critical illness. Information: V.K. Bussen at vk.bussen@clovis.edu or […]