Pentagon considers SBP reform options

By om Philpott: Military Update As House-Senate conferees prepare to deliberate differences in their separate plans for phasing out a sharp drop in military survivor benefits that occurs at age 62, the Bush administration says it has some “better alternatives” to improving the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP). Rather than phase out the age-62 drop in […]

U.S. right to keep Iraq transfer date despite slaying

Freedom Newspapers The assassination of Abdel-Zahraa Othman, until his death the head of the Iraqi Governing Council, might prompt some to say the United States should put more forces in Iraq and plan to stay longer. But Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt’s response was the right one: “Days like today convince us even more that the […]

Griego, Max Jr.

Max Griego Jr. Services: have been held. Max Griego Jr., 67, of Pueblo, Colo., died Saturday, April 24, 2004. He was born on April 11, 1937, in New Mexico, to Max and Patricia Griego. He retired from the Labor 578 Union. He was an Army veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors […]

Clovis coffee clubs cultivate camaraderie

Don McAlavy Coffee anyone? Here in Clovis you can figure at least 16 coffee clubs are serving up hot coffee every weekday morning. Most of the participants are retired, but a lot of them are still working and make it a habit to sit with friends and discuss the weather, politics, women — or men […]

Harris, Chester

Chester Harris Services: Have been held. Chester Harris, 67, of Clovis, died on Sunday, April 25, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Feb. 15, 1937, in Chicago, to Clarence Sr. and Anna Harris. He married Winnie Thomas on Jan. 5, 1972, in Clovis. He came to Cannon Air Force […]

Anniversaries 4/4 – Burch

Burch Wanda and Wayne Burch of Clovis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 28, 2004, with a cruise of the Hawaiian Islands. The couple was married on Feb. 28, 1954, in Ranchvale. They have two children; and three grandchildren. He has been a real estate broker for the past 32 years and is semi-retired. […]

Beware faulty memories at reunions

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Here’s a knee jerker for you nostalgia buffs — beware of reunions! They’re hazardous to your mental health and won’t do your liver any favors either. I recently participated in a reunion of sorts that ranked up there with all get-togethers I’ve experienced over the years. It took place at […]

Anniversaries 3/21 – Smith, Crook

Smith Don and Herma Loy Smith of Brenham, Texas, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on March 26, 2004, at Volare’s Restaurant in Brenham, Texas. The celebration is hosted by their children, Lisa Smith and Shay Ballew. The couple was married on March 30, 1964, in Portales. They have four children; and seven grandchildren. He […]

Marez, Joe R.

Joe R. Marez Services have been held. Joe R. Marez died Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, of complications from a heart attack. He was born Sept. 27, 1931, in Encino. He joined the U.S. Army when he was 16 and fought in the Korean War. He was wounded in the Battle of Chipyong-Ni and was given […]

Price, James Leon

James Leon Price Services: Have been held. Leon Price, 82, formerly of Clovis, a retired insurance agent, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was born on Nov. 21, 1921, in La Junta, Colo., to Jim and Neva Price. He married Faye Crabtree on June 28, 1941, in Portales. He was a World […]