Officials reluctant to cut retirement

Military careerists have been spun up this month, unnecessarily in our view, by sensational headlines and news bulletins about a plan to “slash” their retirement, citing a “Pentagon study.” The study was done by the Defense Business Board, a group of independent business executives that advises the secretary of defense from time to time on […]

Military digest: Board says military retirement overly generous

By Tom Philpott Gen. Martin Dempsey, Army chief of staff, seemed to splash figurative cold water on ideas surfacing at the Pentagon and elsewhere to cut future retirement obligations and other personnel costs, deeply and soon. Testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee to become the next chairman of the Joint […]

Wheatfields purchased by Vancouver management group

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File photo The Wheatfields Senior Community has been purchased by a Vancouver retirement community management group, according to documents filed with the Curry County Clerk. Sharna Johnson A Washington company might just be in a position to breathe some new life into the deserted Wheatfields Senior Living Community. The unfinished, foreclosed property situated on North […]

Our people: Former farmer stays busy

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Courtesy photo Longtime Clovis resident and retiree Don Reid said he’s busier now than he ever was. Clovis resident Don Reid is a self-declared house husband. In his retirement, he spends his time working around the house, visiting hospitals and retirement homes, spending time with his grandchildren, teaching a men’s non-denominational Bible class and going […]

Bingaman’s retirement could change political landscape

Kevin Wilson Jeff Bingaman’s Senate seat will be filled by another New Mexican come 2013 — whether it be Republican, Democrat or third party. But New Mexico’s Senate clout may take years to return — if it does. Bingaman’s retirement in 2012, coupled with Pete Domenici’s 2008 retirement for health reasons, eliminates 66 years worth […]

Press release: CCC president announces retirement

Dr. John Neibling, President of Clovis Community College since 2006, has announced his retirement as of August 1, 2011. Dr. Neibling previously served in a variety of teaching and administrative positions prior to becoming President at CCC, including 10 years as Vice President for Learning at San Juan College in Farmington, NM from 1991 to […]

Teachers, administrators disheartened by retirement proposal

Staff and wire reports Some local teachers and administrators are disheartened by a new retirement proposal that may soon be forwarded to the Legislature by the state Educational Retirement Board. Pension plans for public employees are likely to see dramatic changes after the New Mexico Legislature’s upcoming session, say lawmakers working to keep the retirement […]

Supreme Court more political than intended

Justice John Paul Stevens, thought of as one of the left-leaning members of the U.S. Supreme Court, on Friday announced his retirement from the highest judicial body in the country. His farewell to the court is not a surprise and had been speculated about since late 2009 when he hired fewer clerks than he had […]

Bingaman talks about Supreme Court judge’s retirement

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reports about a variety of issues, including the retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stevens. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link:

State investment case costs rise to $517,000

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican The state has spent $177,211.56 on legal fees since July 2009 in an alleged pay-to-play case involving the State Investment Office and the Educational Retirement Board, according to records obtained by The New Mexican. The total spent so far is $517,014. The biggest chunk of the legal […]

Birthday announcement

Milom Oca L. Milom of Clovis celebrated her 100th birthday with family Saturday at Retirement Ranch. Oca Milom was born Oct. 18, 1909 in Crowell, Texas. She has two children, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Wife of former Clovis mayor dies

CNJ Staff The wife of a former Clovis mayor is dead. Elaine Moss, 80, died Saturday at Retirement Ranch in Clovis, according to Muffley Funeral Home. She is the wife of Dr. James Moss, who served as mayor from 1990-92, and has remained active in civic and community affairs. Funeral arrangements are pending.

In limbo

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Fifty-five liens have been filed against three different entities affilliated with Wheatfields Senior Living Community. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In the early winter of 2006, plans were announced for the development of Wheatfields Senior Living Center, a 12 1/2-acre lot just south of the intersection of North Prince […]

Officials: Better retirement deserved

By Tom Philpott Reserve and National Guard members deserve a better retirement plan, one that pays an annuity earlier than age 60 at least for those willing to serve longer than 20 years. That’s what Reserve leaders have told Congress.Reservists might deserve extended health care coverage too, also in recognition of their full operational role […]

Editorial: Americans moving south risk safety

A growing number of Americans appear to be facing a tough choice: live in fear of violence, or live in fear of going poor. Increasing numbers of U.S. citizens are choosing to move to Mexico when they retire. According to the Mexican Association of Retirement Communities, about 1.2 million American and Canadian retirees already live […]

‘Bonus’ forfeits retirement dollars

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Thousands of military members entering their 15th year of service continue to be enticed by a wily government offer: a $30,000 bonus if they agree to take a deep and permanent cut in future retirement benefits. The offer, called a Career Status Bonus, takes advantage of service people who are […]

Study suggests changes for retirees

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist A Pentagon study recommends a complex four-part retirement plan be tested on a few thousand military volunteers to verify it would be a more equitable, flexible and efficient system than the prized 20-year benefit used by the military since the end of World War II. Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. […]

Blair discusses his retirement, career as Clovis police officer

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair announced his retirement Wednesday. His last day will be June 30. Blair, 43, spoke with the CNJ about his decision to retire and his 22-year career as a Clovis police officer. Q: Why retire now after 18 months as chief?A: Me and my wife […]

Social Security workers brace for boomers

CNJ staff Social Security offices nationwide are bracing for the first round of baby boomers to hit retirement age. Local Social Security officials are urging individuals to utilize the Internet to file their application. “Staffing levels are at an all-time low,” Social Security District Manager Tony Romero said. “So, we are really pushing the E-Services […]