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 […]

Sept. 2 Library Books

The following books and DVDs are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Kiss Me Deadly by Mickey Spillane was given by Vicki Dryer in memory of Inez Williams. Although friends and enemies alike warn Mike Hammer to drop his feud with the Mob, he defies the police and the FBI to settle his personal score […]

8-26 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: The Art of New Mexico: How the West Is One by Joseph Traugott was given by the faculty and staff of the West College of Education in memory of Ruth Gore. Some 225 selected works demonstrate the extent to which Native American, Hispanic and European-American […]

Letters to the Editor: Job opportunity too good to be true

I continue to marvel at the incredible good fortune that is bestowed upon certain people in government. Imagine if you can, having to announce your retirement (due to health and/or whatever other reasons). Then, as luck would have it, you fall right back into an almost-tailor-made-for-you job — seems too good to be true. What […]

Former Clovis legislator accused of diverting money

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A former Clovis state representative received about $870,000 in state money that was supposed to benefit a housing program for low- and moderate-income residents, according to a report by the State Investment Council says. Vincent “Smiley” Gallegos, who resigned Aug. 1 as the executive director of the Albuquerque-based Region III […]

Police chief retiring

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey is retiring after 29 years of service. Carey announced his decision Thursday in a memo to his employees, according to a CPD press release. His last day will be Sept. 29, the release said. The press release did not cite a reason for Carey’s […]

6/6 Business digest

CNJ editor, reporter receive news award Clovis News Journal reporter Marlena Hartz and Editor David Stevens received a first-place citation for spot news reporting in the 2006 Best of the West awards announced last week. Best of the West honors the top work by newspapers and television stations in 13 western states, according to an […]

New care facility opening in Clovis

By Jean Verlich: CNJ new editor A new adult residential care facility will help fill the need for assisted living in Clovis when it opens late next year, according to the project coordinator. Prairie Meadows will be built on Dillon Street next to its sister facility, Retirement Ranch. Four buildings each will house two one-bedroom […]

Rury, Elbert W. “Ebb”

Elbert W. “Ebb” Rury, 78, of Belen died Friday, May 5, 2006, at Loveland Hospital of Albuquerque. Born on June 20, 1927, in Oklahoma, he had been a Belen resident since 1971 and previously lived in Clovis.  He was a U.S. Army veteran, having proudly served in Korea, his family said. He retired from Mountain […]

Living debt-free harder than it looks

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I completed the Consumer Credit Counseling Services program a while back. A few years ago my bills got the better of me and started to drag me under. I reached out for a helping hand and CCCS grabbed it. When I was through I got a packet with a congratulatory […]

Lawmakers shouldn’t sneak compensation

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist There he sits, does Bulldog Bill, glowering. Looking every bit like the mascot on the beer can. The governor is not a happy man. The Legislature has done him wrong. There is, however, just the tease of a wry smile as Gov. Bill Richardson awaits legislative bills requiring his signed […]

Plan would allow earlier retirement

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Today’s military members serve under the traditional 20-years-or-bust retirement plan, which has been prized by generations of retirees. That plan isn’t going away for the current force. But a new plan might be offered as a voluntary option, promising at least some retirement benefits to many members who don’t expect […]

Clovis resident celebrates 104 years of life

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Bill Chapman, left, visits with longtime friend Nina Luckett on Saturday at The Retirement Ranch in Clovis. Luckett turns 104 years old today. Chapman said he has been friends with Luckett since meeting her in the 1970s. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer She wears her years like a cloak. Her eyes are rimmed with […]

Military Coalition leery of changing system

Tom Philpott: Military Update The Military Coalition, a powerful league of 35 service associations and veterans’ organizations, has warned a blue ribbon panel studying military compensation to be wary of claims by senior Defense officials and outside economists that service pay and benefits need business-like reforms. Coalition representatives testified on Wednesday before the Defense Advisory […]

Retirees getting second chance at program

By Tom Philpott: Military Update More than 800,000 military retirees who declined the Survivor Benefit Plan at retirement will get another chance to buy into a much-improved program, starting this fall. But delayed enrollment won’t be cheap, particularly for retirees who left service during the last six years. Congress voted last year not only to […]