Stop loss benefit deadline extended

By Daniel P. Elkins: Air Force Personnel, Service and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Eligible airmen, veterans and their beneficiaries now have until Dec. 3 to apply for retroactive stop loss special pay following an extension in the continuing resolution signed by the president Sept. 30. The new Dec. 3 deadline […]

Letters to the editor: Time to put stop to tax increases

Time to put stop to tax increases Regarding Curry County’s proposal to build a judicial complex: Vote no on Nov. 2. This bond will cost the taxpayers and property owners $33 million and increase the gross receipts tax by 25 cents (on a $100 purchase) for 15 to 25 years. And this is only the […]

Obama visit felt like a New Mexico campaign stop

By Tim Korte: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The White House billed it as a backyard visit in Albuquerque’s south valley, a chance for a disabled Marine Corps veteran, his family and their neighbors to pull up a lawn chair and share concerns with President Barack Obama. But it sure sounded like a campaign stop […]

Udall PSA urges troops and veterans to claim stop loss compensation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today released a 30-second video PSA urging active duty service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of service members who were involuntarily extended between September 11, 2001 and September 30, 2009, to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay.

Deadline nears for stop loss pay

Cannon Connections staff The deadline to apply for retroactive stop loss pay is Oct. 21. Service members whose service was involuntarily extended from Sept. 11, 2001 to Sept. 30, 2009, are eligible for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay. Stop loss is a policy used during major conflicts to quickly retain and generate forces to surge. […]

Retroactive stop loss pay filing deadline nears

CNJ staff report The deadline to apply for retroactive stop loss pay is Oct. 21. Service members whose service was involuntarily extended from Sept. 11, 2001 to Sept. 30, 2009 are eligible for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay. Stop loss is a policy used during major conflicts to quickly retain and generate forces to surge. […]

Press release: Udall urges troops and veterans to claim stop loss compensation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., is urging active duty service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of service members who were involuntarily extended between September 11, 2001 and September 30, 2009, to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay. Under the 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act, compensation is available to service members of every military […]

Feds ready to pay ‘stop loss’ troops

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Let’s go on a scavenger hunt! The object is to find one (or more) of 89,836 service members, many of them now veterans, who were forced to stay on active duty under “stop loss” orders, for days or months beyond projected separation or retirement dates, sometime from Sept. 11, 2001, […]

Quay traffic stop nets pot cache

Thomas Garcia A Georgia man is in federal custody following a traffic stop resulting in the seizure of 900 pounds of marijuana near Tucumcari. Forrest McLaughlin of Atlanta was arrested by a New Mexico Motor Transportation Police after $1.3 million of marijuana was discovered stacked behind pallets of cantaloupes, said Major Ron Cordova. McLaughlin, 46, […]

Veterans encouraged to submit stop loss claims

American Forces Press Service SAN ANTONIO — In working closely with the Office of the Secretary of Defense staff on a congressional action involving veterans submitting claims for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay, major command and wing level officials are working to inform veterans who were affected by stop loss. Eligible airmen include those who […]

Current, former airmen eligible for stop loss special pay

By Daniel P. Elkins: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs Office RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Thousands of current and former airmen remain eligible to receive $500 in retroactive special pay for each month they were affected by stop loss. Airmen have until Oct. 21 to apply through the Air Force Personnel Center here. […]

Traveling museum to stop at library

CNJ staff Van of Enchantment, New Mexico’s statewide outreach program operated by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, is bringing a traveling museum called Riding the Rails to Clovis, according to a news release. The exhibit will cover the Santa Fe Trail, the arrival of railroads in New Mexico and the New Mexico Rail […]

Tucumcari police chief: Officer followed protocol in alleged cash theft

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A lawsuit filed in Santa Fe claims Tucumcari police stole $47,000 from two Kansas residents during a May 2 traffic stop. Tucumcari police records tell a far different story, claiming $53,140 was seized and handed over to federal officials as part of an investigation related to a possible illegal […]

Press release: Bingaman visits Gulf of Mexico, applauds N.M. National Labs for their role in helping stop leak

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today visited the Gulf Coast to learn more about BP’s plans to plug its leaking well and to clean up the disastrous spill.

Officials still seeking those impacted by stop-loss

By Daniel P. Elkins: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs Office RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — More than 2,600 current and former airmen have been approved for retroactive stop-loss special pay since Air Force Personnel Center officials here began accepting claims in September. Officials continue to seek airmen who were involuntarily held on active […]

Ticket feature: Comedy tour putting on Mother’s Day show

l1z80d-56ticket.jpg

Courtesy photo The Small Town Comedy Tour will be putting on a Mother’s Day show Friday night at the Clovis Civic Center. Freedom New Mexico Friday night’s Small Town Comedy Tour show is expected to be a show to bring in Mother’s Day. Headliner Nikki Carr is billed as the “mother of all mothers,” said […]

Organizers: Bull riding to offer “non-stop action”

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Organizers are expecting crowds of up to 3,000 fans for two days of “nonstop action” during this week’s bull riding event at the Curry County Events Center. Featuring 90 top bull riders from several professional bull riding associations, the event will take place Friday and Saturday nights. Sponsor Joe […]

Dennis Roch to visit area

CNJ staff District 67 State Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Tucumcari, plans to visit eastern New Mexico this week. His itinerary Thursday includes a 10 a.m. stop at Portales High School to visit students in the “Prep Me” program; a noon speaking engagement at the High Plains Patriots’ Tea Party event in front of the Curry County […]

Chocolate addiction hard to stop

By Karl Terry: Fredom columnist “Where did you hide them,” whined my wife as she opened cabinets after supper on a recent evening. I didn’t have to ask what she was looking for, I knew she was after the Whoppers the Original Malted Milk Balls. If I played my cards right I knew she would […]

Climate change, national security presentation to be held

CNJ staff Clovis is the fourth stop for New Mexico’s Operation Free, as it plans a Saturday film and discussion focused on climate change and national security. The presentation is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Clovis’ Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3015. State Director Chuck Tyler said Operation Free’s message is that climate […]