Retiree mortality rate needs study

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Department of Defense actuaries have discovered significantly higher mortality rates among active duty retirees compared to reserve retirees, and the disparity stretches back decades. In any given year, looking at populations of non-disabled military retirees age 60 and older, the death rate for active duty enlisted retirees is 20 to [...]

Civilian employment at CAFB higher than expected

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base maintained a higher than expected civilian workforce during its transition to a special operations wing. The Civil Service workforce at Cannon dropped from 730 in 2006 to 570 at present. However, the civilian personnel office is looking to fill 50 positions on base, according to Cannon Public Affairs [...]

Eastern New Mexico in for long hot summer

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Thomas Garcia Roosevelt and Curry county residents can expect higher than normal temperatures through August, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. The high in Clovis and Portales reached 102 degrees Monday, according to the weather service, and is expected to hover around triple digits through Wednesday. This on top of hotter than normal [...]

Hurdles remain high for TriCare

By Tom Philpott The Defense Department’s top health official believes that “within the next year or two” TRICARE fees, co-pays and deductibles will “begin to gradually go up” for military retirees. But Dr. S. Ward Casscells, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, also says he “has a lot of sympathy with” the argument of [...]

University honors graduates

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Commencement speaker Janeice Scarbrough likened Eastern New Mexico University’s fall commencement to a play with a wide variety of characters. “The stars of our show are the graduates themselves,” said Scarbrough, professor and chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at ENMU. The 113th Commencement Convocation awarded degrees [...]

McClure tapped to head state business group

By Freedom Newspapers Former Clovis Community College president Beverlee J. McClure has been appointed president and CEO of the Association of Commerce and Industry following a national search, according to a news release from the statewide business group. McClure has served as the first cabinet secretary of higher education since the Higher Education Department was [...]

Gas prices on the rise

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A recent spike in local gas prices has area businesses and residents reeling at the pumps. With 19 semi-trucks traveling on the road across the country, Welch Trucking is feeling the effects of the rising fuel prices, which jumped about 10 cents a gallon in the last few days. [...]

Alternative minimum tax should be repealed

Editorial According to the New York Times, “House Democratic leaders, in an effort to upstage Republicans on the issue of tax cuts, are preparing legislation that would permanently shield all but the very richest taxpayers from the alternative minimum tax, which is likely to affect tens of millions of families as early as next year [...]

March 6, 1970

Dr. Harold K. Brasell, director of special education at Eastern New Mexico University, will attend a Western Interstate Commision on Higher Education conference on problems in special education March 9-11 in San Diego, Calif. Approximately 100 participants from both urban and rural areas of the WICHE region have been selected to attend. Participants will include [...]

Unofficial results show Bond B passes

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Higher education officials in eastern New Mexico expressed gratitude Tuesday for voters in the General Election who approved millions of dollars for higher education in the region. With 70 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial election results showed 55 percent of New Mexico voters gave their approval of General Obligation [...]