Bond D would have positive effect

As presidents of Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University, we want to outline the benefits of General Obligation Bond D in the Nov. 2 General Election, and why it makes sense to the citizens of Curry and Roosevelt counties. The cost of Bond D is very reasonable. The owner of a $100,000 assessed […]

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. […]

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. […]

NSPS positions assigned GS pay grades

By April Rowden: Air Force Manpower Agency Public Affairs Office RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas— With only weeks remaining to classify Air Force civilian jobs into the General Schedule personnel system, Air Force classifiers are ensuring National Security Personnel System positions have a current GS title, series and grade before the NSPS conversion out date. […]

Officials extend voluntary separation pay, reduce separation pay

By Daniel P. Elkins: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs Office RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials are extending the application period for eligible officers to apply for voluntary separation pay through July 31, but are lowering the multiplier to 1.5 times the authorized separation pay effective July 1. “The window to […]

Portales past: June 27, 1945

June 27, 1945: A Lt. MacDonald was looking for a furnished house in Portales. He was willing to pay $75 per month, three months in advance, according to a newspaper classified ad.

Panel OKs 1.9 percent pay hike

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A House panel has voted to give the military a 1.9 percent pay raise next January. That would be a half percentage point higher than what the Obama administration wanted simply to match private sector wage growth. The House armed services subcommittee on military personnel panel also endorsed increases next […]

DFAS begins recouping separation pay soon

Courtesy of Air Force Retiree News Service from a DFAS release CLEVELAND — Recouping military retirees’ voluntary separation incentive special separation benefit and other separation payments by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service will resume in August. Separation payments and others, such as severance pay, were offered to active-duty servicemembers to reduce manpower in certain […]

Primary caregivers stipend approved

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Primary in-home caregivers to severely wounded veterans of current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be paid a stipend by the Department of Veterans Affairs, under a bill Congress has passed unanimously. The stipend, payable to a spouse, parent, child, friend or even a hired caregiver, will be based on […]

Local experts: Wet winter will pay off

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Area farmers may not be seeing the benefits of a wet winter now, but they will in a few weeks, agriculture experts say. “The winter has been very helpful,” said Patrick Kircher, the Roosevelt County Extension Office agricultural agent. “The precipitation has been more than it has been in […]

Pay raises, fee increases proposed

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The Obama administration proposes to spend three percent more next year on support programs for war-strained military families. But officials are urging Congress to stop adding extra dollars to the military pay raise every January and find a way to raise TRICARE fees for the first time in 15 years. […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Snow’s coming and time to pay up

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Heart jumping If you pledged money for Jump Rope for Heart…it’s due today. Several Clovis elementary schools are participating in the fundraiser as part of American Heart Month. Students participating in the fundraiser find sponsors to pledge payment for jump time. Zia students jump Friday; […]

Tough questions during pay review

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Should military pilots who have been reassigned from cockpits to ground-based computer consoles to fly remotely piloted vehicles continue to draw the same flight pay as pilots who still fly jets and helicopters? Should reserve component personnel on lengthy overseas assignments in locales like Germany continue to draw the same […]

Poor economy boosting recruitment

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Middle-class American youth are entering the military in significant numbers today, drawn by more competitive pay, a battered civilian job market and the buzz surrounding an improved GI Bill education benefit. The Department of Defense announced earlier this month that for the first time since the draft ended and the […]

Mesalands president suspended

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Mesalands Community College Board of Trustees on Tuesday suspended President Phillip O. Barry without pay. Board members met in executive session in response to allegations Barry was driving under the influence of liquor or drugs last week in Albuquerque. Court records show Barry was charged with DUI on Friday. […]

VA not ready to back disabled pay

By Tom Philpott: Military update Monthly compensation the Department of Veterans Affairs pays to veterans with service-connected disabilities is intended to replace average earnings loss due to injuries or ailments. But should VA also pay disabled veterans something extra for diminished quality of life? Two prominent commissions in 2007 said it should. Last week, however, […]

Obama has no regard for principles

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist By now few who pay attention can have missed President Obama’s enthusiastic embrace of pragmatism, especially when it comes to the administration’s economic policies. Nor is it a secret that nothing much the president is proposing seems to be working. But if one understands pragmatism at its most […]

Commissioners approve county manager pay raise

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt County Commissioners have given the county manager a 4 percent pay raise, citing her performance and experience as the reasons. The commission voted unanimously, with Commissioner Jake Lopez absent, for Charlene Hardin’s pay increase after a closed session at their meeting Tuesday in the County Courthouse. “She deserved […]

Congress limited in helping military

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist For the last eight years, lawmakers have loaded annual defense authorization bills with new pay and benefit initiatives to support troops and their families and to show the nation’s appreciation. This year’s defense bills — both the version passed by the House, and the Senate bill to be debated on […]

Freedom Communication announces pay cuts

Freedom New Mexico IRVINE, Calif. — Freedom Communications, Inc. announced a five percent across-the-board