Press release: Sen. Harden announces retirement

(From the office of State Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis) State Senator Clint Harden District 7 announced today that he would retire at the end of this term:

Officials stress keeping faith on military retirement

By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has no proposals or recommendations on revamping military retirement at this time, but any future proposal must not break faith with those in the military today, senior Pentagon officials told Congress Oct. 25. Jo Ann Rooney, the principal deputy undersecretary of defense for […]

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: 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 […]

Monday morning briefing: Schools business, an open house and the end of Bonnie and Clyde

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. School supplies If your children go to school in Floyd and you want to plan ahead, the school calendar, elementary school supply list and sports physical form for the 2011-2012 school year are available on the Floyd Municipal School District website: http://www.floydbroncos.com/ The Elida […]

Our people: Former farmer stays busy

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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 to school to receive his minister’s license. “I’m busier now than before I retired,” the 60-year-old said. […]

Their view: Focus must be put on retirement funding

Beverlee J. McClure is president and CEO of the New Mexico Association of Commerce & Industry and former president of Clovis Community College.

Our people: Windmill man

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Portales resident Bill Dalley has delved into his retirement hobby of restoring antique windmills. He has restored 80 for himself and 25 for others. Sometimes, moving or repairing a windmill became a family project, needing multiple trucks and trailers to haul the oversized collectibles. Dalley decided to donate the windmills to Roosevelt County and began […]

Educators disheartened by proposed retirement changes

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 […]

Voluntary separation, retirement deadlines near

Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs Office RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — As the window to voluntarily separate or retire closes, Air Force officials urge airmen impacted by force management who are interested in transitioning from the active-duty force to do so quickly before the cutoff dates later this month. “Volunteering ahead of retention […]

Selective early retirement board to be held in July

By 1st Lt. Gina Vaccaro McKeen: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force leaders will hold a selective early retirement board here July 19 through July 23 to consider select officers who must retire by Jan. 1, 2011, or upon retirement eligibility. The SERB is part of Air […]

New retirement process in place

American Forces Press Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Officers and enlisted airmen reaching 15 years of active-duty service will have new procedures in place beginning April 1 to accept enrollment in the Redux retirement plan. Airmen will receive an electronic notification of their eligibility for the High-3 Choice retirement plan that allows members […]

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 […]

Consider TRICARE after retirement

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Active-duty servicemembers must use TRICARE Prime or Prime Remote, but retirees who are not eligible for Medicare may be eligible for TRICARE Prime or choose TRICARE Standard or Extra. Each program has advantages pertaining to cost, location and convenience. If space is available, continuing care in a […]

Club extends holiday greetings

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Nancy LaVallee twists garland around her tree. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections The Cannon Spouses Club has been bringing smiles and Christmas goodies to local retirement center residents for the third year. On Tuesday club members decorated miniature Christmas trees and filled goodie bags for Clovis retirement center residents who […]

Retirement reception set for longtime bank employee

Wells Fargo Bank in Portales will honor bank employee Jan Griffith on her retirement with a public reception Thursday. Griffith has been a bank employee for 34 years and will be honored from 2-4 p.m. at the Wells Fargo branch at 316 W. Second St.

It’s their job: Former director ready for retirement

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James “Jim” Good served as director of the Portales Senior Center for a little more than 10 years and as director of the Portales Area Transit since March 2006. He talked about his job Friday, his last day before retirement. Good spent most of his childhood in California, with the exception of six years in […]

Officials: Better retirement deserved

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist 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 […]

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 […]