Survivor plan not being utilized

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist A typical officer retiring today who declines to enroll in the Survivor Benefit Plan lets the government off the hook for a subsidy worth $50,100 in “net present value,” say Department of Defense actuaries. The typical enlisted retiree who chooses not to enroll in SBP is turning down a subsidy […]

Businesses pool efforts for United Way

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Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Businesses in the 100 block of South Main are gearing up for a block party to benefit the community. It’s a joint effort to raise money for United Way. Seven business are taking part in a silent auction, super sales, music, a celebrity stick-horse race around the square, dunking booth, […]

No money to pay survivor benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military update It can be a frustrating time of year for 54,000 military widows who see their Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments wiped out or reduced by the monthly amount they receive in Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the Department of Veterans Affairs. As it has done routinely in recent years, […]

Concert will benefit family of cancer victim

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer SOS Outlet in Portales is hosting a concert to benefit the family of a 6-year-old Clovis girl who died of leukemia July 4. Organizer and SOS Outlet manager Rocky Banda said admission to Music Fest would be any donation, even food gift certificates, to help Harley Pena’s family with […]

Benefit barbecue dinner set

PNT Staff Report The Community Services Center’s 10th Annual Barbecue Benefit Dinner is 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday at the center’s Senior Meal Site, 1100 Community Way. Plates are $7 for barbecue brisket and sausage, potato salad, coleslaw, beans, a roll, cobbler with ice cream and tea or coffee. All proceeds go to the […]

Proposal aims to close road for base benefit

By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections Closing Curry Road R for the benefit of Cannon Air Force Base is meeting little resistance. But where the traffic will be diverted appears to be the heart of residents’ concerns. A proposal put before the Curry County Commission on Tuesday sought to close the road hugging Cannon’s west perimeter. […]

In focus: TRICARE vision care benefits

By Kristen Ward: TriWest Healthcare Alliance Vision care is a TRICARE-covered benefit. Here’s how the benefit varies by your plan and age: Active Duty Active duty service members and family members (ADFM) enrolled in TRICARE Prime are allowed a comprehensive eye exam every year with no co-pay. TRICARE Standard and Extra ADFM beneficiaries older than […]

Area bands will perform benefit concert

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A benefit concert Saturday to raise money for children’s homes in Portales will feature three local bands. The concert will be held at Eastern New Mexico University in the Campus Union Building ballroom. The band TUFTU takes the stage at 6 p.m., followed by Pre-Ordained, Thousand Year Reign and […]

Eat sweets, support literacy

The Roosevelt County Literacy Council is hosting its annual benefit event, “A Matter of Taste: An Afternoon of Fine Desserts,” 2-5 p.m. Saturday in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church, 100 S. Ave. C. Attendees can taste desserts from around the world and participate in a silent auction. Dan Greathouse and Mike Shaughnessy, Spotswood […]

Benefit concert planned for ENMU instructor

Freedom New Mexico Several local bands are coming together in a charity concert for Eastern New Mexico University graduate and communications instructor Kevin Gardel, who was diagnosed with a rare cancer called primary myelofibrosis in September 2002. All funds generated from the concert will be donated to the Gardels family to help pay hospital bills. […]

Soup benefit raises money for music and English departments

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The sound of music will fill the city of Floyd one week from tonight as the school presents the fifth annual Love Soup Extravaganza to benefit its music department. Carol Lang, who has been teaching music to pre-schoolers through seventh-graders for 11 years, started the event as a fundraiser […]

Religious critics could be biggest benefit to cause

Freedom New Mexico Don’t call it the “Freedom From Religion Foundation.” Instead, go with “Friends Of Religion Foundation.” This mean-spirited group does more to strengthen and promote religion and religious liberty than any religious leader could ever hope to do. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wis., is the group that rented a […]

Dancers deserve benefit of doubt

By Anita Doberman: Cannon Connections columnist The joke goes that there are three things you can find around any military base — tattoo parlors, pawn shops, and strip clubs. It’s the last one that interests me and this week I interviewed an exotic dancer, though she did prefer the more simple term, stripper. I met […]

Bonds would benefit counties

PNT Staff Bond proposals in the Nov. 4 general election would provide almost $18 million for Roosevelt and Curry County schools,

Local Briefs Sept. 5

PNT Staff Report Fletcher fund established A fund has been established at the Portales National Bank to benefit Dora School student Lance Fletcher, according to bank officials.Fletcher is receiving cancer treatments at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Cash or check donations can be made at either branch of the Portales National Bank: […]

Revamped downtown could benefit city

Karl Terry It happened downtown. That’s a line Portales MainStreet folks are hoping we’ll all hear a lot more often in the future. The passion this group of citizens displays toward the vitality of our city is likely going to make it happen too. As evidence, take the third Summer Wine Festival that filled the […]

Local Briefs July 11

PNT Staff Reports CSC holding barbecue The Community Services Center will hold its annual barbecue benefit dinner from 4-7 p.m. today at the senior meal site, 1100 Community Way. Proceeds benefit the senior meal site. The meal features barbecue brisket and sausage, potato salad, coleslaw, beans, roll and cobbler with ice cream. Cost is $6 […]

Kids concert to benefit Food Bank

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter Two local music artists plan to hold a concert to benefit the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. Andy Mason and Don Thomas will hold a concert for children from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Memorial building. “The concert will help the children in the area and it will […]