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 […]

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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 […]

ENMU receives help as Hispanic serving institution

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The U.S. Senate passed a bill Saturday including a provision that will make it easier for Eastern New Mexico University and other New Mexico schools with high percentages of Hispanic students to receive and keep federal aid, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici’s office. The bill […]

College funds may hold despite enrollment drops

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Colleges and universities in New Mexico that experienced drops in enrollment may not be penalized, according to New Mexico Higher Education Department Secretary Beverlee McClure. The Department is considering a provision that would shelter college and university budgets for one year, according to higher education officials who met Friday at […]

Gas prices expected to climb

Freedom Newspapers Area residents could see higher gas prices in the coming weeks, according to AAA New Mexico spokesperson Jeanie Chavez. The recent announcement that an Alaskan oil company has shut down in order to replace a corroded pipe line is the latest in a string of events that led to record gas prices in […]

Brown Early Childhood to have more space for expected higher enrollment

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Best-selling author Robert Fulghum says, “All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten” and at L.L. Brown Early Childhood Center in Portales, there will be more room for learning during this critical stage. When pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students begin filling the halls on Aug. 21, there will be […]

First-graders have ‘eggs-tra’ fun with science project

By William P. Thompson Steiner Elementary students spent Thursday morning watching eggs being tossed to the ground from a cherry picker about 90 feet up in the air. Unanimously, the students agreed it was a fun way to learn elementary physics. Thursday’s “Egg Drop” was the fifth annual for the school. Teacher Diane Maez said […]

District 3-1A tournament schedule

District 3-1A (seeds in parentheses) Boys Tuesday (5) Elida at (2) Dora, 6 p.m. (4) Floyd at (3) Melrose, 6 p.m. Thursday Tuesday winners at higher seed, 6 p.m. Saturday Championship at (1) Fort Sumner, 7 p.m. Girls Monday (5) Dora at (2) Fort Sumner 6 p.m. (4) Floyd at (3) Melrose 6 p.m. Wednesday […]

Board of Regents informed of ENMU enrollment increase

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents members were told Friday enrollment at the Portales campus topped 4,000 for the first time since 1975. According to university officials, 4,052 students enrolled at ENMU for the fall semester. The fall enrollment is up 2.3 percent from the 2004 fall headcount, which was 3,959. […]

CCC president appointed for education post

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Staff and Wire Reports As the state’s first secretary of higher education, Beverlee McClure confronts a long list of challenges and increasing the number of college graduates in New Mexico ranks among her toughest assignments. McClure, president of Clovis Community College, was named Thursday by Gov. Bill Richardson to head the newly created Higher Education […]

CCC president expected to receive state post

David Stevens: Freedom Newpapers Clovis Community College President Beverlee McClure is expected to be named the state’s new Higher Education secretary today, college regents Robert Lydick and Gayla Brumfield and state Sen. Stuart Ingle said. Officials with the governor’s office declined to confirm the appointment, but Bill Richardson scheduled a press conference for 9 a.m. […]

McClure looks to keep going

By Marlena Hartz Beverlee McClure, president of Clovis Community College, is a first-generation college student — her parents had no college or university experience. In a similar financial predicament as most of the students she now presides over, she once worked 40 hours a week for an insurance company while taking a full load of […]