Another gaffe in retro pay project

By Tom Philpott: Syndicated columnist As many as 39,000 disabled military retirees have been left out of the VA Retro Pay program by mistake, say officials at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) who are calculating the amount of money owed. This latest and perhaps most serious gaffe in the problem-plagued VA Retro Pay […]

Disabled severance pay adjusted

By Tom Philpott A few hard-nosed choices by the Bush administration in implementing laws to help disabled service members are being rolled back under congressional pressure and a new team of Pentagon policymakers. One regulation change soon to take effect will allow more disability severance pay recipients to keep those lump sum payments without worry […]

Capping pay would further mar economy

President Barack Obama has announced a cap of $500,000 a year on the pay of senior executives at distressed financial institutions that receive bailout money deemed “exceptional assistance” from the taxpayers via the federal government. This is an understandable move considering the circumstances, but it carries some dangers. One can understand the populist impulse behind […]

State workers’ union not pushing pay issue

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican State-employee union members are counting their blessings that New Mexico hasn’t seen layoffs and furloughs of government workers like so many other states this year. As a nod to the tough economic times, they’ve agreed to take a zero percent pay raise through the end of the 2010 fiscal […]

New rehearsal hall for opera on horizon

By Anne Constable: The Santa Fe New Mexican The Santa Fe Opera is seeking legislative approval for an agreement with the state to lease and eventually purchase a yet-to-be-built open-air rehearsal hall and the land it sits on. Speaker of the House Ben Lujan, D-Nambe, introduced this week House Joint Resolution 8, which would give […]

City seeks county help on improvements

By Argen Duncan: PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council is waiting to see if Roosevelt County will help pay for courthouse square improvements before awarding or rejecting the sole bid on the project. The construction bid from K. Barnett & Sons Inc. of $719,000 was almost $178,000 more than the city’s available funds. “The […]

Candidates speak at business luncheon

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry President Business Beverlee McClure said Wednesday New Mexico business owners should pay attention to the election. With more than 100 seats up for election in the state legislature and other governing agencies, voters will elect state officials responsible for establishing regulation and policies affecting […]

Raise, ‘Wellness’ plan get OK

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Military members will get a 3.9 percent pay raise in January. But the fiscal 2009 defense authorization approved by Congress on Saturday does not include a House-passed plan to set military pay raises through 2013 a half percentage point higher than private sector wage growth. The new defense bill will […]

Team examines travel pay process

By Tech. Sgt. Drew Nystrom: Air Force Reserve Command Public Affairs Robins Air Force Base, Ga. — Air Force Reserve Command officials here hosted a total force team of financial experts from around the Air Force Aug. 11 through 14 to improve delays in processing travel vouchers. The team, under the direction of Richard P. […]

Clovis city commissioners approve raises

Freedom New Mexico Clovis city commissioners voted unanimously Friday morning to approve a pay raise for employees during a special meeting to approve the final budget for fiscal year ending June 2009. The commission also approved a $59.7 million budget. The pay raise, which is an adjustment to the budget, will amount to between 3 […]

Sanchez takes 7th in tourney, clubs pay price

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer A broken driver on the first day didn’t stop him, and a broken three-wood on the last day certainly didn’t stop him. Portales Ram golfer Donavin Sanchez pushed through the two unlucky events, and took seventh place in the 2008 Texas Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament this week in Wichita […]

Editorial: Off-shore drilling promises to help U.S. oil supply

Republican presidential candidate John McCain this week reversed his position and drew environmentalists’ wrath when he came out in favor of lifting the federal ban on off-shore oil drilling. McCain apparently realizes he needs motorists’ votes more than environmentalists’ endorsements. Better late than never. Rising gasoline prices have focused voters’ attention. A poll last October […]

Military pay increase will exceed private sector’s

By Tom Philpott Active duty and reserve component members can bank on a 3.9 percent pay raise next January as Congress continues to close a perceived military “pay gap” that a Pentagon pay study says no longer exists. The House Armed Services Committee on May 14 joined Senate colleagues in approving, for a 10th consecutive […]

Gap widening between active and retired pay

By Tom Philpott Older military retirees like Marine Corps Master Sgt. Lanny Bauer, 68, of Stockton, Calif., do not begrudge current service members for a string of annual pay raises that have exceeded wage growth in the private sector. Every dollar they get is deserved and likely is needed to keep quality volunteers in wartime, […]

Magistrate Court Dispositions, March 30, 2008

The following dispositions were filed recently in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court. According to reports: Kaleb Aguirre, 19, pleaded guilty to charges of minor in possession of alcohol. He was ordered to pay $1,000 in fines with $900 suspended, as well as court costs, was sentenced to one year of supervised probation and to perform 30 […]

Study: No gap between military and civilian pay

By Tom Philpott A new Department of Defense study of military compensation finds no pay gap exists today between service members and civilian peers. But the study, conducted over the last two years, advises Defense leaders to adopt a new tool for comparing military and private sector compensation so that service members learn to appreciate […]

Residents pay respects

Cannon Connections photo: Tony Bullocks Joseph and Sarah Maleski of Cannon AFB search Saturday afternoon at the Traveling Vietnam Wall for a gold tag that is engraved with the name of A1C Eric M. Barnes who was killed June 10, 2007, in Iraq. By Gabriel Monte, Cannon Connections The haunting notes of “Amazing Graze” groaned […]

Motorcyclists ride to wall

By Sharna Johnson A procession of more than 100 motorcycles rumbled through Clovis on Sunday to pay homage to fallen soldiers. One-by-one they filed into the parking lot at Clovis High School, dismounting their metal steeds and making way to the American Veterans Traveling Tribute to pay respects. The connection between motorcycles and veterans is […]

2-17-08 District Court

The following dispositions were filed in Roosevelt County’s Ninth Judicial Court recently. According to the documents: • Jason Chatterton, 32, was convicted of the charge of automobile burglary, a fourth-degree felony and was ordered to serve 18 months of supervised probation with conditions and ordered to pay all court fines and fees. • Randy McBrewer, […]

2-17-08 Magistrate Court

The following dispositions were filed in Roosevelt County Magistrate court recently. According to the documents: • Arnoldo Ontiveroz, 42, pleaded no contest to the charges of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor (second offense) and improper backing and is ordered to serve two years of supervised probation with conditions and is ordered to […]