Comedian Carlos Mencia talks about his upcoming stop in Clovis

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Comedian Carlos Mencia is making his third stop in eastern New Mexico this month. He’s been performing for roughly 23 years. During that time, he’s released three albums and six performance DVDS, appeared in numerous movies and TV shows and hosted his own Comedy Central show, “Mind of Mencia,” for three seasons. We caught up […]

In Search of Ponies: Animals can eat themselves to death

Feeling a little stuffed? Having just survived the Thanksgiving holiday, you may be beating yourself up from that comfy spot on the couch, filled with guilt about how much food you managed to consume despite your best intentions. Even sitting there with your belt loosened, entertaining the thoughts tumbling around in your head about another […]

Congress needs to stop playing with economy

W ill the deficit-cutting supercommittee raise taxes? That’s the question of the hour in Congress. President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress deftly have maneuvered Republicans into a corner. This shows — for starters — why Republicans were foolish to agree to setting up the supercommittee. It’s officially named the U.S. Congress Joint Select […]

My turn: Too risky to stop

Here’s a deflating topic, flat tires. Until recently, however, they’ve been not-so-bad experiences, with helping hands offering aid. But diminishing good neighborliness and personal safety concerns made for a bad experience Here’s a few not-so-bad blow outs: • In 1995 I had a blow out in Hobbs. Within seconds, red lights flashed and an extremely […]

Today is a gift from God

The holiday is over. The house is sadly quiet. When will I stop crying when my loved ones leave? I ask God to keep angels to guard them safely home. I find little cars under the sofa and shoes that aren’t mine under the bed. Boys that use to live here are grown men with […]

Texas 4000: Cyclists make stop in Clovis

USAF: Airman 1st Class Jette Carr Cyclists from the Texas 4000 walk toward their host families, many of which are airmen from Cannon, after a 94-mile ride June 9 from Lubbock. The Texas 4000 is the world’s longest charity ride, with a route leading from Texas to Alaska, roughly 4,500 miles. Clovis is an annual […]

Rooting through family tree facinating

Family trees can be a fascinating thing, when you really stop to climb them. Being a bit too ADHD to spend the requisite hours on computer, I have generally allowed others to do the researching. I’ve heard a slight flurry of interest due to the Royal Wedding — perhaps from people who wondered if they […]

People can’t be forced to be free

There is no way to force someone to be free. As a libertarian I see the absurdity of that impossible notion. So when I point out the wrong of liberty-destroying laws I am not demanding that those who feel they need them give them up. That would be trying to force them to be free. […]

Stop loss pay deadline extended

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The deadline for eligible service members, veterans and their beneficiaries to apply for special retroactive pay as compensation for involuntary extensions of their military service contracts has been extended to April 8, Defense Department officials announced. The deadline extension is included in the continuing resolution President Barack Obama signed […]

Stop loss claim deadline approaching

By Terri Moon Cronk: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — People whose military service was involuntarily extended or whose retirement was suspended between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009, have until March 4 to file for retroactive payments of $500 for each month of their extended service under the “stop loss” policy. The deadline […]

Stop-loss application deadline extended

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The deadline for eligible servicemembers, veterans and their beneficiaries to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay has been extended to March 4, Defense Department officials announced today. The deadline extension is included in the continuing resolution bill that President Barack Obama signed Dec. 21, providing funding for federal […]

Food at the speed of life: Chocolate blessing too

I like Christmas. I try to remember the holiday really is about a loving God stooping to our level, becoming human, to save us from our own shortcomings. At the same time, I enjoy family, presents, the decorated tree and other things about the season. When I stop and look, I see the love and […]

Clovis One-Stop Career Center renegotiationg services, lease

Argen Duncan Representatives of the Eastern Area Workforce Development Board are negotiating a contract for fiscal and administrative services, and renegotiating the lease for the Clovis One-Stop Career Center, according to information from the board’s meeting Tuesday in the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building. The board previously put out a request for proposals […]

President extends deadline for stop loss claims

By Daniel P. Elkins: Air Force Personnel, Service and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Airmen, veterans and their beneficiaries now have until Dec. 18 to apply for retroactive stop loss special pay. The new deadline is the second extension to the original Oct. 21 cutoff and comes as a result of […]

Airmen welcomed home from deployment

USAF photo: Senior Airman James Bell Family and friends gather to welcome base personnel home in Hangar 196 on Oct.5. A post deployment line also awaited the redeploying personnel to help in-process. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs Snacks were set on a table, the weather was nice and family members waited […]

Stop loss benefit deadline extended

By Daniel P. Elkins: Air Force Personnel, Service and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Eligible airmen, veterans and their beneficiaries now have until Dec. 3 to apply for retroactive stop loss special pay following an extension in the continuing resolution signed by the president Sept. 30. The new Dec. 3 deadline […]

Obama visit felt like a New Mexico campaign stop

By Tim Korte: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The White House billed it as a backyard visit in Albuquerque’s south valley, a chance for a disabled Marine Corps veteran, his family and their neighbors to pull up a lawn chair and share concerns with President Barack Obama. But it sure sounded like a campaign stop […]

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. […]

City officials hope traffic light will ease downtown congestion

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Jared Tucker A downtown business owner says he is fed up with the traffic congestion caused by a stop sign at Main and Second Streets, so his building is for sale and he’s moving out of the square. City officials said help for the traffic problem could be on its way. Buzz Goodson, owner of […]

Press release: Udall urges troops and veterans to claim stop loss compensation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., is urging active duty service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of service members who were involuntarily extended between September 11, 2001 and September 30, 2009, to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay. Under the 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act, compensation is available to service members of every military […]