Health savings accounts best thing to come from medical cost debates

Editorial The lame-duck session of Congress that also marked the end of 12 years of Republican domination of the legislative branch ended Saturday morning with more of a whimper than a bang. Nine of the 11 “normal” appropriations bills remained unpassed, leaving the federal government to rely on “continuing appropriations” that will fund agencies at […]

Bill coming due soon on public pension crisis

Editorial When it comes to the mounting nationwide pension crisis, it’s best to follow the advice, “At first, do no harm.” Nationwide, unfunded public and private pension liabilities are at an unfathomable $800 billion. That’s the amount of benefits owed, beyond the funds available to pay them. USA Today reported last month that “taxpayers will […]

Bulk of BRAC money earmarked for law firm

By Freedom Newspapers Only $350,000 of the $500,000 of taxpayer money pledged to save Cannon Air Force Base has been budgeted so far, Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas said on Thursday. Fiscal responsibility is at the heart of decisions being made by the mutual-aid group, Thomas said. “Out of this money that is pledged it […]

Commissioner upset over road funding changes

By Tony Parra A rash of holiday crimes has the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s department deputies tracking down cases of burglary and forgery. Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett said during the Roosevelt County meeting on Tuesday that burglaries during the holiday season amounted to a loss of an excess of $32,000 in cash and property. Rick […]

Commission agrees to terms for wind farm bonds

By Tony Parra The Roosevelt County commissioners on Tuesday approved to go into negotiations with Padoma Wind and Power on land use in Roosevelt County to build a wind farm and a resolution for the issuance of industrial revenue bonds. County attorney Randy Knudson said he has been in consultations with Mike Groshek, an industrial […]

Portales schools to receive Internet funds

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The federal government will pick up a portion of the tab for Portales schools’ Internet and telephone services again this year — and that could save the district tens of thousands of dollars. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., recently announced the potential award from the federal E-Rate program. The […]

Committee makes budget cuts

By Tony Parra Finance Committee members were in limbo as to the status of funding for the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce and the Community Services Center, but eventually made cuts during Wednesday’s meeting. Finance committee members decided to make a 6.8 percent cut to the contracted services of Community Development coordinator Kim Huffman’s salary and […]