New bill would increase combat pay

Senior Airman Christy Weidenbach Alisa Boswell By Alisa Boswell Cannon Connections California Rep. Jerry McNerney is pushing for an increase in hazardous duty pay, hostile fire pay and family separation allowance for military members after visiting U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The Combat Act of 2011 would increase hazardous duty pay and family separation allowance by […]

ACU sweeps twin bill, takes series from Hounds

Freedom New Mexico ABILENE, Texas — Left fielder J.R. Roland hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the bottom of the eighth and Abilene Christian completed a Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader sweep of Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday with an 8-4 win. The Wildcats pulled away in the seven-inning opener, breaking a 1-1 tie […]

Shutdown or not, Congress must make cuts

Freedom New Mexico The current appropriations bill — the Continuing Resolution — funding the federal government is set to expire Friday. If it does, it would cause a shutdown of some portions of the government. With the stakes so high, congressional Republicans ought to, as Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., recently told a group in Newport […]

Solutions to education woes seem obvious

Everyone from Bill Gates to the first lady

Breeding debate proves emotional

Last fall the animal rights groups put Proposition B on the ballot in Missouri. The bill was written to reduce the number of breeding kennels that produce usually purebred puppies for pet stores. The bill was opposed by the Missouri Veterinary Association, the American Kennel Club and other animal-related groups. The bill failed in 111 […]

Their view: Bill would promote free access to public data

Sarah Welsh is executive director for the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government. She is asking for support for a a free access to public data.

Budget delays harming readiness

Defense officials are shaking their heads in disbelief as congressional leaders continue to delay passing a wartime defense appropriations bill for fiscal year 2011, which began last October. With the military spending bill now more than five months overdue, lawmakers last week passed a new stopgap “continuing resolution,” this “CR” to last two weeks, so […]

Their view: President Obama keeps taking from us

President Obama keeps taking from us Bill Sconone of Clovis is not a fan of President Barack Obama: I said it during his campaign and I’ll say it again, “To me Obama is nothing but a smooth talking Chicago con man.” Since I first expressed those sentiments over two years ago, his words and actions […]

Food safety bill hurts farmers

What will the Food Safety Modernization Act, if put into effect, do to Ms. Obama’s backyard garden? Congress has taken up the issue of food safety because of the headline-grabbing occurrences of, primarily bacterial, outbreaks of disease in fresh meat and produce. With the exception of eggs, most E. coli and Salmonella outbreaks are a […]

Zias break through with twin bill sweep

Freedom New Mexico HOBBS — Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team got well in a hurry on Tuesday. Junior Erin Roufosse and sophomore Brittany Widner threw complete games and the Zias pounded out 24 hits in a 12-2, 9-0 waxing of University of the Southwest, their first wins of the season. The Zias (2-8) had […]

Press release: Bingaman says FAA bill invests in aviation infrastructure

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman said he is pleased a bill that clears the Senate today will invest in New Mexico’s airport infrastructure and in the state’s economy. The FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act continues funding for a number of programs that are important to New Mexico and the nation. Among […]

Bill would keep base contractors exempt from GRT

Freedom New Mexico Legislation sponsored by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, would keep in place a gross receipts tax exemption for building contracters working at Cannon Air Force Base. The Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee passed Senate Bill 160 earlier this week, and the legislation is now heading to the Senate Finance Committee. The exemption is […]

Lottery scholarship bill would freeze tuition

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer State senators are considering ways to keep the Lottery Scholarship program solvent, and Eastern New Mexico University representatives agree it’s important. The program pays tuition at state-supported New Mexico universities. Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Dist. 27, has introduced a bill that would freeze tuition for students on the scholarship throughout […]

Portales past: Jan. 20, 1959

Jan. 20, 1959: Portales News-Tribune: A postman on his route was bitten by a dog yesterday, and the incident, which occurs on the average of five or six times a year, has prompted Bill Foster, postmaster, to appeal for dog owners’ cooperation.

New changes in store for GI Bill

Veterans using the Post-9/11 GI bill will see their monthly living stipends stopped between fall and winter semesters, starting next year, and only full time students will continue to draw stipends at the 100 percent rate. Those two cost-saving changes, plus a new $17,500 nationwide cap on Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for students attending private […]

Bill includes funds for Cannon

The Associated Press The 2011 Defense Authorization Bill authorizes millions of dollars in projects for Cannon Air Force Base near Clovis, including an operations and training complex, a squadron operations facility, a new hangar and a new 96-room dormitory. The measure also authorizes funds for projects at New Mexico’s two other Air Force Bases, Holloman […]

Their view: Richardson lauds Recovery Act results

Gov. Bill Richardson today highlighted a new report that shows billions of federal stimulus dollars have supported New Mexico’s economy and provided for more than 24,000 jobs through June 30, 2010. Another 23,000 jobs will be supported through June 30, 2011, according to a report by University of New Mexico economists. New Mexico workers will […]

Bill infringes some rights to protect others

Freedom New Mexico Reason and prudence are needed to untangle the digital-age Gordian knots posed by Internet technology. Unfortunately, Congress can be short of reason and prudence. A bill to protect online property rights of owners’ copyrighted material sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee this month, 19-0. We urge the Senate to rethink this approach, […]

Officials tout Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — With more than 260,000 students attending about 6,000 colleges and universities this fall under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, officials are continuing an active outreach effort to ensure current military members and veterans don’t miss out on the new program’s education benefits. Participation is up significantly from […]

GI Bill attracting quality recruits

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Military recruiting commands report “some all-time highs” in the quality of recruits who enlisted in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. Acknowledging that the dismal job market is a factor, and that the Post-9/11 GI Bill is becoming a great tool to draw volunteers, the Army, Navy, Air Force […]