Stock contractors rowdy crew

Bennie Beutler got inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame this summer. He’s one of a good handful of stock contractors that have been so honored. Stock contractors are an odd lot. They’re not smilers. They’re always on the job … sort of a cross between a prison guard and the captain of a […]

New contractors for TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: Military update Six million military health care beneficiaries, those who live in TRICARE’s North and South regions, will have new managed care support contractors and claim processors to deal with by April. In a surprise development, two of three current TRICARE contractors — Health Net Federal Services and Humana Military Healthcare Services […]

Defense bill sets aside $9 million for Cannon

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday passed a defense policy bill that would offer more help to troops returning from combat and set conditions on contractors and pricey weapons programs. The bill will make approximately $9 million available to Cannon Air Force Base and also sets funding for the Waste Isolation […]

Ex-officer tells war stories

By David Irvin A former Clovis police detective returned from Iraq last month after spending a year training police. He recently took a job as an investigator in the district attorney’s office and is involved in a Roosevelt County homicide case. Safely back in the states, Keith Bessette spoke recently about his experiences in Iraq, […]

Portales has new building inspector

By Tony Parra The city of Portales hired a new building inspector, Billy Roach, and after earning his certification he’s been playing catch-up by inspecting buildings and granting licenses. Economic Development Director Darla Wilhoit said Roach was hired on April 5 and gained his certification from the Construction Industries Division of New Mexico last week […]