Obama should aim to reduce health costs

Freedom New Mexico Team Obama didn’t need this, but it’s important for the rest of us to know, especially as we listen to his address to Congress on health care, scheduled today. President Obama’s plans to increase the national government’s responsibility and power over health care have had a rough time of it this summer. […]

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Programs gives offenders second chance

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Alternative Sentencing Programs and Educational Networks of New Mexico (ASPEN) has been giving people convicted of crimes the chance to turn around their lives for the last seven years. District, magistrate and municipal judges in Roosevelt County often sentence offenders to attend the program in conjunction with paying […]

Albuquerque Journal halts local home deliveries

Freedom New Mexico Falling on hard financial times, the Albuquerque Journal is canceling distribution of its paper to more than 30 New Mexico towns including Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari. The paper will terminate home delivery and rack sales in outlying communities on Jan. 31 because of falling advertising revenue and rising production and shipping costs, […]

Increased BAH rates announced

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to service members living off base in stateside areas will increase an average of 6.9 percent in January to keep pace with local rental costs. The new BAH rates will pump an additional $1 billion into service member paychecks in 2009, raising total BAH […]

Portales school board reviews energy savings, lunch price increases

Thomas Garcia The Portales Municipal Board of Education is focused on reducing costs and increasing energy efficiency at Portales’ schools. The Portales School District saved $344,000 in energy cost with a four-year energy conservation program, said Portales superintendent, Randy Fowler,

Mayor expresses concerns on pipeline project costs

By Thomas Garcia: PNT Staff Writer Concerns about financial responsibility and debt incurred with funding for the Ute Pipe Line dominated discussion Tuesday at Portales City Hall. During the regular meeting Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. expressed his concerns about committing money on loans on a project not yet federally funded. “This project began with […]

Tuition, housing costs to rise 6 percent at ENMU

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents voted Thursday to increase tuition, fees, and room and board by about 6 percent for the 2008-2009 academic year. Tuition rates will go up from $1,116 to $1,182 per semester for a full-time student. Student fees will go up from $462 […]

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 […]

Fuel prices drive up trucking costs

By Casey Peacock The rising cost of fuel prices are cause for concern with local trucking companies, industries and agriculture producers. With 18 trucks in their fleet that travel across the country delivering goods, WTI in Portales is facing the rising costs of fuel. Each truck carries an average 300 gallons and at the average […]

Energy rates set to increase

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Energy company Xcel Energy is proposing a base-rate increase from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The electric and natural gas company is seeking an overall increase of 6.6 percent from all customer classes. Residential rates would increase by 7.3 percent a month for an average household that uses about […]

Frivolous lawsuits cost everyone

Editorial Washington, D.C., administrative law judge Roy Pearson last week lost his $54 million case against his drycleaners for losing a pair of his pants. Fifty-four million dollars. Over a pair of pants. Thankfully, he lost the case, but why was such an absurd lawsuit even allowed to get that far? Not surprisingly, the wrangling […]

Some things worth thinking about

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist Food for thought: — Chicken. I only wish it tasted more like chicken. — Hungry people don’t protest genetically modified foods. — What is the difference between the people who worked for F.E.M.A. in the wake of Hurricane Katrina vs. the reporters, politicians and movie stars who jostled each other […]

TRICARE plan to have less paperwork

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Every month, about 400,000 users of the military’s retail pharmacy network — those who have other health insurance — have to file paper claims with TRICARE to be reimbursed for co-payments and other costs incurred that their primary insurance won’t cover. The paper hassle is about to end, said Navy […]

Youth shelter to be completed in January

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The new Roosevelt County Youth Shelter should be complete in January, filling what some say is a dire need, for a place to house displaced children and teens. The Teambuilders counselors will use the shelter as a place to help Roosevelt County youth with any problems they may have. Teambuilders, […]

Officials want to raise TRICARE co-payments and fees

By Tom Philpott : PNT columnist Defense Department officials say it’s time users of military health care pay a greater share of rising medical costs, perhaps through higher co-payments and enrollment fees that haven’t been raised since TRICARE, the military’s managed care program, began a decade ago. In an interview, Dr. William Winkenwerder, Jr., assistant […]

Tucumcari wants lower burden for pipeline project

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers LOGAN — Now that Tucumcari has reduced its projected water needs by two-thirds, it wants to see its costs related to the Ute Pipeline Project reduced accordingly. Tucumcari currently is scheduled to pay one-fourth of the costs of a proposed project that would pipe water from the Ute Reservoir near […]

Fuel prices hitting businesses hard

By David Irvin Burgeoning fuel prices are gouging into budgets of private businesses and government organizations alike. With no end to the record-high prices in sight, most companies and government agencies are left with little option but to absorb the cost. In the fourth quarter of 2004, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad spent $397 […]

Superintendent worries about budget gap

By Tony Parra The state budget approved Wednesday by the House would be “devastating” for Portales public schools if it’s approved by the Senate, Portales Superintendent James Holloway said on Thursday. Holloway said the $4.7 billion proposed budget includes $2.1 billion for public schools — but Portales’ share will fall more than $1 million below […]