New budget may call for fee hike

As defense budgets grew over the past decade, Congress shrugged off complaints of runaway military health costs and blocked every proposal from the Bush administration to raise TRICARE fees sharply on retirees. Defense budgets have stopped rising, however, and Defense officials today are sounding more confident that Congress will follow last October’s $5-a-month bump in […]

Renewable energy still not cost effective

Sooner or later, the laws of economics prevail, even in heavily subsidized industries such as solar power. The latest evidence that government manipulation cannot overcome economic reality is the decision by BP PLC, the giant British energy company, to leave the solar power business. BP has developed solar energy for 40 years and for more […]

Census: Hispanic population grew 34 percent in Roosevelt County

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Argen Duncan Like the rest of New Mexico, Roosevelt and Curry counties saw a leap in the Hispanic population in the last decade, according to the latest U.S. Census numbers. Roosevelt County’s Hispanic population age 18 and older grew 34.2 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to the census. The county’s adult Anglo population, on […]

DECADE IN REVIEW: Y2K and beyond

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By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico Editor Y2K didn’t hurt a bit. The hours and days after 9/11 hurt a lot, but concerns that we would live the rest of our lives in fear of terrorists never really materialized. Cannon Air Force Base closing would have been disastrous … but it didn’t happen. So most […]

Look to new decade, keep past in mind

Freedom New Mexico The general reverence for New Year’s Day dates back to the most ancient of times. Counted among the gods of the Roman pantheon was Janus, the two-headed deity who inspired the modern name for the first month of the year. One of Janus’ faces supposedly looked back into the past to recall […]

Still plenty of learning left to do

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For the first time in nearly a decade, I’m getting credit for something. Granted, it’s college credit, but everybody’s got to start somewhere. The first day of school is something magical. It’s a time of the pain of letting go for parents, as many of my friends have kids […]