Senators support fee increase

Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and John McCain of Arizona, its ranking Republican, endorse President Obama’s call to establish next year a $200 enrollment fee on TRICARE for Life, the prized supplement to Medicare for 2.1 million elderly military retirees, their spouses and survivors. These influential senators made their […]

Commissaries to be consolidated

In these tight budget times, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has learned it must cut current spending to fund new initiatives for veterans. For example, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., committee chairman, would pay for her Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 by extending by three years, to 2014, a higher fee on veterans who reuse their […]

Friday morning briefing: The big catch, a road closing and rain on the horizon

Good morning. Start your day off right with the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Hooked on fishing Oasis State Park is holding its Second Annual Spring Trout Derby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 26. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and continues throughout the event. Anyone can enter, but ages 12 and older need […]

Proposed fee increases ‘modest’

Lawmakers seeking guidance from military associations on whether to support the new Defense Department plan to raise TRICARE Prime enrollment fees modestly for working-age retirees next year, and then to adjust them annually for inflation, will get mixed signals this time around. Joyce Wessel Raezer, national director of the National Military Family Association, is not […]

Pay raises, fee increases proposed

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The Obama administration proposes to spend three percent more next year on support programs for war-strained military families. But officials are urging Congress to stop adding extra dollars to the military pay raise every January and find a way to raise TRICARE fees for the first time in 15 years. […]

TRICARE fee increases blocked

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The last decision made by House-Senate conferees negotiating final details on a fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill was to insert language that will rollback an announced Oct. 1 increase in fees charged to TRICARE Standard beneficiaries for stays in civilian hospitals. The surprise fee increases, reported here last week, gave […]

Oasis State Park hosting fishing derby

Friends of Oasis State Park is staging a Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Registration is open from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. All ages can participate in the derby, which offers prizes ranging from $10 to $75. Prizes are to be awarded based on the weight of the fish. […]

City council ups fee for Memorial Building use

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The Portales City Council approved rate increases Tuesday of 100-to-200 percent for the use of the city’s Memorial Building. Typical rates for those leasing space were formerly estimated between $3 and $7 an hour with a $50 deposit. Sammy Standefer, the city’s planning director, told council members those rates […]

Finance comittee to meet

PNT Staff Report The Finance/Administration Committee of the Portales City Council is set to meet at 3 p.m. Thursday in City Hall. The agenda includes discussion of changes to policy and a fee increase for the Memorial Building, a salary increase for the municipal judge, discussion of senior and Portales Area Transit transportation and recreation […]

Excise fee increase would nick car owners

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

Ambulance fees to increase

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Local Briefs Sept. 7, 2008

Udall to host Academy Day at PHS U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., will be hosting Academy Day at Portales High School from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday. The purpose of the event is to inform high school students and their families about U.S. service academies. Among the academies represented will be the U.S. Air Force Academy and […]

Public lands fee column generates responses

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor It seems last week’s column on access fees on public lands managed to get around a bit thanks to the Internet. I received feedback both positive and negative after my rant. Here’s a sampling: One woman wrote that the reason they are taking my taxes along with a fee […]

Cinco de Mayo tourney still taking sign-ups

PNT Staff Report Teams are still being accepted for the Cinco de Mayo Co-ed Softball One-Pitch Single Elimination Tournament starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Lindsey Park in Portales. There is a 10-team limit with an entry fee of $50 a team. Team rosters and entry fees should be turned into Portales City Hall […]

PHS counselors April 27

College entrance exams Senior and junior students interested in attending a four-year university after graduation must take a college entrance exam. The next ACT will be given June 14. Deadline to register is May 9. The next SAT will be given June 7. Deadline to register is May 6. Students can pick-up registration packets at […]

Sergeants Association strives to support troops

By Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — If you’re looking to join an organization that works to get pay raises or addresses matters that affect the entire enlisted force, then the Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) offers what you need. AFSA, with a combined total of more […]

May 2, 2007 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary: PNT Correspondent Transitions Birthdays and Anniversaries: Friday — Brad Lee Saturday — Houston and Mary Lee (52 years) Upcoming events l The Quilters will meet all day Thursday at the Community Building. l Seniors will meet Thursday at the Floyd Senior Citizens Center for games and fellowship. Potluck is at 6 p.m. […]

Day Trip: Area offers year-round golf

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer Year-round golfing seems like a dream in some places, but not in southeastern New Mexico and west Texas. Fall and winter golfing can be found all over the area. From the local courses in Portales and Clovis to the Ocotillo Park golf course in Hobbs and The Links at […]

Extended Learning

For information on any of these classes, contact the Office of Extended Learning at 562-2165, 800-367-3886 or 800-537-5376 (N.M. only). The office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m., Quay Hall, Room 106. Scuba Diving: Join Mike Hale, Scuba Ventures (Liberal, Kan.) for this PADI Open Water Scuba class over […]

ENMU – Extended Learning

Extended Learning For information on any of these classes, contact the Office of Extended Learning at 562-2165, 800-367-3886 or 800-537-5376 (N.M. only). The office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m., Quay Hall, Room 106. Retirement Planning: Let Preston Pratt, Financial Advisor, Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. help you plan […]