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 […]

Five-minute recipe to get thousands of Twitter followers for your business – But why do you want them?

Shelley Straitiff How many Followers do you have? Who cares? By the stacks of books and blog posts, obviously someone thinks the number means something. You can even sign up to get paid for tweets based on how many followers you have. That will soon be proven worthless. Social media needs to be about strategy […]

TRICARE benefits follow students on winter break

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. — With winter break approaching, many college students will visit family or friends. Making sure their TRICARE benefits follow them during holiday travel is a simple process. To avoid higher out-of-pocket costs and point-of-service charges, students should get care before heading home or elsewhere for the winter break. […]

One size doesn’t fit all

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist For most of human history, it used to be standard practice for parents to insist their children live by principles the parents have found to be sound. They also insisted children adopt all sorts of practices of dress, play, work, taste and so forth that they approve. Father was a […]

Director says EPCOG will follow state open meetings laws

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Eastern Plains Council of Governments Interim Director Richard Arguello said Thursday the organization’s failure to notify the public of an executive committee meeting was an oversight that won’t happen again. “I’m going to say that it’s my fault on this,” Arguello said. “We had a little faux pas there […]

Boy Scouts hold fundraiser

Freedom New Mexico The Conquistador Council of Boy Scouts of America, which serves Roosevelt and Curry counties, has scheduled its annual Sporting Clay Fun Shoot starting at 8:30 a.m. June 27. Proceeds go toward programs and services of the council. A barbecue lunch is planned after the shoot at noon, and an auction of sporting […]

USPS: Follow guidelines

By Kat Bergeron: McClatchy Newspapers BILOXI, Miss. — No one can fault the sentiment behind sending a holiday card to “A Recovering American Soldier.” But don’t do it. The card or package will be returned to you because the U.S. Postal Service has rules about anonymous mail for the military. Thanks to the Red Cross […]

Nov. 30, 1967

The Floyd school building was to be fully heated by natural gas for the first time by evening, tapping into the new $1.25 million inter-community gas system. Melrose and Ft. Sumner were soon to follow.

Brother, sister follow grandfather's path

By Master Sgt. Buffy Galbraith: AFSOC Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — They grew up with stories about his heroism and bravery as a 19-year-old soldier. They knew of his sacrifice to leave his new bride and his dedication to serve his nation. They were told he suffered a great loss and was never the […]

Dec. 19, 1947

• The Elida Odd Fellows entertained members and guests with a quail dinner in the hall. • McGuffin’s was advertising hand made boots. • Eastern New Mexico College was hosting University of New Mexico in a basketball game at the Portales Junior High. The game was set to follow a Portales High Lovington tilt.

Oct. 7 Engagement

Foster/Dement Travis and Janelle Foster of Portales announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their granddaughter Sassha Victoria-Rose Foster of Portales, to Steven Micheal Dement of Portales, son of Stan and Gail Dement of Portales. The couple will exchange vows at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at 1601 S. Ave. A. The reception will follow at […]

Officials help convenience stores follow safety guidlines

Jack King Area convenience store owners say proposed regulations by the state Environment Department aimed at making the stores safer for clerks and customers duplicate what they already do. But an Environment Department official said Monday not all convenience stores follow all the guidelines. The Environment Department announced the proposed regulations Sept. 29 and held […]