Their view: Medicaid cuts could impact thousands of New Mexicans

The importance of Medicaid to New Mexicans is detailed in a report released jointly by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Diabetes Association, the American Lung Association, and the health care consumer group Families USA. Hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans are covered by Medicaid. Of this number: • An estimated 6,900 […]

Kids’ gear: Sports pads keep your kids safe and comfortable

G-Form knee pads

McClatchy-Tribune The G-Form elbow, shin and knee pads are made from a lightweight material made specifically to flex with your joints and become rigid upon impact. The innovative exoskeleton design ensures comfortable protection with less bulk while your kid is on their bike, on the slopes or on the field. The Reactive Protection Technology provides […]

Their view: Logging has tremendous impact on N.M. lands

Logging has tremendous impact on N.M. lands Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., offers his view on the wildfires in New Mexico.

Letter to the editor: Area in need of prayer

Given the serious impact of the drought on area residents in eastern New Mexico and West Texas (i.e., fire danger, water supply, farmers, ranchers, wildlife and nature, etc.), let us unite our faith in our communities in praying Sunday for moisture. Invite your family, friends, co-workers, pastors and neighbors to join in uniting our faith […]

A few things you should know about this year’s Ag Expo

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The 19th annual New Mexico Ag Expo is coming, and with it, well over $100,000 in economic impact. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry said if 50 out-of-town vendors come, a conservative estimate, they would spend a total of $22,000 to $25,000 in town. Figuring that money will change hands six times […]

Banking regulations may alter fees, services for customers

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Sharna Johnson Alterations to rubber check forgiveness and free checking are just some of the ways new banking regulations may impact consumers, as the federal government works to curb bank fees. “I think it’s going to take some time to see how all of that unfolds,” said Pat Dee, president and chief executive officer of […]

Lawmakers: Cuts likely won’t impact Cannon

Sharna Johnson Cannon Air Force Base is unlikely to be impacted by proposed cuts to the nation’s defense budget, according to area lawmakers. For the first time in more than a decade defined by costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Pentagon announced plans Thursday to freeze its ballooning budget, forcing the services to shrink […]

Their view: Sen. Bingaman: Health care repeal hurts N.M.

Sen. Bingaman: Health care repeal hurts N.M. In a press release, U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., says he is concerned about the financial impact of House Republicans’ plan to repeal the new health insurance reform act.

Bond D will also impact economic growth

Portales’ Jimmie Shearer is among supporters of Bond D for higher education, which is on Tuesday’s election ballot. Here’s Shearer’s letter to the editor:

Cost of federal radio mandates unclear

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Jared Tucker Roosevelt County and the city of Portales may or may not see a huge financial impact as the two prepare to make government-mandated changes to the emergency radio system, according to officials. The regulations require all municipal governments and public safety radio systems to migrate to “narrow band” channels by the end of […]

Research reveals stress on families

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Multiple, lengthy wartime deployments by service members are taking an emotional toll on their children who report being anxious or stressed at rates much higher than children nationwide, a new study concludes. Researchers with the think tank RAND interviewed more than 1,500 home caregivers (or non-deployed parent) and their children, […]

Getting to know: Volunteer likes to pay it forward

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Rose Robbins has been living in Portales for five years, and already has made an impact on the people around her. Robbins volunteers for Portales MainStreet, Portales Kiwanis Club and Portales Women’s Club. She moved to Portales from Fort Worth when she married her husband, Gary. Robbins is able to do more things to help […]

Election impact likely to take time

By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer Tuesday’s election of the nation’s first black president likely will have an impact on the nation, but local professors say the change isn’t likely to be immediate. The historic legacy of a Barack Obama presidency could be that race ceases to be a defining characteristic, said Don Elder, professor […]

City feels conference’s economic impact

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Jim Clark didn’t notice too many new customers in the two Clovis restaurants he owns, but he just needed to see Clovis’ streets to know the impact of the New Mexico Municipal League. “I’ve seen the buses just running around all over town,” said Clark, who owns Dakota Steakhouse […]

U.S. responsible for violence in Iraq

The Virginia Tech tragedy points to a far worse tragedy, the U.S.-perpetrated catastrophe in Iraq. Credible estimates suggest the number of Iraqis killed since March 2003 as a direct or indirect consequence of the U.S. attack will soon exceed 900,000, or the equivalent of 30,000 Virginia Techs. Imagine the impact, in a small country, of […]

Councilors approve raise for city employees

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors approved expansion of the Yam renovation project and OK’d a 3 percent raise for city employees following a positive report as they made their mid-year budget adjustments Tuesday during their regular meeting. “Basically we’re very strong and healthy,” City Manager Debi Lee said. “We got our […]

Singing legend Hank Williams remembered on stage

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Kenny Maines said in researching and preparing for his role as country music legend Hank Williams he learned a great deal about Williams’ impact on country music. Maines is star of a two-hour musical filled with humor and darkness that portrays Williams through his rise from his early days to […]

Meetings Watch: Cannon Impact Statement

Freedom Newspapers What: Air Force Environmental Impact meeting When: 6-8 p.m. today Where: Clovis Community College auditorium, Room 154 Background: Air Force Special Operations Command was required by law to complete a draft addressing the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of moving the 16th Special Operation Wings to Cannon Air Force Base. The 16th SOW is […]

Statement studies proposals’ effects

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The Environmental Impact Statement is based on a three-prong proposal by Air Force Special Operations Command. The EIS studies the effect of those proposals on the surrounding environment, scrutinizing everything from air, noise and water impact to potential socioeconomic outcomes. Two of the proposals offer variations of restructuring scenarios for […]

Political expert sees interesting general election

Timothy Krebs is an associate professor of political science at the University of New Mexico. Krebs, who earned his Ph.D. in 1997 from Loyola University Chicago, has been at UNM since 1992. His research interests include urban political campaigns and elections and local political institutions. The following is an interview with him about the General […]