Big government on president’s true agenda

Freedom New Mexico It is almost difficult to parody the incoherence of the Obama stimulus plan and administration statements about the state of the economy in the past couple of days: Although only 6 percent of the $787 billion stimulus package passed in January has been spent, it has done the trick nicely, and the […]

Airman preferences surveyed

By Sharna Johnson:Freedom New Mexico The majority of airmen who could call Cannon Air Force Base home in the future are married and have more than one child, and almost 30 percent plan to buy another home if they relocate to Cannon, according to a survey conducted to plan for a growing military community. The […]

Survey: Majority of potential Cannon airmen have families

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The majority of airmen who could call Cannon Air Force Base home in the future are married and have more than one child, and almost 30 percent plan to buy another home if they relocate to Cannon, according to a survey conducted to plan for a growing military community. […]

Jan. 30 Honors

The following airmen scored a 90 percent or higher on their Career Development Course exams: 27th Special Operations Support Squadron • Senior Airman Edith Aguilar-Millett,

Government’s hand doesn’t belong in banks

Freedom New Mexico With the government, under a Republican president, taking equity positions in banks as it has injected money into various financial institutions, the talk around Washington is whether under a Democratic president the government will go ahead with what seems to some the next logical step: Why not just nationalize certain banks and […]

Cigarette tax hike proposed

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican Anti-tobacco advocates say they have one way to help the state solve its budget crisis and help prevent smoking: Raise the tobacco tax in the state by $1 a pack. The idea could bring in $29.7 million in the first year. Although a bill has yet to […]

Retiree mortality rate needs study

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Department of Defense actuaries have discovered significantly higher mortality rates among active duty retirees compared to reserve retirees, and the disparity stretches back decades. In any given year, looking at populations of non-disabled military retirees age 60 and older, the death rate for active duty enlisted retirees is 20 to […]

CFC update

Cannon’s 2008 Combined Federal Campaign has now reached 133.3 percent or $66,625 of its goal of $50,000 and 90.4 percent of base personnel have been contacted through Nov. 16. The campaign ends on Wednesday. The CFC is the world’s largest and most successful workplace campaign. One of Cannon’s goals is to have 100 percent contact […]

County’s teen smokers above state averages

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In a recent statewide study commissioned by the New Mexico Department of Health, 34 percent of Roosevelt County high school students admitted they smoked cigarettes — a rate much higher than surrounding counties. With such high numbers, it was important for Terry Teti, executive director for community resources, to come to Portales High School to […]

George defeats Paternoster for probate judge

By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer Approximately 67 percent of the registered voters in Roosevelt County voted for Republican Barbara A. George as the probate judge. George defeated Democratic opponent Mark B. Paternoster by 2,274 votes. “I feel that I can be of a great help to the residents of Roosevelt County,” George said after […]

Alexander wins hospital board race

By Argen Duncan: PNT Staff Writer Obstetrician/gynecologist Lonnie Alexander has defeated cardiac rehabilitation nurse Bill Rice in the Roosevelt General Hospital board election. Alexander had 56.8 percent, or 660 votes, and Rice received 501 votes, or 43.2 percent. Election results are not official until the New Mexico Secretary of State confirms them on Friday. “I’m […]

Area voters cast ballots early

Freedom New Mexico Close to 25 percent of Roosevelt County’s registered voters have taken advantage of early voting, said Roosevelt County Clerk Janet Collins. “We have had days where more then 100 voters have cast their votes,” Collins said. “We have stayed continuously busy during early voting and expect the same for the last two […]

Ambulance fees to increase

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PNT Staff Report

College’s Hispanic population up 7 percent

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By Celena Cordova: PNT Staff Writer The number of Hispanic students enrolled at Eastern New Mexico University has increased 7 percent in the past 10 years, according to school officials, which means more than a quarter of the school’s 4,000 students are Hispanic. ENMU President Steven G. Gamble said several factors contribute to the increased […]

Empty promise?

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By Jenna Dewitt: Freedom New Mexico With catchy names such as Rock Star, Monster, Venom and Amp, energy drinks are trendy and widely used by teens and young adults. Researchers say U.S. consumers spent $744 million on caffeinated energy drinks last year, a 34 percent increase over the previous year, according to WebMD. Advertisements for […]

Clovis city commissioners approve raises

Freedom New Mexico Clovis city commissioners voted unanimously Friday morning to approve a pay raise for employees during a special meeting to approve the final budget for fiscal year ending June 2009. The commission also approved a $59.7 million budget. The pay raise, which is an adjustment to the budget, will amount to between 3 […]

‘Superbug’ infections tracking higher at RGH

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt General Hospital staff members are increasingly concerned about the rise of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA infections, at the hospital. Director of Patient Care Gayle Richerson told RGH board members Tuesday at their regular meeting that the percentage of staph infections that turn out to be the MRSA […]

CAFB Community July 11

New ITT location Information, Tickets and Travel is now at The End Zone under the umbrella of the Community Center. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; closed 1:30-2:30 p.m. for lunch.Information: 784-6381 or 784-1275. Tobacco cessationA new Web site offers help for airmen who want to quit using tobacco. Statistics show 37 percent of male airmen […]

CAFB Community July 4

New ITT location Information, Tickets and Travel is now at The End Zone under the umbrella of the Community Center. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; closed 1:30-2:30 p.m. for lunch.Information: 784-6381 or 784-1275. Tobacco cessation A new Web site offers help for airmen who want to quit using tobacco.Statistics show 37 percent of male airmen […]