Non-citizen recruits serve longer

The armed forces have enlisted nearly 70,000 non-citizens since the attacks of 9/11 and, as a group, their washout rate is much lower than that of American citizens who enlist, according CNA, a think tank that studied attrition data gathered by the Defense Manpower Data Center. Within three months of entering active service, 8.2 percent […]

Officials: Economic recovery may take two years

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Alisa Boswell Economic improvement for the U.S. and New Mexico is moving at a slow rate and isn’t expected to pick up any speed in the new year, according to officials from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Three Federal Reserve officials visited Eastern New Mexico University on Wednesday afternoon, each giving a presentation on […]

Government has no place to rule on marriage

The unemployment rate in Cleveland County, N.C., hovers just under 12 percent. In North Carolina, the rate is at 10.4 percent. When a major problem affects thousands in North Carolina and Cleveland County, legislators are expected to work for solutions. Instead, ours went looking for another problem. With the state’s economy in peril, legislators decided […]

Personalize your own misery index

Economists have a mythical figure called the misery index. It is the total of the unemployment rate added to the inflation rate. This summer in the U.S. it’s running about 13.0. The lower the better. In both the 90’s and ‘0’s it’s been as low as 7. To calculate indexes like this, the conclusion can […]

Government taxation growing at alarming rate

Howard Rich is chairman of Americans for Limited Government. Here’s a snippet from a recent column he distributed to newspapers around the country:

Free markets help people lead longer lives

Freedom New Mexico Some good news for a change: Childhood deaths are dropping worldwide. The number of deaths of children under age 5 has been cut by 35 percent in the past 20 years, to 7.7 million. The lower world rate now is 53.3 childhood deaths out of 1,000 children. The best rate, in Singapore, […]

Southwestern Public Service Company seeking Texas rate increase

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy’s Texas-based operating company, Southwestern Public Service Company, is seeking a 7 percent overall retail rate increase in Texas to recover recent investments in the power lines, substations and workforce. Riley Hill, president and CEO of SPS, said the increase in rates is needed because the regional economy is changing and […]

Meetings watch: Hospital waits on rate approval to bill Medicaid

Roosevelt General Hospital Board has been approved but have to wait a little longer before it can bill Medicaid as a rural health clinic on a cost basis. Hospital Administrator Larry Leaming said the hospital can start implementing systems to bill Medicare and Medicaid for rural health clinic visits. Leaming said he is just waiting […]

Jobless rate nearly doubles

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The unemployment rate in Roosevelt County has almost doubled compared to a little more than a year ago, and officials are blaming hard times in the dairy business. Matt Barela, co-manager of the Curry County Workforce Connections office and spokesman for the Roosevelt County office, said Roosevelt County unemployment […]

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 […]