Farmers tout CRP benefits

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Christina Calloway Farmers in Roosevelt and Curry counties participating in the Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve program in 2011 received a combined $9.95 million in rental payments. A voluntary program introduced in 1986, the CRP pays agricultural producers to turn environmentally sensitive crop land into conservation areas by planting native grasses. This year’s four-week CRP […]

ENMU briefs — Nov. 1

Federal Reserve presentations Eastern New Mexico University is hosting an event with Federal Reserve representatives. The El Paso branch of the Dallas Federal Reserve will make a series of presentations today at 3 p.m. in Becky Sharp Auditorium in the College of Business building. A reception will be at 4:45 p.m. The topic is Crisis, […]

Federal Reserve officlals plan presentation at ENMU

Officials from the El Paso branch of the Dallas Federal Reserve will make a series of presentations 3 p.m. Wednesday in Becky Sharp Auditorium in the College of Business building at Eastern New Mexico University. A reception will be at 4:45 p.m. The topic will be “Crisis, Recession and Recovery: What’s Next for the Economy?” […]

Prep football scoreboard — Sept. 2

New Mexico Clovis 26, Eldorado 7 Muleshoe 35, Portales 14 Texico 14, Springlake-Earth 7 Tucumcari 55, NMMI 6 8-man Melrose 26, Animas 18 Floyd 20, Reserve 0 6-man Clovis Christian 51, Lake Arthur 39 Texas Olton 21, Farwell 0 Boys Ranch 9, Bovina 6

Honors — May 8

Buxman-Davis Nicole M. Buxman-Davis has been promoted to the rank of major in the Air National Guard, a reserve component of the U.S. Air Force. Buxman-Davis is an electrical engineer assigned to the 165th Civil Engineering Squadron at Savannah International Airport, Garden City, Ga. Her in-laws are Roy and Charlene Davis of Mesa Vista Court, […]

Federal Reserve needs to undergo audit

Freedom New Mexico Free government is open government. Citizens need to know what’s going on in their government to make informed decisions on Election Day. But there is one major, nondefense sector of the federal government that never has been completely audited: the Federal Reserve System, which prints and controls the dollar and sets associated […]

Privatization speeds soldiers along

The Army Reserve’s reliance on a private contractor to conduct medical screening of drilling reservists has driven up costs and reduced readiness of medics and reserve units, says a freshman congressman who also is an Army Reserve colonel and physician. But an advocate for the contractor counters that the percentage of Army reservists medically ready […]

Zias’ rally falls short against Southwestern

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Clarence Plank Shanessa Smith lead her team with 20 points as Southwestern Oklahoma stamped out a late rally by the Zias to win 77-65 on Thursday at Greyhound Arena in a Lone Star Conference crossover game. ENMU erased an 18-point, first-half deficit to take the lead with less than eight minutes to go, but Southwestern […]

Regulations won’t advance U.S. recovery

Freedom New Mexico Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke, in a speech to the American Economic Association on Sunday, has acted as you might expect a custodian of the institution he heads to act — defensively. He downplayed the role the Fed’s loose monetary policy from late 2001 through much of 2005 played in creating […]

Military update: Money lacking for disabled retirees

By Tom Philpott Active duty and reserve component members are closer to landing a 3.4 percent basic pay raise next January, which would be the 11th consecutive annual increase set higher than private sector wage growth. But in approving a $550.4 billion fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill and $130 billion for wartime operations last week, […]

Military deserves better in return

By Tom Philpott Reserve and National Guard members today deserve a better “return on investment” for their frequent deployments and long family separations. And that should include improved health benefits and two ways to retire earlier than age 60, said Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, chief of Army Reserve. In an interview in his Pentagon […]

Elida man wins at Angus show

PNT Staff Report Greg Smith of Elida won a number of awards for his cattle at the 2009 Atlantic National Super Point Roll of Victory Angus Show on Sunday in Timonium, Md., according to the American Angus Association. Smith was named premier breeder and exhibitor. Cattle he co-owns won senior champion bull, reserve junior champion […]

Officials: Better retirement deserved

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Reserve and National Guard members deserve a better retirement plan, one that pays an annuity earlier than age 60 at least for those willing to serve longer than 20 years. That’s what Reserve leaders have told Congress. Reservists might deserve extended health care coverage too, also in recognition of their […]

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 […]

Editorial: Legal notices should remain in newspapers

Perhaps local newspapers and local governments should come to an agreement in which each party says to the other: We reserve the right to take issue with how you do your job, but we’ll stop short of actually trying to do your job. This proposition comes to mind because of efforts across the country, in […]

Military pay increase will exceed private sector’s

By Tom Philpott Active duty and reserve component members can bank on a 3.9 percent pay raise next January as Congress continues to close a perceived military “pay gap” that a Pentagon pay study says no longer exists. The House Armed Services Committee on May 14 joined Senate colleagues in approving, for a 10th consecutive […]

Pay reform eyed to support reserve

By Tom Philpott To address the strain on U.S. forces, Congress and the Department of Defense formally should endorse the concept an “operational reserve” that would be trained and supported to fight, on rotational basis, alongside active forces in the global war on terrorism and any future conflict. But for an operational reserve to succeed […]

Early retirement provision drawing ire

By Tom Philpott The $696 billion defense authorization bill for 2008, which Congress expects to return to the White House by next week for a promised signature, has a host of critical pay and benefit initiatives for service members at war. The House passed a revised HR 1585 last week, removing a provision that would […]

August 19, 1981

• Winners of the 1981 Roosevelt County Fair Halter Horse Show were: Leonard Johnson, Grand Champion Gelding; Shay Abernathy, Reserve Champion Gelding; Sindi Smith, Grand Champion Mare; and Jeff Estes, Reserve Champion Mare. • Seventy-five Eastern New Mexico University football players attended the opening day of practice for the upcoming season. • A Mini Canner […]

Deficient G.I. Bill shorts reservist

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Proponents for strengthening Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) benefits for the National Guard and Reserve say the critical issue is fairness. Reserve rates, frozen for years, need to be raised. Reserve benefits need to be made as portable as MGIB for active forces, their wartime deployment partners. Not so, said a […]