Domestic partnership bill divisive

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican The battle in the Legislature over a bill to establish domestic-partner rights pits social advocates and lobbyists who normally are allied on a variety of issues against each other. Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, introduced Senate Bill 183 on Tuesday. As has been the case with previous […]

Legislative tidbits

Days remaining: 22 Panel to review contract The State Investment Council on Tuesday agreed to have a subcommittee review a multi-million dollar contract with the Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker law firm. As part of the contract, which is drawing scrutiny from state lawmakers this session, the firm is converting thousands of documents — subpoenaed […]

Know what’s scary? Senselessness

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist Here are some stories that are either funny because they’re scary, or they would be funny if they weren’t scary. I’m not really sure. • I saw the greatest, and worst, headline in the history of the New York Knicks about two weeks ago after a loss to the Oklahoma […]

Current TRICARE contracts extended

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Six million military health care beneficiaries learned last July that their TRICARE support contractor would be changing on April 1, 2010, because those companies that run TRICARE’s North and South Regions had lost in competing for the next generation of contracts. But what a difference six months makes. Government auditors […]

Work to save Dems needs to begin now

Freedom New Mexico The surprise victory — well, it wasn’t a surprise by election day, but virtually nobody except the most Pollyannaish Scott Brown adviser would have predicted it a month ago — by Republican Scott Brown over Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley in Massachusetts last week has politicians and pundits alike scrambling to find […]

Organizer plans for ‘raw’ Black History Month celebration

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Black History Month events at Eastern New Mexico University Black History Month will be a little raw, said African-American Affairs Director Jordan Anderson. “This is the first year that I’ve had control of all the events,” Anderson said. “I really wanted to make it pretty straight forward. I didn’t […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Kids and flags

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Video of the day Local kids show you the correct way to fold the flag. It’s our video of the day.From the key State Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, is hitting the hardwood for a cause, playing in Friday’s 2010 Annual “Hoops for Hope” Legislative […]

Dental health tips offered

By Capt (Dr.) Mike Hoge: 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron February is Children’s Dental Health Month, and the Cannon Dental Clinic would like to help you to ensure excellent oral health for your children. Did you know that tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease? According to the National Institute of […]

State investment case costs rise to $517,000

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican The state has spent $177,211.56 on legal fees since July 2009 in an alleged pay-to-play case involving the State Investment Office and the Educational Retirement Board, according to records obtained by The New Mexican. The total spent so far is $517,014. The biggest chunk of the legal […]

Legislative tidbits: Furlough Frito pie

The Santa Fe New Mexico Days remaining in session: 23

State official defends investigation fees

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican State Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons, who also sits on the State Investment Council, on Monday defended the SIC’s request for millions of dollars in additional legal fees to a San Francisco law firm conducting an internal review of documents related to federal investigations of state investment practices. However, some […]

ENMU’S Murphy invited to tryouts

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University senior libero Caitlin Murphy has been invited to try out for the United States national volleyball team. The tryouts will be conducted by U.S. head coach Hugh McCutcheon in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the United States Olympic Training Center. Murphy, from Amarillo, will be seeking a position for […]

Tuesday morning briefing: amateur radio operators and choir

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday morning briefing.

ENMU connects to state supercomputer

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Eastern New Mexico University connected with the state’s Supercomputing Center Monday in a demonstration the governor attended via the Internet. The demonstration was held in the computer center on campus, which was digitally connected with eight other universities and colleges in the state and to the governor’s cabinet room. […]

Jan. 25 ENMU Briefs

Steinbeck Chautauqua performance set A Chautauqua performance of John Steinbeck is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 4 in the ENMU University Theatre Center. The Nobel-Prize winning author of such novels as “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Of Mice and Men” will be portrayed by professor Noel H. Pugach of the University of New Mexico. The […]

Base tax office ready to open

By Myra Barnum Tax season, one of the most dreaded times of the year is once again upon us. However, completing and filing your tax forms can be painless, simple, and free if you come to the Cannon Tax Office, which opens Jan. 26. All active duty personnel, family members, retirees and federal civilian employees […]

Meeting set for Clovis 801 housing residents

27th SOW Public Affairs A community town hall meeting for residents of 801 housing in Clovis will be held Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. in the community center. 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron personnel will be available to answer questions and concerns about security and safety. This will be a neighborhood-watch type of forum. […]

Registration opens for ‘You Got Talent’ contest

27th SOW Public Affairs On Feb. 6 the Cannon Community Center will host the annual “You Got Talent” family and teen talent contest at The Landing Zone starting at 1 p.m. The contest is open to everyone who wants to sing, dance or perform in one of eight categories in this family-oriented event. Tapes of […]

VA officials to begin recovery of GI Bill advance payments

Courtesy of American Forces Press Service from a Department of Veterans Affairs news release. WASHINGTON —Veterans Affairs Department officials are beginning the process of recovering advance payments made available during the fall 2009 semester to veterans and servicemembers who applied for education benefits. “The advance payments were a huge success and helped thousands of student […]

Top AF NCO addresses key Cannon issues during visit

USAF photo: Senior Airman Erik Cardenas Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Roy speaks during an Airmen’s Call on Jan 20. “We are a nation at war. With a response time like no one else, that is why you get called.” Roy said. By Senior Airman: Erik Cardenas: 27th SOW Public Affairs The […]