Proposed agency offers savings

Defense officials have asked Congress to approve a new governance structure for the military health care system that, like higher TRICARE fees, would help to curb what, for a decade, have been runaway medical costs, officials explained. The centerpiece of the plan is to elevate the TRICARE Management Activity to a more powerful Defense Health [...]

Their view: Agency working to streamline operations

Patrick H. Lyons, chairman of New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, addresses proposed and implemented changes to the PRC:

Three communities rejoin EPCOG

Freedom New Mexico Three communities that once declined to be members of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments have opted to rejoin the regional planning agency. Newly-appointed EPCOG Executive Director Sandy Chancey said members of the agency’s executive committee, who met Wednesday, learned the villages of Logan, Mosquero and San Jon are members once again. [...]

FSA extending grazing period

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Farm Service Agency is modifying its Conservation Reserve Program policies to help agricultural producers affected by drought. FSA is permitting farmers and ranchers approved for emergency grazing in drought-stricken states, including New Mexico, to extend the emergency grazing period for a month, to Oct. 31, without an additional payment reduction, [...]

Fire restrictions lifted

The New Mexico State Forestry Division has lifted bans on smoking, fireworks, campfires and open fires for all counties, according to a press release distributed by the agency Friday. The statewide bans were imposed in April and June. “Now that rainfall has returned and the fire danger has diminished, we feel the restrictions imposed earlier [...]

DEA shouldn’t offer medical opinions

Freedom New Mexico Once again, government servants have told Americans that marijuana ranks right up there with heroin. The Drug Enforcement Agency ruled on July 8 that marijuana has “no accepted medical use” and will continue as a schedule 1 drug — the most forbidden category. The DEA is a law enforcement bureaucracy. The medical [...]

Their view: Disaster farm aid needs to be renewed

Salomon Ramirez, state executive director New Mexico Farm Service Agency, says no industry is more vulnerable to nature’s wrath than agriculture. Hence, the need for disaster programs.

Clovis housing agency receives grant

Freedom New Mexico Clovis Housing and Redevelopment Agency, Inc. has been awarded $41,632 through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to a release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The agency is one of seven state agencies that received a total of $524,949 in grant monies. Funding was awarded under [...]

Wednesday morning briefing: Hank Baskett, pitch your cause and it’s all OK

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Cast your vote Hometown favorite Hank Baskett has become a website favorite in the Athlebrity Madness tournament. The site asks you to vote for your favorite pro football player who blends athleticism and celebrity — Athlebrity. Baskett send Mark Sanchez packing by garnering 54 [...]

Their view: Privatization may be better option

Privatization may be better option Bill Sconone of Clovis is not happy about the automated phone services used by government agencies. Have you tried calling any government agency lately? Agencies such as the local Social Security office, for instance? Wasn’t it nice to have your own private 800 number to dial to get an immediate [...]