Committee votes to open ‘Tricare Select’ to reservists

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The House Armed Services Committee has voted 32-30 to open the new TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) program to any drilling reservist or National Guard member willing to pay the premiums, now set at $75 a month for member-only coverage or $233 for family coverage. An unprecedented fulltime health plan for […]

Amendment rejects two-tiered military death gratuity

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The Senate approved an amendment from Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., that rejects Bush administration plans to establish a two-tiered military death gratuity and to limit retroactive payment of $238,000 in enhanced death benefits only to families of members who die in combat assignments. The Kerry amendment, approved by voice vote […]

Taser bill appears dead

Freedom Newspapers A proposed bill that would classify tasers as deadly weapons stalled Wednesday in the House Judiciary committee, said Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, the bill’s sponsor. In a telephone interview Thursday from the Senate floor, he said an amendment proposed for Senate bill 818 to limit liability for law enforcement officers drew sharp criticism […]

Sticker artist, wife shocked at controversy

By David Irvin Those sexually-explicit little devils at the heart of controversy in Clovis have been distributed all over the country, with more than 100,000 copies sold, according to the wife of the artist who made them. Ruth Waytz said her husband, Chris “Coop” Cooper, has sold or licensed more than 2 million nude devil […]

Area educators indecisive on amendments

Gary Mitchell Area educators and legislators are reacting with cautious and mixed views regarding the two state constitutional education amendments facing voters on Sept. 23. Amendment No. 1 would do away with the existing Department of Education and create instead a cabinet-level public education department headed by a secretary of education. Amendment No. 2 would […]

County commissioners oppose amendments

Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commission on Tuesday adopted a resolution opposing to two constitutional amendments on the ballot in this month’s special election. Votes for the amendments would eliminate the state’s principal on the board of education and beef up public school funding with increased interest allocations from the state’s permanent land fund. The […]

Area legislators speak out against amendments

Gary Mitchell While Gov. Bill Richardson drummed up support Wednesday in Portales and Clovis for two state constitutional amendments designed to revamp education, a couple of area legislators remained cautious on at least one of those amendments. Constitutional Amendment 1 would create a cabinet-level Secretary of Education position, and Constitutional Amendment 2 would increase distributions […]

Richardson pleas for support

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Jack King Gov. Bill Richardson emphasized local autonomy and accountability when he made a pitch to Portales residents Wednesday for two state constitutional amendments aimed at education reform. Richardson spoke in the Portales High School auditorium as part of a barnstorming swing around the state that is expected to end in Silver City at 5 […]