Budget may raise TRICARE costs

Out-of-pocket health care costs for military retirees and for users of the TRICARE retail pharmacy network would jump next October if Congress approves President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget request delivered last week. Annual active duty pay raises also would be impacted but not until January 2015 when raise caps would begin and last three years. […]

Commission approves property tax increase

PNT staff The Roosevelt County Commission approved a slight raise in property tax rates for the 2011 tax year at a special meeting Tuesday at the county courthouse. Commissioners approved the new rates after county assessor Kenner Carrasco provided overview of property tax rates. Carrasco said the net taxable value for the county for 2011 […]

EPCOG approves policy updates

Freedom New Mexico Members unanimously approved six policy updates during a special meeting Tuesday of the Eastern Plains Council of Government’s executive committee. The policies updated were: a Workforce Investment Act policy and procedures manual, a disaster and recovery plan, a teleworking policy, fiscal monitoring and procedures and records retention and a public access policy. […]

EPCOG approves budgets, cuts staff

By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor The Eastern Plains Council of Governments cut almost a third of its staff Wednesday while approving a significantly reduced budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. The EPCOG board approved the $1.9 million budget at its annual meeting held at Leal’s Mexican Food Restaurant. It’s a $3.5 million bottom-line reduction […]

Meetings watch: County approves amendments to county indigent health care fund policy

During the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday commissioners: • Approved amendments to the county indigent health care fund policy to increase the amount the county will pay for ambulance service to a maximum of $1,000 and decreased the amount of time allowed for claims appeals. With the changes, patients whose claims were denied have 10 […]

Meetings watch: Commission approves inmate agreement

PNT staff The Roosevelt County Commission met Tuesday and commissioners: • Approved an agreement to house Roosevelt County inmates in for Lea County. Under the agreement, Roosevelt County could send adults for $100 a day and female juveniles for $125 a day. County Manager Charlene Hardin said the county has an agreement to house inmates […]

County approves new pet rules

During their meeting Tuesday the Roosevelt County Commission: • Unanimously approved an ordinance requiring police to give two warning citations to owners of dogs and cats running loose before citing them into court, unless the animal was threatening people or livestock, or damaging property. The issue was tabled last month. • Approved the preliminary plat […]

Judge approves Freedom reorganization plan

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge in Delaware has approved the Chapter 11 reorganization plan of Freedom Communications. Freedom Communications is the corporate owner of Freedom New Mexico, including the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. Under the plan approved Tuesday, Freedom’s secured lenders including JPMorgan Chase and Bank of […]

Meetings watch: Portales city council approves recreation plan

During the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday at City Hall, councilors: • Acknowledged the service of outgoing Councilors Robert De Los Santos and Shawn Watson and outgoing Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. • Heard a proclamation from Ortega naming March 13 as “Great American Clean Up Day.” The local cleanup is scheduled to begin at 9 […]

Meetings watch: City council approves zoning for proposed subdivision

PNT staff During the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday at City Hall, councilors: • approved a notice of intent to adopt an ordinance for zoning classification for the new Prairie Walk Subdivision. The plan is for four four-unit townhouses, a total of 16 homes, on 2.1 acres of land south of the city Recreation Complex […]

Press Release: Senate approves key NM military funding

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall reported that the Senate has approved legislation to fund key construction projects at New Mexico’s military installations.

News release: Senate approves key defense legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today reported that the Senate has approved key defense legislation that gives strong support to New Mexico’s military installations and the state’s two national laboratories. The bill, called the fiscal year 2010 Defense Authorization Bill, passed the Senate 68-29. The House of Representatives passed it earlier this month, so […]

Commission approves new inmate care contract

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Roosevelt County Commission has accepted a one-year,

Press release: House approves more than $67 million for Cannon Air Force Base

Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives approved over $67 million for construction for Cannon Air Force Base. The funding was part of the FY2010 National Defense Authorization Act which authorizes $15,000,000 in

Senate panel approves domestic partnerships

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. — A proposal allowing domestic partnerships cleared its first hurdle in the Legislature on Wednesday when it narrowly won approval in a Senate committee. The Public Affairs Committee endorsed the measure on a 5-to-4 vote and sent the proposal to another panel for consideration. The bill […]

Congressman addresses military issues

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico The chairman of a House committee that approves funding for the military said Wednesday that Cannon Air Force Base’s future as a special operations wing is secure because of unconventional forces such as al-Qaida. U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, said special operations will remain the preferred way to take […]

Board approves funding for ENMU weight training facility

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents approved the use of $395,000 toward the design and construction of a weight training facility at the Portales campus. ENMU fields 14 men’s and women’s Division II teams. “It make sense to construct the new facility to increase the recruitment of […]

Committee approves Ute project

Freedom New Mexico WASHINGTON — The House Natural Resources Committee unanimously passed legislation Thursday that would authorize the federal government to build a pipeline that will carry water to several communities in Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties, according to a news release. The bill, which now heads to the full House, would authorize the U.S. […]

Council approves economic incentive

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter City Council members approved the spending of $43,148 for capital improvements for