Committee votes to increase fees

The House Armed Services Committee has endorsed key portions of the Obama administration’s plan to begin to raise out-of-pocket costs modestly for some TRICARE beneficiaries, particularly working-age retirees. The committee voted early Thursday to allow the first bump in TRICARE Prime enrollment fees in more than 15 years. Retirees not yet eligible for Medicare would […]

Cost-saving proposals target VA

The House Budget Committee, chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has told a veterans’ group it is studying a plan to save $6 billion annually in VA health care costs by cancelling enrollment of any veteran who doesn’t have a service-related medical condition and is not poor. Committee Republicans, searching for ways to curb federal […]

ENMU to remain in LSC

Freedom New Mexico The verdict is in: Eastern New Mexico University will remain in the Lone Star Conference. A feasibility committee headed by ENMU professor Gene Smith recommended to university president Steven Gamble and the board of regents that the school continue its 25-year allegiance with the LSC after considering a possible move to the […]

Feasibility report on ENMU’s possible conference switch near completion

Freedom New Mexico A committee report studying a possible move for Eastern New Mexico University athletics from the Lone Star Conference to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference is expected to be on the desk of university president Steven Gamble by the end of the week. ENMU was invited by the RMAC to consider the change […]

Their view: Research facility not place for chimpanzees

Dr. Hope Ferdowsian is director of the Research Policy Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine:

Joint Land Use committee puts decision on tall structures to officials

Argen Duncan The Joint Land Use Study committee stopped short when it came to tall buildings Wednesday, opting instead to ask local officials to consider implementing a series of policy recommendations. The committee’s decision sends recommendations to the Roosevelt and Curry County commissions. Commissioners can then implement those recommendations if and when they choose. On […]

Bill would keep base contractors exempt from GRT

Freedom New Mexico Legislation sponsored by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, would keep in place a gross receipts tax exemption for building contracters working at Cannon Air Force Base. The Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee passed Senate Bill 160 earlier this week, and the legislation is now heading to the Senate Finance Committee. The exemption is […]

Thursday morning briefing: Civic call, Souper Saturday and the day the music died

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Call to duty Clovis is looking to fill the District 2 and District 3 citizen positions on the Public Works Committee. The committee meets every fourth Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. If interested call 769-7828 no later than Monday. Question of the day How cold […]

Club notes —

Clovis BPO Does Clovis BPO Does held their final meeting of the year on Dec. 9. The annual standing committee reports were given by the committee chairmen. Secretary Linda Catanzaro announced that we initiated 11 new members throughout the year and currently only have three members that will lapse if their dues are not paid […]

Martinez taps Clovis commissioner for search committee

Freedom New Mexico Clovis City Commissioner Randy Crowder is one of nine members for Governor-Elect Susana Martinez’ general services and information technology search committee. The committee will work with former Rep. Heather Wilson, Martinez’ transition committee chair, to identify and recommend cabinet officials and other leaders who will reflect the governor’s policy aims. The committee […]

Curry Commissioners selected for steering committee

Freedom New Mexico Four Curry County officials have been selected to serve on steering committees for the National Association of Counties, according to a release from the organization. Commnissioner Wendell Bostwick was appointed to the agriculture and rural affairs steering committees. Commissioner Caleb Chandler was appointed to the justic and public safety steering committee. Commissioner […]

Chandlers tapped to help with Martinez transition

Freedom New Mexico Father and son Caleb and Matt Chandler of Clovis have both been named to search committees for Governor-Elect Susana Martinez, according to releases from Martinez. Matt Chandler, the current 9th Judicial District Attorney, is one of five selected for the public safety and homeland security and emergency management search committee. He ran […]

Joint Land Use committee addresses wind turbines

Freedom New Mexico The company conducting the Cannon Air Force Base joint land use study, and its policy committee tried to clear up concerns Monday at a Portales meeting about restrictions on wind turbines and how much authority Cannon will have about structures that stand over 75 feet high. Rudy Bauer, who supervises the study, […]

Joint Land Use Study Policy Committee to meet on Monday

A meeting of the Joint Land Use Study Policy Committee is 2 p.m. Monday at Portales City Hall. The committee identifies potential compatibility issues between communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties and Cannon Air Force Base.

Land use committee meeting Wednesday

Freedom New Mexico Curry and Roosevelt Counties will host a policy committee meeting as part of the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Curry County Courthouse Commission Room, located at 700 N. Main St. in Clovis, according to a news release from Curry County. The purpose of the […]

Joint Land Use Committee to present proposals to public

The Joint Land Use Study Policy Committee on Monday approved presentation of a proposed study-area map and a list of possible actions to reduce conflicts in land and airspace use between Cannon Air Force Base and other communities. The map and suggested actions will be presented to the public in a 6 p.m. Aug. 31 […]

Bingaman discusses upcoming goals

Sen. Jeff Bingaman is in his sixth term as New Mexico senator. He is the senior member from New Mexico and chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He visited the Freedom New Mexico offices Wednesday as part of a series of visits with New Mexico cities while Congress is on recess. A video […]

Growth committee looks at data analysis

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The Local Growth Management Committee got a taste of Chicago-style data analysis Tuesday afternoon. Marc Doussard of the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Voorhes Center presented committee members with a look at data the center tries to provide as part of its work with the Office of Economic Adjustment. The OEA […]

Goals discussed at joint land use study meeting

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Sharna Johnson During a Monday policy committee meeting for the Joint Land Use study, Kit Roupe, project manager, gave members samples of goals and objectives the study could produce. Roupe gave the two-hour presentation at a meeting held at the Curry County Courthouse. The Joint Land Use Study is a cooperative land-use planning effort between […]

Compensated diseases disputed

By Tom Philpott: Military Update VA Secretary Eric Shinseki met with Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, last month to ask that he cancel a hearing on the secretary’s controversial decision to add three diseases to the list of Vietnam veteran illnesses presumed caused by exposure to Agent Orange and […]