Keeping fees means cutting force

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If Congress blocks Defense Department plans to raise TRICARE fees for military retirees and beneficiary co-pays on drug prescriptions filled off base, the services will have to make even deeper cuts in force strength than now planned, the military’s top health official told lawmakers last week. “Given the constraints of the Budget Control Act, if […]

Business briefs — Feb. 9

Chamber holding ribbon cutting The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce will be having a ribbon cutting Saturday for the grand opening of Laser Cosmetics’ new Portales location. The new location is at 117 S. Main on the square and the event will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony being […]

Cannon eliminating 53 civilian positions

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Christina Calloway Cannon Air Force Base will be cutting 53 civilian positions but a spokesperson said Thursday that doesn’t mean 53 people will lose their jobs. According to a press release from Cannon public affairs, 26 of the jobs being eliminated were already vacant and hadn’t been filled. Of the remaining 27 people being affected […]

Congressional compensation needs cutting

At least one group of Americans has been profiting despite the faltering economy: members of the U.S. House of Representatives. They’re supposed to be the part of the government that’s “closest to the people.” But as the saying has it, they came to do good and stayed to do well. In their cases, mostly very […]

New CDC now operational

USAF: Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom Lt. Col Dave Piech, 27th Special Operations Mission Support Group commander, left, assisted by, Denise Vanderwarker, right, Airman and Family Services flight chief, Dalton McDonald and Kiyah Morris, cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the new Child Development Center at Nov. 21 at Cannon Air Force Base. […]

Congress needs to stop playing with economy

W ill the deficit-cutting supercommittee raise taxes? That’s the question of the hour in Congress. President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress deftly have maneuvered Republicans into a corner. This shows — for starters — why Republicans were foolish to agree to setting up the supercommittee. It’s officially named the U.S. Congress Joint Select […]

Friday morning briefing: Ribbon cutting and football coming

Good morning, and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday morning briefing.

Postal service leading way in cutting costs

Freedom New Mexico There’s good bad news and good news in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Postal Service, a semi-independent federal agency, which is only slightly propped up with tax dollars. The bad news is that like many businesses, the USPS has fallen on hard times, suffering through consecutive years of operating deficits. Unlike other […]

Curry County celebrates Melrose health clinic opening with ribbon cutting

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Freedom New Mexico Curry County held a ribbon cutting Friday for its new health clinic in Melrose. La Casa is managing the clinic, which opened July 18 under a three-year contract with the county. There are four employees, three full-time and one part-time, on staff giving services including general medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology. More […]

Their view: Lyons proposes cost-cutting measures

Patrick H. Lyons is chairman of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. He represents District 2, which includes Roosevelt and Curry counties. In a recent news release, he touched on money-saving initiatives undertaken by the NMPRC under his leadership.

Emergency responders budgeting for rising fuel costs

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Argen Duncan With rising fuel prices, local emergency response agencies are working to be efficient without cutting services. Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Malin Parker, Portales Police Chief Jeff Gill and Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols said they are budgeting more for fuel in the upcoming fiscal year, but cutting patrols or emergency response is […]

Press release: Clovis YMCA opening

The new Clovis Family YMCA will hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House on Friday, May 13th from 2PM – 5PM. The YMCA of Central New Mexico invites all community members to come in and tour this state-of-the-art family friendly wellness facility located at 2300 N Main Street in Clovis near the intersection of […]

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 […]

Sponge painting tips featured on show

Information on sponge painting on fabric, using a Klic-N-Kut die cutting machine and reducing allergens in the home will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Ava Green is a designer, and her company is Terri’s Yarns and Crafts in Sieverville, Tenn. She’s going to demonstrate sponge painting […]

Portales past: March 30, 1962

March 30, 1962: Portales News-Tribune: Newly elected officers of Bronson Cutting Post 3299 of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Portales, will be installed into office Sunday during the commanders conference being held here.

VA officials cutting insurance premiums

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced April 29 that military personnel insuring their families under the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance program will have reduced out-of-pocket expenses beginning July 1. “VA (officials hope) these reductions will allow more military personnel to obtain affordable life insurance coverage for their […]

It’s Their Job: Carley Bolleman, hairstylist

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It’s Their Job: Carley Bollema Job: Hairstylist at Reflections Hair Studio Background: Bollema was born and raised in the Portales area. She graduated from Clovis Community College last December. Time on job: Eight months What does your job entail? I do everything from coloring, cutting, perming and highlighting customers’ hair. What is a typical day […]

Stuck in the ‘50s not a bad work ethic

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor The sight of a neighbor cutting his grass with an old-fashion push mower the other day immediately brought back memories of another neighbor — Clay Blue Mr. Blue lived next door to us when I was growing up and kept his lawn of Bermuda grass manicured to golf green […]

Dora Schools mark centennial

By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer One hundred years of history will be celebrated during the Dora Schools Centennial and South County Reunion to be held on Saturday. “This is our 100th year for our schools,” Peggy Prater, committee member, volunteer and Dora Class of 1949 graduate said. The celebration had previously been scheduled to […]

Overpass to be dedicated

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. today to officially open the N.M. 467 overpass improvement project near Clovis. Representatives of The New Mexico Department of Transportation, Curry County, City of Clovis and K. Barnett and Sons and others are expected to attend. The ribbon cutting will take place at the Casel-land […]