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 […]

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 […]