Senate needs to back House on recent votes

Freedom New Mexico In recent days and weeks, the House of Representatives approved four major pieces of legislation that, if they become law, could stagger the big government mindset responsible for massive deficits and draconian regulations. On three separate bills, the House overwhelmingly voted to prevent federal agencies from spending money to implement Obamacare, and […]

Banking regulations may alter fees, services for customers

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Sharna Johnson Alterations to rubber check forgiveness and free checking are just some of the ways new banking regulations may impact consumers, as the federal government works to curb bank fees. “I think it’s going to take some time to see how all of that unfolds,” said Pat Dee, president and chief executive officer of […]

Federal judge says heath care overhaul unconstitutional

By Mark Sherman and Erica Werner President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul hit its first major legal roadblock Monday, thrown into doubt by a federal judge’s declaration that the heart of the sweeping legislation is unconstitutional. The decision handed Republican foes ammunition for their repeal effort next year as the law heads for almost […]

County farmer pleads guilty to federal drug charges

Argen Duncan In a plea agreement, Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson has pleaded guilty to transporting anhydrous ammonia for methamphetamine manufacture across state lines. Under federal charges, Watson was accused of buying anhydrous ammonia in Texas and in New Mexico and giving it to federal agents he believed were members of the Aryan […]

Proposal raises costs for military

Tom Philpott Military personnel and federal civilian workers would see pay levels frozen for three years and their out-of-pocket medical costs rise under a proposed plan to cut federal budget deficits by $200 billion a year by 2015. The 58-part “illustrative” plan was unveiled Wednesday by former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson (Wyo.) and Erskine Bowles, […]

Commissioners direct federal money to Cannon gate road

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners voted Tuesday to direct federal road money toward Cannon Air Force Base’s south gate instead of closing Curry Road R as previously planned. Voting 3-2 — with Caleb Chandler and Dan Stoddard in opposition — the commission will seek bids to improve access from State Road 467 to Cannon Air […]

Time for Congress to repeal gay policy

Freedom Newspapers The Obama administration has disappointed some advocates of allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the armed forces by appealing a federal court decision that would have eliminated the rather hypocritical “don’t ask don’t tell” policy that now applies to gays in the military. It seems fairly clear, however, that the administration’s move, which […]

Government stifles prosperity

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist At this time when most people are clamoring for economic revival, the major debate centers around how it could be achieved. One side, mainly the current administration and its supporters in the academy, believe in some variety of stimulus initiated by the federal government — funneling funds (taken from taxes […]

Fuel grading system fails auto consumers

Given the difficulties facing the auto industry, one would think the U.S. government would ease off the accelerator on absurd new regulations until cars started rolling more quickly off dealer lots. The government itself still owns much of General Motors and Chrysler. Instead, the federal Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation are considering new […]

Local pharmacy takes steps to prevent thefts, robberies

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Jared Tucker Pharmacy theft and robberies are on the rise across the country, and federal authorities say all communities should take the threat seriously. Victor Baca, owner of Village Pharmacy in Portales, said he’s aware of the rising threat and is taking measures to ensure if he is ever robbed, his staff know what to […]

Cost of federal radio mandates unclear

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Jared Tucker Roosevelt County and the city of Portales may or may not see a huge financial impact as the two prepare to make government-mandated changes to the emergency radio system, according to officials. The regulations require all municipal governments and public safety radio systems to migrate to “narrow band” channels by the end of […]

Curry inmate released despite immigration hold

Sharna Johnson Law enforcement is searching for an inmate who was released Thursday night from the Curry County jail despite an immigration hold. Detention Center Administrator Keith Norwood said Ramiro Chavez was released on his own recognizance by order of magistrate court. However, Norwood said there is a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold in […]

‘Whatever works’ isn’t working

Some may remember during the debate about federal government bailouts and stimuli the Obama regime made it clear that no ideology will be allowed to sway the administration. What is important, the president said, is that the government stick to a pragmatic policy — a policy of expediency, one concerned with what works, not with […]

Energy assistance program latest boondoggle

Freedom New Mexico Even as the federal government continues its grandiose mission of redistributing your tax money, we continue to learn how unaccountable its corrupt system already is. The Government Accounting Office, which monitors how Washington manages tax money, has uncovered yet another expensive boondoggle amid the well-intentioned federal giveaway of billions of dollars, this […]

Roosevelt, De Baca receive PILT funds

Freedom New Mexico New Mexico counties will share more than $32 million in federal payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) money, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The PILT program, administered by the Department of Interior, compensates counties for federal property that cannot by taxed by local governments, including military bases […]

Airport receive $380,000 federal grant

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By Jared Tucker: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Municipal Airport will be getting lighting renovations thanks to a federal grant that has flown into town. The $380,000 FAA grant will pay to replace and repair runway lighting and signs, according to Mike Parkey, an employee at the Portales Municipal Airport. Parkey said the lighting equipment […]

Politics have no place in education

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The New York Times reports that according to a ruling by a federal judge “a Mississippi school board was grossly discriminatory and mean-spirited when it told Constance McMillen that she could not attend her high school prom with her girlfriend.” According to the court, “Ms. McMillen’s constitutional rights […]

Clovis housing agency receives federal grant

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Housing and Redevelopment Agency has received $41,212 in grant money through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Funding came from HUD’s Family Self Sufficiency Program, according to a release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The program helps community housing agencies develop local strategies to help individuals and families […]

Federal grant to expand Internet access

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer ENMR-Plateau Telecommunications received a federal grant Wednesday of more than $11 million to expand high-speed Internet access in eastern and central New Mexico. According to a news release from the state Department of Information Technology, the company plans to use the American Recovery and Reinvestment money to enhance existing […]

Meetings watch: Hospital waits on rate approval to bill Medicaid

Roosevelt General Hospital Board has been approved but have to wait a little longer before it can bill Medicaid as a rural health clinic on a cost basis. Hospital Administrator Larry Leaming said the hospital can start implementing systems to bill Medicare and Medicaid for rural health clinic visits. Leaming said he is just waiting […]