City officials hope to see stimulus money

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Officials in Portales are hoping to see money from the federal economic stimulus package, but they don’t know exactly what they will get. The Reinvestment and Recovery Act, signed in February, appropriated money for a variety of things. “The purpose of the Reinvestment and Recovery Act is to stimulate […]

Editorial: Relationships don’t need federal approval

Two consenting adults agree to have sexual relations. Police and prosecutors — and maybe even federal agents — stand ready to pounce. Two consenting adults want to put a stamp of permanence on their relationship. Legislators and lobbyists brace for constitutional rewrites. In the first example, the government acts if money changes hands. Whether the […]

State seeks change to cover federal funds

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

Airport to undergo renovations

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Municipal Airport will undergo significant improvements over the spring and summer upon receiving federal and state grants worth more than $600,000 Portales city councilors agreed to accept the money at the Portales City Council regular meeting Tuesday night. The state grant, in the amount of $23,684 is […]

Porn industry fine without federal dollars

Freedom New Mexico The porn industry wants economic stimulus. It wants a federal bailout, which should resolve any confusion as to what this country has become. Some don’t believe in the free market’s ability to turn garbage into gold, to deliver anything and everything a consumer could ever want. People like that have never examined […]

TRICARE cost increases proposed

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist A new report from the Congressional Budget Office shows why some military retirees and veterans could face higher out-of-pocket costs if the Obama administration and Congress take bold moves to reform the U.S. health system and to make federal health programs more efficient. Among 115 “options” presented, though not endorsed, […]

Official: “Cow tax” reports unfounded

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Livestock officials are concerned the federal government is considering charging fees for air-polluting animals. They contend the “cow tax” is a possible consequence of a highly technical Environmental Protection Agency report released last week on greenhouse gases. EPA Spokeswoman Cathy Milbourn said the concerns are unfounded and the report […]

Roosevelt General Hospital recipient of federal, state funds

By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer Roosevelt General Hospital will receive more than $200,000 in federal and state-matched funds. The funds are made available to sole-community provider hospitals by the New Mexico Excess Gross Receipt Tax, said James D’Agostino, RGH administrator. “A hospital in New Mexico did not apply for the excess funds,” D’Agostino said. […]

Gitmo trials better handled in federal court

Freedom New Mexico The military commission or tribunal system developed by the Bush administration to deal with prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay has suffered yet another setback. Army Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld, a prosecutor in the case of Muhammad Jawad, a 24-year-old accused of tossing a grenade into a military jeep in Kabul, Afghanistan, […]

Residents unsure how federal bailout will work

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The financial markets reflected a general feeling of unease and skepticism felt by many over the government’s proposed $700 billion bailout plan to buy bank’s mortgage debts. Worries that the rescue package would cost too much, drive up inflation, swell the already-bloated deficit and hurt the ailing economy also […]

EPCOG subject of investigation

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico A federal investigation is under way into the embezzlement of funds being managed through the Eastern Plains Council of Governments. EPCOG Deputy Executive Director Nick Brady said concerns surfaced in March over possibly embezzled funds from a federal rental assistance program managed by EPCOG. As a result, an employee […]

Candidates participate in league forum

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, R-N.M. and Tom Udall, D-N.M., offered different takes on how the federal government could help municipalities with issues such as water and infrastructure during a forum Friday at the Clovis Civic Center. Pearce said competition for federal resources is too stiff for communities to depend […]

Minimum wage an unfair intrusion of government

Editorial Last month, many people with apparently little or no knowledge of economics heralded the arrival of a higher federal minimum wage. Although it’s true the mandated wage had held steady at $6.55 an hour since 1997, individual workers have been moving up the wage scale and improving their value to the market since then. […]

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac solid for now

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Ute pipeline project vote delayed

Freedom New Mexico The wait continues on a crucial vote for the future of the Ute pipeline project. For a second-straight day, the U.S. House failed to vote on a bill that would authorize the federal government to provide $327 million over a 10-year period to build a pipeline that would carry water from Ute […]

Ute Pipeline funding bill reaches House

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Local and federal government officials are optimistic the U.S. House will pass a bill today authorizing $327 million in federal funding for the Ute Water Project. The House is scheduled to deliberate on the bill late in the afternoon, according to Sam Simon, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Tom […]

Agent Orange disability appeal denied

By Tom Philpott A federal appeals court has delivered a stinging defeat to “Blue Water” sailors and Coast Guard veterans of the Vietnam War who have been fighting for disability compensation from illnesses they contend resulted from shipboard exposure to deadly herbicides including Agent Orange. A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for […]

Editorial: DNA collection needs to be used responsibly

The federal government has announced it will expand its

Applications accepted for United Way funds

Freedom New Mexico Applications for the Eastern New Mexico Combined Federal Campaign will be accepted through the April 15 at the Principal Combined Fund Organization’s offices at 215 N Main Street or via mail at P.O. Box 806 Clovis, NM 88101. The Combined Federal Campaign is the only authorized workplace charitable giving program at federal […]