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 […]

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 […]

Military update: Debate heating over TRICARE

Senior Defense officials defended their plan to raise TRICARE Prime fees modestly for working-age retirees last week at a hearing of the House armed services subcommittee on military personnel. Next day, representatives of military associations testified. Five of them, including one who spoke on behalf of 13 other groups too, said they could accept what […]

Budget plans raise TRICARE fees

President Obama’s fiscal 2012 defense budget request brought a few surprises for military retirees. First, the plan to raise TRICARE fees for working age retirees is more “modest” than retiree advocates had expected, and might be viewed favorably in light harsher possibilities and the mounting debt crisis. Surprise two could discourage 103,000 veterans forced by […]

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 […]

My turn: Money goes back to you

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Have you ever wondered where your money goes after you purchase a hunting, fishing or trapping license or pay fees for other recreational activities at state parks? Well I often wondered myself, every time it costs me a lot of money to purchase licenses and recreational fees. All the money goes toward supporting wildlife in […]

Better Business Bureau warns of phone scam

The Better Business Bureau in Albuquerque is warning of a phone scam in which callers from Jamaica tell people they have won a prize and need to pay fees to claim it. According to a release from the bureau, the caller identification systems show an 876 area code and the callers have Jamaican speech patterns. […]

ENMU raising tuition, fees next year

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents voted Tuesday to increase tuition and fees at all three of its campuses next year. Regents Randy Harris, Chad Lydick, Marshall Stinnett and Pauline Ponce voted Tuesday for the increases. Student Regent Robert Wachter voted against them. Tuition and fees at […]

Council will consider raising Memorial Building fees

PNT Staff Report A well known building in Portales takes center stage at city council Tuesday. The meeting is at 7 p.m. A revision of policies and fees for the Memorial Building is up for consideration. City Clerk, Joan Martinez-Terry said she doesn’t know how old the original fees for the building are and staff […]

Bill would cap fees for locating property owners

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican A bill backed by the state Taxation and Revenue Department would limit how much people who locate the owners of unclaimed property held by the state can charge. The measure (HB 178) caps the fees for those finders at not more than 10 percent of the value of the […]

Jan. 13 ENMU Briefs

Spring semster upcoming The spring semester begins Jan. 20. Study: ENMU has low tuiton According to a study by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Eastern New Mexico University has the fourth-lowest annual tuition and fees among 81 senior public colleges in the Southwest. ENMU’s tuition and fees is listed at $3,342. Soccer program needs donations […]

Courts and blotter 11-16

The following is a sampling of calls placed to Portales police dispatchers over the past week: Nov. 10 • At 1:35 a.m., a caller advised of a suspicious male subject who came into his store on North Main Street asking suspicious questions. • At 4:30 p.m., a caller stated that she received a counterfeit $100 […]

Local Briefs Nov. 9

PNT Staff Reports Elk licenses available soon A total of 565 cow elk licenses will be available online at 10 a.m. Nov. 18, to hunters who did not already hold an elk license this season.Licenses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, only on the state Department of Game and Fish Web site, www.wildlife.state.nm.us […]

Ambulance fees to increase

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PNT Staff Report

Park fees threaten general access to public lands

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor As we sprawled on the cool sands, the last bit of pink faded in the western sky and lightning flashed in the distance over the Sacramento Mountains. It was a special Saturday evening but not a whole lot of people had joined us at White Sands National Monument for […]

Tuition, housing costs to rise 6 percent at ENMU

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents voted Thursday to increase tuition, fees, and room and board by about 6 percent for the 2008-2009 academic year. Tuition rates will go up from $1,116 to $1,182 per semester for a full-time student. Student fees will go up from $462 […]

2-17-08 District Court

The following dispositions were filed in Roosevelt County’s Ninth Judicial Court recently. According to the documents: • Jason Chatterton, 32, was convicted of the charge of automobile burglary, a fourth-degree felony and was ordered to serve 18 months of supervised probation with conditions and ordered to pay all court fines and fees. • Randy McBrewer, […]

2-17-08 Magistrate Court

The following dispositions were filed in Roosevelt County Magistrate court recently. According to the documents: • Arnoldo Ontiveroz, 42, pleaded no contest to the charges of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor (second offense) and improper backing and is ordered to serve two years of supervised probation with conditions and is ordered to […]

Bush seeking higher TRICARE fees

By Tom Philpott President’s Bush final defense budget, for fiscal 2009, asks a reluctant Congress for a third time to raise TRICARE co-payments on drugs dispensed at retail pharmacies and to increase TRICARE enrollment fees and deductibles for working-age military retirees and their families. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the […]

2-10-08 Magistrate Court

The following dispositions were filed in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court recently. According to the documents: • Sirron Johnson, 24, pleaded guilty to the charge of shoplifting and was ordered to serve six months of supervised probation and to pay all court fines and fees. • David Vega, 20, pleaded no contest to the charge of […]