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 […]

McGee: Pondering mortality

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist One of the cool things about the Internet is you can find out whatever happened to old pals. Sometimes you get an answer, sometimes you wish you’d never asked. So one day I got to wondering whatever happened to my date for my senior prom. The answer left me stunned. […]

Their view: Congressman witness to White House celebration

Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., joined the celebration at the White House on Sunday night, and composed the following reflection: Just arriving in D.C. from New Mexico at about 10:30 p.m., I almost missed the announcement that bin Laden was dead. My Blackberry was buzzing with the news of the impending presidential message. I was frustrated, […]

Osama bin Laden dead; Obama: “Justice has been done.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — Osama bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was killed in a firefight with elite American forces Monday, then quickly buried at sea in a stunning finale to a furtive decade on the run. Long believed to be hiding in caves, bin Laden was […]

In search of ponies: Dogs predisposed to destruction

Sharna Johnson “My dog is helping me downsize,” a coworker said to me recently. “How so?” I asked curiously. She went on to explain her dog has this thing about destroying anything that enters his area of the yard, regardless of what it is. So far he has eaten a garden hose, potted plants and […]

Cost-saving proposals target VA

The House Budget Committee, chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has told a veterans’ group it is studying a plan to save $6 billion annually in VA health care costs by cancelling enrollment of any veteran who doesn’t have a service-related medical condition and is not poor. Committee Republicans, searching for ways to curb federal […]

Teen’s trial set to begin

The murder trial of DeAngelo Montoya, the teenager charged in the shooting death of 22-year-old Angel Vale last summer, is scheduled to begin Tuesday. Vale, an Eastern New Mexico University student, was found shot to death in her yard July 22. Montoya was charged with her murder and with burglarizing her house. Police said he […]

Cannon planning open house

Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing has set the date for its next open house, according to a news release. The open house will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 and is free and open to the public. The open house will feature 27th SOW and Air Force Special Operations […]

Honors — April 3

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Neikirk [image #2, align=right, size=medium] Airman Andrew M. Neikirk has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Chris Neikirk of Lew Wallace Drive, Clovis, N.M. Neikirk graduated in 2008 from House High School.

Our people: Former farmer stays busy

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Clovis resident Don Reid is a self-declared house husband. In his retirement, he spends his time working around the house, visiting hospitals and retirement homes, spending time with his grandchildren, teaching a men’s non-denominational Bible class and going to school to receive his minister’s license. “I’m busier now than before I retired,” the 60-year-old said. […]