Change to county grievance procedure tabled

Robin Fornoff Curry County commissioners were poised Friday to delete a grievance procedure from their employee personnel policy. Then, four department chiefs objected and the measure failed in a flurry of confusing motions and procedures. “This is ridiculous,” said Commissioner Frank Blackburn, who minutes earlier had aligned himself with Commissioner Robert Sandoval to leave the […]

Obama’s policy meant to capture Latino votes

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama’s fourth year in office will represent the 12th consecutive year that Americans have lived under hawkish, big-government progressive leadership from the White House. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Obama isn’t much different than George W. Bush. On immigration, a majority of Republicans should prefer Obama […]

Jail employees reprimanded after hearings

Freedom New Mexico It appears more than one Curry County jail employee has been fired and others have been either demoted, suspended or hit with salary reductions. The information was part of a brief press release issued Friday by County Manager Lance Pyle. Pyle declined to identify employees affected, citing personnel policy. He also declined […]

No near-term changes to DOD tuition assistance policy

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Although no changes to the tuition assistance policy will be made in the near term, defense officials stated the tuition assistance program will be considered as part of the holistic review of the military compensation package. Current policy provides eligible service members up to $4,500 in tuition assistance. The […]

My turn: Honesty maybe not best policy

They say that honesty is the best policy, but I’m not sure. Obviously, none of us want or need to be brutally honest about others’ physical appearance, grammar mistakes, station in life or other insecurities. When others ask how I’m doing, I doubt that they really want to hear a monologue about whether I’m satisfied […]

Farmers, not government should set policy on resource management

Years ago (after the 1950s drought broke him) my father had a business helping other ranchers get rid of invasive saguaro cactus. It was set up so the government helped with the cost, although I don’t know the details. He had two tractors and other equipment. They dug the plants up. Since the government was […]

DoD establishes school attendance policy

By Elaine Sanchez: American Forces Press Servic WASHINGTON — A new Defense Department school policy underscores the importance of student attendance, while also considering military families’ unique needs, the acting director of the Department of Defense Education Activity said. The policy, which went into effect Sept. 1, requires students attending DoD schools to be in […]

New questions arise in world without Osama

Freedom New Mexico It is, of course, a U.S. victory that Navy SEALs, acting on CIA intelligence in a Muslim nation, killed al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden. The lethal firefight inside a fortified compound in Abbottabad, about 35 miles north of Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, ended nearly 10 years of pursuit of the man viewed […]

Cannon pet policy enacted

By 27th SOW Public Affairs Air Force Guidance Memorandum (AFGM2) has set the following mandatory pet policy: • Residents may not board dogs of any breed (including a mixed breed) that are deemed “aggressive or potentially aggressive.” These dogs are defined as a pit bull (American staffordshire bull terrier or English staffordshire bull terrier), rottweiler, […]

Letter to the editor: Slashing public services not budget remedy

Slashing public services not budget remedy Stephanie Maez-Gibson, communications director for the Center for Civic Policy, responds to an article in Wednesday’s PNT: In a recent piece Paul Gessing gets it wrong when he states that New Mexico public services can continue to be slashed. Our teachers are already forced to purchase their own school […]

Policy shift on punishment good first step

Freedom New Mexico We’re not sure whether it constitutes, as Pat Nolan, vice president of Prison Fellowship, put it, “a seismic shift in the political landscape with conservatives departing from the ‘lock ‘em up and throw away the key’ philosophy,” but it is potentially a significant move. A group of prominent conservatives, along with conservative […]

Mullen ready to repeal gay policy

The long-awaited study on gays in the military serving openly not only takes the pulse of the force on the issue — concluding change can occur with little risk to readiness — but also details how it will work in practice. Will service members with same-sex partners qualify for the higher “with dependents” housing allowance […]

Gates’ advice on gay policy on right course

Freedom New Mexico A long-awaited Pentagon report on repealing the “don’t’ ask don’t tell” policy so that gay people can serve openly in the military services strongly suggests, as Defense Secretary Robert Gates put it, that it “would not be the wrenching, traumatic change that some people have predicted.” The report also noted, however, that […]

EPCOG approves policy updates

Freedom New Mexico Members unanimously approved six policy updates during a special meeting Tuesday of the Eastern Plains Council of Government’s executive committee. The policies updated were: a Workforce Investment Act policy and procedures manual, a disaster and recovery plan, a teleworking policy, fiscal monitoring and procedures and records retention and a public access policy. […]

Joint Land Use Study Policy Committee to meet on Monday

A meeting of the Joint Land Use Study Policy Committee is 2 p.m. Monday at Portales City Hall. The committee identifies potential compatibility issues between communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties and Cannon Air Force Base.

Obamacare will raise health care costs

Robert Moffit, director of the Center for Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, met recently with a Freedom Communications editorial board in California for a discussion about the impending consequences of the new, 2,300-page health care law and simple, practical legislative alternatives to Obamacare that could better address problems in the U.S. health system. […]

Land-use meeting set

Freedom New Mexico Curry and Roosevelt counties will host a policy committee meeting as part of the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study 2-4:30 p.m. Monday in the commission room at the Curry County Courthouse. The Joint Land Use Study Policy Committee will meet to discuss issues regarding land uses in the counties, […]

Meetings watch: County approves amendments to county indigent health care fund policy

During the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday commissioners: • Approved amendments to the county indigent health care fund policy to increase the amount the county will pay for ambulance service to a maximum of $1,000 and decreased the amount of time allowed for claims appeals. With the changes, patients whose claims were denied have 10 […]

Tucumcari reverses in-school suspension policy

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — Tucumcari High School has reversed its in-school suspension meal plan after a student’s mother complained. “A child is already being punished by being placed in ISS,” said Peggy Brown, the parent of a student placed in ISS. Brown said food should not be used a punishment, noting […]

AF officials announce uniform policy changes

American Forces Press Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials announced uniform policy updates April 12 resulting from recent Air Force Uniform Board decisions. The following policy modifications are effective immediately, unless otherwise stated, and will be incorporated into Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Air Force Uniform Dress and Appearance. The tucking of […]