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 […]

Deceptive Obama budget still bloated

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama’s $3.7 trillion budget, the largest ever, at best temporarily would freeze, not reduce, federal spending, increase the deficit and the national debt to record highs while substantially raising taxes on large segments of the society. To say there’s not much to like is to grossly understate the case. “Americans […]

Press release: Bingaman: President's budget demonstrates strong support for N.M. air bases

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said President Obama’s budget for fiscal year 2012 lends strong support to New Mexico’s Air Force Bases. Overall, the budget invests $215 million in construction initiatives that ensure our state has the facilities it needs to carry out its national security mission. “President Obama’s budget proposal makes critical […]

Press release: Bingaman: President’s budget demonstrates strong support for N.M. air bases

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said President Obama’s budget for fiscal year 2012 lends strong support to New Mexico’s Air Force Bases. Overall, the budget invests $215 million in construction initiatives that ensure our state has the facilities it needs to carry out its national security mission. “President Obama’s budget proposal makes critical […]

Their view: Spending not answer to education problem

Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, which promotes limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility. He’s concerned about a lack of progress in the state’s education performance despite more spending: During her campaign, Gov. Susana Martinez said she would not cut education. Based on revised budget numbers that were released immediately […]

Mubarak resigns

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt exploded with joy, tears, and relief after pro-democracy protesters brought down President Hosni Mubarak with a momentous march on his palaces and state TV. Mubarak, who until the end seemed unable to grasp the depth of resentment over his three decades of authoritarian rule, finally resigned Friday and handed power to […]

Dorm demolition

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Argen Duncan Tearing down three dormitories and building a new one is more cost-effective than renovations, Eastern New Mexico University administrators have said. ENMU regents voted to demolish Lincoln, DeBaca and Chaves halls, all unoccupied dorms, at their meeting Jan. 19. President Steven Gamble expects them to approve construction of a new dorm on the […]

Their view: No such thing as free lunch

No such thing as free lunch Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, which promotes limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility. Here’s his take on state subsidies: It is easy to get caught up in the minutiae when it comes to economic policy. With the state facing a $400 million deficit […]

Honors — Jan. 16

Blair Lauren Ruth Blair of Clovis was one of 410 students who was named to the president’s honor roll at Southwestern Oklahoma State University for academic work during the 2010 fall semester on the Weatherford campus.

Their view: Eliminating tax credits won’t eliminate deficit

Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, which promotes limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility. He warns lawmakers that eliminating tax credits may not help heal the state’s budget woes. Eliminating tax credits won’t eliminate deficit With a $400 million budget deficit facing lawmakers when they return to Santa Fe, the […]

ENMU board wants more info on solar project

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University regents tabled a solar energy agreement at their emergency meeting Friday in order to find a third party to evaluate the business sense of the agreement. ENMU President Steven Gamble said he and Vice President of Business Affairs Scott Smart would start work to find […]

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 […]

Club notes — Dec. 12

Friendship Rebekah Lodge Della Sue Winnett from Tucumcari was initiated into Friendship Rebekah Lodge at their last meeting. Elected officers for 2011 will be installed in January 2011. Vicky Howard will be Noble Grand; Earl Scott will be Vice Grand; and Evelyn Calder will serve as Secretary Treasurer. The next meeting will be Dec. 12 […]

President extends deadline for stop loss claims

By Daniel P. Elkins: Air Force Personnel, Service and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Airmen, veterans and their beneficiaries now have until Dec. 18 to apply for retroactive stop loss special pay. The new deadline is the second extension to the original Oct. 21 cutoff and comes as a result of […]

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Quilt Guild The Llano Estacado Quilt Guilt met Nov. 20 at Trinity Lutheran Church with 22 members attending. President Amy Armenta welcomed three guests: Ann Hall of Tucumcari, June Rielly of Portales and Casey “Kay” McGee of Claude, Texas. Kay became new vice president/parliamentarian of the club. Jeanette Biddle gave the secretary’s report and Leigh […]

Their view: Millions can be saved throughout state

Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, which promotes limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility. He kicked around ideas for cutting New Mexico’s budget deficit in a recent column: There is no doubt governor-elect Susana Martinez faces a difficult task. Not only does she have to put together an administration to […]

ENMU, Dona Ana Community College sign articulation agreement

Eastern New Mexico University now has an open door for students from a Las Cruces community college. ENMU President Steven Gamble and Dona Ana Community College President Margie Huerta signed an articulation agreement Monday. Now, when students with associate degrees from DACC want to transfer to ENMU for a bachelor’s, the university will accept 90 […]

Club notes — Nov. 7

Encanto Garden Club The October meeting of Encanto was called to order by president Helen Martinez. Cleo Duran read the Gardener’s Prayer and guest, Shirley Holtcamp was welcomed. Unanimous approval was given to change the monthly meetings to second Wednesdays. Jacque Wuest displayed a holiday swag, which she had made, giving pointers on construction and […]

Our people: Proud Texan

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Brittany Chrisman is the president of the Associated Students of Eastern New Mexico University. A native Texan, Chrisman enjoys spending time with her horse, Fancy. Chrisman said her favorite part about her job as president is that she gets to plan and run fun-filled events and activities for the students of Eastern. “I get paid […]

Republicans should begin with health care repeal

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama’s news conference Wednesday was curious, with him shifting from a partial understanding of what he finally acknowledged was a “shellacking” of his party to extended answers couched in theory and speculation that sounded for all the world as if the midterm elections had not happened. When you get hit […]