New fire protection gear to be purchased for road department

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Alisa Boswell The Roosevelt County Road Department will soon be fighting fires in new personal protection gear. The Roosevelt County Commission recently approved funding to purchase 15 wildland suits at about $325 a piece. “These guys go out there and they’re very critical to helping with grass fires, and they’re not very well protected,” Roosevelt […]

Martinez adds Portales man to land protection committee

Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Matthew Rush of Portales to the Natural Lands Protection Committee. Rush was among 11 appointments announced Friday by the governor. Rush is executive vice president, secretary and treasurer of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau. With his father, he owns and operates Rush Cattle Co. Rush serves on the […]

Kids’ gear: Sports pads keep your kids safe and comfortable

G-Form knee pads

McClatchy-Tribune The G-Form elbow, shin and knee pads are made from a lightweight material made specifically to flex with your joints and become rigid upon impact. The innovative exoskeleton design ensures comfortable protection with less bulk while your kid is on their bike, on the slopes or on the field. The Reactive Protection Technology provides […]

Child Sense: Sun protection

Priscilla J. Dunstan Keeping our children free from sunburn can be a quite a task, but there are ways to make the process a little easier. If swimming or at the beach, use sun-protective t-shirts, shorts and rash guards. During the day, clothing should at least cover the shoulders – an area that can get […]

Bipartisan uprising gaining momentum

Freedom New Mexico Congressional Republicans have been joined by Democrats in separate strategies to curb the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to unilaterally regulate greenhouse gases. If successful, they could delay or end the agency’s plans, leaving regulatory authority to Congress, where an emission-restricting bill died last year. At the least, Congressional votes on the EPA’s […]

Protection stops allowance drop

Tom Philpott About 400,000 active duty service members will see their Basic Allowance for Housing protected from a rate drop Jan. 1, thanks to “individual rate protection” Congress adopted nearly a decade ago. Users of the Post-9/11 GI Bill education program also will be protected from any cut to student monthly stipends, which are based […]

Their view: Governor needs to bolster border protection

Brian Moore of Clayton is one of eight candidates for New Mexico lieutenant governor. Here’s what he had to say recently on his Web site about violence along the Mexican border: “The murder of an Arizona rancher with ties to New Mexico is more evidence of the violence spilling over our southern border with Mexico. […]

Legislation seeks protection for farmers

By Staci Matlock: The New Mexican A group of New Mexico farmers and heritage seed advocates are lobbying hard to get a bill through the Legislature that would protect them from liability if their fields are cross-pollinated by patented, genetically engineered seeds. It is the third time farmers have tried to get a similar bill […]

Investment protection not government’s concern

Freedom New Mexico Victims of Bernard Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme at least have the satisfaction of knowing the man who ruined their lives will die in prison. In June, he received a 150-year sentence at the age of 71. You may remember U.S. District Judge Denny Chin sent a strong message to investment consultants […]

Editorial: Envirnoment needs protection but at what cost?

There’s potentially good news on the environmental front out of Washington D.C., but it’s probably more than offset by a devastating announcement last week. First, the good news. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the Environmental Protection Agency, when upgrading older power plants, may consider costs before demanding use of the most advanced technology, […]

Auto dealers hope incentives spur sales

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico U.S. automakers are rolling out payment protection plans to ease potential buyers worried about job security. But in eastern New Mexico, car dealers are optimistic that isn’t the key motivation for customers. “I haven’t had anybody who’s needed it, and that’s a good thing,” said Terry Wilcox, general manager […]

Mini bikes ruling the road; authorities work to curb riders

By David Irvin They’re the trendiest wheels on the road. But yes, you do need a license to operate a pocket bike on local streets. And at least one retail store owner said last week the mini-motorcycles are not safe in city traffic. Mary Ortiz said pocket bikes are just too small to be seen […]