Prescribed burns for Melrose Range

By 27th SOW Public Affairs To reduce the risk of wildfires during the windy spring season here in eastern New Mexico, the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron will conduct a series of controlled burns at Melrose Air Force Range within the next 30 to 45 days, weather-permitting. These fires clear the amount of vegetation […]

Xcel customers asked to conserve power until 8 p.m.

Xcel Energy is asking its New Mexico and Texas customers to reduce electricity usage until 8 p.m., terming the situation “urgent.” Based on high electricity demand and maintenance issues at area generating plants, Xcel issued an energy alert Tuesday morning under threat of controlled outages if electricity demand is not reduced. Demand could exceed the […]

Let’s subject CEOs to drug testing, too

Freedom New Mexico Perhaps we should test welfare recipients for drugs. Heck, do it for the economy. Much of what distorts markets, and runs our economy into the ground, is welfare. Since July, Florida has used a new tactic in its war on welfare. It enforces a law, signed by Gov. Rick Scott in June, […]

Energy conservation: Preparing for cooler weather

By Caroline Ward: 27th SOCES As the weather shifts to cooler temperatures, we need to shift our focus from ways to stay cool to ways to insulate the home to reduce heat loss. Energy prices are on the rise, and as a result, heating costs will consume an increasingly larger portion of your household’s energy […]

Consider ways to reduce energy consumption

By Caroline Ward: 27th SOCES In support of Energy Awareness Month and beyond, here are smart, inexpensive ways to can reduce your energy and water consumption. Being aware and making smart choices saves you and the Air Force money that can be invested in aircraft operations and maintenance, construction and maintenance of facilities as well […]

Officials extend voluntary separation pay, reduce separation pay

By Daniel P. Elkins: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs Office RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials are extending the application period for eligible officers to apply for voluntary separation pay through July 31, but are lowering the multiplier to 1.5 times the authorized separation pay effective July 1. “The window to […]

Prescribed burns scheduled for Melrose range

The 27th Special Operations Wing will be conduct a series of prescribed burns at Melrose Air Force Range beginning Wednesday. These fires reduce the amount of vegetation in the targeted areas and help reduce the risk of wildfires caused by training or by natural causes such as lightning. Additional burns will occur within a 30-day […]

Air Force officials reduce Palace Chase obligation

By Daniel Elkins: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials here recently reduced the Reserve commitment for officers and enlisted members participating in Palace Chase temporarily as part of Air Force management measures to balance the force while meeting a congressionally mandated end strength. The three-to-one officer […]

Shinseki vows to reduce VA’s claims backlog

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Prioritizing the work ahead shortly after his first anniversary on the job, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said his focus for the year ahead is on reducing the disability claims backlog. “We are going to break the back of the backlog this year,” Shinseki said […]

Obama should aim to reduce health costs

Freedom New Mexico Team Obama didn’t need this, but it’s important for the rest of us to know, especially as we listen to his address to Congress on health care, scheduled today. President Obama’s plans to increase the national government’s responsibility and power over health care have had a rough time of it this summer. […]

ENMU class highlighting green efforts

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer A new fall class at Eastern New Mexico University is aiming to encourage students and Portales residents to eco-friendly habits. Going Green is a class that will focus on informing individuals on ways to reduce energy consumption and waste production, said ENMU special programs coordinator Lukas Cash. “Everyone is […]

Recycling does more than reduce waste

By the 27th Special Operations Environmental Flight Our Nation recognizes Nov. 15, 2007, as America Recycles Day. Each of us can help protect the environment by following the three “Rs” (reduce, reuse and recycle) in their daily processes. How do the three “Rs” improve our quality of life? They reduce greenhouse gases, create jobs, make […]

Agricultural tariffs barrier to beneficial worldwide trade

Editorial The suspension last week of the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations — named after the capital of Qatar, where the talks began in 2001 — under the auspices of the World Trade Organization, is a sad commentary on the political systems of the major industrialized countries of the world. It could be tragic […]

Treaty to reduce greenhouse gases flops throughout Europe

Freedom Newspapers The United States is often portrayed as an ecological villain for declining to sign the fabled Kyoto treaty on climate change and greenhouse gases. But a British think tank reports that Britain and Sweden are the only countries in Europe that have met their commitment under the treaty to cut their emissions of […]

SGLI increases for Airmen in September

For all active duty service members Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) coverage automatically increased to $400,000 on Thursday. 27th Fighter Wing Military Personnel Flight For all active duty service members Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) coverage automatically increased to $400,000 on Thursday. This increases the maximum coverage from $250,000 to $400,000. The increase affects everyone […]