Smaller BAH raises, higher drug co-pays gain steam

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a fiscal 2015 defense money bill that fully supports the Senate Armed Services Committee’s earlier embrace of key military compensation curbs sought by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Both committees have rejected proposals to restructure TRICARE dramatically by consolidating plan options and by raising fees.  They also reject a […]

Student loans should be weighed on risk

There was a time when people had the quaint notion that borrowing money was done with the understanding you would have to pay it back, with interest, whether for a car, a house, a vacation or college. But a New York Federal Reserve Bank report calls into question whether many people made that mental check […]

Tour aspirations quickly unraveled

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist On the strength of our epic six-minute-plus debut single, “20 Years Since I’ve Seen You,” I had hoped to be touring with The High Plains Hippies. The group’s genesis began in the bicycle aisle of Portales’ Wal-Mart (where, as requested by lawmen, I was purchasing a 32-inch bike to replace […]

Finds on our back roads amazing

By Tom McDonald State columnist Travel the back roads of New Mexico and it’s amazing what you can find. Last week my daughter Maya and I took a day trip to the northeastern tip of New Mexico, for a meeting I had in Clayton. Then we returned to our hometown of Las Vegas by way […]

State still has abysmal DWI conviction mark

Despite tougher DWI laws and initiatives enacted over the past decade or so, we still have drivers eluding the long arm of the law. Repeatedly. Take the case of Celestino Centeno, arrested recently on his 13th DWI after he backed out of a driveway and slammed into a curb. Centeno denied drinking but had “alcohol […]

Liberty frees from control situations

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Why would anyone want liberty? It requires responsibility,, after all. It removes most of your opportunities to whine and blame everyone else when things go wrong. It leads to minding your own business. Where’s the fun in that? Well, there are benefits. What is liberty? According to Thomas Jefferson, “Rightful […]

Paid political consultants causing rift

By Rube Render Local columnist If you follow politics at all you have probably heard that the tea party wing of the Republican Party is either alive and surging or is for all intents and purposes dead in the water. Eric Cantor’s primary loss in the Virginia primary proved the tea party was in ascendance […]

Medical pot program too easily abused

There were legitimate concerns with some of the Department of Health’s proposed revisions of its medical marijuana rules — a hefty new fee that had yet to be justified chief among them. But rather than reconsider why users — presumably some of the state’s most medically vulnerable individuals — should have to fork over an […]

Main Street project has run its course

Robert Arrowsmith

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I took a walk around Main Street last week as I normally like to walk to meetings and walking-distance locations whenever possible, and saw and photographed the pots and their lack of flowers. First of all to those that have kept their planters up, kudos, they look beautiful. You clearly have […]

Private care for veterans challenging

By Tom Philpott Military Update The ambitious push by Congress and its veteran affairs committees to swiftly solve a health care wait-time crisis for tens of thousands of veterans by granting access to private sector care appears to have run hard aground. After four weeks, House-Senate conferees, working through their staffs to iron out differences […]