Portales doctor acquitted on one drug charge; guilty on another

Staff and wire reports A federal jury in Albuquerque this week acquitted a Portales physician of illegally dispensing methadone to a man who died of a drug overdose in 2008. Arnold Sotello, 36, was found dead in an Amarillo motel Sept. 22, 2008. But the jury convicted Dr. Patricia J. Green on a second charge […]

Federal Reserve should undergo thorough audit

Freedom New Mexico Free government is open government. Citizens need to know what’s going on in their government to make informed decisions on Election Day. But there is one major, nondefense sector of the federal government that never has been completely audited: the Federal Reserve System, which prints and controls the dollar and sets associated […]

Press release: Udall discusses renewable energy standard legislation, federal budget

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall talked with radio reporters today about his plans to introduce Renewable Energy Standard legislation that would require utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from wind, solar and other renewable energy sources by 2025. He also discussed the federal budget debate as the threat of a government shutdown […]

Federal pay freeze also impacts NAF employees

Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs SAN ANTONIO — The recently implemented two-year pay freeze for federal employees applies to Department of Defense nonappropriated fund, or NAF, employees in crafts and trades and pay-banded pay schedules. Under legislation signed in December 2010, the pay freeze impacts basic pay, special pay rates and cost-of-living […]

Senate needs to back House on recent votes

Freedom New Mexico In recent days and weeks, the House of Representatives approved four major pieces of legislation that, if they become law, could stagger the big government mindset responsible for massive deficits and draconian regulations. On three separate bills, the House overwhelmingly voted to prevent federal agencies from spending money to implement Obamacare, and […]

Water utility officials hoping for leftover federal money

Argen Duncan The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority representatives hope to get federal money left over from other projects at the end of the year since the Ute pipeline project wasn’t included in the president’s proposed budget. The utility authority met Thursday morning at Clovis City Hall. Regarding federal money, pipeline project manager Scott […]

Latest ruling on Obamacare encouraging

Freedom New Mexico A federal judge Monday struck a major blow against Obamacare, ruling it to be unconstitutional. The ruling is welcome by those of us who believe Congress and President Barack Obama exceeded their authority last year by imposing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with its mandate that everyone must buy health […]

GRT increase needed for future

In 1964, the Interstate Stream Commission created the Ute Reservoir to provide a future sustainable water supply for the residents of eastern New Mexico. Like other municipalities and counties in the area, the city of Clovis has a reservation for water from Ute Reservoir and, as the Ogallala Aquifer beneath Clovis continues to diminish, has […]

Proposal raises costs for military

Military personnel and federal civilian workers would see pay levels frozen for three years and their out-of-pocket medical costs rise under a proposed plan to cut federal budget deficits by $200 billion a year by 2015. The 58-part “illustrative” plan was unveiled Wednesday by former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson (Wyo.) and Erskine Bowles, chief of […]

Commissioners direct federal money to Cannon gate road

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners voted Tuesday to direct federal road money toward Cannon Air Force Base’s south gate instead of closing Curry Road R as previously planned. Voting 3-2 — with Caleb Chandler and Dan Stoddard in opposition — the commission will seek bids to improve access from State Road 467 to Cannon Air […]

Affordable Care Act impacts federal benefits

American Forces Press Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Several provisions of the Affordable Care Act will be implemented Jan. 1 affecting eligibility and benefits for appropriated civilian employees under the Federal Employees Health Benefits and Federal Flexible Spending Account programs. One of the provisions of Public Law 111-148 changes FEHB dependent eligibility rules. […]

Commentary: Even one suicide is too many

By Chief Master Sergeant James A. Roy: Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force WASHINGTON, D.C. — An alarming trend is happening in our Air Force, and we need your help. We’ve had a drastic increase this year in the number of suicides among our total force airmen — active duty, guard, reserve and civilians. […]

Combined Federal Campaign under way

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USAF photo: Greg Allen Nicole Luft, the Curry and Roosevelt counties Combined Federal Campaign coordinator, watches Oct. 27 as Col. Stephen Clark, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, signs his donation to the 2010 CFC. By 27th SOW Public Affairs The 2010 Combined Federal Campaign season is under way, and the goal this year for the […]

Officials launch annual Combined Federal Campaign drive

By Karen Parrish: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The Defense Department’s 2010 Combined Federal Campaign kicked off Sept. 20, offering federal civilians and military members the opportunity to contribute to any of more than 4,000 pre-screened charities. Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III launched the department’s annual CFC drive in the Pentagon Library […]

Proposed fuel grading system fails consumers

Given the difficulties facing the auto industry, one would think the U.S. government would ease off the accelerator on absurd new regulations until cars started rolling more quickly off dealer lots. The government itself still owns much of General Motors and Chrysler. Instead, the federal Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation are considering new […]

Inmate no longer being sought by law enforcement

CNJ staff An inmate authorities believed was released from jail by mistake Thursday is no longer being sought by law enforcement because a federal immigration hold has expired. Monday morning, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office issued an announcement to area law enforcement, canceling a Friday alert to look for Ramiro Chavez. Chavez, 23, was released […]

Curry inmate released despite immigration hold

Sharna Johnson Law enforcement is searching for an inmate who was released Thursday night from the Curry County jail despite an immigration hold. Detention Center Administrator Keith Norwood said Ramiro Chavez was released on his own recognizance by order of magistrate court. However, Norwood said there is a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold in […]

‘Whatever works’ isn’t working

Some may remember during the debate about federal government bailouts and stimuli the Obama regime made it clear that no ideology will be allowed to sway the administration. What is important, the president said, is that the government stick to a pragmatic policy — a policy of expediency, one concerned with what works, not with […]

Meetings watch: Water authority expects $2 million in federal funds

The Eastern New Mexico Utility Water Authority met Thursday morning at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. • Federal consultant John Ryan said a trip in July to Washington, D.C., with Ute Water Project Manager Scott Verhines, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield and Portales Mayor Sharon King was a success. King, who made her […]

Lawmakers right to refuse federal funding

Gov. Rick Perry, Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison and other Texas representatives are enduring criticism to their opposition to the $26.1 billion federal education funding package passed last week that probably will leave Texas out of the mix. The state could receive up to $830 million, but requires Perry to make promises he […]