Portales ex-deputy chief pleads no contest

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Berry Christina Calloway Former Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry pleaded no contest Thursday in district court to three charges of tampering with public records. A plea agreement he signed Thursday placed him on 18 months of unsupervised probation. The agreement also required him to pay a $500 restitution fee — the amount of the […]

Commissaries to be consolidated

In these tight budget times, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has learned it must cut current spending to fund new initiatives for veterans. For example, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., committee chairman, would pay for her Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 by extending by three years, to 2014, a higher fee on veterans who reuse their […]

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Police, Docview partnering The Clovis Police Department is partnering with Docview for online processing of crash reports. Insurance companies and law firms representing citizens involved in the accidents can now purchase the crash reports at docview.us.com by paying a convenience fee. Citizens who do not wish to pay the convenience fee can still pick up […]

Friday morning briefing: The big catch, a road closing and rain on the horizon

Good morning. Start your day off right with the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Hooked on fishing Oasis State Park is holding its Second Annual Spring Trout Derby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 26. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and continues throughout the event. Anyone can enter, but ages 12 and older need […]

Proposed fee increases ‘modest’

Lawmakers seeking guidance from military associations on whether to support the new Defense Department plan to raise TRICARE Prime enrollment fees modestly for working-age retirees next year, and then to adjust them annually for inflation, will get mixed signals this time around. Joyce Wessel Raezer, national director of the National Military Family Association, is not […]

Pay raises, fee increases proposed

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The Obama administration proposes to spend three percent more next year on support programs for war-strained military families. But officials are urging Congress to stop adding extra dollars to the military pay raise every January and find a way to raise TRICARE fees for the first time in 15 years. […]

TRICARE fee increases blocked

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The last decision made by House-Senate conferees negotiating final details on a fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill was to insert language that will rollback an announced Oct. 1 increase in fees charged to TRICARE Standard beneficiaries for stays in civilian hospitals. The surprise fee increases, reported here last week, gave […]

Oasis State Park hosting fishing derby

Friends of Oasis State Park is staging a Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Registration is open from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. All ages can participate in the derby, which offers prizes ranging from $10 to $75. Prizes are to be awarded based on the weight of the fish. […]

May 1 Religion digest

Free Indeed and Power Ministry is hosting a Word and Power Conference for men and women ages 13 and up from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. May 9. Speaker Sherri Wilson said the conference will cover the end of times and how to deal with the death of a loved one. Registration is free and […]

Excise fee increase would nick car owners

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican