Proposal touts pharmacy savings

The biggest knife for slicing TRICARE costs off future defense budgets is not new and higher enrollment fees or deductibles proposed for retirees and their families who use one of the military’s health insurance options of TRICARE Prime, Standard, Extra or, for the elderly, TRICARE for Life. Those phased increases, as detailed here last week, […]

Officials: Gas price increase a spring ritual

Tonjia Rolan Gas prices are creeping higher, a spring ritual according to officials. There is some talk of gas reaching $4 and even $5 per gallon this summer. New Mexicans are paying 7 cents more per gallon this week than last — an average of $3.36 per gallon on Thursday — and 20 cents per […]

Data on higher education needs to be published

Freedom New Mexico One potential benefit of a tight budget is the opportunity to assess priorities and goals. That’s true for a family or a business. And it’s especially true for a government, which, by definition, depends on taxes taken from people. This month California’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office issued a report, “Improving Higher Education […]

Higher education proposal draws mixed reviews

Alisa Boswell Gov. Susana Martinez’s budget proposal to change the state funding formula for colleges and universities is drawing mixed reaction at institutions in Clovis and Portales. ENMU President Steven Gamble said he thinks the university will do well under the new policy if it is approved by the Legislature. But Clovis Community College President […]

Press release: Governor changes higher education funding

SANTA FE – Today, Governor Susana Martinez met with a large group of regents, governing board members and post-secondary institution presidents in Socorro to discuss the state’s new higher education funding formula. The new formula will reward New Mexico’s higher learning institutions based on outcome measures that reflect student achievement and preparedness for New Mexico’s […]

Secretary of Higher Education speaks in Portales

Robin Fornoff New Mexico’s secretary of higher education cautioned leaders from across eastern New Mexico to get on board with his latest initiative or face falling behind. The call to action by Jose Garcia, appointed to higher education’s top spot by Gov. Susana Martinez almost a year ago, was part of a statewide tour of […]

Credit downgrade will mean higher expenses

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University Dean of Business Chris Taylor said a downgrade of the United States’ credit rating would result in credit being harder to get, causing a drop in the stock market, which would lead to inflation and hurt retirement savings. Taylor believes spending would alleviate the current recession. […]

Press release: N.M. gas prices up nearly five cents per gallon last week

New Mexico, March 28- Average retail gasoline prices in New Mexico have risen 4.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.45/g (Sunday). This compares with the national average that has increased 3.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.56/g, according to gasoline price website NewMexicoGasPrices.com. Including the change in gas prices […]

Press release: New Mexico weekly gas price update

New Mexico, January 31- Average retail gasoline prices in New Mexico have risen 0.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.97/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.08/g, according to gasoline price website NewMexicoGasPrices.com. Including the change in gas prices […]

Press release: NM gas prices up 2.1 percent

New Mexico, January 24- Average retail gasoline prices in New Mexico have risen 2.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.96/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.09/g, according to gasoline price website NewMexicoGasPrices.com. Including the change in gas prices […]

Airline service would offer more flights at higher cost

Kevin Wilson A new airline that aims to serve Clovis says it can do more with less — provided customers pick up some of the tab. New Mexico Airlines, a division of Hawaii-based Pacific Wings, is proposing to offer three Albuquerque-Clovis round trips. Unlike previous airlines to serve the Clovis Municipal Airport, NMA plans to […]

Report: Hispanic achievement gap higher in Clovis

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CNJ illustration: Gabriel Monte and Jenna Zamie Liliana Castillo White students in Clovis are outperforming their Hispanic counterparts by a margin higher than state averages, according to a recent report released by the New Mexico Public Education Department. The report concludes the achievement gap between Hispanic and white students is pronounced in reading and math […]

Peanut yields up

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Argen Duncan: Portales News-Tribune Brian Clark Jr. waits for a trailer to fill with peanuts Wednesday at Portales Select Peanut Company Inc. The machine separates dirt and debris from the nuts, which are then sent to be dried or, in this case, graded. Argen Duncan The peanut harvest this year has brought in higher-than-normal yields […]

Roosevelt County jail population up

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Jared Tucker: Jared Tucker Inmate population at the Roosevelt County Detention Center is up from this time last year, according to detention center officials. The total number of inmates incarcerated in Roosevelt County was 108 as of Thursday afternoon, a significant increase from 78 on the same day in 2009, according to jail officials. Cpl. […]

Course transfers, local colleges topics at higher education meeting

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan New Mexico Secretary of Higher Education Viola Florez listens at the town hall meeting Monday in the Clovis Community College Town Hall. Giving input for a proposed higher education master plan, participants discussed such things as the importance of the institution to the community, dual-credit programs and duplication of courses […]

Higher education master plan up for discussion at town hall meetings

Argen Duncan Members of the public have a chance to tell state officials what they want in higher education in New Mexico. Higher Education Department Secretary Viola Florez and members of her staff are scheduled to hold town hall meetings Monday in Clovis and Portales to collect input about their state higher education master plan. […]

Higher education should be balanced with ‘lower’ education

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist Higher education. That’s what we tend to call college and graduate school. Fine. Some important things can certainly be learned there. But the older I get, the more I am of the opinion that higher education ought to be balanced regularly with the kind of “lower” education that occurs […]

More than 360 graduate at ENMU

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank ENMU President Steven Gamble applauds graduates during ENMU’s 118th Commencement Saturday at Greyhound Arena. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Tradition took center stage in graduation ceremonies Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University. More than 360 students receiving degrees heard guest speaker and former ENMU President Robert Matheny explain how […]

Children learn importance of higher education

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools I entered and the school colors were all around me…obviously fans were excited about the day and you could not help but catch the spirit yourself. There were posters with school names and mascots, there were faces painted and even individually crafted flip-flops and ball caps with school colors […]

Wind advisory in effect

Freedom New Mexico A red flag warning and wind advisory is in effect from noon to 9 p.m. Of particular concern with low humidity and winds of 20 mph or higher are higher fire dangers and difficult driving conditions for high-profile vehicles, particularly Highway 209 between Clovis and Tucumcari. Motorists are advised to exercise caution […]