Gates’ advice on gay policy on right course

Freedom New Mexico A long-awaited Pentagon report on repealing the “don’t’ ask don’t tell” policy so that gay people can serve openly in the military services strongly suggests, as Defense Secretary Robert Gates put it, that it “would not be the wrenching, traumatic change that some people have predicted.” The report also noted, however, that […]

Insurance coverages vary for home-based businesses

Sandra Taylor-Sawyer Insurance needs for a home-based business are not as different from a storefront business. However, there are areas that home-based business owners may overlook when considering insurance coverage. Many homeowner insurance policies will not automatically cover a home-based business. In fact, by operating a business in the home it can render a home […]

Joint Land Use Study Policy Committee to meet on Monday

CNJ staff report A meeting of the Joint Land Use Study Policy Committee is 2 p.m. Monday at Portales City Hall. The committee identifies potential compatibility issues between communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties and Cannon Air Force Base.

Curry, Roosevelt holding policy committee meeting

CNJ staff Curry and Roosevelt counties will hold a policy committee meeting 1:30 p.m. Monday in Portales as part of the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study. The public meeting will be held at the Portales City Hall. For information or to get an agenda visit currycounty.org or call 763-6016.

Easier solutions would address health reform

Freedom New Mexico Robert Moffit, director of the Center for Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, met recently with a Freedom Communications editorial board in California for a discussion about the impending consequences of the new, 2,300-page health care law and simple, practical legislative alternatives to Obamacare that could better address problems in the […]

Water board meeting canceled

CNJ staff The Water Policy Advisory Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday has been cancelled.

AF officials announce uniform policy changes

American Forces Press Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials announced uniform policy updates April 12 resulting from recent Air Force Uniform Board decisions. The following policy modifications are effective immediately, unless otherwise stated, and will be incorporated into Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Air Force Uniform Dress and Appearance. The tucking of […]

Obama nuke policy echoes Bush doctrine

Freedom New Mexico The most telling thing that can be said about the Nuclear Posture Review, the occasional statement of U.S. doctrine for the use of nuclear weapons updated last week by President Barack Obama, is that it is virtually the same as the Bush administration’s doctrine, announced in 2001. There is a difference in […]

Leave en route policy change benefits airmen

American Forces Press Service SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — Some airmen will now have the opportunity to take leave en route within the continental United States when they return home, or redeploy, from the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. This change can save airmen significant time and travel-associated costs, as well as provide […]

New urgency to immigration reform policy

Reports of deadly violence just across the Mexican border — in Matamoros, Mier, Reynosa and other cities — are starting to appear daily on the pages of the Brownsville (Texas) Herald. On bad days gunfire can be heard north of the border; stray bullets from one firefight even landed on the campus of the University […]

Transportation commission approves red-light camera policy

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Communities with red-light cameras installed on state roads have 60 days to remove them according to a policy passed Thursday by the State Transportation Commission. The commission unanimously voted to approve the policy during a meeting held at the Clovis-Carver Library’s North Annex. The commission was meeting in Clovis […]

DoD policy requires generic prescriptions

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. —Popular generic drugs like omeprazole, zolpidem and cetirizine, which treat gastrointestinal problems, insomnia and allergies, also are available under familiar brand names. While generic drugs are not advertised on television or in magazines, they provide the same benefits as their brand-name counterparts at a lower price for TRICARE […]

Policy OKs social media access, with caveats

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — A new Defense Department policy authorizes DOD members to access social networking Web sites and other Web 2.0 platforms from nonclassified government computers, as long as it doesn’t compromise operational security or involve prohibited activities or Web sites. Defense Department officials issued the long-awaited policy Feb. […]

Air Force logistics officials explain excess baggage policy

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Air Force logistics officials said airmen need to be aware of the rules concerning excess baggage while deploying or on official travel since many civilian airlines charge fees for baggage. “While airlines charge for a passenger’s baggage and any additional baggage, airmen are not subject to any out-of-pocket expense,” […]

Policy letter bans use of Salvia Divinorum

By Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla — The psychoactive hallucinogenic plants Salvia Divinorum and Spice, although sold commercially, are prohibited for use by Air Force Special Operations Command military members, according to a new major command policy letter. Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster, AFSOC commander, prohibited use of the substances […]

Gates appoints panel for potential end of policy

By John J. Kruzel: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON —Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates established a Defense Department panel to prepare the military for the potential elimination of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that bans openly gay people from serving in the armed forces. The working group is tasked to assess the relevant issues […]

Policy opens up job opportunites to spouses

By April Rowden: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — A new executive policy has pushed open the door for qualifying military spouses to enter the federal workforce, enabling them to apply for more jobs advertised on USAJOBS. Executive Order 13473, which went into effect Sept. 11, 2009, identified three […]

Air Force officials seek UAS volunteers, announces policy change

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Air Force officials here are seeking combat systems officers for unmanned aircraft systems pilot duty, and interested commissioned Airmen have until Nov. 20 to volunteer for the training. CSOs within the grade of lieutenant through major are eligible, and applicants must also have between two to 13 years of […]

Tricare announces H1N1 immunization policy

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Immunizations against the H1N1 virus will soon be available, and people are eager to take precautions. Tricare Prime, Standard and Extra beneficiaries can get their shots from network and non-network providers without paying a deductible or making a co-payment. A temporary waiver allows retired Tricare Prime enrollees […]

Officials change promotion policy regarding senior NCO academy

American Forces Press Service Effective Jan. 1, Air Force officials here will implement policy aimed at improving the skill sets of Air Force senior noncommissioned officers and increasing the return on investment for the Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy. The new policy will require the completion of resident SNCOA prior to promotion to senior […]