Prescribed burns for Melrose Range

By 27th SOW Public Affairs To reduce the risk of wildfires during the windy spring season here in eastern New Mexico, the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron will conduct a series of controlled burns at Melrose Air Force Range within the next 30 to 45 days, weather-permitting. These fires clear the amount of vegetation […]

Religious groups reduce need for government

President Barack Obama’s attack on religious liberty resulted in a reversal and a statement that one typically hears only from free market economic realists. Obama explained that religious charity may do more than government programs to benefit society: “My first job in Chicago was working with Catholic parishes in poor neighborhoods, and my salary was […]

Xcel customers asked to conserve power until 8 p.m.

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Xcel energy are advising customer to turn off their air conditioning or increase the thermostat setting to 85 degrees, slowly lowering the setting after 8 p.m. to a more comfortable setting. This does not apply to customers who depend on air conditioning for health reasons. Xcel Energy officials are hopeful […]

Tax reform, cuts would provide economic push

Freedom Newspapers Tax reform is in the air. One proposal floating around is to eliminate or reduce the tax deduction for home mortgage interest. About 35 million homeowners use the deduction to reduce their yearly tax bills. The total deduction amounts to about $131 billion a year. During the recent wrangling in Washington over the […]

Let’s subject CEOs to drug testing, too

Freedom New Mexico Perhaps we should test welfare recipients for drugs. Heck, do it for the economy. Much of what distorts markets, and runs our economy into the ground, is welfare. Since July, Florida has used a new tactic in its war on welfare. It enforces a law, signed by Gov. Rick Scott in June, […]

Business digest — July 26

Clovis couple wins $10,000 Shawn and Tina-Marie Schiller, members of High Plains Federal Credit Union in Clovis, were top winners in an 11-month Savings Challenge New Mexico contest, walking away with $10,000 after meeting three goals, according to a press release. The couple was coached by High Plains Federal Credit Union coach Tammy Lewis. The […]

Prescribed burns to be conducted at Melrose range

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will conduct a series of prescribed burns at Melrose Air Force Range April 30-May 3. The burns are intended to clear the amount of vegetation in targeted areas and help reduce the risk of wildfires caused by training or by natural causes such […]

Obama exploits emotion to sell tax increase

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama pledged Tuesday to raise taxes on the rich, pitching it as a way to reduce the deficit while protecting programs that help children, the elderly and the most sympathetic members of society. He said opponents would oppose tax increases for the rich as an “article of faith,” and a […]

Energy conservation: Preparing for cooler weather

By Caroline Ward: 27th SOCES As the weather shifts to cooler temperatures, we need to shift our focus from ways to stay cool to ways to insulate the home to reduce heat loss. Energy prices are on the rise, and as a result, heating costs will consume an increasingly larger portion of your household’s energy […]

Consider ways to reduce energy consumption

By Caroline Ward: 27th SOCES In support of Energy Awareness Month and beyond, here are smart, inexpensive ways to can reduce your energy and water consumption. Being aware and making smart choices saves you and the Air Force money that can be invested in aircraft operations and maintenance, construction and maintenance of facilities as well […]

Wind energy may be costly in long run

Is wind power a viable alternative to low-cost fossil fuels? Consider this: relying on windmills to reduce greenhouse gas emissions not only is expensive and ironically harmful to the environment, it won’t accomplish its main goal. “A slew of recent studies show that wind-generated energy likely won’t result in any reduction in carbon emissions — […]

Officials extend voluntary separation pay, reduce separation pay

By Daniel P. Elkins: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs Office RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials are extending the application period for eligible officers to apply for voluntary separation pay through July 31, but are lowering the multiplier to 1.5 times the authorized separation pay effective July 1. “The window to […]

State police in midst of summer enforcement program

The New Mexico State Police department is undertaking its annual 100 Days and Nights of Summer, but local officers would like to be able to reduce more than just alcohol-related incidents. “It’s not just about drunk driving,” said Lt. Eric Garcia, public information officer for the state police. “It’s about proper driving for our residents.” […]

Prescribed burns scheduled for Melrose range

The 27th Special Operations Wing will be conduct a series of prescribed burns at Melrose Air Force Range beginning Wednesday. These fires reduce the amount of vegetation in the targeted areas and help reduce the risk of wildfires caused by training or by natural causes such as lightning. Additional burns will occur within a 30-day […]

Air Force officials reduce Palace Chase obligation

By Daniel Elkins: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials here recently reduced the Reserve commitment for officers and enlisted members participating in Palace Chase temporarily as part of Air Force management measures to balance the force while meeting a congressionally mandated end strength. The three-to-one officer […]

Shinseki vows to reduce VA’s claims backlog

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Prioritizing the work ahead shortly after his first anniversary on the job, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said his focus for the year ahead is on reducing the disability claims backlog. “We are going to break the back of the backlog this year,” Shinseki said […]

Gubernatorial candidates see eye to eye on issues

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Republican gubernatorial hopefuls Suzana Martinez, from left to right, Allen Weh, Janice Arnold-Jones, Doug Tuner and Pete Dominici Jr. answered questions Thursday at a debate at the Lyceum Theater in Clovis hosted by the High Plains Patriots. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With little dissension emanating from the Lyceum […]

Farmers hope for more rain

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PNT photo: Argen Duncan A truck waits at the intersection of First and Main streets during Tuesday’s storm. Despite rainfall Tuesday night and over the weekend, farmers and ranchers still need more moisture. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Tuesday’s rain helped area farms and ranches, but didn’t solve the problem of the year’s dryness. […]

Bingaman and Udall: New Mexico stands to gain at least $20 million to reduce energy consumption

U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that New Mexico is eligible to receive more than $20 million to help communities reduce energy consumption.

Lujan talks alternative energy

Freedom New Mexico Investing in alternative energy will not only reduce the country’s need for foreign oil, but will also provide an alternative revenue stream for farmers, according to Ben Lujan, the Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional District. Lujan spoke to more than two dozen eastern New Mexico farmers and ranchers Thursday during the […]