Proposed agency offers savings

Defense officials have asked Congress to approve a new governance structure for the military health care system that, like higher TRICARE fees, would help to curb what, for a decade, have been runaway medical costs, officials explained. The centerpiece of the plan is to elevate the TRICARE Management Activity to a more powerful Defense Health […]

Three communities rejoin EPCOG

CNJ staff Three communities that once declined to be members of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments have opted to rejoin the regional planning agency. Newly-appointed EPCOG Executive Director Sandy Chancey said members of the agency’s executive committee, who met Wednesday, learned the villages of Logan, Mosquero and San Jon are members once again. Chancey […]

DEA shouldn’t offer medical opinions

Freedom New Mexico Once again, government servants have told Americans that marijuana ranks right up there with heroin. The Drug Enforcement Agency ruled on July 8 that marijuana has “no accepted medical use” and will continue as a schedule 1 drug — the most forbidden category. The DEA is a law enforcement bureaucracy. The medical […]

EPCOG executive director named

CNJ staff Sandy Chancey has been named executive director of Eastern Plains Council of Governments. The decision came by a vote of the EPCOG board of directors during the agency’s annual meeting Wednesday in Tucumcari. Chancey, who has served as interim director since December, has worked with EPCOG since 2009. “Sandy has been an asset […]

Their view: Disaster farm aid needs to be renewed

Salomon Ramirez, state executive director New Mexico Farm Service Agency, says no industry is more vulnerable to nature’s wrath than agriculture. Hence, the need for disaster programs.

Clovis housing agency receives grant

Clovis Housing and Redevelopment Agency, Inc., has been awarded $41,632 through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to a release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The agency is one of seven state agencies that received a total of $524,949 in grant monies. Funding was awarded under HUD’s Family Self […]

Bipartisan uprising gaining momentum

Freedom New Mexico Congressional Republicans have been joined by Democrats in separate strategies to curb the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to unilaterally regulate greenhouse gases. If successful, they could delay or end the agency’s plans, leaving regulatory authority to Congress, where an emission-restricting bill died last year. At the least, Congressional votes on the EPA’s […]

Taxes wasted on phone service

Have you tried calling any government agency lately? Agencies such as the local Social Security office, for instance? Wasn’t it nice to have your own private 800 number to dial to get an immediate hookup to the expected recording advertising all the great services that are offered? I had that experience this week, and like […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Calling area farmers and ranchers

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Nominations needed The Roosevelt County Farm Service Agency is taking nominations for the County Committee until Aug. 2. The committee administers FSA programs at the local level, and farmers and ranchers who are members decide how to make the programs serve local needs. Eligible […]

Colonial Heritage health care facility may be closing

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Caretakers are concerned at news Colonial Heritage Personal Home Health Care may be closing. Sharna Johnson The future of Colonial Heritage Personal Home Healthcare in Clovis has at least one caregiver wondering what to do now. Dejon Ruiz said she went to the facility Tuesday to pick up time sheets […]