Bingaman talks to New Mexico radio reporters about bill to reform offshore drilling, strengthen safety requirements

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reports about a bill that was approved today by the Energy Committee to reform drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf and to reform the Minerals Management Service. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: […]

Drilling could be part of energy solution

Freedom New Mexico Sometimes popular opinion gets to even the most stubborn ideologues. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has relented a bit on her refusal to allow a vote on lifting the moratorium on offshore drilling, though she still thinks the idea is a “hoax.” “They have this thing that says drill offshore in the protected […]

Public favors lifting offshore drilling ban

Freedom New Mexico President Bush has lifted the executive ban on oil drilling on the outer continental shelf. The public increasingly sees the reasonableness of such a policy change. But no new drilling will occur as long as the Democratic congressional leadership remains opposed. Meanwhile, gasoline prices climb. Even the pioneer Get Oil Out! (GOO) […]

Oil development step toward independence

Freedom Newspapers The continuing debate over limited oil drilling in the enormous and remote Arctic National Wildlife Refuge spotlights the degree to which the Democratic Party and environmental groups have become obstructionists when it comes to oil and gas development. Democrats and two liberal Republicans in the Senate succeeded Wednesday in stopping a provision that […]

Committee votes to open ‘tricare select’

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The House Armed Services Committee has voted 32-30 to open the new TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) program to any drilling reservist or National Guard member willing to pay the premiums, now set at $75 a month for member-only coverage or $233 for family coverage. An unprecedented fulltime health plan for […]

Better benefits could be on way

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Three weeks before the TRICARE Reserve Select program begins, a key senator predicts Congress this year will embrace his plan to offer even better healthcare benefits to drilling Reserve and National Guard members. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., new chairman of the Senate armed services’ subcommittee on military personnel, described as […]

Earthquakes have even shaken Clovis

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Clovis recorded earthquakes in 1925, 1931 and 1935. At 5:17 a.m., July 30, 1925, Clovis felt a tremor originating from an earthquake which registered 4.2 on the Richter scale. Its epicenter was just northeast of Amarillo. Clovis felt two distinct shocks in 30 seconds. Buildings were badly shaken and dishes were […]

Recent benefits update was needed

by Tom Philpott Military survivor benefits for 270,000 elderly recipients, and the future value of the Survivor Benefit Plan for all beneficiaries, will begin to rise next October when the first of four special pay hikes takes effect. When the last one occurs, in April 2008, SBP annuities for older beneficiaries will have returned to […]

Search for well water not in vein

By Don McAlavy John Gordon “Spud” Greaves homesteaded southeast of Elida near Nobe in 1907. He was the father of Gordon Greaves, late publisher of the Portales News-Tribune. This is his story: “With the passing of 1908, we had consumed 80 days in water hauling, and decided if we were to remain on the homestead, […]