Keeping fees means cutting force

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If Congress blocks Defense Department plans to raise TRICARE fees for military retirees and beneficiary co-pays on drug prescriptions filled off base, the services will have to make even deeper cuts in force strength than now planned, the military’s top health official told lawmakers last week. “Given the constraints of the Budget Control Act, if […]

Budget may raise TRICARE costs

Out-of-pocket health care costs for military retirees and for users of the TRICARE retail pharmacy network would jump next October if Congress approves President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget request delivered last week. Annual active duty pay raises also would be impacted but not until January 2015 when raise caps would begin and last three years. […]

New budget may call for fee hike

As defense budgets grew over the past decade, Congress shrugged off complaints of runaway military health costs and blocked every proposal from the Bush administration to raise TRICARE fees sharply on retirees. Defense budgets have stopped rising, however, and Defense officials today are sounding more confident that Congress will follow last October’s $5-a-month bump in […]

Texico holding talent show

CNJ staff Texico High School will hold a talent show 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the school as part of its Evolvement Campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of secondhand smoke. The campaign’s goal is to reduce tobacco use in New Mexico by educating the community about tobacco’s harmful effects. For information visit intheclearNM.com and […]

Tempers flare over question of raise for county manager

Robin Fornoff Confusion over whether County Manager Lance Pyle was included in a recent 2 percent cost of living raise granted all county employees had tempers flaring Tuesday among Curry County commissioners. The question was raised by Commissioner Dan Stoddard regarding a Dec. 20 vote to grant the raise to all employees. Stoddard said it […]

County calls for jail bond election (updated)

Robin Fornoff Curry County commissioners started the new year Tuesday electing Wendell Bostwick as their new chairman and approving a special election for a $9.3 million bond issue to expand and improve the troubled jail. Bostwick replaces former chairman Caleb Chandler. The April 3 election was approved on a unanimous vote, despite Bostwick’s misgivings over […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Cop food, a beauty pageant and a day of infamy

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Shop with a cop The Clovis Police department has three events planned Thursday to help raise money for Shop with a Cop, their annual project for kids. Officers will be taking donations for doughnuts at Daylight Doughnuts in Clovis from 6 a.m. until 8 […]

Congress needs to stop playing with economy

W ill the deficit-cutting supercommittee raise taxes? That’s the question of the hour in Congress. President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress deftly have maneuvered Republicans into a corner. This shows — for starters — why Republicans were foolish to agree to setting up the supercommittee. It’s officially named the U.S. Congress Joint Select […]

Dance to raise money for Portales war memorial

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell The corner of Second Street and Main Street in Portales is where a memorial for Roosevelt County war veterans will be located. Alisa Boswell A dance with a patriotic theme is being held Saturday night to raise funds for the new $20,000 war memorial being brought to Portales. According to […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A hot car, classes begin and Clint making your day

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Car for a cause The Desert Cruzers Car Club is raffling off a rare 1993 Chevy Camaro to raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation of New Mexico, Clovis Community College and Lighthouse Mission. Tickets are $10, and only 4,000 will be sold. […]