New bill would increase combat pay

Senior Airman Christy Weidenbach Alisa Boswell By Alisa Boswell Cannon Connections California Rep. Jerry McNerney is pushing for an increase in hazardous duty pay, hostile fire pay and family separation allowance for military members after visiting U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The Combat Act of 2011 would increase hazardous duty pay and family separation allowance by […]

It’s their job: Portales man fulfills dream of helping others

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Cody Padgett is a six-year firefighter with the Portales Fire Department. He moved from Lubbock in 1994. Padgett has training in two levels of firefighting and as a hazardous material technician. He is in paramedic school, which will take him a step up from his current intermediate Emergency Medical Technician training. “We’re always going to […]

HAZMAT team from Clovis wins award

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The Clovis hazardous materials team is trained to walk through nerve gas, identify suspicious powders and plug toxic leaks. Combining its efforts with other teams in the area, it could potentially respond to a terrorist attack 800 miles away. Besides its proficiency in dangerous tasks, the all-volunteer group of local […]