Skelton vows closer oversight of war, forces

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Greater congressional oversight of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and more open discussions of rising recruiting and retention challenges are two likely outcomes of Democrats taking control in January. Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., who will chair the House Armed Services Committee, said wartime declines in recruit quality will be examined […]

Making the grade

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Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Twenty years ago, the cotton that sprouted in the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico could be used to make a limited number of items because the quality was poor. But farmers these days are celebrating a higher quality product, according to many in the industry. Regionally grown cotton, once used […]

Cotton crops affected by rain

By David Irvin Farwell farmer Randy Cain said there’s little chance his cotton crop will produce quality T-shirts this year. And the more it rains the greater the chance his 220 acres of cotton will produce nothing more than yarn. The clock is ticking for Cain and other area cotton farmers. Wet weather over the […]

CAFB captures award for air combat command

PNT Staff Cannon Air Force Base has won the Commander-in-Chief’s 2005 Installation Excellence Award for Air Combat Command, according to a Cannon news release. The award recognizes efforts of airmen at Department of Defense installations who have most efficiently used their resources to support the mission, the release said. The award comes with $100,000 to […]

Water quality: Right as rain

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By Gary Mitchell One good thing about having to drill so deeply for water in this region is it helps ensure its purity, water experts say. The primary water source for this area is the Ogallala Aquifer, which is accessed by drilling 300 to 400 feet, depending on location. “Because of that, you don’t have […]