Udall talks wages, health care in town hall

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Minimum wage and health care were the dominant topics Monday during U.S. Rep. Tom Udall’s Town Hall Meeting at Portales City Hall. The wide-ranging discussion also covered topics from student loans to the Iraq War. It was Udall’s first meeting in Portales since Democrats took control of the U.S. […]

Udall vows to continue conservation program

By Tonya Garner Congressman Tom Udall is concerned about the USDA’s plan to dramatically reduce participation in the Conservation Reserve Program. According to Udall, D-N.M., 1,664 farmers and ranchers in New Mexico are currently enrolled in the CRP program. This keeps 596,624 acres of environmentally sensitive land out of crop production. The bulk of this […]

9-15 Local Briefs

Udall aide to hold office hours A staff member of U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., will hold constituent office hours in Portales next week. Peter Wells will be available to meet with area residents at Portales City Hall from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Anyone wishing to make an appointment may call 763-7616. Anyone […]

City employee receives overdue medals

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Years before Tom “Mack” Tucker was working for the city of Portales in its parks and recreational areas, he was fighting for the United States in Vietnam. More than 35 years after he finished five tours in Vietnam, Tucker was honored for his service with a Purple Heart and […]

Udall pays visit to local Democrats

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., told members of a largely Democratic audience that the Republicans in Washington are not doing enough to help Americans, but also said Democrats need to do more if they hope to change that. Udall was the guest during a luncheon organized by Friends of […]

Base supporters view enclave as a positive

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Members of a Cannon Air Force Base advocate group urged the public Tuesday morning to regard the federal decision to enclave the base as positive. “Now we have a definite opportunity. I don’t feel like we are in limbo. I feel like we have a known,” said Clovis banker and […]

State, community leaders focus on defending Cannon

By Mary Perea: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation say they will arm themselves with data and lead the charge to save Cannon Air Force Base from closing. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., said the staffs of the congressional delegation have worked with all the bases, but now it’s time to […]

Bill to provide job protection for family members

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers It was a ladder and a light bulb that most recently reminded Bethany Hiller of the man who is missing in her life — her husband, a Cannon Air Force Base senior airman deployed Kyrgzstan in central Asia. “It’s the little things that you take for granted,” said 22-year-old Hiller, […]

Supporters: Cannon will survive BRAC

By David Irvin Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation, local supporters of Cannon Air Force Base and even some independent analysts agree Cannon has strong military value and should survive this year’s Base Realignment and Closure process. But the looming questions are whether BRAC commissioners will focus on military value — and what is military […]