Wing transitioning to automated phone service

By 27th SOW Public Affairs Effective Dec. 30 at 11 p.m., the 27th Special Operations Wing will transition to an automated telephone directory service. During this time, there will be no interruptions to current telephone and voicemail service. The number for directory assistance will remain 575-784-1110 (DSN 681-1110) or ‘0’ from a base phone. Hearts […]

No near-term changes to DOD tuition assistance policy

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Although no changes to the tuition assistance policy will be made in the near term, defense officials stated the tuition assistance program will be considered as part of the holistic review of the military compensation package. Current policy provides eligible service members up to $4,500 in tuition assistance. The […]

Let’s subject CEOs to drug testing, too

Freedom New Mexico Perhaps we should test welfare recipients for drugs. Heck, do it for the economy. Much of what distorts markets, and runs our economy into the ground, is welfare. Since July, Florida has used a new tactic in its war on welfare. It enforces a law, signed by Gov. Rick Scott in June, […]

United Way offers help with prescription cost assistance

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Liliana Castillo United Way of Eastern New Mexico can help connect people with prescription drug cost assistance. Volunteers at the nonprofit have been trained on a computer program that allows them to help people apply for assistance through several assistance programs. Erinn Burch, executive director of UW, said most pharmaceutical companies have an assistance program […]

AFAF campaign begins

By Capt. Dan Melott: AFAF project officer The 38th Air Force Assistance Fund officially kicks off at Cannon Air Force Base on Monday and runs through May 6. This year’s theme, “Commitment to Caring” captures the Air Force’s proud heritage of taking care of its own through four charities that assist active-duty, Reserve, Guard, retired […]

Energy assistance program latest boondoggle

Freedom New Mexico Even as the federal government continues its grandiose mission of redistributing your tax money, we continue to learn how unaccountable its corrupt system already is. The Government Accounting Office, which monitors how Washington manages tax money, has uncovered yet another expensive boondoggle amid the well-intentioned federal giveaway of billions of dollars, this […]

Air Force website offers legal assistance

American Forces Press Service SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Next time clients need a will, power of attorney or just have a legal question, they can visit the new Air Force Legal Assistance website at https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil. The website is designed for active-duty and reserve component members, retirees and dependents. Officials created the website to […]

AFAF fundraiser begins

Col. James Cardoso, 27th Special Operations Wing vice commander, left, and Col. Stephen Clark, 27 Special Operations Wing Commander, make the first donations to the Air Force Assistance Fund on March 25. The Air Force Assistance Fund campaign is in full swing at Cannon through May 7 with a goal this year of $57,000. For […]

Emergency volunteers sought

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Interim Fire Chief Gary Nuckols is putting out a call for help, encouraging volunteer emergency medical technicians to step up. Nuckols said the request is in response to an increased volume of calls for assistance in the county, numbers that doubled in just a year. “We’re just looking at […]

Officials announce homeowners assistance program details

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials announced Sept. 30, the details for distributing $555 million available under the Homeowners Assistance Program The program is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed in February, and it’s designed to partially reimburse those whose service to the nation has required them to relocate […]

Air Force Assistance Fund drive under way

By Greg Allen: 27th SOW Public Affairs It’s time for airmen to help other airmen through the Air Force Assistance Fund drive that continues through April 24. This year’s goal is $36,262; an amount that Capt. David Troxell said can be achieved by getting a regular bag of popcorn instead of large size at the […]

Education office offers assistance to airmen

By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs Furthering one’s education is an important milestone to achieve and the base education office has many avenues to take to so that an airman can accomplish his or her next goal. Whether it is taking a College Level Examination Program test or enrolling in a […]

ENMU offers reading assistance for youth

PNT Staff Report Eastern New Mexico University educators are looking for children struggling with reading. Kathleen Donalson, Dan Greathouse and Shona Thomason are looking for children in second through sixth grade.

Commentary: Assistance offered for families relocating

By Col. Brad Webb: Commander 1st SOW HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — As the time draws nearer for the AC-130H move to Cannon Air Force Base, many of you have already received orders, and many more will be receiving them soon. I recognize that for many of you this move presents challenging issues. To address some […]

It’s Their Job: Mary Diaz-Rodriguez

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By Blake Downs: PNT Correspondent Job: Family Assistance Analyst at the Income Support Division of the New Mexico Human Services Department. Background: Diaz-Rodriguez is a Portales High School graduate and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social work with an emphasis in psychology and a major in Spanish. Time on the job: Four years […]

Air Force provides assistance to Burma

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USAF photo: Senior Airman Sonya Croston Senior Airman Shaun Rhine, left to right, Staff Sgt. Shaun Kegin and Tech. Sgt. Andree Curlee package bottled water in support of humanitarian relief efforts for the victims of Cyclone Nargis in Burma May 11 at Utapao Air Base, Thailand. HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii — A U.S. Air […]

Local Briefs March 6

Senior transportation services hearing set There will be an older Americans Act Services Public Hearing regarding senior transportation services provided by the city of Portales Senior Citizens Center at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Portales Senior Citizens Center. The purpose of the hearing is to receive public comment on the services currently provided. Dairy Disaster […]

Government should take cue from aid groups

Editorial Even as many Americans continue to clamor that government hand just about everything into our waiting palms, elsewhere more people and groups are recognizing how vital free markets are to international development. The international humanitarian relief group CARE recently rejected a shipment from the U.S. government of some $46 million worth of food to […]

Assistance could come as early as next week

Staff and Wire Reports Tornado victims in Quay and Curry counties could begin getting checks as early as next week to help with disaster-related expenses. Issued through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the checks will help cover expenses such as clothing, medical costs, household appliances and tools, according to FEMA officials. Gov. Bill Richardson signed […]