Water outlook bleak for Portales

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Charlie Wilson, a geohydrologist hired by the city of Portales, said the High Plains (Ogallala)aquifer is being depleted at a rate of two to six feet per year as part of his annual water conservation and use report. “The use exceeds the supply,” Wilson said. “It’s not being recharged [...]

Committee votes to open ‘Tricare Select’ to reservists

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The House Armed Services Committee has voted 32-30 to open the new TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) program to any drilling reservist or National Guard member willing to pay the premiums, now set at $75 a month for member-only coverage or $233 for family coverage. An unprecedented fulltime health plan for [...]

Panel seems generally receptive to Pentagon’s closure proposals

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A commission charged with reviewing the Pentagon’s proposal to close or downsize 62 major domestic military facilities sounded largely receptive as Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld testified Monday that the sweeping reorganization was vital to U.S. success in the war on terrorism. “The changes are essential in [...]

Base closure recommendation list

The Associated Press Alabama: Abbott U.S. Army Reserve Center, Tuskegee Anderson U.S. Army Reserve Center, Troy Armed Forces Reserve Center, Mobile BG William P. Screws U.S. Army Reserve Center, Montgomery Fort Ganey Army National Guard Reserve Center, Mobile Fort Hanna Army National Guard Reserve Center, Birmingham Gary U.S. Army Reserve Center, Enterprise Navy Recruiting District [...]

Bill proposes same healthcare benefits to reservists

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Three weeks before the TRICARE Reserve Select program begins, a key senator predicts Congress this year will embrace his plan to offer even better healthcare benefits to drilling Reserve and National Guard members. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., new chairman of the Senate armed services’ subcommittee on military personnel, described as [...]