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Ellysa Harris / Muleshoe Journal

Congressman Jodey Arrington visited Muleshoe last week during a multi-stop tour across the panhandle.

During multiple stops in Bailey, Castro and Parmer Counties, the Plainview-native spoke with community leaders about law enforcement issues, healthcare and agriculture.

His first stop in Muleshoe was at Muleshoe Fellowship where he spent an hour talking to area law enforcement about Operation Lone Star and the border crisis and how it’s affecting local law enforcement entities.

The event was attended by law enforcement from Muleshoe and surrounding communities like Levelland, Lubbock County and Friona, to name a few.

Arrington talked about an increase in crime and attributed much of it to the activity at the southern border. He called on those in attendance to tell him what they’re seeing and how they believe Texas can help.

One attendee suggested the government reallocate incentives to counites and another suggested getting drug cartel declared as an active terrorist organization.

To both suggestions, Arrington said he agrees will look to see what he can do.

Following his visit with law enforcement, Arrington stopped by the Muleshoe Area Medical Center to talk with Administrator Dennis Fleenor and Josh Tucker, chief financial officer for hospital operations for Preferred Management Healthcare Specialists, the parent company of MAMC.

For about one hour, the pair filled Arrington in on some of the struggles plaguing rural health facilities, including changes to United Healthcare insurance, lack of healthcare resources for rural communities and the Medicare Advantage.

After his visit at the hospital, Arrington made one more stop in Muleshoe before heading to Dimmitt.

Ellysa Harris

Muleshoe Journal


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