Lujan fields questions on health care, water project during ENMU visit

PNT Photo: Clarence Plank Congressman Ben Ray Lujan talksto students Wednesday at Eastern New Mexico University. He also met with the university’s board of regents.

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer

PORTALES — Health care and a major water improvement project dominated questions Congressman Ben Ray Lujan fielded from Eastern New Mexico University students.

Lujan said he was a little surprised to see a large turnout of students for his visit.

“Students have a lot of responsibilities,” Lujan said. “Typically when you’re a guest speaker, you’re not sure if the students are going to show up because they have so much to do. It was great for us being able to visit, and having the Q&A session.”

Questions focused on health care, the Ute water project and wildlife that will displaced when the pipeline is installed.

“I think the questions that were asked today were the same questions asked from the constituency before,” Lujan said. “It’s amazing to talk about education, energy and health care. And here we are on a campus where education is important. I mean these are issues that the country is facing, that New Mexico is facing.”