PRMC gets time to respond before inspection is public

By Marlena Hartz New Mexico Department of Health officials did substantiate an allegation against Plains Regional Medical Center during a February inspection of the hospital. But federal regulations bind them from releasing their findings to the public expeditiously, according to David Rodriguez, chief of the Health, Facility, Licensing, and Certification Bureau. Rodriguez said “the public [...]

Randolph Warren “Randy” Fails

Randolph Warren “Randy” Fails, 80 Services: 2 p.m. (CST) Saturday at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home in Odessa, Texas. Randolph Warren “Randy” Fails, 80, of Odessa, Texas, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006 at Avalon Place. He was born April 27, 1925 in Portales. He served in the U.S. Navy for more three years during World War II. [...]

U.S. should take a hard and objective look at port deal

Editorial At first glance it looks just like what South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham called it: an “unbelievably tone-deaf politically” decision. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., a government interagency panel, signs off on allowing a company owned by the government of Dubai, second-largest of the seven United Arab Emirates, to buy [...]

Excuses for playing hooky listed

By Helena Rodriquez When it comes to playing hooky from work or school, the names of pros come to mind: Laverne & Shirley and Farris Bueller. Granted these are fictional characters who went through more trouble than it was worth to treat themselves to a day off. I think we can all get away with [...]

Praying for others builds a hedge of protection

By Joan Clayton I heard a story about a lady who saw a beautiful bald eagle soaring above a lake. He spotted his prey in the water below and swooped down into the water. The eagle sank its talons deep into the fish, but the fish, being far too heavy, caused the eagle to sink [...]

Melrose ends Dora’s season, Tarleton State pounds Zias

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers The Dora Coyotes boys’ basketball season came to a close on Thursday night after they lost 63-51 to the Melrose Buffaloes in Dora. The loss came in the semi-finals of the District 3-1A tournament. The Coyotes were coming off a close victory over the Elida Tigers on Tuesday night, 60-57 in [...]

Lady Rams trying to avoid rust

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By Jesse Wolfersberger Portales senior Ashleah Richards hits a 3-pointer over a defender in practice. A chorus of “oohs” echoes through the gym. It’s not that the 3-ball was anything special. It’s that the defender was a guy. About once a week Portales coach Brenda Gomez invites some males to practice to give her team [...]

Hounds head into weekend needing win

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers With a little help from rival West Texas A&M Wednesday night, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team could have clinched a berth in next week’s Lone Star Conference tournament. It didn’t happen. Midwestern State stayed on ENMU’s heels by edging the Buffaloes 82-79 at Wichita Falls, meaning the [...]

Dairymen preview 2006

By William Thompson Area dairy farmers are sending milk cows to the slaughterhouse. That’s because the milk market is heavy on the supply side, which means producers’ prices are going down. Walter Bradley, a spokesman for Dairy Farmers of America, said area dairy farmers are putting money into a fund that will purchase about 60,000 [...]

Lady Buffalos earn matchup with Elida

Freedom Newspapers In District 3-1A girls tournament, Melrose used back-to-back 3-pointers by Zanessa Dodd and Schuyler Cochran in the third quarter to wrest control and the Lady Buffaloes went on to beat Fort Sumner 54-43 in a semifinal game at Fort Sumner. The win, Melrose’s second at Fort Sumner this year, guaranteed the Lady Buffs [...]