April 1 Floyd News

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This Lester moment comes cheap

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist One of my favorite movies is “American Beauty.” Not for the acting, or gratuitous shots of Mena Suvari. It’s all about the Lester Burnham moment. There are plenty of times where Kevin Spacey’s mid-life crisis character gets the victory. But none resonate more than midway through the film, when his […]

Electronic records not up to par

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The Department of Defense’s $4 billion electronic health record system, AHLTA, is so unreliable and difficult to use that military physicians list it among their top three reasons for leaving service. That fact came to light during a House armed services subcommittee hearing last week in which senior medical officers […]

Drug policy desperately needs overhaul

Freedom New Mexico Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received a minor flurry of criticism last week for acknowledging the United States — or at least some people in the United States — bears some responsibility for the explosion of drug-law-related violence in Mexico that has left more than 7,000 Mexicans dead since January 2008. The […]

Grill time

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Tony Pena of Portales readies his grill during Tuesday’s baseball doubleheader between Clovis and Portales. Pena’s grandson, Johnny Garcia, plays for Clovis. Pena said he was going to cook hamburgers for the Clovis players between the games.

PHS holding blood drive

PNT Staff Report Portales High School is hosting a blood drive 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. April 8 in the school library. Donors are entered into a drawing for a $150 Visa gift card, can receive free cholesterol tests and can earn points redeemable for prizes. Appointments: Corrine Gonzales at 356-7015.

Tobacco taxes take massive hike

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Federal taxes get a whopping increase on cigarettes today to help fund a $32.8 billion expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.The bill was signed into law in February by President Barack Obama. And while it expands health insurance to more uninsured children,

Awareness week focuses on severe weather

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Thunder crashes, the wind rages and hailstones fall. What do you do? With severe thunderstorm season just beginning in eastern New Mexico, the area could experience high winds, hail, flooding, lightning strikes and sometimes tornadoes. Jesus A. Haro, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said […]

Portales building permits

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The number of building permits issued by the city of Portales for new residences rose more than 6 percent in 2008. The city compiles a monthly report on building permit activity.

Clovis produces one champion

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent After the opening bell for the third round, but before a punch could be thrown, Elijio Sena of Clovis pointedly looked in the direction of his opponent’s corner and laughed. In Mark Martinez’ corner, his trainer had just told his fighter that he “had been here before.” Sena heard something […]