Curry County man dies after trying to fight fire

Freedom New Mexico A 79-year-old Curry County man died Monday after trying to extinguish a grass fire on his property. The fire ignited about 3:30 p.m. Charles Petty was pronounced dead at Plains Regional Medical Center after being transported there by ambulance for possible smoke inhalation, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. “Mr. Petty was attempting to […]

Small acts of kindness better than slogans

Freedom New Mexico My 6-year-old daughter Anna rolled on the ground screaming and clutching her stomach as my other children pulled on my arm, covered their eyes and cried. She screamed that the pain in her tummy was too much to take. I tried to touch her, she rolled away, threw up and passed out. […]

March 3, 1981

The Portales City Council authorized the city attorney to file charges in magistrate court against citizens who had not paid their ambulance bills in the preceding four years. According to City Manager Don Hutson, more than $34,000 in ambulance bills were still due.

Police: Officer injured while responding to call

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PNT Staff Police believe a 31-year-old Portales man wanted to stay out of jail so much, he reported a fake bank robbery. Now Rudolfo “Rudy” Sotelo Jr., 31, is in custody and facing new charges after he knocked down and injured a Portales police officer attempting to take him in to custody Wednesday afternoon. Police […]

Ambulance fees to increase

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PNT Staff Report

It’s Their Job: John Bridges

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Name: John Bridges Job: Director of Cardiopulmonary at Roosevelt General Hospital EMS Division Chief at Portales Fire Department Current acting Fire Chief Time on the job: PFD: 19 years Background: Since 1983, Bridges has been involved in the medical field, starting out at the old Roosevelt General Hospital. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. […]

Chopper crash details

By Sharna Johnson Bryan Kos was planting wheat north of Melrose when the sounds of a low-flying helicopter caught his attention late Monday morning. As he watched, the chopper flew past him before crashing into a nearby maize field, he said. Jumping from his tractor and running toward the cloud of dust and debris, Kos […]

Police make drug bust in ambulance

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PNT Staff Report More than a dozen Portales police and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s officers swooped down on a county residence — in a borrowed ambulance — Wednesday night to serve a search warrant. They came away with three arrests and $1,700 worth of suspected crystal methamphetamine. Using information provided by an informant, police obtained the […]

April 27 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael The “too” cool weather and winds are keeping some of our irrigation farmers from planting peanuts and corn. They are ready for the weather and ground to warm up. Ambulance run The Causey ambulance was called on a run on Saturday evening to transport a young pregnant wife to the Morton Hospital. […]

Construction to begin Monday on hospital addition

By Tony Parra Cooper Medical Building will begin work on an addition to the medical office building on Monday, construction foreman Dan Stivers at Thursday’s Roosevelt County Special Hospital District meeting. The Roosevelt County Special Hospital District Board of Trustees approved the designs for the medical building addition. Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino said the plans […]