Hospital developing disaster plan

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Staff at Roosevelt General Hospital are working to prepare a county and community disaster plan that will be the model for the state. The Portales-based hospital was chosen in March by the New Mexico Department of Health to develop a Medical Surge Plan that will be used as blueprint […]

County agents help growers answer agriculture questions

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By Celena Cordova, PNT Intern Do you need help identifying a spider, or would you like to come up with new ways to market your crops? Patrick D. Kircher, 34, and Stan H. Jones, 46, have the answers to those questions. One could say that problem solving is their job. As the Roosevelt County Agricultural […]

On the lookout

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico As Branden Marshall entered La Hacienda Restaurant in Portales, he was greeted by the owners and manager. Carrying a clipboard, Marshall headed directly to the kitchen. His first order of business; washing his hands. Marshall is one of three health inspectors with the New Mexico Environment Department based in […]

Clovis city commissioners approve raises

Freedom New Mexico Clovis city commissioners voted unanimously Friday morning to approve a pay raise for employees during a special meeting to approve the final budget for fiscal year ending June 2009. The commission also approved a $59.7 million budget. The pay raise, which is an adjustment to the budget, will amount to between 3 […]

Religion Calendar June 20

Tuesday Bible-based GriefShare Group Meeting — 6 p.m. Nondenominational grief recovery support group discussion sessions led by the Rev. Kenneth Broad, featuring DVD interviews with national speakers, authors and pastors. Central Christian Church of Portales, 1528 S. Main St. Information: 356-6001. Wednesday DivorceCare Christian Divorce Recovery Group — 6:15 p.m. every Wednesday. Facilitator: Bill Rice. […]

Residents set to stimulate local economy

Mickey Winfield This summer, taxpayers across the country will be receiving some extra cash courtesy of the United States government in the form of economic stimulus checks, and Roosevelt County businesses may soon begin to reap the benefits. Congress and the Bush administration hope the extra money, an amount between $300 for singles and up […]

Religion Calendar May 23

Tuesday Bible-based GriefShare Group Meeting — 6 p.m. Nondenominational grief recovery support group discussion sessions led by the Rev. Kenneth Broad, featuring DVD interviews with national speakers, authors and pastors. Central Christian Church of Portales, 1528 S. Main St. Information: 356-6001. Wednesday DivorceCare Christian Divorce Recovery Group — 6:15 p.m. every Wednesday. Facilitator: Bill Rice. […]

Roosevelt General still wrestling with clinic certification

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The Roosevelt General Hospital Board of Directors is continuing its effort to have its clinics federally approved as hospital-based rural health clinics. The topic was discussed during Tuesday’s board meeting. A letter of approval from the department of health, which has been received, is only one step. A state […]

Subsidies not answer to energy problems

Editorial The slogan for public consumption is “energy independence,” with a modest but not especially sincere bow to concern about climate change. But as congressional leaders prepare energy bills they hope to pass by mid-July, the coal industry is quietly lobbying for billions — yes, literally billions — of dollars in subsidies, price guarantees and […]

Child-like faith is powerful thing

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Faith is a requirement if you’re going to receive something from the celebration of Easter. It’s also required to receive the blessings of a lot things in life. Among the definitions listed for the word faith in the dictionary are: • Confidence or trust in a person or thing. […]

Schools search for clinic solution

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales Municipal Schools is facing the challenge of re-establishing a desperately needed school-based health clinic, according to the school administrator. Portales schools have been without a clinic since late last month when La Casa Family Health Center discontinued its contract service with the New Mexico Department of Health. Now […]

State lawmakers sweeten their own pensions

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — Just in time for Valentine’s Day, lawmakers sent the governor something to sweeten their pensions. Tucked into a bill dealing with mileage rates for state workers is a provision that would change the formula for calculating the pensions of members of the Legislature. The measure went to Gov. Bill […]

Movies can be predictable

By Kevin Wilson I saw “Spiderman 2” two weekends ago, and I could spend thousands of words elaborating on it. Instead, I’ll just give you this paragraph. Read Roger Ebert’s review of the movie. I agree with everything he said, and he has a Pulitzer Prize that says he’s better at writing than I am. […]

Proposal won’t hurt Lottery Scholarship

David Arkin The Lottery Scholarship may be saved after all.  The Commission on Higher Education on Wednesday approved taking some of the excess balance from the lottery fund to commit it to need-based financial aid for students.  Eastern New Mexico University President Steve Gamble said the commission agreed during a meeting Wednesday to supply $2 […]

Program lets people walk in financial peace

Gary Mitchell FARWELL — Through Financial Peace University, the average family eliminates $5,300 in debt while saving $2,700, according to its founder, Dave Ramsey. “Financial Peace University is a series of 13 biblically based, life-changing personal finance lessons,” Ramsey said. “The course shows people how to apply proven, common-sense principles in their ‘real world’ that […]

Freedom agrees to partnership

By MARY ANN MILBOURN Freedom News Service IRVINE, Calif. — Freedom Communications Inc., parent of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun in Tucumcari, announced Tuesday it has signed an agreement with two East Coast investment firms to raise funds to allow shareholders who want out of the family-owned company to cash […]