Questions answered about PRMC reductions

27th Medical Group Plains Regional Medical Center (PRMC) in Clovis, N.M. recently announced they are reducing their staff. Also announced were changes in their urgent care center and a new surgery center in Clovis. The Cannon Medical Group has been in contact with PRMC officials and gathered answers to questions military beneficiaries may have. Q: […]

Hospital installs new CT machine

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Healthcare is advancing rapidly in Portales with the placement of a new Computerized Tomography Imaging (CT) machine at Roosevelt General Hospital this week. According to hospital officials, the new CT machine has the ability to scan images five to 10 times faster than older machines. “Scans will be more […]

Military must expect ordinarily extraordinary days

By Anita Doberman: Guest Columnist Ordinary days in the life of military spouses are anything but ordinary. We are used to last-minute cancellations, constant change of plans and unexpected emergencies. A few weeks ago, I dealt with such an emergency. My husband is a typical “military guy.” He claims to never get sick, meaning he […]

Commissioners extend fire ban

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners decided to err on the side of caution where the fire ban is concerned as they voted to leave in place the ban that was passed by proclamation in January. “We’re in no better situation than when we enacted the ban,” Commissioner Tom Clark said in […]

Rural letter carrier saves Portales woman’s life

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By Karl Terry: PNT Staff Writer A Portales rural letter carrier is being credited with helping to save the life of an elderly Roosevelt County woman two weeks ago after she fell at home. According to co-workers at the Portales post office, Charles “Chuck” Jones was the first to notice something was wrong at the […]

Know what to do during severe weather season

Clovis Emergency Management officials test their sirens every Wednesday at 4 p.m. This test usually lasts 1-3 minutes and the sirens are heard throughout Clovis. 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office Tornado season is almost upon us and since Cannon is approximately 18 miles from “Tornado Alley,” it is important for local residents and Cannon […]

Making life a little more bearable

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By Sharna Johnson, Freedom Newspapers Tucked away in fire trucks, ambulances and emergency rooms, the brightly colored bears are valuable tools for helping children deal with traumatic events. Called “Hugga-Bears,” the soft, pillowy animals are often successful in drying up tears and helping a child smile in the midst of an otherwise bad situation, according […]

Medical Board pulls former CAFB physician’s license

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A Santa Fe physician who once practiced at Cannon Air Force Base has hadhis license to practice medicine in New Mexico revoked by the state Medical Board, effective April 7. The board concluded Thursday that George Schwartz, 64, violated the Medical Practice Act multiple times. “If he continues to […]

Firefighters train for flames

If firefighters fall or are injured, motion sensors on their packs trigger a siren to alert their fellow firefighters that they are in need of help. Janet Taylor-Birkey Receiving calls daily, the Cannon Fire Department provides more than relief from fire emergencies. In addition to the obvious job of fighting fires, these Airmen and civilians […]

Wildfires torch Land of Enchantment’s landscape

The Cannon Fire Department maintains constant readiness to fight fires ranging from household to rangeland wildfires. For more information on how the fire department operates, see pages 14 and 15. Janet Taylor-Birkey Known as the “Land of Enchantment,” New Mexico is also known as the land of high winds and burn bans. This lethal combination […]

Deployment readiness more than training, TDY paperwork

Master Sgt. Robert Sobush We talk all the time about military readiness and the ability to deploy. We talk of how we need to be ready at a moment’s notice. With Aerospace Expeditionary Force 3/4 ramp up beginning at Cannon I would like you to stop, think and ask yourself if you are ready. Readiness […]

911- Stay on the line

Courtesy 27th Security Forces Squadron Dialing 911 is the fastest way to receive emergency police, fire or medical assistance. But many still call 911 to ask non-emergency questions such as weather information or correct time. If you call 911 by mistake, stay on the line. Dispatchers treat all 911 calls — even hang-ups — as […]

City water meeting focuses on improving emergency response

By Tony Parra Debi Lee, Portales city manager, said the purpose a Friday water meeting was to create a history of the events leading to the recent water outage and find out what can be done differently next time. Managers and directors for the city of Portales discussed every aspect of response from each department […]

FEMA director steps down

Darlene Superville: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Mike Brown, the subject of blistering criticism after Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast and overwhelmed the government’s response, quit Monday as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The White House moved quickly to replace him, installing a top agency official with three decades of firefighting experience […]

City planning to aid displaced victims

By Melanie Salazar: Freedom Newspapers With Hurricane Katrina forcing thousands of evacuations from the Gulf Coast area every day, Portales will soon be doing its part to help. The New Mexico Department of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency recently requested assistance from communities around the world to provide short and long-term housing for […]

Suspicious package product of complacency

Master Sgt. Richard Waters The recent terror attacks against our British brethren in the war against terrorism are a stark and unfortunate reminder that modern terrorists have the ability and fortitude to strike anywhere, at anytime. Everyone, regardless of whether they are military or civilian, can be a target or a sensor in the war […]

Residents asked to put phones on “ICE”

By David Irvin A nationwide initiative is underway to help emergency personnel locate next-of-kin and emergency contacts for incapacitated victims in those critical moments following an accident, officials say. The idea is simple: Mobile phone users place emergency contact information in their phone’s contact numbers under the heading “ICE.” Emergency personnel can quickly find names […]

New emergency management coordinator settling in

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales residents must brace for severe weather, because the elements in the area offer a breeding ground for tornados. Roosevelt County residents have already received their first dangerous encounter when a tornado warning was issued on Monday night during a hail storm. There was golf-sized hail reported from the […]

Spring weather brings tornado risk

By David Irvin Gusting winds that roared across the plains Tuesday at up to 63 mph and packed enough punch to down power lines is an early indication of the volatile weather that accompanies spring in eastern New Mexico. However, National Weather Service officials said it’s too early to tell what kind of weather the […]

Expansion set for March completion

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By Tony Parra Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino has had RGH board members and other people tour the new medical office building addition and the emergency room, which are set to be completed within the next two months. D’Agostino and other hospital officials are looking at Feb. 17 as a final date of completion […]