City hears emergency options

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A reverse 911 system in Portales could be activated before the end of the year while new emergency warning sirens could be installed by spring, according to local officials. Roosevelt County Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenberger gave Portales City Councilors an update the project which he has been working […]

Officials tout Reverse 911 phone system

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Emergency Management Director Keith Thomas Wattenbarger presented information on a Reverse 911 phone system during Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Roosevelt County Commission. The system would be used by the city of Portales and Roosevelt County. Initial setup for the system will be just under $30,000 with upgrades available. […]

ENMU implements new safety plan

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer With advances in technology, Eastern New Mexico University has implemented a plan to alert students, faculty, staff and parents of emergencies and weather-related activities that affect the welfare of the campus. The effort to update emergency procedures, in particular communication came about in the wake of the Virginia Tech […]

Hospital working to address ER staffing problems

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt General Hospital administrator James D’Agostino told hospital board members he is making a vigorous review of the hospital’s emergency room physician contract services after problems last week. D’Agostino said he made the decision to go on diversion (refer emergency room patients) to Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis […]

Hospital shocked to learn of lawsuit for contract physician

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor An emergency room doctor with a multi-million dollar lawsuit hanging over his head worked briefly at Roosevelt General Hospital, administrator James D’Agostino said on Monday. Dr. Theodore Collins worked “a couple of shifts” in RGH’s ER as a contract physician until the administration became aware of the lawsuit, D’Agostino […]

ENMU evaluates safety measures

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer In the wake of last spring’s campus shooting at Virginia Tech, Gov. Bill Richardson and the state of New Mexico are implementing a campus safety plan for all 28 state public colleges and University campuses, including Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. “We have a lot of security plans […]

Peanut funding bill thrown out

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The future of peanut storage funding is still up in the air after it was thrown out of an emergency supplemental bill attached to the Iraq funding measure being considered on Capitol Hill. New Mexico Peanut Growers representatives were in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to meet with congressional members […]

Area colleges have upgraded security measures

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor In the wake of shootings on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., experts on security are saying acts of violence on college and school campuses can and do occur in communities of all sizes. Officials at Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College said Monday they […]

Clovis damage estimates skyrocket

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Her eyes were bloodshot. Dirt was smeared across her T-shirt. But Conrada Figueroa pressed on. She and her family chipped away remnants of Friday’s tornado from her yard — sweeping debris into piles, pushing tree limbs into a corner. This was Monday’s story: A community continued to grapple with […]

Storm spotters alert area

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Storm spotters performed well on Friday night, according to local emergency preparedness personnel. Though the storm moved quickly through Roosevelt and Curry counties, a warning time of 15 to 20 minutes was available to the communities in its path. Roosevelt County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Keith Wattenbarger said spotters include […]