Hospital board chooses finalists

PNT staff reports The Roosevelt General Hospital Board chose five finalists to possibly replace retiring administrator James D’Agostino in executive session Tuesday night at the hospital. Finalists are: • RGH Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens of Portales • Richard L. Smith of Clovis • Larry Leaming of Colorado • James Faulwell of Minnesota • Jeff […]

Nov. 14, 1962

Jim Warnica, News-Tribune mechanical superintendent, came home with his six-point buck, and reported that three other Portales hunters who were camped in the same general area also shot bucks, according to Portales News-Tribune archives.

RGH administrator announces plans to retire

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino has announced that he will retire on Jan. 2, 2010, so he and his wife can spend more time with their grandchildren. The RGH board met Wednesday after a meeting two weeks ago was re-scheduled. During the meeting, Chairman Terry Cone read D’Agostino’s […]

Government only here to serve justice

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Most of the time, those of us who write columns address fairly specific issues and have only a little space to call upon general principles. But it is such general principles that guide the thinking behind the comments on special topics. Even the most pragmatic among us, who […]

Panel offers health care reform opinions

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Local health care experts offered their take on health care reform Thursday and no one offered any easy or simple answers. Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino, La Casa Health Center CEO Seferino Montano, ENMU economics professor Michael Snipes and Chris Simons, an insurance executive from Artesia, offered their […]

Commissioners OK supplemental funding

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County Commissioners approved supplemental funding for the Roosevelt General Hospital during a special meeting Wednesday at the county courthouse. RGH Administrator James D’Agostino said with the supplemental sole community provider program, the county sends money to the state, which handles the paperwork, and the federal government provides a match. “The government […]

Hospital board to discuss red flag rule

PNT Staff Report The Roosevelt General Hospital board is scheduled to discuss a “red flag rule” dealing with the security of personal information during the meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in the hospital conference room. Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino said the red flag rule is a new federally mandated regulation dealing with procedures for hospitals […]

Melrose student honored

PNT Staff Report Caleb Dodd of Melrose has been chosen as one of 50 participants in the National FFA Organization 2009 New Century Farmer Program. Dodd is an Eastern New Mexico University student majoring in general agriculture. He plans to work on his family’s farm after college and expand operations using technology. This year’s New […]

Store hosting grand opening

PNT Staff Report Dollar General store at 1015 W. Second St. has scheduled a promotional grand opening for Saturday and Sunday. The store has been open since May 26, about two months after the Dollar General location on Avenue C was destroyed by fire.

Gates’ proposed defense reforms highly unlikely

Staff and wire reports General Motors on Friday told about 1,100 of its dealers — one in five — they would be dropped by late next year, adding to the economic pain radiating from the beleaguered Detroit automakers to cities and towns across the country. Clovis GM dealership owner Bryce Bender said he did not […]

Gubernatorial candidate starts campaign early

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Freedom New Mexico Greg Zanetti of Albuquerque, a Republican candidate for state governor, stopped in Clovis on Wednesday, getting an early start on the 2010 campaign. Current Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat, is term-limited. Thus far, no others have announced for the position in either party. Zanetti most recently worked as a financial adviser and […]

Portales resident has 32 years of volunteer service

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Sidney Phillips has been a resident of Portales for 32 years and is president of the auxiliary at Roosevelt General Hospital. What other volunteering work have you done? This is a long time ago, but I used to work for the Chamber of Commerce, and we would always do a trash walk. I’ve lived here […]

Chief: Fire caused by electrical problem

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Inspectors have determined that electrical problems started the fire that consumed Dollar General Store and a hardware warehouse March 27. At Tuesday’s City Council meeting in City Hall, Portales Fire Chief John Bridges said the insurance company inspector and investigator completed the final inspection for a preliminary report that […]

Officials investigating cause of fire

An investigator was on scene Saturday looking for clues to what caused a warehouse fire that gutted a warehouse and the Dollar General Store, according to Portales Fire Department Lt. Shannon Lee. Firefighters were called shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, after an employee at Trader Horn’s True Value Hardware store spotted smoke coming from the […]

March 21, 1965

The New Mexico Legislature set the tuition fees to be charged by New Mexico colleges for the first time ever with the General Appropriations Act. Eastern New Mexico University’s tuition was raised $10 to $120 per year.

March 17, 1970

Police Chief Pete Heisch announced that Lt. Huey King, chief of the detective division of the Portales Police Department, was promoted to assistant chief as part of a general reorganization of the force brought about by the resignation of two men and the addition of two new officers.

March 14, 1964

A petition was in circulation around Portales for a local option election on legalizing package stores in Roosevelt County. Haskel Doyle, one of the coordinators of the petition, hoped to have enough signatures to be able to have the option included in the upcoming city election on April 7. If they were unable to obtain […]

March 1, 2009 Club notes

Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary The first meeting of 2009 for the Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary met in the home of President Sid Phillips Jan. 21 at 9:30 a.m., for a social meeting prior to the general meeting at 10 a.m. Vice President Linda Uttaro assisted Phillips with the fresh fruits and rolls served tot he […]

Court rights should apply to immigrants, too

Freedom New Mexico Former attorney general Michael Mukasey made a grievous error when he ruled that immigrants have no recourse regarding errors made in their cases. In one of the last acts of the Bush administration, Mukasey ruled that immigrants don’t have the right to have their deportation cases reopened because they had poor legal […]

Attorney general won’t push to open key meetings

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican When several reform-minded legislators were elected last year — and several old-guard lawmakers lost — many open-government advocates thought there was a good chance of finally opening up what has been called the “last bastion of secrecy” in the Legislature: conference committees. The public has long been barred from […]