Local man in need of heart transplant

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter A Portales native is being treated at a Texas hospital awaiting heart transplant. Charles ‘Charlie’ Crane was admitted to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston when doctors in Lubbock diagnosed him with a heart virus, said Charlie’s wife, Martha Crane. “Charlie is out of the hospital and […]

Prosecution witness rebutts defense alternate death theory

Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A state forensic pathologist said Friday he stood by his opinion in the first-degree murder trial of a Cannon airman that Kimberly Novak died from blunt force trauma and strangulation. Returning to the stand at the request of the jury, Dr. Russell Alexander disagreed with a defense […]

Prosecution witness rebutts defense’s alternative death theory

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A state forensic pathologist said Friday he stood by his opinion in the first-degree murder trial of a Cannon airman that Kimberly Novak died from blunt force trauma and strangulation. Returning to the stand at the request of the jury, Dr. Russell Alexander disagreed […]

Expert testifies Novak death not homicide

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The last thing the jury heard Saturday before the defense counsel for Edward Novak II rested its case was that Kimberly Novak wasn’t killed at all, but instead, died of natural causes. This week, jurors will decide which expert opinions they believe. If convicted, Novak faces life in prison. […]

Many kinds of love exist, all mysterious, wondrous

By Joan Clayton Valentine’s Day is a special day to me. I loved those little pink-colored heart-shaped candies that had all the love words on them. If a boy handed me one of those in grade school, I thought he had to be really in love with me. I still have a little heart-shaped locket […]

1-30-08 Local Briefs

Friends of Cannon started A new program called Friends of Cannon has been created by Col. Timothy Leahy, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base. The program will create a social event open to the community once a month, according to a press release from the city of Portales. The […]

Christ greatest gift of Christmas season

By Joan Clayton Christmas is all about giving. There is no greater gift, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). This is the true meaning of Christmas. Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us for […]

Military service may be difficut, but not in vain

By Wendy Franklin December 7th is here, and each one of us should take a moment to reflect and give thanks to those of our grandfather’s generation who served America during the second World War. Especially those of us fortunate enough to be a part of today’s military. We all endure hardships today, but not […]

Getting a jump start on fitness

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Health and physical education students at Eastern New Mexico University will sponsor a Jump Rope for Heart event on Saturday at Greyhound Arena. Backed by the American Heart Association, HPE majors organized the event as a class assignment, said Mary Drabbs, chair of ENMU’s Health and Physical Education Department. […]

Worrying detrimental to body, soul

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Have you ever had “wrong thought disease?” I have and it’s the pits! Thought disease comes with all kinds of problems. The doctor’s report, overdue accounts, misunderstandings and the list goes on. Thought disease thrives in a negative environment. Worrying thoughts ruin thought life and spills over into physical life. […]

Children possess wisdom beyond their years

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist “Back to school” is here again. Where did the time go? Wasn’t it only yesterday school was out for the summer? After 14 years of retirement, I still miss it! I went back one year to give a gift to the teacher for her graduating seniors. She introduced me to […]

It’s their Job: Bill Rice

PNT staff Name: Bill Rice Job: Cardiac Rehab Director at Roosevelt General Hospital Time on the job: Five years, on board since before the hospital opened. Background: Started working as an orderly in 1978, has been a nurse since 1984. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. “My job is an interesting job. I get […]

Memories of love not soon forgotten

By Joan Clayton: Columnist It was a perfect Sunday afternoon for a drive in the country. As we passed familiar farms, I couldn’t help but notice the changes in peoples’ lives. Some occupants were now gone. Some were left without their mates. Others had simply moved away, leaving an abandoned house. I wondered what stories […]

Heart health to take center stage Saturday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Promoting the health benefits of cardiovascular exercise is the focus an event called Heart Walk that will be held on Saturday. Be True to Your Heart: Motivating Others To Take Responsibility for Their Health, is the motto and platform that has inspired Miss Central New Mexico Ashley Sego to […]

April 29, 1980

• Oasis State Park was growing with the addition of an enlarged artificial pond, shelters and additional trees that were being planted. • A 10 pound bag of potatoes were on sale at Thriftway for $.79 a bag. • The Portales Jaycees were collecting donations for an upcoming flea market they were sponsoring. Proceeds from the […]

Beat goes on if the heart is treated right

Cannon Health and Wellness Center According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading killer of Americans today; with heart attack is its most visible sign. High blood pressure is a leading contributor to heart attacks and strokes. February is Heart Health Month and is time to consider ways to reduce the risk […]

Love is an age old emotion

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Remember when you received all of those wonderful valentines in grade school? You carefully read each one noting with great eagerness the sender’s signature. What about those little heart candies with all kinds of love notes? I took them seriously. I thought every boy in the room was in […]

God’s surprises surround us

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Every day God sends beautiful gifts just waiting for us to open. They are wonderful little surprises and unless we are tuned in, these blessings will go unnoticed. I’ve discovered 10 ways to receive blessings but there are many more. 1. Have childlike faith. Children do not sweat life […]

Christmas is more than commercial holiday

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist What is it about this time of the year that makes it so different from any other? Why are our spirits lifted to the strains of “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World?” Why do friend’s and family’s thoughts turn toward home? Could it just be the Christ Child brings […]

Hospital explores walking trail

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital Board members gave Cardiac Rehab Manager Bill Rice, RN, approval to seek outside funding for the implementation of a walking trail that would benefit not only the hospital but the community. “There seems to be a good opportunity to improve the grounds around the hospital,” said […]