County proactive on losses

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners took action Tuesday they hope will lead to loss prevention related to insurance claims by employees, which the county manager says are climbing at an alarming rate. Bruce Swingle of the New Mexico County Insurance Authority gave commissioners a presentation on a relatively new program aimed […]

Video: Airman says he repressed memories of night wife died

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — In video and audio interrogations played during Thursday’s session of the court-martial of Edward Novak II, jurors heard the Cannon airman say he repressed memories of the night his wife died, but couldn’t imagine any circumstance in which he’d harm her. In the first […]

Gov. Richardson speaks to lawmakers

SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson delivered the 2008 State of the State address Tuesday to a joint-session of the Legislature. The address kicked off the 30-day session. Here are his prepared remarks, as released by his press office: Lt. Governor Denish, Speaker Ben Lujan, Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings, Chief Justice Ed Chavez […]

Some residents still recovering from tornado

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico CLOVIS — On the 2100 block of South Prince Street lay a tan house surrounded by a tunnel of trees. It served its purpose — helping Jim and Iris Blevins raise their four children and giving them shelter for nearly 30 years. That modest residence is still home to […]

10-18: Local Briefs

Blood drive comes to library The Portales Public Library is hosting a blood drive from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Friday in front of the library at 218 S. Ave. B. Donors should bring a list of their medications, a photo ID and travel information. T-shirts and refreshments will be provided to all donors. A door prize will […]

Clinton’s proposed health-care plan step backwards

Editorial HillaryCare is back with a promise to make health care more affordable, more available and with more choices for everyone. But if Sen. Hillary Clinton’s health care program financed with $110 billion a year in new taxes becomes law, health care will be substantially more expensive, health insurance will be much less available, and […]

Insurance agency changes hands

BY Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer With the retirement of Don Hammons, Danny Paxton has taken the reins and ownership of the insurance agency located on South Avenue D. Residing in Dallas, Paxton who has family in the area, came home for a visit. In a conversation with his mom, she suggested that he sell […]

Tornado assistance

Freedom Newspapers A summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Bush’s major disaster declaration for New Mexico. Assistance for affected individuals and families can include: • Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable. Initial assistance may be provided for up […]

Media must work as government watchdog

By Robert Trapp: Columnist Community advocates, activists, volunteers and journalists with true grit will celebrate National Sunshine Week today through Saturday. The week is set aside annually to celebrate our freedom to access information under the U.S. Constitution and enlighten the public of its rights to access the records it owns and public bodies it […]

Feb. 28, 1960

Cecil Cook has purchased the Morgan Insurance Agency from Mrs. Mary Morgan and Jay Morgan and will take over the business on March 1. Mr. Cook has been in the insurance business in Clovis and Portales for the past four years. He will change the name of the firm to Cecil Cook Insurance Agency and […]

Insurance beneficiaries need clearly defined

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Service members, particularly Reserve and National Guard, might not understand yet how their military insurance has been enhanced to cover traumatic injury, whether suffered in war or at home even while off duty. The new Traumatic Injury Protection under Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) is still referred to as “Wounded […]

Business expert Schallert speaks to chamber crowd

By Tony Parra There may have only been two business owners who attended a small business workshop in Portales Thursday, but those two owners say they learned something they could take back to improve their businesses. Dave Hunton of Dave Hunton Insurance in Portales and Rosemary Metcalf of Windrush Alpacas in Clovis gained some ideas […]

Jail bonds hit snag

By William Thompson County commissioners tabled a vote on an ordinance Tuesday that would allow for the issue of a 20-year gross receipts tax revenue bond for a projected $3.3 million addition to the Roosevelt County Detention Center. County commissioners will meet again today at 4 p.m. to vote on the bond. The bond was […]

Health insurance for children, poor endorsed by Senate, House

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — The state Human Services Department would set up a program to help buy health insurance for children of the working poor under legislation endorsed by both the House and the Senate. The bills, approved Tuesday, are backed by the Richardson administration as one way to tackle the problem of […]

Feb. 7, 2006 Legislative Roundup

Compiled by Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Legislative round-up: • The house approved a bill to fund a new judge in the 9th Judicial District. House Bill 337 allocates $2.2 million for judges, equipment and staff in selected areas throughout the state; and over $1 1/2 million for the offices of district attorneys and public defenders. […]

Hunton lives goal through insurance agency

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This story is part of a recurring series on local business owners who have been with their business for at least five years. With an aim to be a responsible business owner, David Hunton of Hunton Insurance has built a relationship with people in his 25 years as […]

Sept. 22 Obituaries

James Wise , 86 James D. “Jim” Wise Sr., 86, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, in Houston. He was born on Aug. 26, 1918, in Taiban, to Ezekiel James and Emily Stone Wise. He was born and educated in New Mexico and was a decorated World War II veteran and prisoner of war. After dozens […]

Fire officials set for investigation at China Star

By Darrell Todd Maurina: Freedom Newspapers Clovis firefighters have secured the premises of the China Star restaurant, which burned Sunday morning, and don’t plan to do further investigation until Wednesday pending arrival of investigators from the restaurant’s insurance company. Ray Westerman, assistant chief of the Clovis Fire Department, said it’s common practice for fire department […]

Wilhoit announces floodplain certification

By Tony Parra Portales Economic Development Manager Darla Wilhoit earned certification as Floodplain Manager, which Wilhoit said is one of the factors which helps keep flood insurance rates low for Portales. The announcement was made during the city council meeting on Tuesday. Wilhoit said previous city inspector Doug Rapp was also a certified floodplain manager. […]

State steps up efforts on car insurance crackdown

By Michelle Seeber New Mexico is ready for step two in its effort to increase the number of insured vehicles on its roads — suspending the registration of nearly 300,000 uninsured vehicles. The suspensions, which will begin next week, are part of a continuing campaign to cut the state’s traditionally high rate of uninsured vehicles. […]