RGH receives trauma designation

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE – Health Secretary Dr. Alfredo Vigil announced Wednesday that the New Mexico Department of Health has designated three hospitals as new trauma centers in the state: Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales, Gerald Champion Medical Center in Alamogordo and Carlsbad Medical Center in Carlsbad. With the addition of these hospitals, […]

Clovis hospital confident with baby security plan

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers A spokesman for the parent company of Plains Regional Medical Center said Monday he is confident in the modern approach the hospital takes to prevent infant abductions. PRMC has had infant safety measures in place for five years, according to hospital officials. “While the Lubbock incident has created a higher […]

Report: Teen drinking at high levels

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on risky behavior in teens. The second installment is planned for Sunday. A recent study conducted by three New Mexico entities, show that Roosevelt County students in grades nine through 12 are engaging in risky behavior, including binge drinking […]

Zia coach happy with spring recruiting

Freedom Newspapers Linden Weese is going slowly in his new job as Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach. The longtime assistant to Marsha Sharp at Texas Tech admits he’s still trying to sort things out a bit at the Division II and Lone Star Conference level. “I think we’ve had a good spring,” said […]

Career certificates will walk the talk for you

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The Career Readiness Certificate is a portable skills credential that is easily and universally understood and valued by employers, educators and recipients in that it facilitates job placement, retention and advancement in today’s mobile society. These credentials describes exactly what the holder can do and supplements a high school diploma, […]

27th SFS Airmen cop top honors

1st Lt. Megan Hall and Tech. Sgt. Paul Killgallon, 27th Security Forces Squadron, were Air Force Level Award winners. Both will travel to Lackland Air Force Base, Texas in April to receive their awards. Janet Taylor-Birkey Many compete, but few are chosen. And even fewer can be called the best. But, 1st Lt. Megan Hall […]

Portales school officials unhappy with governor’s veto on salaries

William P. Thompson Gov. Bill Richardson recently vetoed $6.3 million in funding to the state’s three-tiered licensure system for teachers, and now the Portales school district will have to make adjustments in its budget to come up with $300,000 to $400,000. Debbie Zurzolo, business manager for Portales schools, said she doesn’t know yet what will […]

Journey to fitness provides new life after surgery

Janet Taylor-Birkey Now petite, perky and a size four, Mrs. Julie Bizer, a Cannon Fitness Center instructor, remembers what life was like when she weighed 245 pounds. “I thought: ‘this is it; I’m going to be fat, matronly, ignored by society.’ I did not have to put the fat suit on; I lived in it […]

Cannon honored for excellence

Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base was honored as the top base among Air Combat Command installations for the second straight year, according to an Air Force press release. Cannon was named as the command-level winner of the 2006 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence Award on Friday in a ceremony at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. […]

Community leader, base supporter receives award

Randy Harris, Clovis banker and member of Clovis Committee of Fifty, Ernest “Doc” Stewart, Lt. Gen. William Fraser, Air Combat Command vice commander and Barret Stewart, grandson of Doc Stewart gather round as Mr. Stewart Melanie Salazar When Ernest “Doc” Stewart saw Cannon in the 50s, the base looked a little different. “The officers lived […]

Colonel’s gymnast daughter has Olympic dreams

Melanie Salazar Not many 10-year-olds find themselves in practice at least nine hours a week, but not many 10-year-olds can stand on their feet after doing a double back flip. AnnMarie McClelland, daughter of Lt. Col. Patrick McClelland, 27th Operations Support Squadron commander, has been a gymnast almost half of her life. At 6, she […]

Vigilance, reporting key to terrorism awareness

By Airman Thomas R. Trower Terrorists use their weapons to strike fear and panic into the hearts of their targets. All terrorists have one common goal; they want to make everyone see things the way that they see them, said Tony Boyce, 27th Fighter Wing anti-terrorism officer. Terrorists can be anyone and anywhere. According to […]

Feds aim to combat meth production

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Federal legislation is in the works that could tightly regulate the sale of ingredients used in the production of methamphetamines. However, similar measures on the state, county and city level could be in place well before a national law takes hold. U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., cosponsored on Wednesday […]

Steroids not a problem yet in area

By Dave Wagner With steroids becoming a bigger problem at the professional sports level, the NCAA is trying to take more preventative measures to head off potential problems. Ed Kabrick, athletic trainer at Eastern New Mexico University, said that as of the 2004-05 school year the NCAA randomly tests athletes for the use of “performance-enhancing” […]

Horsemanship on display at Ag Expo

By Tony Parra People from around New Mexico made their way into the show arena at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds to learn how to manage their horses. Jinita Hays, an instructor from Lovington of the Pat and Linda Parelli instructional school, gave attendees of the 13th Annual New Mexico Ag Expo tips on how to […]

County people hope to fight illiteracy

By Tony Parra The Portales councilors proclaimed Thursday as ‘Literacy Day’ for Portales and it brought awareness to one of the issues facing Roosevelt County residents. Currently, 25 percent of people in Roosevelt County are illiterate, according to statistics from the Roosevelt Literacy Council. Roosevelt County has 21 percent of the adults reading at Level […]

DeHoyos latches on with new minor league squad

By Dave Wagner Gabe DeHoyos was a mainstay in the starting rotation during his days at Eastern New Mexico University. In his third season of professional baseball, the 6-foot, 220-pound right-hander has made a successful transition to closer. The Kansas City Royals signed the Artesia native to a contract on July 16 and sent him […]

School board concerned over test scores

By Tony Parra The results of reading and math proficiency tests from the New Mexico state Public Education Department, which were released on Friday and in Sunday’s News-Tribune, were still on the minds of school board members during a school board meeting on Monday night. There were 158 Portales High School 11th graders tested and […]

Heightened threat sparks search

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — America’s top law enforcement officials urged the public Wednesday to help the FBI track down seven suspected al-Qaida operatives and avert an attack on U.S. soil that a stream of credible intelligence indicates could occur in the summer. Attorney General John Ashcroft said the “disturbing” intelligence, collected for months, augments […]

Gomez signs on to play for Garden City next year

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Kevin Wilson Roni Gomez went right from high school basketball to golf, helping her teammates win the Class 3A title on March 12 in Albuquerque and competing in a golf scrimmage three days later in Hobbs. Gomez went right back to basketball Wednesday, as she arrived back from the state golf meet in time to […]