House considering creation of two cabinet-level departments

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

Prompt action needed to address Illinois scandal

Freedom New Mexico President-elect Barack Obama at one level emerges with surprisingly clean hands from the scandal surrounding Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s arrest for allegedly trying to “sell” the appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Obama. Not only did U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald explicitly say the president-elect was not named in the 76-page […]

Accepting lack of control a big challenge

Anita Doberman I am trying to learn one thing as I grow older. Yes, even I attempt to grasp higher truths, and these are not tips to be a better cook or crafty mom because they are impossible tasks for my incapable hands, but notions that I really have no control over most things that […]

Portales man assaulted, hospitalized

PNT Staff Report A 48-year-old Portales assault victim was listed in stable condition Tuesday afternoon at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, according to hospital spokesperson. Officers found Michael Aguilar lying in the street in the 800 block of East Amazon about 11:30 p.m. Monday, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. He sustained injuries to his […]

Portales schools tops in Reading First

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer No child is getting left behind in Portales schools, when it comes to reading on the kindergarten through third grade level, anyway. Portales schools were recently ranked first in the state in the Reading First program. During a Tuesday night Portales School Board meeting, Trina Lujan, director of Federal […]

Hospital adds trauma center designation

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt General Hospital emergency room personnel say the hospital’s designation as a Level IV trauma center will standardize their operations and provide needed funding for equipment and training. “It’s really a feather in our cap,” said Dr. Matt Foster, trauma medical director at RGH. “We’re the only Level IV […]

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 […]