Bees a threat to Portales medical clinic

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter A portion of the Portales Medical Clinic at 320 South Ave. — including the main entrance — was closed about 8 a.m. today after a colony of bees was discovered, according to officials. Officials are concerned the insects could be Africanized honey bees, although that has not been confirmed, […]

Birth: Zupancic

Julia Marie Zupancic was born May 23, 2008, to Steven and Laura Zupancic of Lubbock at University Medical Center in Lubbock. She weighed 8 pounds. Grandparents are Tom ans Susan Williams of Midland, Texas, and James and Isabel Zupancic of Portales.

Birth: Thomas

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Landri Ella Thomas was born May 6, 2008, to Don and Suzanne Thomas of Portales at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces. Grandparents are Leroy and Gaynelle Thomas of Portales and Don and Julie Nickles of Nampa, Idaho.

Wounded troops not getting trauma pay

By Tom Philpott Too many severely injured troops and their families haven’t been getting the bedside help they need in preparing applications to qualify for up to $100,000 in traumatic injury insurance. But that is going to change, says Army Col. John Sackett. Sackett heads the Traumatic Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) branch within the […]

Dec. 11, 1953

• Dr. H.T. Brasell, chief of staff at Roosevelt General Hospital was preparing to host 22 area doctors in the Roosevelt-Curry County Medical Society for a chicken fry. Brasell raised and fried the fowl himself. • The Greyhound basketball team was on a five-game slide as they dropped a game to Westminister College in Wilmington, […]

Veteran helps those in need

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico James Freeman calls it his “Aid to the Disabled Program.” “James originally started the program to collect medical equipment for disabled veterans,” said Keith Barker acting exalted ruler for the Elks Lodge 1244, which helps sponsor Freeman’s efforts. Freeman has been collecting, repairing and distributing medical equipment that has […]

Officials: Area not yet hit by flu

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer So far this fall, area doctors and medical officials are seeing patients for a variety of illnesses but they say the flu itself hasn’t hit eastern New Mexico. “The flu season has not yet hit New Mexico,” said Chris Minnick, regional public information officer for the New Mexico Department […]

Sept. 9 Births

Harwell David and Jaclyn Harwell of Las Cruces are the parents of a 6 pound, 15 ounce boy, Camden Reed Harwell, born July 31, 2007 at Mountainview Hospital in Las Cruces. Grandparents are Johnny and Sabrina Johnson and Jess and Judy Harwell, all of Portales. Great-grandparents are Kenneth and Nancy Williams of Portales, Samja Harwell […]

Hospital shocked to learn of lawsuit for contract physician

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor An emergency room doctor with a multi-million dollar lawsuit hanging over his head worked briefly at Roosevelt General Hospital, administrator James D’Agostino said on Monday. Dr. Theodore Collins worked “a couple of shifts” in RGH’s ER as a contract physician until the administration became aware of the lawsuit, D’Agostino […]

Graduation prompts mixed emotions

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Eighteen-year-old senior Isaiah Dawson has faced a few challenges on his path to graduation. In four years, he had attended five different high schools, three in Albuquerque, then Clovis and Portales, he said. “I’ve just been bouncing around,” Dawson said. Dawson, along with, 141 of his Portales High School […]

Medical marijuana bill back on floor

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer After initial efforts to pass a medical marijuana bill in the state Legislature were shot down in the House last week, the issue is back at the urging of the governor. A substitute bill for the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act passed the Senate 32-3 late last week […]

Walter Reed scandal shines light on health care issues

Editorial The bigger scandal is that it took a hard-hitting expose in the hometown newspaper of the federal leviathan to bring what might actually be some effective attention to the deplorable conditions faced by wounded military personnel at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. As the Washington Post revealed in a subsequent story, the attention paid […]

Feb. 23, 1969

La Escalera Art Guild met Tuesday evening in the Coronado Room of the Portales National Bank, where they had an interesting program on the art of tole paintings. Mrs. Robbie Sackett of the Art Nook at Clovis presented the program. Tole painting is the process of painting decorative motifs on tin or other metal and […]

Plan for unified medical care rejected

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Air Force opposition has scuttled Army and Navy plans to merge the three services’ large medical bureaucracies, led now by three surgeons general, into a single Unified Medical Command. Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England decided this month not to endorse such a major streamlining of the military health care system […]

Health savings accounts best thing to come from medical cost debates

Editorial The lame-duck session of Congress that also marked the end of 12 years of Republican domination of the legislative branch ended Saturday morning with more of a whimper than a bang. Nine of the 11 “normal” appropriations bills remained unpassed, leaving the federal government to rely on “continuing appropriations” that will fund agencies at […]

Clovis hospital transitioning services

Freedom Newspapers Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis is transitioning its urgent care services from the hospital emergency department to its primary and specialty clinic, Plains Regional Medical Group, according to a PRMC press release issued Friday. The change is effective today. Plains Regional Medical Group has extended its hours for urgent care needs such […]

The art of healing

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers In a metal chair on a chilly stage, ViolaMontoya closed her eyes and heard the beat of horse hooves in crisp snow. She imagined, as concert pianist Davide Cabassi pounded on a piano in the Clovis Community College Town Hall, his entire body — his fingers bending, his head swaying […]

Medical group changes location, adds staff

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By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer RGH Internal Medicine Group moved their office to a new location adjacent to the east side of Roosevelt General Hospital this last weekend and has added a nurse practitioner. Gail Gutierrez, CFNP, CDE grew up in the Waco area and graduated from the University of Texas. Gutierrez has practiced […]

Transition under way at Cannon

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base’s mission transition to the 16th Special Operations Wing has already begun, according to base commander Col. Scott West. West, who has served as the 27th Fighter Wing’s commander for eight months, presented an informational slide show to city and county officials during a quarterly joint luncheon […]