Improved Agent Orange claims process sought

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs officials announced March 9 an aggressive new initiative to solicit private-sector input on a proposed fast-track Veterans’ claims process for service-connected presumptive illnesses due to Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War. “This will be a new way of doing business and a major step forward in […]

Portales Past: March 4, 1930

March 4, 1930: Portales Chamber of Commerce leaders were lobbying city officials for a new ordinance: No U-turns at the intersections of State and Main streets and State and Colorado streets.

Portales Past: March 3, 1910

March 3, 1910: The Portales Drug Co. was in the process of moving into new quarters, next to Miller & Luikart’s dry goods establishment on the northeast side of the square.

Textbook adoption tedious process

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People can joke all they want about textbooks being the same as when they were back in school, but it’s not true. Not in Portales, anyway, where textbooks are swapped out every six years. Now is the time, when it comes to elementary school reading and language arts, and plenty of money can be had […]

DNA process should become routine in court

Freedom New Mexico It is possible to see both sides in the difficult case of District Attorney’s Office v. Osborne, in which a divided U.S. Supreme Court recently decided this particular defendant did not have a post-conviction constitutional right to get access to evidence in the state’s possession so he could conduct his own DNA […]

U.S. can’t push Middle East peace process

Freedom New Mexico Perhaps the most poignant headline we saw regarding last week’s parliamentary elections in Israel ran over a Reuters story: “Israel faces gridlock, peace prospects dim.” Big surprise. Israel has a parliamentary system, meaning a prospective prime minister must put together a majority coalition in the 120-member Knesset, or Parliament. Current foreign minister […]

County officials: Election ran smoothly

By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer The election process and totals processing for the 2008 general election ran smoothly in Roosevelt County, according to county officials. “This election went a lot smoother than what I expected,” said Roosevelt County Clerk Janet Collins. Unofficially, 64 percent of Roosevelt County turned out for a historic election with […]

Nov. 4, 1935

The Portales Daily News reported that 250 children at 18 schools in Roosevelt County were vaccinated during October against smallpox. During the process, it was discovered that many of the children had impetigo, a skin disease, causing actions to be made in controlling it.

TRICARE enrollment process revised

By Tiffany Anderson: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX, Ariz.

Team examines travel pay process

By Tech. Sgt. Drew Nystrom: Air Force Reserve Command Public Affairs Robins Air Force Base, Ga. — Air Force Reserve Command officials here hosted a total force team of financial experts from around the Air Force Aug. 11 through 14 to improve delays in processing travel vouchers. The team, under the direction of Richard P. […]

Suspects in recent home invasions captured

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By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Clovis police were in the process of arresting five suspects Tuesday night in connection with a series of armed home invasions in the Clovis and Portales area, according to a CPD press release. The suspects — two male adults and three male juveniles — were taken into custody Tuesday […]

Proving VA claims creating process bottleneck

By Tom Philpott In the last decade, the Department of Veterans Affairs has doubled the number of disability claim processors on staff, and yet the average time to process a claim has climbed during that period from four months to six. From January 2007 through June 2008, as VA added 2,700 claim processors to its […]

County commision discusses flood zone process

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is mapping the entire county for an updated flood insurance plan and Roosevelt County commissioners wants to ensure residents are aware of any flood zone changes this time around. According to County Manager, Charlene Hardin, FEMA will be gathering data over the next […]

Downtown master plan to be unveiled

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer A master plan for downtown Portales will be discussed during a public meeting from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building. The plan is the result of a public planning process held last fall. The goal of the plan is to develop a more livable, walkable downtown, said City […]

RGH closing in on clinic reimbursement

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter A long and tedious process that will provide federal reimbursement to Roosevelt General Hospital is close to an end says the administrator. The hospital is in the process of establishing hospital-based rural health clinics in Portales and Clovis. The two clinics are up and operating but have still not […]

Road to Dora will be repaved

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Twelve miles of N.M. 206 between Portales and Dora will be repaved from a failed paving preservation project completed earlier this year. New Mexico Department of Transportation officials said Tuesday the project would get under way early next summer. The project will affect the section nearest Portales from mile […]

Senate candidate stops in Portales

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Pearce said as a veteran he understands the challenges the country faces from terrorists and a strong stance has to be maintained. “They (Islamic jihadists) have said they are going to annihilate us and they mean it,” Pearce said while attending a meet and […]

Air Force promotion process changing

Air Force News WASHINGTON — Air Force Personnel Center officials recently announced changes to the captain promotion process, which will affect Line of the Air Force officers. Beginning January 2008, active-duty LAF officers will be considered for promotion to captain on a quarterly basis, instead of during the third quarter of each year. “The change […]

Plastic panic

Tonya Fennell It’s hard for me to admit, but I’m an addict. No, it’s not drugs, or alcohol or shopping (OK, maybe shopping a little bit) that I can’t live without. It’s my wonderful, handy, quick little debit card that is my true addiction. I love not having to fumble for cash while balancing a […]

Language of love

Staff Sgt. David Aten pushes his son Connor on the swings at Unity Park. Aten adopted the child from China in January. By Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Adoption can be a trying process and if your child is being adopted from China, paperwork is probably not […]