Firefighters warn of high-risk fire season

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Christina Calloway Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales and Clovis fire departments are preparing for another high-alert fire season and officials want to make sure residents and farmers are prepared. Portales battalion chief Mike Golden said this season is definitely more high-risk for fires because of the low humidity and the increase in winds. […]

Cannon commander shares experience to middle schoolers

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Benna Sayyed Lt. Col. Tom Palenske shared his rise from an at-risk youth to an Air Force commander Friday during Marshall Middle School’s Veterans Day program. Palenske, commander of the 20th Special Operations Squadron at Cannon, emphasized what the military did for him and how it helped him reach his position in the 20th Special […]

Snooping bill raises risk of ID theft

Freedom Newspapers A Big Brother bill quietly moving through the House of Representatives would effectively end Americans’ online privacy. H.R.1981, the Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011, would force Internet service providers to maintain a national database of every user’s name, address, phone number, credit card information, bank account numbers and IP address. […]

Our view: Endangered species put economy at risk

It could be a tough summer — unless one is a lizard.Fears of a stalling economy sent the Dow on a plummet last week. Housing values fell to their lowest in 10 years. Federal estimates of 180,000 new private-sector jobs in May fell short by 142,000. Pain at the pump approaches $4 a gallon, which […]

McGee: Answer door at own risk

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist It was another sunny Saturday morning on the High Plains and I was just kicking back at home. The doorbell rang. I wasn’t expecting anyone. I pondered whether to just stay in the recliner or get up and answer the door. I got up and looked out the window. I […]

Nuclear energy still one of safest power forms

Freedom New Mexico Americans need electricity. But when a modern source of it threatens humans and wildlife, it is time to reassess how much risk we’ll accept for voltage. Is an abundant and sustainable source of electricity worth the risks? To date, no American has been killed by commercial nuclear power — a fact confirmed […]

TRICARE new: Risk factors for cervical cancer can be common

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — You may have heard that a virus called HPV is a risk factor for cervical cancer, but did you know taking birth control pills can be one too? While the best way to survive cervical cancer is to catch it early by screening regularly with a pap […]

Officials: Traffic lights pose safety risk

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis and Portales leaders are concerned traffic lights in Portales may present a safety risk to workers — an issue they plan to take up with the state, which owns the lights. Issues of faulty wiring and outdated equipment surfaced during a Clovis Public Works Committee meeting Wednesday. At […]

Cancer awareness key step to survial

By Tech Sgt. Gloria Wilson: 27th SOW Public Affairs Breast cancer is a part of my daily life since my mom has had breast cancer and I am high risk. It’s hard for me not to think about it, search it on the Internet, donate to it, ask about it, walk for it… cry about […]

Risk pays off for Farwell barrel rider

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Of the dozens of competitors on the first night of the annual Pioneer Days Rodeo, one resident of Farwell was sure sitting pretty after taking a risk over a year ago. Cassie Moseley, 27, finished the 2008 season at fourth place year-end standings in barrel racing. Entering the Professional […]

Portales schools approve truancy program help

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education on Monday approved the Roosevelt County Youth Resource Team program to help the district on truancy and at-risk youth. Landon Mayberry, juvenile probation officer for Roosevelt and Curry counties, said the program offers ways for at-risk students to attend classes. As an […]

State conducting risk survey

PNT Staff Report The New Mexico Department of Health has your number. Now they would like answers to questions about your health. The DOH is making phone calls across the area to gather information. The annual survey, dubbed the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, is designed to collect information on behaviors and risk factors for […]

Student participation in risk survey falls

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Sex, drinking and abuse of marijuana and pain killers may be on the rise among Roosevelt County high school students. But school officials say they can’t really tell based on results of a new state survey. The New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey has ninth- through 12th-graders anonymously […]

PHS News

AIP meetings planned Counselors will be holding Academic Improvement Plan meetings for students (and their parents) at risk for losing credit(s) this year. Parent meetings have been scheduled Tuesday through Dec. 9.

Editorial: Risk-takers should suffer consequences

The city of Galveston, Texas, has asked Congress for $2.2 billion to repair hurricane damage to the island city’s port, rebuild infrastructure and housing, restore beaches and give grants to small businesses. It has become traditional, of course, for Congress to appear generous in such instances by appropriating large sums of other peoples’ money in […]

Financial rescue plan must not allow undue risk

Freedom Communications Last week the financial industry was exposed as much more vulnerable to what might have seemed like ephemeral economic developments than almost anybody — including most in the industry — imagined. The supposedly wise people of Washington are huddling to come up with a plan to “stabilize” the markets that will undoubtedly cost […]

Military moms at risk for post-partum depression

By Anita Doberman: Cannon Connections columnist I recently received a touching letter

FDA says tomatoes OK to eat again

The U.S. government lifted its salmonella warning on tomatoes Thursday but an investigation into a separate outbreak in Portales is continuing. Hot peppers still get a caution: The people most at risk of salmonella — including the elderly and people with weak immune systems — should avoid fresh jalapenos and serranos, and any dishes that […]

Hantavirus risk increases in spring

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The New Mexico Health Department announced that a 64-year-old man from Taos County died from Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) on March 6, the first case of Hantavirus in New Mexico this year. With warmer weather comes more animal activity as the animal kingdom shakes off its winter coat for springtime […]

Tricare security breached

Air Force News FALLS CHURCH, Va. — A limited amount of Tricare beneficiary data may have been placed at risk through a violation of internal computer security practices at Science Applications International Corporation. Analysis shows the chance any data was compromised is low, but action is being taken to ensure that affected Tricare beneficiaries are […]