Democratic women to meet

PNT staff Roosevelt County Democratic Women will meet at noon Monday in the conference room at Roosevelt General Hospital. Meb Bolin, retired economics professor, will present insights into the current economic crisis. The meeting is open to the public.

ENMU athletes ready for lift

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico Members of the athletic staff at Eastern New Mexico University think a new weight room facility will provide a major boost to the school’s overall athletic program. Funding for the facility was approved last week, and the hope is it will be ready for the start of the 2009-10 […]

Local Briefs April 15, 2008

Highway commission to meet hereThe New Mexico Department of Transportation Commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Zia Room of Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building. It is the commission’s regular meeting and is open to the public. The agenda will also include a presentation by District 2 Engineer Gary Shubert, Portales […]

Powerful lift

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Portales High School junior Ethan Grubbs bench-presses 245 pounds Saturday morning at a power-lifting competition at the PHS weight room. Jesus Davalos won first place in the middle-weight division and Jacob Brady won first place in the heavy-weight division.

Roosevelt County Events Calendar

Thursday U.S. Rep Tom Udall Constituent Hours — 8-9 a.m. Portales City Hall, information, 763-7616. Friday Blood drive — 2:30-5:45 p.m., Portales Public Library, information 356-3940. Kiwanis Chili Supper — 5-7 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, tickets $6 adults, $4 children. Saturday Basketball Fundraiser — Police vs. firemen benefitting Relay For Life, 6 […]

Area’s first baby born to ENMU professor

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The Freeman’s room at Plains Regional Medical Center was full of people oohing and aahing at Jamie Aidan Freeman, the first baby born in 2008 at PRMC. While Kandice and Steven Freeman’s official expecting date was Monday, they said they were expecting the baby to come early. Jamie had […]

There’s always room at inn somewhere

By Baxter Black: Columnist “Well, that’s the last room, Rachael. We’re full up.” “We always are at tax collection time, Jake,” Rachael said. “I’m glad we moved here. I know you were worried about makin’ a livin’ in a little po dunk town, as some would say, but it’s gonna work; we’ve just got to […]

Moving new experience for military wife

Jennifer Laurent I am going on an adventure. Actually, it would be more accurate to say that my husband is PCSing and I, along with our two cats and five house plants, will be making the 1,400-mile journey to Beale Air Force Base with him. Recently he came home from work and told me that […]

October 11, 1988

• The Portales Fire Department responded to a house fire on North Avenue K. It was believed the fire was caused by a gas dryer malfunction. The fire gutted the laundry room and caused extensive smoke damage throughout the home. It was estimated that the fire caused $10,000 worth of damage. No one was injured […]

Homecoming set for ENMU

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Sen. Pete Domenici and the undefeated 1957 Greyhounds football team will be among those honored during this year’s Eastern New Mexico University homecoming. Domenici, R-N.M., the longest serving senator in state history, will be given an honorary lifetime alumni award Saturday during a homecoming breakfast. The 1957 Greyhounds football […]

Drug dog attends county meeting

PNT Staff Report Roosevelt County Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday, and with a light agenda, received a demonstration by the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office drug dog. Guided by her handler, Deputy Gary Ford, the 2-year-old Labrador named Ana found a plastic bag with methamphetamine Sheriff Darren Hooker taped under one of the chairs in […]

Emergency room forced to close for shift

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt General Hospital’s emergency room was closed and patients were diverted to Clovis for a time Tuesday night and Wednesday morning because the contract doctor was unable to work his shift. RGH Administrator James D’Agostino said an ER doctor was unavailable for a single 12-hour shift and patients were […]

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 […]

Meetings Watch: Roosevelt General Hospital

The Roosevelt General Hospital meet for their monthly meeting on Friday in the hospital board room. • Financial reports show RGH is under budget for the past two quarters. • The RGH board approved three new policy and procedure manuals for various departments within the hospital. • 750 patients were seen in the Emergency Room […]

Visit to doctor prompts rage

Anita Doberman I am a proactive patient. My family tells me I am a bit of a hypochondriac, but I just think I’m being thorough. I also have five young children, any one of whom is sick at any given time, so visits to physicians’ offices have become a part-time job. From office to office, […]

No prescription for waiting room rage

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist I am a proactive patient. My family tells me I am a bit of a hypochondriac, but I just think I’m being thorough. I also have five young children, any one of whom is sick at any given time, so visits to physicians’ offices have become a part-time job. From […]

Police department break-in remains unsolved

By Freedom Newspapers New Mexico State Police officials will not release details about their continuing investigation of the break-in Thursday night of the Fort Sumner Police Department’s evidence room except to say no cases would be compromised. “No cases will be jeopardized based on what was taken,” said state police spokesman Lt. Rick Anglada. Anglada […]

RGH paramedic receives top honors from colleagues

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Unexpectedly thrown into a dangerous situation, Shawn Varnell reacted quickly without thought to his own safety. His actions earned him statewide honors at a recent professional gathering. An emergency room paramedic at Roosevelt General Hospital, Varnell was busy taking care of patients when the flashing lights of police units […]

Briefs: La Escalera Art Guild to meet

PNT staff The La Escalera Art Guild will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Roosevelt County Eletric Cooperative hospitality room, 121 North Main. Guest artist will be Rich Nichols from Taos. Nichols will be doing a demonstration in oil titled Spanish Mission. Local AARP chapter gathering The Roosevelt County Chapter of AARP (American Association […]

Widow remembers husband’s heroism

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales woman still wrestles with demons that had their roots in the Iranian hostage crisis more than a quarter-century ago. Trudy McKeel is the widow of John D. McKeel, a Marine guard at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, one of 52 Americans held hostage for 444 days […]