Feral swine running wild in eastern New Mexico

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Tonjia Rolan Prolific feral swine populations are ravaging eastern New Mexico range and farmland and creating an ecological nightmare, according to state and federal wildlife officials. An astonishing reproductive rate has seen hogs spread to 17 New Mexico counties in just seven years. Farmer and rancher Ted Rush of Quay County has hunted and killed […]

Swine flu clinic set for Saturday at ENMU

PNT staff report A swine flu vaccine clinic is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University. The free shots will be provided in the Aztec Room of the Campus Union Building. The clinic is open to the public, with the following eligibility criteria: • Children, ages 6 months to […]

Local schools address swine flue concerns

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico It’s flu season and the recent death of a Roosevelt County infant has raised concerns in Portales. But school and emergency management officials said Tuesday the number of students calling in sick from flu-like symptoms is about the usual experienced this time of year. Still, the amount of absences […]

ENMU official: Ill students had flu in same category as H1N1

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The presumed H1N1 cases at Eastern New Mexico University have not been confirmed as such, though information was distributed announcing confirmed cases. ENMU Vice President of Student Affairs Judith Haislett said two students tested positive for influenza A, a type of flu virus that includes H1N1, also known as […]

Swine flu confirmed at ENMU

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Two cases of H1N1 flu have been confirmed at Eastern New Mexico University. ENMU President Steven Gamble said the confirmation came Friday, and parents of the students — both of whom were from out of town — took them home. “If they can go home and recover there, we […]

Official: Swine show numbers up

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By Karl Terry: PNT correspondent Kasyn Creighton may have already forgotten judge Tyler Dewey’s Tuesday night comments about her Hampshire hog but she and dozens of other Roosevelt County youth won’t easily forget the thrill of being in the show ring. The Roosevelt County Fair officially got under way Tuesday with the annual New Mexico […]

Pork doesn’t deserve our prejudice

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist When the Asian flu hit the country in 2003, were people warned to stay away from Chinese restaurants and Japanese cars? When the West Nile virus was diagnosed in humans did the Health Department tell us to avoid going to Egypt? Does riding Tennessee walkers give you a charley horse? […]

Hospital board briefed on swine flu preparations

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Roosevelt General Hospital Board heard about receiving medicine to treat the H1N1 flu virus, also known as swine flu and Influenza A, during their regular meeting on Wednesday. Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino said state health officials told him they’re sending a supply of medicine to treat people who […]

Swine flu confirmed in Curry County

The New Mexico Department of Health reported Wednesday it has confirmed a case of H1N1 virus in a 4-year-old Curry County girl. Todd Sandman, public relations director for Plains Regional Medical Center’s parent company, said the child was seen on May 4 at the Clovis hospital’s walk-in clinic. The clinic staff treated the symptoms and […]

Two more swine flu cases confirmed in N.M.

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico health officials confirmed two more cases of swine flu on Monday, bringing the total to three, as more than a dozen schools in a handful of communities closed this week due to concerns over the illness. Sixteen schools — Carlsbad High School, Deming Intermediate School, all public schools […]

Military officials monitor swine flu

By Lt. Col. (Dr.) Kim Bradley: 27th Special Operations Medical Group The Center for Disease Control released an alert regarding human cases of swine flu in Southern California and near San Antonio, Texas. Cases have also been reported in Kansas and New York. Typically a disease of pigs, people do not normally get swine flu; […]

Clovis flu task force activated

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico While health officials around the world evaluate the growing number of swine flu cases, officials in Clovis are planning for the possibility of an outbreak. As of Thursday, state health officials had yet to confirm what they termed to probable swine flu cases — one each in Valencia and […]

Press release: New Mexico has two more ‘probable’ swine flu cases

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health reported today that it is sending two more probable cases of swine flu to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmatory testing. The new samples are from a 14-year-old female and 15-year-old male both from Socorro County. The Department of Health previously reported […]

Swine flu concern postpones Texas athletic tournaments

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico West Texas athletes may not have swine flu, but mounting concern about the illness may keep them from competing in state finals. The University Interscholastic League, the governing body of Texas high school athletics, announced Wednesday that all athletic events are postponed until May 11. The order is an […]

Health officials: Take basic precautions to avoid swine flu

By Argen Duncan and Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Local health officials are keeping an eye out for swine flu, but aren’t advising any precautions other than basic health tips. After a recent outbreak in Mexico, swine flu has also been confirmed in the United States, Canada, Scotland and Spain, but not in New Mexico. […]

Porkers have their day at fair

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Tuesday was the first time Portales 10-year-old Trenton Bates showed swine at the Roosevelt County Fair. And he showed his pride and joy — a hog he hand-picked, named Larry the Cable Guy who loves McDonald’s cheeseburgers. After several months of hard work, Trenton and Larry took home the […]

Judges inspect fair entries

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Before the Roosevelt County Fair officially opens to the public, a flurry of activity takes place behind the scenes as the various indoor entries are judged. The home arts department was busy on Tuesday morning as the judging took place. Everything from quilts to baking to woodworking items were […]

Landowners have pig problems

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Jimmy Tivis uses his gun to deal with feral pigs. The alfalfa and wheat farmer, who owns 800 acres in Floyd, spots the animals roaming across his land in groups of eight to 10. “I kill them every time I see them,” Tivis said, not coldy, but as a matter […]

Roosevelt County Fair Schedule

Roosevelt County Fair Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Monday (Entry Day) 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Booth setup, Home Arts Building. Noon-6 p.m.: Horticulture, 4-H Educational/Open/Junior Open entries, Youth Building. Noon-6 p.m.: Baking entries and Home Arts entries, Home Arts Building. Noon-6 p.m: Photography/Fine Arts entries (Pavilion). 7 p.m.: Judge booths, baking, food preservation, delicacies. Tuesday 9 a.m.: Judging […]