Panel offers health care reform opinions

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Local health care experts offered their take on health care reform Thursday and no one offered any easy or simple answers. Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino, La Casa Health Center CEO Seferino Montano, ENMU economics professor Michael Snipes and Chris Simons, an insurance executive from Artesia, offered their […]

Bible stands test of time

The Bible has an answer for every problem that confronts mankind. Why can’t we recognize this holy book has the key to life? The biblical principles, when applied, guarantee success to the obedient believer. Reading the Bible changes lives and circumstances. In this modern-day world of biochemicals and nuclear threats, there is no security apart […]

Getting to know: Volunteer likes to pay it forward

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Rose Robbins has been living in Portales for five years, and already has made an impact on the people around her. Robbins volunteers for Portales MainStreet, Portales Kiwanis Club and Portales Women’s Club. She moved to Portales from Fort Worth when she married her husband, Gary. Robbins is able to do more things to help […]

Commissioners OK supplemental funding

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County Commissioners approved supplemental funding for the Roosevelt General Hospital during a special meeting Wednesday at the county courthouse. RGH Administrator James D’Agostino said with the supplemental sole community provider program, the county sends money to the state, which handles the paperwork, and the federal government provides a match. “The government […]

Free fishing Saturday

Freedom New Mexico Anglers can fish without a license in public waters around New Mexico in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday, according to a press release from the state Game and Fish Department. All other fishing rules apply.

Charities not fazed by economy

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico United Way of Eastern New Mexico executive director Erinn Burch might understandably be concerned about how much could be gathered during the current fundraising campaign, given the nationwide economic downturn since the end of the last drive. But Burch, along with others in the world of non-profit organizations and […]

Business feature: Duo teams up to offer horse training

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A farmer and horse trainer are teaming up to offer a nearby option to have horses trained. Neighbors Rocky Garcia and Butch Russell, who met years ago, have started Midway Training Stable on Garcia’s farm. “It’s harder training cut horses than anything else, but I like to train them,” […]

ENMU mixes health and music

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University students get the chance to rock out on the Dallan Sanders Patio tonight, play games and win prizes, all while learning about health. For the concert, the Associated Students Activities Board and Health Services have teamed up to help students learn about sexually transmitted diseases, […]

Beatles tribute band performing in Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico Hailed as the No. 1 Beatles tribute act in the world, Yesterday brings its Beatle boots, velvet suits and on-spot vocals to Clovis for a special performance, which kicks off the 2009-2010 Cultural Arts Series presented by Clovis Community College. Yesterday will take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday at Marshall Auditorium. […]

Commission approves hospital money

PNT Staff Reports Roosevelt County Commissioners approved supplemental funding for the Roosevelt General Hospital during a special meeting Wednesday at the county courthouse. RGH Administrator James D’Agostino said with the supplemental sole community provider program, the county sends money to the state, which handles the paperwork, and the federal government provides a match.

Permian Basin avenges loss to Zias

Freedom New Mexico Texas-Permian Basin avenged a home loss last week to Eastern New Mexico University, edging the Zias 25-22, 27-25, 19-25, 25-20 Tuesday night in non-conference volleyball at Greyhound Arena. Alex Genung had 12 kills and Heather Sanchez added 11 for the Falcons (7-11), who led all the way in the fourth game after […]

Hospital board meeting rescheduled

The Roosevelt County Hospital Board was unable to hold a meeting on Tuesday due to not having a quorum. The board plans to reschedule the meeting for another day or next week, as schedules permit. At that time, the board will hear the budget report, final budget for the fiscal year of 2009-10, staff report […]

Utility Shareholders meeting planned

The New Mexico Utility Shareholders Alliance has scheduled its annual meeting and luncheon for 11:30 a.m. Oct. 7 at the Albuquerque Grand Airport Hotel at 2910 Yale Blvd. in Albuquerque. People planning to attend must RSVP by Sept. 30. RSVP and information: (505) 836-4223.

Police seeking younger recruits

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By Eric Butler: PNT Staff Writer It’s no secret that the Portales Police Department, like many city police departments, struggles with the recruitment and retention of new officers. One possible solution in Portales is likely to be implemented in the next couple of weeks. “We’re doing the job descriptions right now, just getting started on […]

Business feature: Green thumb spurs business

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Freedom New Mexico Curt and Lisa Jaynes have been sowing seeds for more than five years in Portales with their business, Garden Source Nursery and Landscaping. Curt Jaynes has been gardening all his life and felt this would be something he enjoys doing. He said it was his idea to open a gardening store. “I’ve […]

EPCOG dismisses executive director

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Eastern Plains Council of Governments has dismissed Executive Director Nick Brady. Executive Board member Isidro Garcia confirmed Brady was dismissed Wednesday. “This is a personnel matter and we really can’t elaborate on it,” he said. “With personnel matters, we’ve got to be very careful.” Garcia said the position will […]

Cannon commander recalls 9/11 Pentagon attack

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer If a meeting hadn’t been canceled, Col. Stephen Clark would likely have died when a terrorist-piloted plane slammed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. Although he is now the commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing, Clark was at the time assigned to the Pentagon, with an […]

Business feature: Firm serves community in variety of ways

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Stephen Doerr and Randy Knudson have been practicing law together nearly 30 years. Doerr grew up in Clovis and Knudson in Portales. Doerr and Knudson played sports against each other, but didn’t strike up a friendship until law school. They met through a Phi Delta Beta fraternity brother at the University of New Mexico. Knudson […]

Community seeks to remember significance of 9/11

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Portales businessman David Stone, like many, can remember exactly what he was doing when terrorist attacks occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. What he fears is the significance of that day is starting to wane. “When it happened, we thought no one would ever forget it,” said Stone, president of […]

Two Zias named to all-tournament team

Freedom New Mexico Sophomore middle blocker Jessica King and senior outside hitter-setter Veronica Valdez-Kent represented Eastern New Mexico University on the all-tournament team for last weekend’s ENMU Invitational at Greyhound Arena. Valdez-Kent had 38 kills, 43 assists, 21 digs and 14 blocks while King recorded 33 digs and four aces. The Zias posted a 1-2 […]