Portales hospital penalized by Medicare

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Roosevelt General Hospital is one of 32 short-term, acute care hospitals in New Mexico that will be penalized for what Medicare calls “avoidable” Hospital Acquired Conditions (HAC), according to an RGH press release. The release said an annual Medicare report was released Thursday, stating that out of the 40 […]

Candidates talk about their school districts

In the Feb. 3 school board elections, there are two contested races for Roosevelt County school districts. Mary Lou Rowley and Cody Brown are running for Position 5 on the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education. Here is background information and responses to questions from PNT: Mary Lou Rowley, incumbent Rowley, originally from Enid, Oklahoma, […]

Military members may see changes in retirement

As an Army Reserve physician triaging the care of arriving wounded at the combat support hospital on Al Asad Airbase, Iraq, for half of 2008, Joe Heck said he saw “exactly how well joint operations can work.” Where the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force was based, Heck ran the hospital’s emergency support section with two other […]

Youth has technological advantage

There we sat, four generations of family females, singing “High on a hill stood a lonely goat herd,” “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,” and all the other marvelous lyrics from that musical. The living room was alive with the sound of music. I was explaining to my great-niece that the children’s mother had […]

Jail Log

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Friday • 9:19 a.m.: Trespass report, 1100 block West First Street • 10:20 a.m.: Trespass report,, 1400 block South Abilene Avenue • 3:37 p.m.: Warrant service, address unknown • 8:08 p.m.: Domestic in progress, 1400 […]

To Do List

Today • Insurance Enrollment Event — 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., La Casa Family Health Center, 1515 W. Fur. Information: 575-359-3764. • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m. Storytime for children 0-3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Food storage classes — 7 p.m., LDS Church, 2800 Lore Street. “Come See What’s in Your Food” […]

Dora school news

Basketball • Today — Dora hosts Tatum junior high, junior varsity and varsity starting at 3 p.m. • Friday — Dora homecoming junior high/junior varsity and varsity boys vs. Gateway Christian, beginning at 2 p.m. Homecoming week With our basketball homecoming game scheduled Friday, students and staff will be enjoying daily dress-up themes this week. […]

Basketball coach Isler killed in auto accident

CNJ photo: Tony Bullocks
J.D. Isler coaches at the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference basketball tournament. Isler, 52, died Sunday in a car accident north of Clovis.

Staff report Longtime area basketball coach J.D. Isler was killed Sunday afternoon in an auto accident north of Clovis. Curry County Sheriff Wesley Waller said in a news release that Isler, driving a 2013 Dodge pickup, was traveling south on NM 209 when his vehicle crossed left of center and struck a northbound 2015 Volvo […]

Elida volleyball team takes honor

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com The Elida Tigers volleyball team was named 2014 small school team of the year by MaxPreps, a website dedicated to high school sports. Tigers coach Darrell Chenault gave credit to all the players who have been a part of the Tigers’ five straight Class 1A state championships. “I’m extremely […]

Sen. Ingle talks state, regional issues

Sen. Stuart Ingle

Editor’s note: New Mexico Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, has served in the Legislature for 30 years and is the state Senate minority leader. His Senate District 27 has expanded over the years and now represents portions of Curry, Roosevelt, Chaves, De Baca and Lea counties in eastern New Mexico. As the Legislature prepares to convene […]

Health insurance enrollment events happening

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Several organizations are offering events for uninsured New Mexicans in Curry and Roosevelt counties this month to help people find health insurance before the enrollment deadline Feb. 15. “If you don’t have insurance and you need to get it, this is the only time you can enroll without penalty,” […]

To do list — Jan. 11

Tuesday • Insurance enrollment event — 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., La Casa Family Health Center, 1515 W. Fur. Information: 575-359-3764. • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m. Storytime for children 0-3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Afterschool at the Library — 4:30 p.m. Programming for kindergarten through sixth grade. Portales Public Library. Information: […]

Police blotter — Jan. 11

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Wednesday • 5:08 a.m.: Fire (regular response), 1600 block East Brazos Street • 10:20 a.m.: Warrant service, 1200 block North Main Avenue • 2:48 p.m.: hit and run, 100 block Libra Drive • 5:39 p.m.: […]

Portales newspaper welcomes new managing editor

Staff report An Eastern New Mexico University graduate has been named managing editor of the Portales News-Tribune. Alisa Boswell, 30, who grew up in Clovis, studied English and journalism at ENMU. She most recently worked as the public relations representative for the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce after four years as a reporter for Clovis […]

Higher education officials support president’s proposal

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Local higher education officials, while noting the need for more details, said in principle they support President Barack Obama’s proposal to make publicly funded community college available to all Americans. The sweeping program, which White House spokesman Eric Schultz said would cost the federal government $60 billion over 10 […]

Some being forced to pay union dues

By Dennis Roch Guest columnist When it comes to work and what we do for a living, America is a country of choices: We have the freedom to forge our own paths and follow our passions. We can choose who we want to be and where we want to work. Yet, despite those freedoms, in […]

Bill could help local teachers move up more quickly

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com A bill pre-filed by Sen. Mark Moores, R-Albuquerque, could have local teachers moving up more quickly through New Mexico’s three-tier teacher licensure system. The bill would allow teachers with ratings of “highly effective” and “exemplary” for two consecutive years to move up to the next level in the licensure […]

Honoring community impact

Tony Bullocks: Staff photo
Selmus Price walks to the stage to receives his 2014 Heart Award.

Staff report Plenty of awards, and a muster — that’s a group of peacocks — of bird-themed comments spiced up the night as the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce celebrated “A Feather in Our Cap” at its annual banquet. Held at the Clovis Civic Center, the event celebrated the chamber’s 2014, and honored businesses and […]

Portales City Council retreat cancelled

Staff report The Portales City Council’s weekend retreat in Roswell has been canceled. The city council will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building, with the only item an executive session to discuss personnel matters.

Best to keep family pets clear of flu bug

By Sharna Johnson In search of ponies Sniffles and sneezes abound these days, making the unbearably cold and snow-packed world all that much more unpleasant for those who are stricken. ’Tis the season — cold and flu season that is. It can seem a plague-like attack that grips the sinuses, throat and/or lungs in ways […]