Teen summit encourages active lifestyle among youth

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By Eric Butler: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Teen Summit, with the theme of “Nothing To Do, Says Who,” may have suffered from the Columbus Day holiday just a little bit on Monday, but participants had positive comments. Only four participants signed up for the event at the Portales Recreation Center and, in fact, were […]

RGH sets up flu screening unit

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer High numbers of patients with flu-like symptoms and concern about the H1N1 virus have prompted Roosevelt General Hospital to set up a special triage unit in the parking lot. A spokesperson for the Portales hospital said the unit that started functioning Thursday is an attempt to separate possible flu […]

Retiree mortality rate needs study

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Department of Defense actuaries have discovered significantly higher mortality rates among active duty retirees compared to reserve retirees, and the disparity stretches back decades. In any given year, looking at populations of non-disabled military retirees age 60 and older, the death rate for active duty enlisted retirees is 20 to […]

Military pay increase will exceed private sector’s

By Tom Philpott Active duty and reserve component members can bank on a 3.9 percent pay raise next January as Congress continues to close a perceived military “pay gap” that a Pentagon pay study says no longer exists. The House Armed Services Committee on May 14 joined Senate colleagues in approving, for a 10th consecutive […]

Deficient G.I. Bill shorts reservist

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Proponents for strengthening Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) benefits for the National Guard and Reserve say the critical issue is fairness. Reserve rates, frozen for years, need to be raised. Reserve benefits need to be made as portable as MGIB for active forces, their wartime deployment partners. Not so, said a […]

Elida native nominated for pioneer honor

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of three stories about nominees for the Roosevelt County Pioneer of the Year. Heritage Days is a celebration of tradition, descent and of course, heritage. To kick off the three days of celebration an important decision is made: The winner […]

Aug. 17 Obituaries

Johnny Curtis Services: Have been held. Johnny Mack Curtis, 57, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2005, in Lubbock. He was born on Jan. 11, 1948, in Hickory, N.C., to Cloyd and Mamie Curtis. He married Pauletta Guss on Dec. 26, 1967, in Portales. He was the store manager at Bunk’s Feed Barn for more than 23 […]

Cannon closure details

The Associated Press PENTAGON SAYS: Close Cannon Air Force Base and distribute active duty and Air National Guard aircraft to Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque and other bases Wisconsin, South Dakota, Maryland, Nevada and Utah. WHY: Cannon’s active duty F-16s will move to Nellis and Hill Air Force bases, which the Pentagon says have […]

Portales youth getting area airplay with Spanish 9/11 song

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By Helena Rodriguez A Spanish “corrido” or ballad about the second anniversary of Sept. 11 – recorded in Portales – is getting attention and airplay at radio stations around the area. The voices behind the original patriotic tune belong to five Portales youth ranging in ages from 10 to 16. What’s more, all of the […]