Former New Mexico Gov. Bruce King dies at age 85

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Former New Mexico Gov. Bruce King was a back-slapping, hand-pumping, old-fashioned politician, equally at home on the ranch or in the Roundhouse. His death, at 85, marks the end of an era in New Mexico politics. King was with family members at his ranch in Stanley when he died […]

PRMC changes visitation policy

Plains Regional Medical Center announced a new visitation policy Friday, citing efforts to help stop the spread of flu. Visitors must be at least 15 years old and all visitors will be limited to two per patient at any one time. Here are some exceptions to the age requirement for visitors age 14 or under: […]

Competitive equals

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By Clarence Plank All sports have a high level of competitive play a player must achieve, be it baseball, football or softball. The age old question: Man vs. woman, which is more competitive? Men’s or women’s softball? Several competitors at the 26th annual Plateau Wireless Custom Classic softball tournament — a nearly around-the-clock event this […]

Senior olympics

Four Roosevelt County residents captured individual gold medals at the state Senior Olympics Summer Games held in Las Cruces at the end of May. Armando Payen, 59, was a winner in eight-ball billiards while Jim Brumfield, 74, was second in his age division at the 100-meter run. Tim Bienvenu, 55, meanwhile, was first in an […]

Press release: Portales man sentenced to maximum for home invasion

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Joel Zertuche, age 19, was sentenced to 12 years in the Department of Corrections.

Dora student working toward national roping finals

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Dora native Jesse Clark took first place in the 19 and under age group at the recent annual Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping Colt Cluck Memorial and hopes to use the momentum to get to the high school national finals. Clark made the list of eight ropers on April […]

Sometimes less can be more

By Sharna Johnson: FNM Columnist Perhaps I have become a minimalist in my old age or some transformation has overtaken me that I have yet to identify. But I have claimed a new home. I was born and raised on the East Coast. My father was an explorer of sorts, with little concern for comfort […]

Senior Olympics opens event

This year only, New Mexico Senior Olympics is open to all state residents age 50 and up with no pre-qualifying needed. The organization is also introducing online registration at www.nmseniorolympics.org. Registration deadline is May 6. This year’s New Mexico Senior Olympics is May 27-31 at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Competitions include track, […]

Officials: Better retirement deserved

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Reserve and National Guard members deserve a better retirement plan, one that pays an annuity earlier than age 60 at least for those willing to serve longer than 20 years. That’s what Reserve leaders have told Congress. Reservists might deserve extended health care coverage too, also in recognition of their […]

Seniors should adjust driving habits

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Drivers age 50 and older have to contend with decreasing faculties as they age, but they can compensate to safely stay on the road. People in the age group may deal with any combination of decreased hearing or vision, longer reaction time or changes in physical strength and psychology. […]