High schoolers organize 2006 Relay for Life

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Though it’s open to everybody, the 2006 Relay for Life will be like the inventions that Norville Barnes created in the 1994 film “The Hudsucker Proxy:” You know, for kids. The annual fund-raising event for cancer research is entering its first stages for 2006, and the stages will be done […]

Cancer survivor ‘wishes’ for others

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Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Exhibiting a rare talent for a child her age, Carlee Luscombe, 8, has mastered the skill of being completely still. Every six months, the flaxen-haired cancer survivor needs an MRI. The machine takes magnetic photographs of her brain, only four years ago, home to a malignant tumor. The process requires Carlee […]

City councilor undergoes cancer surgery

By Tony Parra: PNT staff writer A Portales city councilor is hospitalized following surgery Wednesday to remove cancerous tumors in his colon, officials said. Alfred Bachicha, 79, was diagnosed with cancer on Tuesday and taken to the Amarillo Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, City Manager Debi Lee said. “Our family has always been faith […]

Wristbands create color-coded confusion

By Kevin Wilson I was at a Social Security information seminar today, courtesy of the American Association of Retired Persons. I figured I’d come out with some information about the AARP’s stance, but I also came out with a fashion statement. On my wrist as I type this is a red wristband that says, “I […]

Relay gets money for cancer research

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Months of planning, capped off by a 15-hour event, netted more than $27,000 towards cancer research at this weekend’s Relay for Life. The event, which ran from 6 p.m. Friday night to 9 a.m. Saturday morning at Greyhound Arena, featured an estimated 700 participants who fund-raised and walked on […]

Community gears up for Relay for Life

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Every time Kevin Gardels plays his songs about his battle with cancer, he likes to think it’s meaningful to at least one new person. This week, Gardels wants it to be meaningful towards a friend who died of cancer, as Portales residents will take steps of their own in […]

Ihde a big name with cancer research

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Dr. Daniel C. Ihde was a medical scientist that was nationally important in cancer research. He died Dec. 9, 2004, after a long illness. Ihde was a private person but his attitude towards life added knowledge to the medical field changing the face of medical history while extending the lives […]

Oct. 6 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael I just don’t know how it’s possible the dry land milo and hay crops are changing so fast. Just last weekend the milo heads were barely turning a little colored and now some of the fields are so reddish and all is maturing so fast. The hay fields are so thick and […]

More sun brings more risk for cancer

By Tony Parra With the start of summer comes the start of concerns over skin cancer. More than 1 million new cases of skin cancer are treated in the United States each year, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Web site. “Most family practitioners can check for it,” Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino […]

Race fund-raiser honors former Portales resident

By Ryan Lengerich In 1996, Jim Davis died of lung cancer only a year after seeing the Ned Houk Motor Sports Complex construction completed — a project in which he had a major stake. To honor Davis, NHMSC board members are holding the Jim Davis Memorial Race at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night to benefit […]

Cancer center could mean fewer miles for patients

By Jack King CLOVIS — A newly equipped, $5.1 million cancer center at Plains Regional Medical Center will offer area cancer victims a chance to get up-to-date treatment close to home. Hospital officials plan a reception at the center from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, during which doctors and staff will be available to […]

Relay for Life set for weekend

Kay Prater is a statistical rarity: A survivor of two different types of cancer. That’s one reason why she is serving as one of two co-chairs for the 2004 Relay for Life, scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday and run until 10 a.m. Saturday at Ned Houk Park. “I have a very strong family […]

Local man to meet life-saving donor

Tony Parra For Kevin Gardels one question has been lingering in his mind. What do you say to the person who gave you life? Friday in Los Angeles, Gardels plans to meet the woman who donated her bone marrow to Gardels for a life-saving transplant. “I’ve been thinking about it,” Gardels said. “The day we […]

Man makes friends selling realty

Name: Ken Bedinger Job: Real estate broker, appraiser and instructor Age and (birth date): 60 (June 3, 1943) Hometown: Portales Family: Wife Sandy; son Brett; daughter Sonja Sanders. What do you think of Portales? “I am fortunate in that I was able to find a profession that allowed me to stay in Portales. I consider […]

Smokers put out your butts

Freedom Newspapers To puff or not to puff. That’s the question many smokers are faced with today during the Great American Smoke Out, a day designated to help smokers to kick the habit — if not for good — for at least a day. Since 1977, the American Cancer Society has staged the event on […]

Furniture store raises money for breat cancer research

Tony Parra The First Annual “Sit On It To Win It” fund-raising competition raised a healthy ammount of money for the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research over the weekend. The fund-raising competition raised more than $6,700 for breast cancer research, according to Dorothy Nelson, American Cancer Society Community Development Manager for Eastern New […]

Local leader loses bout with cancer

Gary Mitchell Those who knew her best invariably described Mary Carol Hartley as a brave, compassionate lady. Hartley, 62, died at her home Thursday after a 15-year on-and-off bout with cancer. Hartley’s husband, 9th Judicial District Judge Ted Hartley, choked back his emotions late Thursday. “It’s kind of a tough time, but the Good Lord […]

Gardels on road to recovery

By Mike Linn A Portales man who underwent a life-saving bone marrow transplant four months ago is back doing chores he once feared he might never do again. Kevin Gardels, diagnosed one year ago with a rare cancer called Myelofibrosis, successfully completed surgery at a hospital in Los Angeles last spring and returned to his […]