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 […]