GOP pushes refund of bed tax

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — Republican lawmakers are proposing to refund to elderly New Mexicans the money they paid because of a state tax imposed on nursing homes. U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, a Republican who represents the Albuquerque-area 1st Congressional District, also is urging Gov. Bill Richardson to support rebating the tax to New […]

RGH to ask for $1.1 million intensive care unit

By Tony Parra Tuesday was the start of the 2006 legislative session and hospital officials want a portion of the excess amount of capital outlay revenue for an intensive care unit. Monday was the first day of the 30-day session, which with the help of oil and gas revenues, has created the largest surplus in […]

Santa Fe radiologist declares candidacy for governor’s office

Compiled by Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Dr. J.R. Damron is president of Santa Fe Radiology. The Santa Fe Republican plans to run in the 2006 state gubernatorial race. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife, Barbara, an oncology nurse, and two children. Q. How would you align yourself politically? A. I’m conservative and moderate […]

Child who fell still in intensive care

Staff report A 10-month-old Portales boy was still in intensive care in a Lubbock, Texas hospital Wednesday after he took a fall early Tuesday afternoon. Dominic Roy fell 9 1/2 feet from a balcony onto a sidewalk at his family’s residence at 620 Ave. E in Portales. He is the son of Jeremy and Kristen […]

We must care in order for our leaders to care

Jim Lee: Local Columnist As a human being I choose to live as a participant rather than exclusively as an observer. To me, this means trying to understand what I don’t understand, particularly when thinking about my own species. Sometimes this turns out as something kind of funny, sometimes something kind of sad. But it […]

Chasin’ bacon: an annual fair event

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Even at six years old, Tanner Rowden said he’s an old hand at the pig chase. The Steiner Elementary School student was one of five winners in the annual pig chase during Wednesday’s opening day of the Roosevelt County Fair. “I’ve been in the pig chase a couple of times, […]

Rams retool defense

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor It’s obvious during a trip to the campus of Portales High School that a lot of renovation has happened, and plans for an expanded football weight room show that renovation is continuing. The renovation is applying to more than just buildings, though, as the Ram defense is renovating itself […]

BRAC could mean higher medical costs

By Tom Philpott More than 128,000 military beneficiaries taking Viagra or Cialis for erectile dysfunction likely will have to switch this fall to Levitra or face higher co-payments on their prescriptions. The Defense Department’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee will recommend in mid-July that Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr., the Pentagon’s top health official, narrow the field […]

Officials want to raise TRICARE co-payments and fees

By Tom Philpott : PNT columnist Defense Department officials say it’s time users of military health care pay a greater share of rising medical costs, perhaps through higher co-payments and enrollment fees that haven’t been raised since TRICARE, the military’s managed care program, began a decade ago. In an interview, Dr. William Winkenwerder, Jr., assistant […]

Health fair coming this weekend

By Tova Fruchtman Organizers and participants agree that Saturday’s Health and Wellness Fair is a much needed opportunity to explore the health-care options available in eastern New Mexico. With health tests, demonstrations, information from health- and wellness-oriented businesses and non-profit organizations, and safety information for the kids, the health fair has something for everyone, said […]