Fire destroys sorghum, hay on ranch east of Portales

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Fire destroyed an estimated $800,000 worth of ground hay and sorghum this afternoon on a ranch east of Portales. According to Wes Fraze, son-in-law of the W Diamond Heifer Ranch owner, R.L. Rogers, the fire began when a contracted worker was grinding the hay and sorghum. Fraze said the worker believed a rock had gotten […]

Chief justice claims ‘false allegations’

Mike Gallagher Chief Justice Charles Daniels said Wednesday he won’t remove himself from any matters arising from criminal charges against a Las Cruces judge — and said the request that he do so contained “false allegations” and “factual misrepresentations.” In a strongly worded order, Daniels took aim at allegations raised by special prosecutor Matt Chandler […]

Causey woman claims marijuana was for personal medicinal use

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Alisa Boswell A Causey woman said the 150 pounds of marijuana Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies confiscated from her home Monday was being used strictly for treatment of chronic pain and illness. Margie Koger, 48, and her husband Timothy Koger, 42, were arrested Wednesday on a bench warrant two days after deputies seized the marijuana, which […]

Clovis woman claims $50,000 lottery prize

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis woman claimed a $50,000 New Mexico lottery prize. Susanne Souders purchased a $5 “Diamond Mine” scratcher ticket, picked by her husband Jerry, at Allsup’s No. 170 on 3500 N. Prince St., according to a release from the New Mexico Lottery. The $50,000 is the game’s top prize, with approximate odds […]

Clovis man claims $105,000 lottery jackpot

Freedom New Mexico Hector Martinez of Clovis claimed a $105,000 jackpot Friday for matching five numbers in Monday’s Roadrunner Cash drawing. Odds for Martinez matching five numbers in Roadrunner Cash were 1 in 435,897. The Lowe’s grocery store where Martinez purchased his ticket is eligible for a $1,000 bonus for selling the ticket.

New Agent Orange claims deadline near

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Department of Veterans Affairs likely will begin in October to pay thousands of disability claims to Vietnam veterans with ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and B-cell leukemia — illnesses newly associated with exposure to defoliants, including Agent Orange, used in that war. A 60-day countdown to the day that […]

Portales past: Aug. 8, 1945

Aug. 8, 1945: E. Holt, representative of Social Security Board of Roswell, announced the board had reached 1 million claims since the program began 10 years earlier.

Rural dumping angers resident

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Jared Tucker A Portales man is outraged because he said someone keeps dumping trash, furniture and dead calves near his farm on Roosevelt Road Y. The farm owner, Tim Mitchell, blames local dairies but Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said he has not been able to substantiate such a charge. Mitchell said he finds three […]

Agent Orange aid hits possible roadblock

By Tom Philpott Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), chief architect of the pricey post-9/11 GI Bill education benefit for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan war era, could become a new champion, for taxpayers, against what he perceives as excess spending on military pay and on a new wave of Agent Orange claims. Webb, a former […]

Claims should be filed now

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Tens of thousands of Vietnam veterans with ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease or B cell leukemia should file claims now with the Department of Veterans Affairs for disability compensation, not wait until VA publishes a regulation officially linking these diseases to wartime service. Advocacy groups are urging the swift filing […]

AGW claims can’t be made forcibly

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist A powerful and vital aspect of the fully free society would be that only those burdens may be imposed on citizens that they have been convincingly shown, via due process of law, to deserve. This is roughly how the criminal law works. This is why the prosecution carries the onus […]

Candidate’s business accused of discrimination

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against Clayton Ranch Market in Clayton. Clayton Ranch Market is owned by former District 67 State Rep. Brian Moore, who has entered the race for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor of New Mexico. The lawsuit claims the store did not hire […]

Feds settle Clovis nursing home lawsuit

The Associated Press The owners of a now-defunct Clovis nursing home have agreed to pay more than $1.2 million to settle a false claims lawsuit. The U.S. Justice Department on Friday announced the settlement with Dr. Ali Ghaffari Sr., the medical director of the Buena Vista Retirement Center, and Linda Rose Ghaffari, the nursing home’s […]

Proving VA claims creating process bottleneck

By Tom Philpott In the last decade, the Department of Veterans Affairs has doubled the number of disability claim processors on staff, and yet the average time to process a claim has climbed during that period from four months to six. From January 2007 through June 2008, as VA added 2,700 claim processors to its […]

County proactive on losses

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners took action Tuesday they hope will lead to loss prevention related to insurance claims by employees, which the county manager says are climbing at an alarming rate. Bruce Swingle of the New Mexico County Insurance Authority gave commissioners a presentation on a relatively new program aimed […]

Wounded troops not getting trauma pay

By Tom Philpott Too many severely injured troops and their families haven’t been getting the bedside help they need in preparing applications to qualify for up to $100,000 in traumatic injury insurance. But that is going to change, says Army Col. John Sackett. Sackett heads the Traumatic Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) branch within the […]

It’s their job: Jake Jones

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Jake Jones Job: Office Assistant at Portales Medical Clinic and Connection Center/Photo Lab Associate at Wal-Mart. Background: Jones began working at the clinic while still in high school Q. What does your job entail? A. Checking patients out, filing and editing Medicare claims. Soon he’ll be doing insurance […]

Deadline set for full payment of claims

By Tom Philpott : Military Update Service members who have household goods damaged or lost during government-directed moves will be reimbursed under a more robust “full replacement value” standard starting by at least March of 2008. Congress set the deadline in the 2007 defense authorization act signed into law Oct. 17. The National Military Family […]

Choice can work against veterans

By Tom Phillpot: Military Update The Senate voted on Aug. 3 to allow paid attorneys, for the first time in over a century, to represent veterans in filing disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs. “It’s like inviting the wolf into the chicken house,” said retired Air Force Lt. Col. Charley Burch. Burch, 74, […]

Floyd residents ponder how to recover livelihood

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer FLOYD — A fire that ripped through the Floyd area last week destroyed more than fences and grassland; it destroyed livelihoods, according to landowners. Floyd area landowners met with Cannon Air Force Base officials and agricultural extension agents Friday during an informational meeting at the Floyd Community Center. Farmers and […]