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 […]

Cannon claims narrow 72-68 victory over Dyess

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Steven McCoy, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, scores the first basket of the game Jan. 7 in the Fitness Center. By Airman 1st Alexxis Pons Abascal: 27th SOW Public Affairs The Cannon men’s varsity basketball team stepped onto their court Jan. 7 […]

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.

Veterans encouraged to submit stop loss claims

American Forces Press Service SAN ANTONIO — In working closely with the Office of the Secretary of Defense staff on a congressional action involving veterans submitting claims for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay, major command and wing level officials are working to inform veterans who were affected by stop loss. Eligible airmen include those who […]

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.

VA eases claims process for veterans with PTSD

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The Veterans Affairs Department published a final regulation July 13 intended to ease the claims process and improve access to health care for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. The new rule, to be published in the Federal Register, will relax the evidence requirement if the PTSD […]

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 […]

Shinseki vows to reduce VA’s claims backlog

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Prioritizing the work ahead shortly after his first anniversary on the job, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said his focus for the year ahead is on reducing the disability claims backlog. “We are going to break the back of the backlog this year,” Shinseki said […]

Improved Agent Orange claims process sought

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs officials announced March 9 an aggressive new initiative to solicit private-sector input on a proposed fast-track Veterans’ claims process for service-connected presumptive illnesses due to Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War. “This will be a new way of doing business and a major step forward in […]

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 […]

One year filing deadline for TRICARE claims

By Tyler Patterson and Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — When you visit the doctor, you probably pay your co-pay, then leave. But what if you visit an out-of-network doctor or have other health insurance? You might need to file your own TRICARE claim, something your TRICARE network provider is required to do for […]

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 […]