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, […]

Katrina disaster shows need for advance preparation

Cannon Air Force Base Claims Office From time to time, the forces of nature strike members of our Air Force family — destroying homes, beloved possessions, and sometimes even lives. In case of such disasters, we’re always told to have fresh water, food stores, battery operated radios, flashlights and other emergency materials on hand. Yet […]

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 […]

County News (Dec. 7)

Elida News Anton tourney success Both the girls and boys teams did well at the Anton Tournament. The boys won consolation and the girls took third place. They both brought home trophies. Semester play The drama class presented their semester play on Thursday evening. There were several people from the community in attendance. Elementary candlelighting […]

Cannon, local firefighters contain 35,000-acre fire

Cannon and local area firefighters worked together to contain the 35,000 blaze that erupted Wednesday. Capt. André Kok At approximately 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Cannon Air Force Base fire protection personnel responded to a brush fire on Melrose Bombing Range which is located approximately 22 miles west of the base. At the time of this incident […]