Domenici: Brain disease leads to retirement

By The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, New Mexico’s most dominant Republican voice and longest-serving senator, announced Thursday that he is retiring at the end of his sixth term because of a degenerative brain disease. “I come here today, to the site of the school that I attended as a boy, to […]

Running for awareness

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Entering the Portales High track, Tim Borland was greeted with cheers and whistles as he made the first of 11 laps to complete his 26.2-mile run as part of the A-T Cure Tour. Since Sept. 3, Borland has been traveling to designated cities across the U.S. and running a […]

Researcher strives to prevent pod rot

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Researcher Saum Sanogo is working to develop more organic methods to treat pod rot in peanuts. Beneficial microbes for seed treatment and botanical extracts, such as garlic and chili plant extracts, are being studied to determine if they could prove to be beneficial to the peanut community, according to […]

West Nile threat at peak during summer months

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers The number of West Nile cases in New Mexico has dropped steadily since the mosquito-borne disease was discovered in the state in 2003. No cases have been reported yet this year, according to state health officials. However, summer is the prime time for West Nile, especially with this year’s unusually […]

Bovine tuberculosis testing ongoing in Curry County

By Tony Gutierrez: Freedom Newspapers The ramifications of last week’s discovery of bovine tuberculosis in dairy cattle in eastern New Mexico is still being determined, according to State Agriculture Secretary Miley Gonzalez. Gonzalez said if the infected cattle are within the current federally restricted zone covering parts of Roosevelt and Curry counties, there would be […]

State requests help with TB problem

Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici has asked Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns for help as New Mexico grapples with the containment of bovine tuberculosis cases discovered in eastern counties of the state, according to a press release from the senator’s office. Domenici, R-N.M., asked Johanns in a letter Tuesday to work with New […]

Officials work to educate public about TB

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Sparked by the recent news of a DairiConcepts employee who contracted tuberculosis, health and public safety officials are working to educate and promote awareness of the disease in the community. Community Resources executive director Terry Teti, is working to put in place a plan that encourages employers to requires […]

Beat goes on if the heart is treated right

Cannon Health and Wellness Center According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading killer of Americans today; with heart attack is its most visible sign. High blood pressure is a leading contributor to heart attacks and strokes. February is Heart Health Month and is time to consider ways to reduce the risk […]

TB case reported in area

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor An employee at a local milk processing plant has contracted tuberculosis, but health officials say there is little danger of the disease spreading. DairiConcepts spokeswoman Monica Coleman confirmed late Thursday the company had been contacted by the state health department regarding an employee with tuberculosis. She said all employees […]

Informational TB meeting scheduled

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Representatives from the New Mexico Livestock Board and U.S. departments of Agriculture and Veterinary Services will host an informational meeting on cattle tuberculosis testing in Roosevelt and Curry counties today at the Memorial Building. Since 2003, area dairy and cattle producers have been required by the federal government to […]

Healthier lifestyles can be just a phone call away

Courtesy Cannon Health and Wellness Center Women often juggle careers, families, and in some cases higher education, all while putting their health concerns on hold. Though they have made tremendous strides when it comes to taking care of their health, they still face many challenges. In 1900 the average life expectancy for a female was […]

Deceased airman had heart disease

Freedom Newspapers CNJ STAFF A Cannon Air Force Base airman who died Oct. 23 after playing soccer on base had a hereditary heart disease, Capt. Andre Kok of Cannon Public Affairs said Wednesday. Airman 1st Class Brian Kane, 29, of Ireland, died from heart failure and suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy, Kok said. Dilated cardiomyopathy is […]

Mad cow scare causes cattle prices to drop

Mike Linn A few days can cost a cattle rancher hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue — especially when one of those days beef from a Canadian Holstein is found infected with mad cow disease. Since news broke of the infected Holstein cattle prices for fat cattle have dropped about 20 percent, local ranchers […]

Flu season is here, no cases reported in area

Darrell Todd Maurina Although flu is striking all around New Mexico, it seems to have had less effect on the local area. Not a single flu case has been reported so far in Roosevelt, Curry or Quay counties, authorities say. Beth Velasquez, spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Health, said there have been 108 […]

Program gives life to bone marrow disease patients

Tony Parra The “Give Life” program will be in full force on Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Roosevelt General Hospital in an attempt to receive donors for bone marrow transplants. The National Marrow Donor Program will work in conjunction with the Roosevelt General Hospital to interview candidates who will be asked to […]

Obesity threatens nation

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Mike Linn Lack of exercise and too much fast food has helped Americans exchange clipboard tummies for Buddha bellies in increasing numbers over the past two decades. The climb has been so daunting that one expert believes at least 85 percent of the population will be obese by the year 2040. The data reveals that […]

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 […]