Bovine STD topic of meeting

By Argen Duncan: PNt senior writer New state livestock rules prompted by a spreading reproductive disease in cattle will be outlined Monday at a special informational meeting. Called Trichomoniasis, the disease is becoming a problem for New Mexico beef producers. The meeting will cover the state of the disease in the area, management options and […]

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 […]

It’s their job: Administrative assistant survives bone marrow disease

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Exie Williams is the administrative assistant to the director of nursing at Roosevelt General Hospital. Background: I was raised in Portales, and I’ve worked at RGH for six years. I have three kids. I went to school here in Portales and part of my schooling at Eastern (New Mexico University). I haven’t finished my degree […]

Rains bring relief, worry of disease-bearing insects

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Just add water. It’s a good thing for some recipes and maybe a Chia Pet. And in eastern New Mexico, few dispute the need for rain and most are glad anytime it comes. But, if it does come like it has during the last couple of months, water can […]

Worrying detrimental to body, soul

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Have you ever had “wrong thought disease?” I have and it’s the pits! Thought disease comes with all kinds of problems. The doctor’s report, overdue accounts, misunderstandings and the list goes on. Thought disease thrives in a negative environment. Worrying thoughts ruin thought life and spills over into physical life. […]

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 […]