My turn: Age no excuse for inaction

I went to the eye doctor last week. It has been a pretty long time since I have been and I think I know why I waited so long. I sat in the chair and the doctor gave me the once over. When he got finished, he said, ”You have pretty good eyesight, for your […]

McGee: Aging gracefully

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist A friend of mine emailed me and reminded me to ask my doctor for the shingle vaccine. “That means he thinks you’re old,” she said from the next room. I ignored that comment. I was amazed to hear they had a vaccine for shingles. “Wow isn’t that amazing, a shot […]

‘Professional patients’ need tough love

Perhaps it is because it has been more than nine years now since the doctor came in and told a perfectly healthy me, who had no reason to suspect it, that “Your biopsy tested positive. It was cancer.” Perhaps it is because, as someone told me at the time, this would one day seem like […]

Blessings come with prayers

By Joan Clayton: Religion columnist We may never know where or how our prayers are answered, but be assured they are. I was privileged to know an answered prayer that happened in a doctor’s office many years ago. “Have a seat, and the doctor will be with you shortly,” the young receptionist said. She then […]

Doctor: Tamiflu not for all flu cases

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Anti-viral medication like Tamiflu may limit flu symptoms, but it’s not for every situation. Dr. Bert Wofford of Roosevelt General Hospital said he prescribes Tamiflu for patients who test positive for the flu, or who have flu-like symptoms along with a high risk for complications or exposure to someone […]

Portales doctor indicted for methadone prescriptions

Staff and wire reports A Portales doctor accused by the state of illegally prescribing methadone to an undercover agent is now the subject of a federal case made by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Dr. Patricia J. Green, who operates the Sparrow Family Medical Clinic, was released on her own recognizance Friday after appearing before U.S. […]

Sept. 28, 1967

David Lead’s film adaptation of Boris Pasternak’s novel, “Doctor Zhivago,” was showing at the “Scientifically Cool” Tower Theatre, according to an advertisement in the Portales News-Tribune.

Doctor back at work after arrest

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By Thomas Garcia, Freedom New Mexico A Portales doctor is back to practicing medicine following Thursday’s narcotics trafficking arrest in Belen. Patricia Green, 54, was working Tuesday at the Sparrow Family Medical Clinic at 1500 South Ave. D in Portales. She is accused of trafficking a controlled substance, methadone, in Roosevelt County. Green is charged […]

Local doctor arrested on drug charges

PNT Staff Report A Portales doctor was arrested Thursday in Belen on a charge of trafficking methadone, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office.Dr. Patricia Green, 54, operates the Sparrow Family Medical Clinic, 1500 S. Ave. D. Officers found out Green was working at a clinic in Belen and contacted Valencia County officials, who made […]

Emergency room forced to close for shift

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt General Hospital’s emergency room was closed and patients were diverted to Clovis for a time Tuesday night and Wednesday morning because the contract doctor was unable to work his shift. RGH Administrator James D’Agostino said an ER doctor was unavailable for a single 12-hour shift and patients were […]

Children’s illnesses can be unpredictable

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I spent most of this past week at the pediatrician’s office. As every parent of a sick child knows, some days our main activity is getting to the doctor and waiting to see the person who makes our life easier with the right medicine, quickly transforming a cranky child back to […]

Tivis a survivor, “walking miracle”

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By Tony Parra Friends and family members call Nancy Tivis, owner of The Fashion Girl women’s clothing store, “A Walking Miracle” and this Christmas their faith grows stronger in her and God because of her experience. Nancy Tivis is a survivor of a liver transplant which she had in April after her liver completely quit […]

Journaling makes surgery easier

By Helena Rodriguez This month I celebrate the second anniversary of a major surgery I had in 2002. Before you think I’m off the wall — regular readers already know this — I don’t normally observe the anniversaries of my surgeries. I just happened to stumble across this date when I started journaling again. Historically, […]

Vocabulary is fun and fundamental

By Bob Huber A few weeks ago the Washington Post published its annual Pulitzer Prize winning list of wacky word definitions. It was a slow news week. But I enjoy lists like that. This particular file was sent my way by Maurice and Ethel Trimmer of Santa Fe, because as old friends they knew I […]

Everybody’s a target during kite season

By Bob Huber You hear it every spring — “The kites are coming! The kites are coming.” Mothers shield their kids, bikers don helmets — Imagine that! — and police warn citizens to stay off the streets and listen to disaster radio. Behind all the screaming, yelping, baseless accusations and the wanton abuse of the […]

Former Portales resident earns award from Texas Tech

By Angela Peacock Outstanding patient care and excellence in the art of medicine has won former Portales resident Laurie Marbas one of Texas Tech University’s more prestigious awards. The Gold Headed Cane Award was presented to Marbas on May 18 by the Texas Tech School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences as […]