Medical Board pulls former CAFB physician’s license

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A Santa Fe physician who once practiced at Cannon Air Force Base has hadhis license to practice medicine in New Mexico revoked by the state Medical Board, effective April 7. The board concluded Thursday that George Schwartz, 64, violated the Medical Practice Act multiple times. “If he continues to […]

City water meeting focuses on improving emergency response

By Tony Parra Debi Lee, Portales city manager, said the purpose a Friday water meeting was to create a history of the events leading to the recent water outage and find out what can be done differently next time. Managers and directors for the city of Portales discussed every aspect of response from each department […]

FEMA director steps down

Darlene Superville: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Mike Brown, the subject of blistering criticism after Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast and overwhelmed the government’s response, quit Monday as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The White House moved quickly to replace him, installing a top agency official with three decades of firefighting experience […]

City planning to aid displaced victims

By Melanie Salazar: Freedom Newspapers With Hurricane Katrina forcing thousands of evacuations from the Gulf Coast area every day, Portales will soon be doing its part to help. The New Mexico Department of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency recently requested assistance from communities around the world to provide short and long-term housing for […]

Residents asked to put phones on “ICE”

By David Irvin A nationwide initiative is underway to help emergency personnel locate next-of-kin and emergency contacts for incapacitated victims in those critical moments following an accident, officials say. The idea is simple: Mobile phone users place emergency contact information in their phone’s contact numbers under the heading “ICE.” Emergency personnel can quickly find names […]

New emergency management coordinator settling in

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales residents must brace for severe weather, because the elements in the area offer a breeding ground for tornados. Roosevelt County residents have already received their first dangerous encounter when a tornado warning was issued on Monday night during a hail storm. There was golf-sized hail reported from the […]

Spring weather brings tornado risk

By David Irvin Gusting winds that roared across the plains Tuesday at up to 63 mph and packed enough punch to down power lines is an early indication of the volatile weather that accompanies spring in eastern New Mexico. However, National Weather Service officials said it’s too early to tell what kind of weather the […]

Expansion set for March completion

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By Tony Parra Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino has had RGH board members and other people tour the new medical office building addition and the emergency room, which are set to be completed within the next two months. D’Agostino and other hospital officials are looking at Feb. 17 as a final date of completion […]

Citizens concerned about county roads

By Tony Parra Not everyone is happy with the amount of rain Roosevelt County has received. The rain, coupled with a heavy amount of traffic on some roads, have caused some roads to be impassable, according to some county residents. County commissioner Tom Clark declared the situation an emergency during Tuesday’s county meeting as a […]

Residents have concerns about property plat

By Tony Parra Community residents filled up the Portales city hall on Tuesday at the city council meeting to listen in to the presentation of the subdivision preliminary plat which is planned to go up off of University Drive across from the Eastern New Mexico University baseball field. Ortega said the planning commission will have […]