Attorney general unable to determine open meetings violation

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The Attorney General’s Office says it was unable to determine if three Curry County commissioners held an illegal meeting in November, but admonished commissioners to exercise caution when gathering in a quorum, according to an opinion issued Friday. In February, the Clovis News Journal filed a formal complaint with […]

Candidate profiles: Attorney general

The following are candidates for state Attorney General in the June 1 primary election. Incumbent Gary King is running unopposed for the Democrat nomination. Matt Chandler is running unopposed for the Republican nomination. Both were asked the same set of questions. Matt Chandler Republican Q: What are your specific goals for this position if elected? […]

Meetings watch: Hospital board

During the Roosevelt General Hospital board meeting on Tuesday, the board: • Heard the financial report from Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens. The hospital showed a revenue increase of $150,000 for inpatient care in March, but bad debt and accounts receivable also increased. • Approved J.W. Anderson and Associates of Lubbock for a one-year contract […]

Meetings watch: Roosevelt General Hospital Board

During the Roosevelt General Hospital board meeting on Thursday at RGH, the board: • Heard from Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens that the clinic revenue was up and expenses for the month were normal. Under its hospital-based rural health clinic designation, the clinic is able to bill Medicaid for about $60,000, the expected amount, Stevens […]

3-11 Events calendar

Today Roosevelt General Hospital board meeting — 5:30 p.m. RGH conference room. The agenda includes the CEO employment agreement, home health and a Covenant Health System-RGH affiliation agreement. ENMU Jazz Fest — 7 p.m. First United Methodist Church. Saxophone player and composer Bobby Watson is the featured guest artist and is to collaborate with other […]

March 10 ENMU briefs

University honored Eastern New Mexico University received recognition from the New Mexico General Education Assessment Task force for “Best Practices” in assessment of student learning at the recent Higher Education Assessment and Retention Convention in Albuquerque. The courses identified for this honor are English 104 by Carol Erwin, Art 131 by Catherine Jennings, History 102 […]

Radio purchased complete

Freedom New Mexico Zia Broadcasting Inc. has completed the purchase of the KTQM and KWKA radio stations from Curry County Broadcasting Inc. Rick Keefer, general manager of Zia Broadcasting, said Bob Coker has been appointed as station manager for KTQM/KWKA. He was formerly the general manager for Curry County Broadcasting. Zia Broadcasting also owns KCLV […]

Attorney general race draws two candidates

Incumbent Gary King and Clovis native Matt Chandler were the only candidates to file Tuesday for the New Mexico attorney general’s office. Nominating petitions were filed for the primary election, making official the races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and other state positions. Chandler, 34, is a Republican and two-term 9th District attorney. Democratic […]

Chandler, King only state AG candidates

Incumbent Gary King and Clovis native Matt Chandler were the only candidates to file Tuesday for the New Mexico Attorney General’s office. Nominating petitions were filed for the primary election, making official the races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and other state positions. Chandler, 34, is a Republican and two-term 9th District Attorney. The […]

Chandler vows to prosecute state corruption cases

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Surrounded by his family, District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday he intends to do the job Attorney General Gary King has failed to do. Chandler, a Republican and Clovis native, announced his bid for attorney general Wednesday in Santa Fe but a similar gathering in Clovis was postponed until […]

Matt Chandler running for state attorney general

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico prosecutor Matt Chandler on Wednesday officially announced his candidacy for New Mexico attorney general. Chandler, a Republican in his second term as 9th Judicial District attorney, said in a telephone interview he wants to bring more accountability to the AG’s office. Specifically, he criticized former AG Patricia Madrid and […]

District Attorney Matt Chandler mulls attorney general run

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico District Attorney Matt Chandler says he plans to decide this week if he will be a candidate for New Mexico Attorney General. Chandler, 34, a Republican in his second term as the 9th Judicial District Attorney, said he is going over the decision with his family. “Over the past […]

Free smoking cessation class set at RGH

Roosevelt General Hospital has scheduled a free Smoking Cessation Class starting 5-7 p.m. Feb. 2 in the hospital conference room. The class is open to the public. Anyone interested can call Laura at 359-1800, extension 435.

New hospital administrator discusses goals

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer New Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator Larry Leaming spoke about his goals of improving the financial situation at the hospital during the RGH board meeting Tuesday. Leaming was hired in December to replace retiring administrator James D’Agostino. He said RGH is an adolescent that needs to look up and figure […]

Hospital board to vote on quarterly budget

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt General Hospital Board is schedule to vote on the hospital’s quarterly budget and hear an audit report by J.W. Anderson Representatives during their regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the hospital. In addition, the board is to hear from new Administrator Larry Leaming for the CEO’s report and discussion […]

Look to new decade, keep past in mind

Freedom New Mexico The general reverence for New Year’s Day dates back to the most ancient of times. Counted among the gods of the Roman pantheon was Janus, the two-headed deity who inspired the modern name for the first month of the year. One of Janus’ faces supposedly looked back into the past to recall […]

Portales woman hospitalized after crashing into MVD building

PNT staff report Police say an 88-year-old Portales woman was taken to Roosevelt General Hospital for observation Monday after her runaway car crashed into the state Motor Vehicle Division building and continued across several lanes of traffic. Around 10 a.m., Minnie Fulton, 88, left the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department on Avenue O, and her […]

Drug awareness presentation scheduled

PNT staff report Patricia Rael from the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office is scheduled to give presentations today on methamphetamine to local junior high and high school students, teachers and parents. Rael’s presentation aims to explain and help youth make good decisions about methamphetamine, according to information from Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry. Tips […]

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 […]

Hospital board interviews administrator finalist

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt General Hospital Board interviewed administrator candidate Larry Leaming of Fruita, Colo., Tuesday in a closed session. Board President Terry Cone said the remaining four finalists for the position Administrator James D’Agostino is vacating would be interviewed Friday, Monday and Tuesday. Eva Stevens of Portales, James Faulwell of St. Michael, Minn., […]