Public health office opens its doors

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Alisa Boswell A ribbon cutting is set for 2 p.m. Friday for the new public health office, which opened its doors June 1 next to La Casa Family Health Center in Portales. The office has been located in the same building as La Casa for the last 15 years. Construction for the new building began […]

Friday morning briefing: Wildfire smoke help and the battle of Gettysburg

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Smoke help The New Mexico Department of Health is reminding residents that there are toll free numbers they can call to discuss health-related or mental health concerns due to wildfires burning in New Mexico.

Their view: Medicaid cuts would hurt New Mexico families

Medicaid cuts would hurt New Mexico families Excerpts from a press release from Families USA on the potential impact to New Mexico if Medicaid cuts are approved. Families USA is the national organization for health care consumers.

Joint health care proposal criticized

The military’s top medical officers are divided over a House-passed mandate to reorganize the health care system under a unified medical command. The plan, in effect, would merge commands that the Army, Navy and Air Force have run with separate staffs and resources for decades. Two of three surgeons general, for Air Force and Navy, […]

Aircraft put servicemen at risk

In a complaint to the Air Force inspector general, a retired officer alleges health officials have known since at least 1994 of Agent Orange contamination aboard C-123 aircraft flown by reserve squadrons for a decade after the Vietnam War, and failed to warn personnel of the health risks. After the Air Force stopped using UC-123K […]

State considering health care options

Alisa Boswell With the deadline for President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act approaching in January of 2013, state organizations and officials are taking a look at health care possibilities for New Mexico. New Mexico First is holding community meetings in various locations around the state to get public input on whether a Health Insurance Exchange […]

Clovis pharmacist named distinguished alumna by UNM

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis pharmacist has been recognized by the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy as a distinguished alumna. Debra Herman, director of pharmacy at La Casa Family Health Center, will be presented with the award during the UNM Pharmacy College’s graduation ceremony May 15. Herman graduated with a doctorate degree from […]

Sheriff agrees to emergency proposal

Alisa Boswell A new agreement allows the state Department of Health to store emergency medical relief and disaster supplies at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department. A memorandum of understanding between the Department of Health and Roosevelt County was signed last week. It also allows the department to use portions of the sheriff’s office as an […]

Senate candidate prioritizes national debt

Republican U.S. senatorial candidate Heather Wilson, a former U.S. Representative, spoke with Freedom New Mexico in Tucumcari Wednesday about some of the issues she will address if elected to the position Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman will vacate in 2012. What made you decide to run for the U.S. Senate in 2012? I am concerned about […]

Health care decisions don’t belong to feds

Freedom New Mexico A year of contentious debate finally concluded this week following overwhelming votes of both houses of Congress to repeal a relatively small, but typically onerous, requirement of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Oddly enough, the president said he was pleased that Congress corrected “a flaw” in Obamacare that would have […]

Family triumphs over illness

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Alisa Boswell After overcoming health obstacles from breast cancer to kidney failure, a Portales family may be the very definition of perseverance. Joab “Sid” Savage had an ambition to work towards raising money for breast cancer research and survivors. In doing so, he raised donations totaling $4,850 to take first place in Relay for Life […]

Press release: SE region has poorest health in New Mexico

Santa Fe — In general, the Southeast Region of New Mexico has the poorest health status in the state as a result of lower income levels and educational achievement, a higher adult smoking rate, and higher rates of chronic disease and chronic deaths. Current health status data by region and county can be found in […]

Portales resident enjoys helping

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Dennis Lopez is active in the Portales community. He was a Roosevelt County commissioner for eight years from 2000 to 2008. As the director of support employment at Mental Health Resources, Lopez said he enjoys helping and working with his clients. In his free time, Lopez enjoys golf, travel, exercise and playing cards.

My turn: Family issue inspires health changes

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My journey started one year ago on Feb. 7. At 54 years old, my brother began experiencing significant health issues. In a hospital waiting room, I took a good long look at myself. I weighed 260 pounds, I got out of breath just climbing a couple of flights of stairs. It was time to do […]

Latest ruling on Obamacare encouraging

Freedom New Mexico A federal judge Monday struck a major blow against Obamacare, ruling it to be unconstitutional. The ruling is welcome by those of us who believe Congress and President Barack Obama exceeded their authority last year by imposing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with its mandate that everyone must buy health […]

Their view: Sen. Bingaman: Health care repeal hurts N.M.

Sen. Bingaman: Health care repeal hurts N.M. In a press release, U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., says he is concerned about the financial impact of House Republicans’ plan to repeal the new health insurance reform act.

Portales past: Jan. 5, 1942

Jan. 5, 1942: The Portales Daily News: According to Inez McGee, county Health Department, a total of 296 babies were born in Roosevelt County during 1941, and there were 94 deaths.

Area schools administer flu vaccine

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By Liliana Castillo and Alisa Boswell Nursing staff at the Portales and Clovis schools took half the time and gave much less pain administering flu vaccines to students this year. Flu refers to illnesses caused by a number of different influenza viruses. Both districts received only doses of the flu mist this year, which is […]

ENMU briefs — Nov. 10

Graduate student presents video game thesis Graduate student Robin Haislett attended and presented her thesis on “The Video Game Final Fantasy VII and Feminist Themes” at the International Graduate Student Research Conference at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, Nov. 4. Health services offering flu shot Today through Friday ENMU Health Services will provide […]

Republicans should begin with health care repeal

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama’s news conference Wednesday was curious, with him shifting from a partial understanding of what he finally acknowledged was a “shellacking” of his party to extended answers couched in theory and speculation that sounded for all the world as if the midterm elections had not happened. When you get hit […]