Local vendors see decline in farmers market

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Alisa Boswell According to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report, farmers markets have been on the rise in popularity in the U.S. this year with markets having increased by 17 percent nationally and by 38 percent in New Mexico. Despite this national and state increase, vendors from the local Clovis and Portales markets said, [...]

PTSD disability ratings increased

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist More than 4300 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who were diagnosed in service as suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but got low military disability ratings, have won an agreement with the Department of Defense to upgrade those ratings retroactively to 50 percent. The higher rating will represent an important win [...]

RGH to accept Medicare, Medicaid reimbursements

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer After years of effort, the Roosevelt General Hospital Physicians Clinic is on the cusp of being able to receive increased reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid, which hospital officials say will help the facility and community. RGH recently received word that the clinic’s Medicare number is in the mail. After [...]

Emergency volunteers sought

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Interim Fire Chief Gary Nuckols is putting out a call for help, encouraging volunteer emergency medical technicians to step up. Nuckols said the request is in response to an increased volume of calls for assistance in the county, numbers that doubled in just a year. “We’re just looking at [...]

New credit bill will be painful fix for economy

Freedom New Mexico Banks are quietly changing credit card terms because of a law approved by Congress, ostensibly to prevent credit card abuses. Its effect, however, will be to restrict credit further and prompt banks to switch fixed-interest accounts to variable rates that can be increased even more quickly. The nobly named Credit Card Accountability, [...]

Reward leading to fugitives’ capture increased

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The rewards for information leading to the capture of two escaped Curry County inmates has been increased, according to the district attorney’s office. The Curry County Crime Stoppers Board decided Friday to offer $5,000 for information leading to the arrests of Edward Salas and Larry McClendon. Salas, 21, is [...]

‘Superbug’ infections tracking higher at RGH

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt General Hospital staff members are increasingly concerned about the rise of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA infections, at the hospital. Director of Patient Care Gayle Richerson told RGH board members Tuesday at their regular meeting that the percentage of staph infections that turn out to be the MRSA [...]

State reports 11 percent rise in child abuse

Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — Child abuse reports in New Mexico increased by about 11 percent from 2002 to 2003, the state Children, Youth and Families Department confirmed. Figures released by the department show CYFD received 27,525 abuse reports last year, an increase of 2,708 from the year before. The number of cases [...]