Board recommends TRICARE be realigned

By Tom Philpott: Military Columnist The Air Force, the only service opposed to creation of a Unified Medical Command, saw its arguments get strafed, rocketed and bombed during a meeting last week of the Defense Business Board, a group of outside management experts that advises Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The board unanimously recommended that Rumsfeld […]

Denial of medical marijuana by FDA short on science

Editorial Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for reasons that are far from clear, chose to enter the debate over medical marijuana with a thoroughly unscientific — one might even say anti-scientific — blanket denial that marijuana has any medical value at all. Specifically, the grandiosely titled “Inter-Agency Advisory Regarding Claims That Smoked […]

Two Portales residents injured in wreck near state line Thursday

A two-vehicle collision Thursday morning on N.M. 202 near milepost 9 sent a man to Roosevelt General Hospital and a woman to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, according to Portales Fire Department Batallion Chief Mickey Hargrove. Hargrove said he had no word on the conditions of the two individuals. He said the man was driving […]

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 […]

Oasis manager awaits new heart

By Sharna Johnson In a state park office on a long stretch of road between Clovis and Portales, Jim Whary spends his day in limbo, like he has everyday for the past few months. Currently undergoing evaluation to be placed on a heart transplant list, Whary, 50, has been diagnosed with a slew of heart […]

Blood donors give and feel good

By Marlena Hartz Reclining in a chair with a needle tapped into his vein, Art Smith embodied altruism. He joined more than 45 area residents Friday afternoon and donated a pint of blood to Lubbock United Blood Services. Smith has done so more than 10 times, and said he participates again and again in blood […]

Ingle, Gardner support medical marijuana bill

By Andy Jackson For the sixth time in his legislative career, Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, voted in favor of medical marijuana, he said. The bill to legalize the controlled distribution of marijuana to terminally ill patients with AIDS, cancer and some other illnesses, is something Ingle, along with the governor, other legislators and the Curry […]

Medical marijuana gets Senate nod

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — The state Senate overwhelmingly approved a proposal Tuesday to allow patients seriously ill with cancer, AIDS and some other illnesses to use marijuana for medical purposes. Supporters say marijuana can help people suffering from the pain of certain debilitating illnesses or nausea caused by treatments for cancer. “I just […]

Medical marijuana on session agenda

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday he will put medical marijuana legislation on the agenda of the 30-day session. The governor had been hesitant to do so, saying the agenda for the short session was already packed and the bill was controversial. But on Wednesday he said, “This issue is […]

Phone tip leads to arrest

Freedom Newspapers A phone tip to police led to the arrest of a 42-year-old man Wednesday in connection with the October 2004 death of an infant left in his care at a Clovis motel, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Leroy “Roy” Jaramillo surrendered to police at an undisclosed […]

Birth: Harpold

PNT Staff Waylon and Lashona Harpold of Clovis, N.M. are the parents of a 9-pound, seven-ounce boy born on Sept. 10, 2005 at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. Breyer Lane Harpold has one brother, Caxton Harpold. Grandparents are Vern and Brenda Harpold of Clovis, Linda Buchan of Lubbock, Texas, Jeannie Stone of Clovis and […]

Local lady discovers ailments by looking into others eyes

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Her home, even from the outside, bears signs of her faith: A stone statue of the Virgin Mary on the porch, a copy of the Ten Commandments in the yard. The theme continues inside. And also with her words. “The human body is a miracle. … God, as the Bible says, […]

10/8 Local Briefs

Staff reports Police seeking identity of Caucasian female Clovis Police are seeking assistance in identifying a Caucasian female found Friday lying in an alley in the 3100 block Ross Street. Unable to relay information to emergency officials, she was taken to Plains Regional Medical Center for treatment before being transported to a Lubbock hospital, according […]

Illnesses found in water

Nicole Bode and Paul H.B. Shin: Knight Ridder News Service NEW ORLEANS — A new threat of waterborne illnesses has emerged in the hurricane-ravaged coastal towns of Louisiana and Mississippi, where people continued to wade through putrid floodwaters Tuesday. People suffering from such illnesses are flocking to the few hospitals operating in the devastated Gulf […]

Mother/daughter pair lend help to victims

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Mother and daughter, Linda and Amanda Thrower, spent their holiday weekend cooking. They weren’t grilling hamburgers and hot dogs for family though, the duo spent 16 hours a day preparing and serving hot meals for approximately 500 Hurricane Katrina victims who began trickling into Lubbock on Saturday. The mother/daughter Salvation […]

BRAC could mean higher medical costs

By Tom Philpott More than 128,000 military beneficiaries taking Viagra or Cialis for erectile dysfunction likely will have to switch this fall to Levitra or face higher co-payments on their prescriptions. The Defense Department’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee will recommend in mid-July that Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr., the Pentagon’s top health official, narrow the field […]

Officials decline to release autopsy related to Cannon death

Freedom Newspapers The autopsy report for a female military dependent who died at Cannon Air Force Base last year has been completed, officials with the Office of the Medical Investigator said Tuesday. However, eight months after 20-year-old Kimberly Novak died, the investigation is still ongoing, military officials said. And Tuesday, both medical investigators and Air […]

Dr. Allan Haynes Sr. came from long line of medical practitioners

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers When his son was hit by a car, his leg smashed in several places, Dr. Allan Haynes Sr., an general surgeon, with a orthopedic specialty, mended the wounds of his eldest with his own hands. The little boy with the broken leg followed in his father’s footsteps, as his own […]

Legislation has hospital board guessing

By Kevin Wilson Proposed bills in the state Legislature could leave the Roosevelt General Hospital board with a few answers to burning questions, or create more questions themselves. Items that the state legislators are working on were part of the discussion at Thursday’s board meeting, including a pair of bills which may or may not […]

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 […]