Bees a threat to Portales medical clinic

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter A portion of the Portales Medical Clinic at 320 South Ave. — including the main entrance — was closed about 8 a.m. today after a colony of bees was discovered, according to officials. Officials are concerned the insects could be Africanized honey bees, although that has not been confirmed, […]

Birth: Zupancic

Julia Marie Zupancic was born May 23, 2008, to Steven and Laura Zupancic of Lubbock at University Medical Center in Lubbock. She weighed 8 pounds. Grandparents are Tom ans Susan Williams of Midland, Texas, and James and Isabel Zupancic of Portales.

Birth: Thomas

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Landri Ella Thomas was born May 6, 2008, to Don and Suzanne Thomas of Portales at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces. Grandparents are Leroy and Gaynelle Thomas of Portales and Don and Julie Nickles of Nampa, Idaho.

Wounded troops not getting trauma pay

By Tom Philpott Too many severely injured troops and their families haven’t been getting the bedside help they need in preparing applications to qualify for up to $100,000 in traumatic injury insurance. But that is going to change, says Army Col. John Sackett. Sackett heads the Traumatic Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) branch within the […]

Dec. 11, 1953

• Dr. H.T. Brasell, chief of staff at Roosevelt General Hospital was preparing to host 22 area doctors in the Roosevelt-Curry County Medical Society for a chicken fry. Brasell raised and fried the fowl himself. • The Greyhound basketball team was on a five-game slide as they dropped a game to Westminister College in Wilmington, […]

Veteran helps those in need

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico James Freeman calls it his “Aid to the Disabled Program.” “James originally started the program to collect medical equipment for disabled veterans,” said Keith Barker acting exalted ruler for the Elks Lodge 1244, which helps sponsor Freeman’s efforts. Freeman has been collecting, repairing and distributing medical equipment that has […]

Officials: Area not yet hit by flu

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer So far this fall, area doctors and medical officials are seeing patients for a variety of illnesses but they say the flu itself hasn’t hit eastern New Mexico. “The flu season has not yet hit New Mexico,” said Chris Minnick, regional public information officer for the New Mexico Department […]

Sept. 9 Births

Harwell David and Jaclyn Harwell of Las Cruces are the parents of a 6 pound, 15 ounce boy, Camden Reed Harwell, born July 31, 2007 at Mountainview Hospital in Las Cruces. Grandparents are Johnny and Sabrina Johnson and Jess and Judy Harwell, all of Portales. Great-grandparents are Kenneth and Nancy Williams of Portales, Samja Harwell […]

Hospital shocked to learn of lawsuit for contract physician

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor An emergency room doctor with a multi-million dollar lawsuit hanging over his head worked briefly at Roosevelt General Hospital, administrator James D’Agostino said on Monday. Dr. Theodore Collins worked “a couple of shifts” in RGH’s ER as a contract physician until the administration became aware of the lawsuit, D’Agostino […]