Former Milnesand fire chief dies

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Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County lost one of its hardest working residents Sunday with the death of lifetime Milnesand resident Thomas Elton Parkinson, according to family and friends. Parkinson, 91, died at a Portales senior living center. Better known as “T.E.” or “Elton,” Parkinson was the Milnesand fire chief for 30 years, along with being a […]

Compensation for vets expanded

More than 84,000 Vietnam veterans afflicted with heart disease, Parkinson’s disease or B-cell leukemia are drawing disability compensation today thanks to a decision by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki to expand the list of ailments presumed caused by exposure to herbicides, including Agent Orange, used during that war. Another 74,000 veterans have claims pending, […]

Military update: Retroactive payments awarded

The Department of Veterans Affairs published its final regulation Aug. 31 for compensating Vietnam veterans with ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease or B-cell leukemia, or their surviving spouses. Veterans diagnosed with these diseases only will have to show they stepped foot in Vietnam sometime from Jan. 9, 1962 through May 7, 1975, to qualify for […]

Claims should be filed now

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Tens of thousands of Vietnam veterans with ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease or B cell leukemia should file claims now with the Department of Veterans Affairs for disability compensation, not wait until VA publishes a regulation officially linking these diseases to wartime service. Advocacy groups are urging the swift filing […]

Dec. 16, 2007 Club Notes

The Pep Extension Club met Dec. 11 at the Portales Estates. President Ruby Parkinson gave a Christmas devotional. Roll call was answered with Christmas plans. Those attending were Merlene Hill-Shaw, Melveta Green, Deana Forrer, Edna Grimes, Migdon Cox, Lillie Belle Toombs, Wilma Parkinson, Marjorie Toombs, Connie Vincent, Marjorie Williamson, Parkinson, Vickie Neece, Andrea Cox and […]

School officials struggle to understand complexities of AYP

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) has schools all over New Mexico scrambling to come up with answers for how to pass the state standards mandated by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Area school officials got a chance to learn more about AYP at the fall meeting of the […]

Determination leads to development

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers With determination and money from his own pocket, Elton Parkinson set out in 1979 to establish and build a fire department for the Milnesand community. “We were so far down here we were kind of unprotected,” Parkinson said of the decision to start the department. Since the inception of the […]

March 21, 1980

The Milnesand Homemakers’ Club met Tuesday at the Community Building with eight members present. Ladies brought a covered dish that they enjoyed during the noon hour. Hostesses for the day were Carolyn and Wilma Parkinson. Mrs. Parkinson had a padded mirror on display that she had made, and the club is also learning to make […]

June 1 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael All around the Milnesand area has had rain and hail the past week. Elton Parkinson just to the north of the store had about two-and-a-half inches of rain and quite a bit of marble size hail. To the south a couple miles Barbara and Wiley Teel got about three-and-a-half inches of rain […]

Parkinson played hand he was dealt

By Laurie Stone Earl Parkinson of Roosevelt County had been a rancher all of his life. Growing up, he was shy and timid, but as he grew older he was known as being honest, easy going, and hardworking. “He was a happy man,” said Wilma Parkinson, Earl’s wife. “He was liked by everyone, loved ranching […]