ENMU student starts anti-bullying campaign

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Eastern New Mexico University senior Jarret Lovelace stumbled upon the fact that October is Bullying Prevention Month. Shocked at what he learned — 30,000 young adults and teenagers attempt suicide each year due to cyber bullying, according to one website — Lovelace has started an anti-bully campaign, asking students and faculty members to have their […]

Fire department promotes fire prevention week

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Alisa Boswell Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols believes children are never too young to learn about the dangers of fire. Pre-school and kindergarten aged children were given tours of the fire department this week as Fire Prevention Week. “We target our young kids, and always have, to start that education early on,” said Nuckols, who […]

Teen Court program focuses on alcohol prevention

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Alcohol prevention is not a stranger in Roosevelt and Curry Counties. Both areas have programs in place to help children stay away from alcohol so they don’t head down that path. Teen Court programs in both cities focus on prevention. Even though April is alcohol awareness month, experts say […]

Prevention key to fighting H1N1 virus

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist All of our children have had the H1N1 virus this past week. For some of them it was a particularly virulent form, with fevers over 105 F and a lot of worrying on our part. The pediatrician prescribed our youngest daughter, who is a little older than a year, Tamiflu, […]

County set to recieve DWI program grant

The Portales/Roosevelt County DWI Program is receiving a grant of close to $126,000 from the state. Program coordinator Marcia Brown said the money comes from a tax on liquor and must be spent on DWI prevention and education. The program receives the grant yearly, but amounts vary. The money pays for screening DWI offenders, probation […]

County Commission meets Tuesday

The Roosevelt County Commission is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. today in the commission room at the County Courthouse. The agenda includes appointment of the county Board of Registration, budget adjustments and a request for a loss-prevention picnic and gas giveaway for employees in July. Commissioners are also to vote on a resolution certifying […]

Youngsters learning about fire prevention

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PNT Staff Report Portales kindergartners, first-graders and some preschool students are touring the Portales Fire Department during Fire Prevention week. Fire officials want youngsters to learn more about fire safety and prevention, said Battalion Chief Gary Nuckols. He said an estimated 300 children will tour the fire station this week and next. “One of the […]

County proactive on losses

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners took action Tuesday they hope will lead to loss prevention related to insurance claims by employees, which the county manager says are climbing at an alarming rate. Bruce Swingle of the New Mexico County Insurance Authority gave commissioners a presentation on a relatively new program aimed […]

Jump in suicides has Air Force officials on edge

By Pam Zubeck : Freedom Newspapers A recent spike in Air Force suicides — 10 in September — has leaders scrambling to find the cause after launching prevention programs this year because of a gradual rise. “This rash has scared the hell out of us,” Air Force Secretary James Roche said last week, conceding that […]