Fire restrictions lifted

The New Mexico State Forestry Division has lifted bans on smoking, fireworks, campfires and open fires for all counties, according to a press release distributed by the agency Friday. The statewide bans were imposed in April and June. “Now that rainfall has returned and the fire danger has diminished, we feel the restrictions imposed earlier […]

Herding Squirrels: Pretty table? Yes I can

When it comes to hosting a family event in my world, let it be known: the bar has been set. I believe it all began 60 years ago, when my incredibly charming grandmother, Mimi, would have our extended family over for any type of get together. Imagine: children crawling on the carpet and having water […]

Panel snuffs tobacco tax hike

By Steve Herrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican A bill to raise money for education by boosting state cigarette taxes by $1 a pack went up in smoke Thursday when a legislative committee voted unanimously against the idea. The House Business and Industry Committee voted to table House Bill 35, sponsored by state Rep. Brian […]

Free smoking cessation class set at RGH

Roosevelt General Hospital has scheduled a free Smoking Cessation Class starting 5-7 p.m. Feb. 2 in the hospital conference room. The class is open to the public. Anyone interested can call Laura at 359-1800, extension 435.

Solution to marijuana? Stop smoking it

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Here’s a tough question: If you are hitting yourself on the head with a spatula and are complaining because it hurts, what should you do?

Smoking cessation help offered

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Smoking cessation has a 90 percent success rate of people quitting smoking or reducing the amount they smoke. The free program is sponsored by Roosevelt General Hospital, and the Amercian Lung Association, and gives clients a chance to change their lives by being smoke-free. The eight-week course is held […]

Choices are ours, not government’s

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The Oakland Worldwide apartments in California do not ban smoking around the pool frequented by renters. John Birke thinks the smoke his child is inhaling there is hurting her. But instead of taking the trouble of moving to a place where no smoking is permitted by the pool, […]

Hospital offers smoking cessation class

Roosevelt General Hospital has scheduled a free eight-week smoking-cessation class on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 13 in the hospital conference room. The class provides instruction to help individuals stop smoking in a healthy way with positive reinforcement from peers and instructors. Class instructor Laura Murdock and her assistant, Bill Rice, both nurses, are trained for the […]

Annual smokeout event encourages quitting

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Prompted by the concerns of his 6-year-old son, Cannon Air Force Base tech sergeant Eugene Von Bon is trying to quit smoking. “My son started figuring it out,” said Von Bon, who is in charge of the dental center at the base. “He knows his grandma died of cancer, […]

Local Brief Sept. 17

PNT Staff Report Hospital offers smoking cessation Roosevelt General Hospital is holding its second free eight-week Smoking Cessation class starting Oct. 7. The class from 5:15-7:15 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Roosevelt General Hospital. Class instructor Laura Murdock and her assistants, Bill Rice and Jessica Meeks, are trained by the New Mexico Medical Review Association […]