Growing older just part of life

Our culture seems to put a premium on youth and beauty. Television commercials are flooded with products that supposedly keep us young-looking. Plastic surgery is “in,” all the way to face-lifts, chin lifts and nose jobs. Please don’t get me wrong. I think we should try to look our best but to be preoccupied with […]

Grant McGee: Friend more like brother than pal

I got an e-mail a few days ago from my good friend Kent, the Bard of the Pecos, now a part-time judge, duly elected by the folks of Elida. Kent was going in for hip surgery and, you know, there’s no absolute guarantee that you’ll emerge on the other side hale, hearty and alive. Kent […]

ENMU’s Howard comes through bypass surgery well

Freedom New Mexico Veteran Eastern New Mexico University offensive coordinator Mike Howard, who underwent triple bypass surgery on Monday night in Lubbock after experiencing chest pains earlier in the day, appears to be doing well and should make a full recovery, ENMU coach Mark Ribaudo said Tuesday. “It went well,” Ribaudo said Tuesday of the […]

RGH’s cardio unit aids in recovery

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Roosevelt General Hospital offers people who have had a cardiac incident or cardiac surgery a way to recover. “We’re doing everything we can to offer services to the Portales community,” RGH Director of Rehab Services Danny Justus said. “One of the services is the cardiac rehab.” Once a patient […]

Clovis man shot in abdomen

Freedom New Mexico A 28-year-old Clovis man was in surgery Monday night after police said he was shot in the abdomen that afternoon. Clovis Police Sgt. Mike Harmer said Francisco Elvedo’s condition was unknown Monday night and he was undergoing surgery at Plains Regional Medical Center. At the time the shooting was reported to police, […]

Temporary disability changes perspective

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Life came to a standstill this past week as I went under the knife and had surgery as far down as you can go, on my foot. It didn’t matter what pressing matters I needed to attend to or not. I wasn’t going to be going anywhere, at least not […]

Plastic surgery not instant fix to problems

By Anita Doberman: Columnist A few days ago, I was waiting for an aerobics class to start when I casually started chatting with a woman standing next to me. Thirty seconds into our superficial conversation, my new friend couldn’t contain her excitement, and told me that in two days she would have some “work” done, […]

Son gives gift of life

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Travis Husted has given his father more than just a kidney for Christmas. His 60-year-old dad, Andy, a Methodist minister by trade, said his son has given him a new lease on life. “I feel much better now than I did before my surgery. I can go for walks […]

Portales Junior High School youths get quick initiation into workaday world

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By William P. Thompson Most of the eighth-grade at Portales Junior High ventured out to local businesses and government agencies yesterday as part of the school’s annual job shadowing day. Some students watched beauticians at work. Some spent the day with firefighters. One student even went to jail, but only to see how corrections officers […]

Prevention noted as key to knee health

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer According to medical professionals in Portales knee problems are among the most painful and debilitating ailments one can suffer. Knee surgery or special braces aren’t always the best solution. Just because someone may have a knee injury, doesn’t necessarily mean that person will need surgery. Joel Sievers, M.D. with […]

Judge Hartley surgery delays 27 local cases

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Ninth Judicial District Judge Teddy Hartley will be off the bench for at least two weeks while he recovers from back surgery he had on Tuesday. Hartley’s case load has been rescheduled— 27 cases have been delayed to later dates, according to Karen Hill, Hartley’s administrative assistant . Some of Hartley’s […]

Oct. 2 Organizations

East Valley View Homemakers Club The East Valley View Homemakers Club met Wednesday at Golden Acres. Joy Ruth Bradley and Marie Cates were hostesses. Other members present for the meal and visit were Janie Bartel, Fern Clark, Letha Clark, Rose Johns, Mildred Morgan, Jessie Okusinde, Lou Wayne Rogers, Roberta Payne, Lois Sparks and a visitor, […]

April 27 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael We are proud of our students at Dora for joining in the “Walk for Hope Bilbrey Fund.” Hope Bilbrey is a 3-year-old girl in the Elida-Kenna area. Her parents are Travis and Cody Bilbrey and are staying with her in the hospital. Call the school at 477-2211 or 477-2216 for information. Area […]

April 6 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael The time changed Sunday for daylight-savings. I don’t know of anyone who was late Sunday morning because they forgot. Baby shower There will be a baby shower in the Baptist Church fellowship hall on April 23 at 2:30 p.m. This will be for the new baby due soon to Danielle Woodruff. She […]

I lost my funny bone in surgery

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist If you’re a dinner party hostess who wants to save money on hors d’oeuvres so you can donate to the Martha Stewart Relief Fund, allow me to offer some help. I know a sure-fire way to curb appetites. I’m talking about steering the dinner conversation into a detailed discussion of […]

Feb. 16 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael More showers last week and more forecast for the latter days this week. No one is fussing that I know of even though some elder folks don’t venture out on muddy roads to church. I haven’t even heard any school bus drivers complaining about the dirt roads. Reports Elton Parkinson had his […]

Nov. 10 Elida News

By Nita Thurman Transitions Birthdays Nov. 12-18: Alan Roberts, Lisa Rogers, Pat Winter, Teagan Burton, Darcee Chenualt, Kit Pettigrew, Tammy Rinne and Annie Connelley. Anniversaries: Mr. and Mrs. Dan Howard and Mr. and Mrs. Joe West Breakfast The men’s monthly breakfast will be at the Elida Baptist Church Nov. 13 starting at 7 a.m. All […]

Oct. 20 Elida News

By Nita Thurman Transitions Birthdays Oct. 21-28: Heather Baca, Sarah Boone, Jon Mark Rogers, Burton Smith, Sandra Ferguson, Austin Shrock, Joe Smith, Tiffany Winston and Shearton Veo. Anniversaries: Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Thurman, Mr. and Mrs. Tim Southard and Mr. and Mrs. Garland Creighton. Volleyball Thursday: All teams will play Dora, there at 4:30 p.m. […]

Rams sophomore gets back in action after heart surgery

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By Dave Wagner Forgive Portales High’s Sean Brown if he doesn’t think of a tweaked ankle or a pulled muscle as a serious problem. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound sophomore has just been through something a bit more serious — open-heart surgery. Brown was born with a heart defect, a bicuspid aeortic valve. “It causes your heart […]

Journaling makes surgery easier

By Helena Rodriguez This month I celebrate the second anniversary of a major surgery I had in 2002. Before you think I’m off the wall — regular readers already know this — I don’t normally observe the anniversaries of my surgeries. I just happened to stumble across this date when I started journaling again. Historically, […]