Deputy rates TRICARE ‘C+ or B-’

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Too many beneficiaries of the military direct-care health system still can’t get timely appointments, or reach doctors after hours, or establish a close family-doctor relationship with a single military physician or group. For these reasons and more , Army Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Elder Granger, deputy director of TRICARE and a […]

New system speeding up call process

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer If your child skips classes at a Portales school, you’ll hear about it pretty quickly. Emergency notices and other important messages will also be able to be sent to large groups of phone numbers quickly. The Portales Municipal School District has a new school messaging system that will make […]

Officials to test 911 mass notification system

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer Portales and Roosevelt County residents could soon receive a call from the 911 mass notification system. The system, a joint project of the city and county, can be used to notify and inform residents at the same time, said Keith Wattenbarger, city and county emergency management director. The system […]

ENMU adopts reporting system

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor It’s not exactly No Child Left Behind, but it will provide an accountability report card for the nation’s colleges. Eastern New Mexico University has joined the other four-year universities and colleges in the state in signing on to the Voluntary System of Accountability, a national initiative that aims to […]

New device links EMTs to lab

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital will be the first regional hospital in the Covenant Health System based in Lubbock to use new technology for the treatment of cardiac arrest patients. City of Portales ambulances that transport patients to RGH and Lubbock will soon have LIFEPAK 12 units that will be linked […]

Prepared for emergencies

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County Emergency Management staff is close to completing the installation of four new sirens and a reverse 911 calling system to contact Roosevelt County residents. The Roosevelt Emergency Management staff plans to test a siren today on U.S. Highway 70. The four new sirens and the reverse 911 […]

ENMU security at new levels

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Students, faculty, administrators and campus police at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales are more aware and better prepared for an emergency than they were a year ago, officials say. One year ago today, a student at Virginia Tech University shot 32 students and faculty members, then himself. Students […]

Water main solutions remain elusive

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Fallout from a break in a 24-inch water main brought Portales city councilors together in a special meeting Thursday to discuss the problem. The break, which was discovered around 7 a.m. Monday, disrupted water service until early Tuesday, including a complete shutdown of the system that lasted nearly 12 […]

Patience with health care difficult

By Anita Doberman Our son Matteo, whom we adopted from Ethiopia about a year and a half ago, has had numerous health problems since arriving in the United States. Matteo had been abandoned by the side of a road, so the orphanage he came from didn’t have any background information, which can be common with […]

Pay reform eyed to support reserve

By Tom Philpott To address the strain on U.S. forces, Congress and the Department of Defense formally should endorse the concept an “operational reserve” that would be trained and supported to fight, on rotational basis, alongside active forces in the global war on terrorism and any future conflict. But for an operational reserve to succeed […]

Selective Service System has opening for board member

PNT Staff Report The Selective Service System has an opening for a volunteer to serve with its Roosevelt County local board. Local board members are citizen volunteers appointed by the director of the Selective Service System, on recommendations made by their respective state governors or an equivalent public official. Local board members go through an […]

PNT launches new Web site system

Today we launch new tools on our Web site. We call the system SiteLife. SiteLife allows readers to start their own blog and share photos. But the biggest change is tied to commenting on stories. We gave readers the ability to comment — anonymously — on stories, starting last year. Comments poured in. Sometimes they […]

RGH receives trauma designation

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE – Health Secretary Dr. Alfredo Vigil announced Wednesday that the New Mexico Department of Health has designated three hospitals as new trauma centers in the state: Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales, Gerald Champion Medical Center in Alamogordo and Carlsbad Medical Center in Carlsbad. With the addition of these hospitals, […]

12-19-07 Local briefs

Municipal Court announces closure The Portales Municipal court will close for the holidays on Monday and reopen on Jan. 2 with regular hours, according to a press release from the court. Anyone who has a court appearance scheduled during this time will not be penalized but they should check in with clerks on Jan. 2, […]

New tax system worth considering

Editorial GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson has proposed an interesting tax reform. It’s not a “flat tax” because it has two rates — 10 percent and 25 percent — but it might simplify the tax code. The idea of a flat-rate tax system — all incomes would be taxed at the same rate and, beyond […]

City hears emergency options

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A reverse 911 system in Portales could be activated before the end of the year while new emergency warning sirens could be installed by spring, according to local officials. Roosevelt County Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenberger gave Portales City Councilors an update the project which he has been working […]

Officials tout Reverse 911 phone system

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Emergency Management Director Keith Thomas Wattenbarger presented information on a Reverse 911 phone system during Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Roosevelt County Commission. The system would be used by the city of Portales and Roosevelt County. Initial setup for the system will be just under $30,000 with upgrades available. […]

ENMU implements new safety plan

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer With advances in technology, Eastern New Mexico University has implemented a plan to alert students, faculty, staff and parents of emergencies and weather-related activities that affect the welfare of the campus. The effort to update emergency procedures, in particular communication came about in the wake of the Virginia Tech […]

Farmers embrace tractor technology

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Technology advancements have entered the world of farming in a variety of ways in recent years. “Probably the biggest thing today is the AMS (Ag Management Solutions) portion of it,” said Maury May, of Ray Lee Equipment in Clovis. According to May, the AMS is an autotrack system that […]

Frivolous lawsuits cost everyone

Editorial Washington, D.C., administrative law judge Roy Pearson last week lost his $54 million case against his drycleaners for losing a pair of his pants. Fifty-four million dollars. Over a pair of pants. Thankfully, he lost the case, but why was such an absurd lawsuit even allowed to get that far? Not surprisingly, the wrangling […]