Curry County jail camera system being modified

F Installation of a new camera system at the Curry County jail is expected to begin in the next couple of weeks. Curry County commissioners approved a $181,000 contract at Thursday’s special meeting. The new system will allow staff to pan and zoom high-resolution cameras and recordings will be backed up for 30 days, County […]

VA health enrollment will increase

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist An estimated 258,000 middle-income veterans with no service-connected health conditions will be allowed by late June to enroll in the VA health care system.

Jan. 12, 1967

A recent renovation of the city’s water distribution system

Eight-team playoff system flawed

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist Oklahoma and Florida meet Thursday night. One will be college football’s champion, with an imperfect 13-1 record. The other

Non-American tracking system isn’t feasible

Freedom New Mexico In what we hope is its last great act of lunacy, Michael Chertoff’s Department of Homeland Security has announced it will subject all non-Americans, including those who have been permanent legal residents for decades, to biometric tracking. The tracking is part of the US-VISIT program that began in 2003. Various elements of […]

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 […]

Oct. 3, 2008 Honors

AFSOC Unmanned Aerial System Sensor Operator of the Year Master Sgt. Greg Carrico, 3rd Special Operations Squadron, received the first-ever Air Force Special Operations Command Unmanned Aerial System Sensor Operator of the Year Award on Sept. 30. Diamond Sharp winners 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron • Senior Airman Carlos Guillen 27th Special Operations Security […]

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 […]

Child's health problems can be frustrating

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 international […]

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, […]