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 […]