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Texas doctors bill takes effect

Texas doctors bill takes effect

CURTIS C. WYNNE
NEWS-SUN

Legislation designed to prevent Texas doctors who treat New Mexico patients from being sued in New Mexico's patient-friendly courts took effect today.

Designated as House Bill (HB) 270, “Out-of-State Health Care Provider Access,” the original bill was sponsored by Rep. Terry McMillan, R-Las Cruces, and strongly supported by legislators representing Lea County. McMillan is a surgeon. The bill also states Texas doctors may ask New Mexico patients to sign a form agreeing to sue in Texas courts, if they sue for malpractice. 

Based on two real cases currently being heard by the New Mexico Supreme Court, many Texas doctors reportedly warned late last year that if New Mexico residents were allowed to sue Texas doctors for work performed in Texas, they would simply refuse to accept New Mexico patients.

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Lea County to get power boost

Lea County to get power boost

For the News-Sun

AMARILLO — Hobbs and Lea County are about to get some more power.

Xcel Energy is planning a major addition to the power system as part of its Power for the Plains grid enhancement initiative that will deliver a more reliable and abundant electricity supply to customers in New Mexico and Texas.

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Recent rains have little, if any, effect on aquifer

Despite regular rainstorms in southeast New Mexico, the water is probably not doing much to recharge the Ogalalla Aquifer. 

Charlie Benton

NEWS-SUN

According to Mike Johnson, hydrology bureau chief with the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer, whether or not rain recharges the aquifer is a complicated question due to the fact that the OSE does not measure recharge directly. 

“It’s difficult to measure, but we do measure water level in wells, and there’s a lot of wells in the High Plains (Ogalalla) Aquifer, and our office cooperates with the United States Geological Survey, a federal agency to measure water level in those wells. Those give you an idea of how much water is in the aquifer, and if water levels are going up or down or staying steady.”

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Don’t cry for Bunny

Don’t cry for Bunny

Bunny, an American bulldog with five puppies, was scheduled for certain death at a pound in West Texas ... until the Dog is My Copilot program came to the rescue

Dorothy N. Fowler

NEWS-SUN

At 7:15 a.m. tears were flowing freely down the faces of Gina Beard and Shelly Chesser as Philip Rork’s plane, with its Dog is My Copilot logo on the tail, lifted off from Lea Regional Airport Friday morning.

Rork, one of the founders of Dog is my Copilot and chief pilot for the organization, was taking off from the airport for the third time this year, this time to deliver a record cargo to places as remote as Salt Lake City.

It was loaded with 63 animals rescued from

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Senior housing project a first in Hobbs

Senior housing project a first in Hobbs

More senior housing could be coming to Hobbs after a vote by the Hobbs Planning Board in its Tuesday morning meeting

Charlie Benton

News-Sun

The board unanimously recommended a sketch plan for a gated community to be located in the Zia Crossing development northwest of Zia Park Casino, Hotel and Racetrack. The proposed development will be open to those aged 55 and older and include a homeowner’s association as laid out in the New Mexico Homeowner’s Association Act. The development will include 90 homes in total as well as a pool, Jacuzzi and clubhouse.

With a recommendation by the Hobbs Planning Board the next step for the housing complex is an approval by the Hobbs City Commission. No date has been determined when that will take place.

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Aircraft: big, small and parachute-powered

They were all on display Saturday along with the Lea Regional Airport itself

Dorothy N. Fowler

News-Sun

At 8:15 a.m. a steady stream of cars, pickups and a vendor trailer or two traveled the Carlsbad Highway out of Hobbs, headed in the direction of the Lea County Regional Airport.

If the drivers of the cars expected to see planes fly in, land and fly out again, they were disappointed. Planes on display already were parked along both sides of the runway, most in bright sunshine that was beginning to heat the metal on the outer skin and on the controls that collected heat coming through windscreens.

Many people made their first stop the hangar where local businesses and a few government agencies set up shop to greet visitors and hand out goodies to put in the yellow and red bags distributed by New Mexico Aviation, which sponsored the Aviation Day and Fly-in.

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You could see love in Daddy’s worn hands

Dorothy Fowler

News-Sun

My father died on the monkey board of a drilling rig in Dawson County, near Lamesa, Texas, almost 50 years ago.

He was the victim of an accident that happened when some wire rope got loose on the floor of the rig and hit him across his upper thighs, leaving him with huge bruises. He refused to see a doctor for several days, going only when he began to have excruciating pain.

The physician he saw prescribed blood thinners to break up the bruises and a mild analgesic and Daddy went on to work. He worked several days before the blood thinner caused a clot to break loose, travel to his heart and kill him.

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