Carlsbad Current-Argus from Carlsbad, New Mexico on October 25, 1988 · 3
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Carlsbad, New Mexico
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Tuesday, October 25, 1988
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-CURRENT-ARGUS, Carlsbad, N.M., Tuesday, October 25, 1588 ' THE REGION V Doctors Offer Self -Policing Of Workmen's Comp Costs SANTA FE (AP) Paperwork and "human nature" are two reasons injuries covered by workers' compensation are more expensive to treat, doctors have told a legislative study committee. But representatives of the New Mexico Medical Society said they would oppose a set fee schedule in state law and suggested that the profession police itself to control the medical fees charged for treating patients covered by work-ers-compensation insurance. ' The physicians' representatives appeared Monday before the Legislative Workers' Compensation Committee to discuss medical care costs, part of the committee's attempt to find a way to bring soaring compensation insurance costs under control. Dr. Sidney Schultz, an Albuquerque surgeon, told the committee that because of required paperwork it costs a physician more to treat workers-compensation and Medicare patients. Schultz cautioned that if a workers-compensation fee schedule that is on the low side is adopted, many physicians will not treat workers-compensation cases j Schultz also said the Medical Society established a committee several years ago to study standardization of physicians' fees. But the plan was dropped because of a problem with possible violation of price-fixing provisions of antitrust laws,hesaid. Dr. Karl Gutierrez of Grants defined the prob lem of. keeping medical costs under control as "a deep pocket" issue. ; Patients will abuse the program beeause "they can stay off work and get paid for it." There are some doctors "who are very money-oriented" who also will abuse it, Gutierrez said. Schultz told the committee that in general "workers-compensation cases take longer to get well, and workers-compensation cases dop't get as completely well as non-workers-compensation cases. The better you get, the less disability you are paid." "It's not malingering. It's human nature the ability to be able to get something for an injury," Schultz said. Red Ribbons, Free Admission Visitors to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park will be admitted free this weekend if they are wearing the official -New Mexico red ribbon for a drug-free society. The caverns officials and employees, area schools and many local businesses and civic organizations are participating in New Mexico's Red Ribbon campaign being observed this week. Park officials stressed that only those wearihgjhe ribbons . with the state's official flag Zia symbol and the message "The choice for me drug free" will be honored for free admission to the cavern. The ribbons and other campaign promotion items may be obtained from the Carlsbad Boys and Girls Club. Jack White Sr. Dead At Age 71 Christmas Anonymous Prepares For '88 Drive Christmas Anonymous, a nonprofit organization which for years furnished has toys and clothing to Carlsbad and Loving's underprivileged children for the Christmas holidays, has again started its drive for donations of good used clothing, toys or cash. The organization met last week and set a budget of $15,000 fortius year, with $2,748.48 on hand. Last -year, Christmas Anonymous served 1,418 clients with new toys for children ages 2-8, and new clothes for children 9-15 years of -age. It also served 54 foster children and furnished 52 families with food baskets. ' Applications for participation in the program are now being taken at the Juvenile Probation Office in the Eddy County Courthouse, at Head Start, 406 W. Lea St., the Department of Human Services Social Services Division at 1105 W. Mermod St.; and at City Hall, 101 N. Halagueno St. Applications also will be accepted in Loving at City Hall, on Wednesdays only, from 9 a.m. to noon. Applicants must bring proof of all mcome at the time of application. Deadline for applying is Dec. 2, and Distribution Day is set for Dec. 10. , , Elected as board members last week were John Thomas and Dk ree Donovan. President of the group is Ray Anaya. - Donations can be mailed to Christmas Anonymous, P.O. Box. 1838, Carlsbad, or can be brought to the Juvenile Probation Office in the Eddy County Courthouse. Anyone donating good used clothing or toys can drop them off ' at the city's fire stations. Information about the organization is available by calling 885-9293. Jack Howard White Sr., 71, died this morning at his home in Carlsbad. ' ! Born in Loving in 1916, White moved to the area now known as White's City with his parents, the late C.L. "Charlie" and Emma Ruth White, in 1926. White's father developed the area and White served as president of White's City Inc. from 1949 to 1986. He was chairman of the board since 1986. White was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute in Ros-well and was inducted into the institute's Hall of Fame earner this month. While at the institute, he met Frankie Wales Miley and the two were married in October of 1939. The couple had one son, Jack H. White Jr. , In 1942, White was commissioned as a second lieutenant and served in World War II with General Patton's 3rd Army in Europer He was awarded a bronze star in 1944 for "(hstinguishing himself by his aggressive leadership in attacking a strongly defended German position." White also received a Purple Heart for wounds sustained in battle. In 1946, White was retired from the Army due to his injuries and returned to his home in White's City. He left the Army with the rank of first lieutenant. He served as Eddy County Com missioner and vice president of the County Officials Association from 1958 to 1962 and was executive director of the Civil Defense for Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana and Arkansas in 1961 and 1962. . In 1962, White was named president of the New Mexico Hotel-Motel Association and was named the 'association's Innkeeper of the ! Year in 1983. He' served on the executive com- i. mitte of Western Commerce Bank in Carlsbad, was a member of Carlsbad Rotary Club and served as president of the Eddy County ' Fair Board. White was a member of First United Methodist Church, the Lake Arthur and Eddy Masonic Lodges, the Ballut Abyad Temple and the Royal Order of the Jesters. He is survived by his wife, Frankie White of Carlsbad; his son,-Jack H. White of White's City; one sister, Mary Lee Dugger, White's City; and two grandchildren, Jack H. "Trey" White and Jill White, both of Arizona State University in Scottsdale. , Funeral services are pending at West Funeral Home in Carlsbad. Memorials may be made to the Jack H. White Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund for New Mexico Military Institute Foundation, P.O. Box 2121, Roswell,N.M. 88201. - J 4 Smokey Award The U.S. Forest Serviceresented a training session on fire safety Thursday to Head Start program students. "Smokey the Bear" made a guest appearance when he presented Victoria Campos, city fire prevention poster contest winner, a certificate of achievement. Above, Smokey presents Victoria with the certificate. Current- Argus Photo James Granger Pit Bulls Held After Attack: ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - The Albuquerque Animal Control Center is holding 10 pit bull terriers that were turned in following last week's mauling of a 14-year-old girl, animal control officials said. Ted Lujan, field operations manager for the center, said the shelter has been busy fielding calls about the dogs. Ten pit bulls either had been picked up by animal control officers or turned in by their owners, he said. Little Argus Rotary Meets The Carlsbad Rotary Club is to have its regular luncheon meeting Wednesday at noon at the Motel Stevens. Guest speaker is to be Dr. John Kemp, director of Plant Genetic Engineering at NMSU-Las Cruces. All members, plus any interested guests, are encouraged to attend. Battered Families The Battered Families Shelter offers a support group for women who are physically, emotionally, verbally or sextially abused by their partners. The group meets Wednesday at 7 p.m. Call 8854615 for information. St. Peter Forum . The St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church Forum is to be Wednesday at the church, 1302 W. Pierce St., at 7 p.m. Information by stopping at the church office or calling the office, 887-3033. A representative of the American Red Cross is to speak. Haunted House . The Student Senate, Bizaz, bits ' of the Branch and the Student Nurses Association is to sponsor a haunted house from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at NMSU-C. The public is invited, the admission is free. Drove 43 Meets Carlsbad Drove 43 is to hold an informal meeting Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Elks lodge room. Argus Guidelines The Little Argus is a free public service of the Carlsbad Current Argus designed to inform our readers of upcoming events. It is the responsibility of the group to submit information for this feature. Submissions should be in the form of a double-spaced, typewrit- ten or legibly printed fact sheet. Mail submissions to the Current-Argus at P.O. Box 1629 or deliver them to 620 S. Main St. Deadline for daily publication is 9:30 a.m. of the day prior to requested publication date. Deadline for Sunday publication is Friday noon. is; ir-jL'! i f rirlsaa. m, I f4 ir J iippni .v. .. ?..,l'. ... ,?.,. J r... ...,".' ,..,'.)& , ,i !,..,. , .ilium Band Captures Marching Award The Cavemen Band and Color Guard captured top honors Saturday at a district marching contest held in Artesia. The Divison I trophy was the 15th for the Cavemen Band. The band performed "The Fabulous Fifties" show that highlighted Friday football game halftime show. The Carlsbad Junior High School's Mustang Band won a Division n at the event. Above are the drum major and soloists who were given special mention by the contest judges. Front row, soloists kick nouswn, ieii, and Stephen Nance; standing are Sylvia Zuniga, drum major Sheila Bond, and Diane Brown. Current-Argus Photo James Granger "This is a higher-than-usual rate: of pickup for a specific type of dog," Lujah said. "I don't know, but it seems like a few owners might have gotten scared." He said the last time such a mass turn-in of one kind of dog occurred was several years, ago when a Doberman pinscher at-. tacked a young girl. The number of pit bulls brought to the animal shelter leveled off over the weekend, but the number of calls about the dogs remained above average. ; - Brenda Hertenstein, an eighth-grader, was attacked by an 80S pound pit bull that tore a hole through her right hand, scratched her arm and ripped the skin from the right side of her face. The fa-; cial wound took 100 stitches. The dog was kiUed at the animal-shelter after the girl and her moth-' er identified it. The dog's owner: was cited for failure to have a city license and failure to report a bite. ; Jenkins, Light To Square OfQ The Carlsbad Chamber of Com merce Business Council is scheduled to host the fifth and final Candidate Forum Luncheon of the' election season Thursday at 11:45' a.m. at the Park Inn International,: 3706 National Parks Highway. k Featured candidates in the final forum are to be state representa-. tive district 55 candidates Nick,' .Tpnkins anrl Rnh I.ipht and rnnnhi' commissioner district 3 candi-f dates Jay Mobley and J.T.Ross. ? Each candidate will deliver a short presentation and will be available after the program to an-? swer questions. ( ; A scheduled sixth program was; canceled by the chamber earlier this month due to scheduling conf . flicts of incumbent Sen. Jeff Bingf' .aman, D-N.M., who had been expected to appear with Republir can challenger Bill Valentine. Cost for the luncheon is $6.50 pef person and the public is invited td attend. AG Probes Threats Behind Death OfNM Officer, MOUNTAIN AIR (AP) - Three days before rookie policeman Stephen Sandlin was found fatally shot last spring, a friend says he spent the night at Sandlin's house because the officer was afraid to be alone after repeated death threats. Nearly six months after the 21-year-old officer's body was discovered on the floor of police headquarters a bullet in his head from his own .357-Magnum revolver, which was found near the body Deputy Attorney General Steve Westheimer will say only that the investigation is continuing. The autopsy report by the Office of the Medical Examiner in Albuquerque leaves the cause of the May 7 death undet jrmined. ''It doesn't rule out anything,", says Dr. Karen Griest, who conducted the autopsy. "Suicide was out of the question for Steve," Mountainair Mayor Richard Shove1 lin says. "I thought it was a homicide." "He acted like he hadjeverything in the world going for him," Torrance County Un-dersheriff Gary Watts said. Sheriff Bobby Chavez says the investigation indicates Sandlin was kneeling when shot. Sandlin had been an officer just eight weeks in Mountainair, 45 miles southeast of Albuquerque. Being a policeman had been a lifelong dream, says his father, Tom Sandlin, who retired last December as a lieuten-. ant after 21 years with the Albuquerque Police Department. The young man still had not been state-certified and so worked mainly as a traffic officer. But on April 11, a few weeks before his death," Sandlin apparently happened onto a marijuana case. Melvin King, 40, of Manzano was stopped for investigation of driving while intoxicated; witnesses told the Albuquerque Journal that Sandlin initiated the traffic stop. Police Chief David Carson declined comment on particulars of King's arrest, citing advice from the district attorney's -office. ' However, an affidavit was filed in court with a warrant used to search King's home. The search was conducted with the consent of King's former girlfriend, Susan Sprague, the affidavit says. . "It is believed that King and Sprague are in a business association of distributing marijuana," toe affidavit says. , Fifty-four pounds of marijuana were seized in the search, the affidavit says. On Sept. 6, the FBI also seized King's house for .drugelated forfeiture proceed ings, but the place burned down Sept. 26, FBf spokesman Doug Beldon said Monday. State fire marshal's investigator Dwaynel Merritt said the fire was started by arson. ; Beldon said the house was taken as an "adoptive" seizure," which means toe FBI handles the seizure when the state has nit comparable seizure law. t That (seizure) request was made by the; police chief down there, David Carson,,rBel don said. 'I He said the FBI also is involved in the ar' son investigation, since the house belonged; to the federal government when it was burned dowa But he said the bureau is not investigating the marijuana case or Sandj lin's death, which are purely state cases. " 5

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