Cannon airman died of hereditary heart disease

By CNJ staff A Cannon Air Force Base airman who died Oct. 23 after playing soccer on base had a hereditary heart disease, Capt. Andre Kok of Cannon Public Affairs said Wednesday. Airman 1st Class Brian Kane, 29, of Ireland, died from heart failure and suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy, Kok said. Dilated cardiomyopathy is a […]

Europe has anti-Americanism disease

by Mona Charen “My anti-Americanism has become almost uncontrollable. It has possessed me, like a disease. It rises up in my throat like acid reflux, that fashionable American sickness. I now loathe the United States and what it has done to Iraq and the rest of the helpless world. I can hardly bear to see […]

Hungry for life: Football player fights cystic fibrosis

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Clovis Christian senior Corey Hastings prays before the start of a game against the New Mexico School for the Deaf on Thursday at Jim Hill Field in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor When Corey Hastings was 4, his father ordered him an adult’s steak-finger basket at a Dairy Queen. […]

Simple tasks remedy obesity problem

By Barbara L. Root: Guest Columnist I find it interesting that in America today we are beginning to consider obesity a disease. Some Americans think obesity should be covered by medical insurance or Medicare. In other countries, children have distended bellies and skinny limbs due to malnutrition; adults are predominately thin; fatness is considered a […]

Ronald Reagan dies at age 93

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Nancy Reagan cradles the Reagans’ pet, a King Charles spaniel named Rex, as she and President Ronald Reagan stroll along the White House South lawn in this December 1986 file photo. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook) Jeff Wilson and Terence Hunt: The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Ronald Reagan, the cheerful crusader who devoted his presidency to […]

Clovis police officer feels DA not proactive

Letters to the editor I feel it is my duty as a citizen, a police officer and a father to encourage and inform Clovis’ residents of a few things. Over the last few years, crime in this area has hit highs that I never imagined we would see for a town of our size. I […]

Cancer mixes physician’s personal, professional life

Capt. Kirin Madden: Guest columnist Relay for Life has a lot of meaning for me, both personal and professional. Like most people, cancer has touched my life and made its impression on my soul. As a physician, I spend a lot of time and energy looking for cancer through a variety of screening exams. In […]

Team work, dedication make up Relay for Life

Kay Prater: Guest columnist The Clovis News Journal will be running columns written by Relay for Life participants this week in preparation for this weekend’s event. Many of my family and friends have lost the battle to cancer. I have a daughter and a granddaughter who are survivors. I am a survivor and have many […]

Family hit by cancer now angels opposing it

Rebecca Holt: Guest columnist The Clovis News Journal will be running columns written by Relay for Life participants this week in preparation for this weekend’s event. Relay for Life has been a new challenging but very rewarding experience for me. I feel so blessed to be able to help others whose lives in some way […]

Local cancer survivor beats odds

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Ronnica Thomson laughs with her daughter Tori, 9, after Tori played on the trampoline Wednesday in the back yard of their home. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Cooped up in a Roswell hospital bed after surgery to remove a tumor 18 months ago, Ronnica Thomson saw sadness through a […]

Breast cancer — Early detection can save lives

By Michelle Seeber Former Portales resident Charles Meister lost his sister Marilyn (Meister) Emanuel to breast cancer on Dec. 5, 1988. She was a second-grade school teacher in Chandler, Ariz., and only 41 years old. She left two sons behind: Glen, 17, and Greg, 13. She lived only two years after she was diagnosed with […]

Bipolar disorder can wreak havoc if untreated

By Tom DiFrancesca III Mental illness — those two words immediately render disturbing images in most people’s minds; images of hospital wards populated with “crazy” people, images of people doing strange things like talking to themselves (or to a nearby lamppost, etc.), or acting in an obsessive or compulsive manner. Bipolar disorder (formerly known as […]

Help children keep their healthy teeth

By Carol Hisel: Guest Columnist February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. In 2000, the Surgeon General of the United States published a report stating that childhood dental disease is of epidemic proportions in the nation. This is a tragedy that will affect many children into adulthood. Teeth are meant to last a lifetime. By […]

Mad cow disease fears lead to layoffs at beef plant

By Darrell Todd Maurina Company officials announced Friday that the Excel beef processing plants in Friona and Plainview will lay off about 100 to 150 people at each plant. The layoffs are due to bovine spongiform encephalitis, also known as “mad cow disease,” according to Bill Rupp, executive vice president of Excel. “A number of […]

Area ranchers lose money to mad cow scare

Mike Linn A few days can cost a cattle rancher hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue — especially when one of those days beef from a Canadian Holstein is found infected with mad cow disease. Since news broke of the infected Holstein in Washington, cattle prices for fat cattle have dropped about 20 percent, […]

Media responsible with mad-cow story

From the Editor’s Desk Federal health officials estimate 1 million Americans get sick each week because of the food they eat. About 6,000 of those people get sick enough for hospitalization and close to 100 of them die. And yet mad-cow disease has dominated the headlines in recent weeks. And not one American is known […]

Producers: Dairy food still safe

By Darrell Todd Maurina Local dairymen and beef producers said the discovery of mad cow disease in a Canadian-born dairy cow raised in Washington state shouldn’t cause Americans to shun beef or dairy products. Wayne Palla, chairman of the Southwest Council of Dairy Farmers of America, cited a DFA national press release on dairy safety […]

Influenza cases up in Clovis area

By Darrell Todd Maurina As flu continues to strike victims across the United States, Clovis doctors have begun to see more cases — 44 documented cases as of Friday in Plains Regional Medical Center — and many more people probably have the flu but haven’t sought medical treatment. That could be a serious mistake, according […]

Alien Production (Ticket 12/11)

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Mark Schmidt, playing Jim, gets his memory erased by aliens in “Tales of the Lost Formicans” Tuesday at Clovis Community College. Aliens, from left, are played by Mary Ann Prior, Criselda Leal, Edward Anton Yankovich, and Caleb Mark Brandon. By Helena Rodriguez What do aliens, The American Dream, Alzheimer’s Disease and a dysfunctional family have […]

Child’s story touches East-Coast teacher

From the editor’s desk From the editor’s mailbox: > Valerie Young, a fourth-grade teacher in Philadelphia Public Schools, sent an e-mail after reading a story on our Web site about an area youngster who suffers from Moya Moya disease. The disease causes blockage of the main blood vessels to the brain, which leads to strokes […]