Healthier lifestyles can be just a phone call away

Courtesy Cannon Health and Wellness Center Women often juggle careers, families, and in some cases higher education, all while putting their health concerns on hold. Though they have made tremendous strides when it comes to taking care of their health, they still face many challenges. In 1900 the average life expectancy for a female was […]

Walkers brave storm clouds to march for Relay for Life

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Paul Zimmerman lights a candle Friday night at the Relay for Life to honor his father, who lost his battle with cancer. Zimmerman was one of 159 members on the ENMRSH team, which raised more than $9,000 in the event. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Her daughter by her side, Birdina Lavere struggled to […]

Testing decision should be government-free

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist If a hospital wanted to advertise that it upholds sanitary standards higher than any required by the government, no one would object. A used car dealer that decided to offer only vehicles with the best crash-test scores would be free to do so. But after a meat packer announced plans […]

State’s second West Nile victim from Tucumcari

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — A Tucumcari man is New Mexico’s second West Nile fatality of the year. Alan Bugg, who lived through a simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplant in June, died Oct. 7 from the mosquito-borne virus, his wife said. Catherine Buggis is angry the state’s Department of Health doesn’t do more […]

Ag Department preparing to lift cattle restrictions

CNJ staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture is preparing to lift restrictions on interstate movement of cattle for most of New Mexico, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. “This move is very good news for the livestock industry in New Mexico. The control of diseases that could devastate herds is very […]

Letters to the editor: Non-smokers have right not to smoke

I am responding to the letter from the Farwell lady. (Wednesday’s CNJ: Smoking ban about power, control) I would no more have the right to take that cigarette from her, than she has the right to take the clean air from me. If we could figure out a way to keep that non-filtered smoke out […]

Former Clovis legislator champions education

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor He was an advocate of education, a man who symbolized strength in the midst of disease, calm in the wind of anxiety, and perseverance in the throes of doubt. Diagnosed with lupus at 18, former state Rep. Mario Urioste spent much of his life battling a disease that broke […]

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 […]