Clovis pastor working to import hay from Iowa

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MCT photo With a surplus in Iowa and a shortage in the Southwest, a Clovis pastor is working to bring hay to area farmers and ranchers in need. “We’re gauging the need and seeing where we can be the hands in God’s work. You never know until you ask,” said Bonita Knox, pastor of Trinity […]

Immigrant doctors could ease shortage

Freedom New Mexico We will get immigration reform — the kind that allows far more immigrants into our country — whether it is politically popular or not. Politicians are no match for the kind of raw, pro-immigration economic forces that lie ahead. For the past two decades, immigrants flooded into this country to do jobs […]

Now facing shortage of pitchmen

We’re coming to a shortage in this country. We should have seen it coming, but it may be too late now. Fossil fuels? No, I’m talking about pitchmen. The small group of informercial celebrities just got smaller this weekend, with the passing of fitness guru Jack LaLanne, a man who, at 96, on his deathbed, […]

Health reform will have dire consequences

Freedom New Mexico During the debates on federalized health care, there was no shortage of people projecting the negative consequences of such a policy. Those consequences are beginning to be realized. Two of the country’s largest insurance providers, UnitedHealthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield, already have stopped issuing new coverage for children and other plans. […]

Nurse shortage overshadows health debate

Freedom New Mexico While the president and Congress bicker over private insurance and tax funding in Washington, the question of who will provide our nation’s health care has a more direct, and important, meaning. A growing shortage of doctors and nurses already affects many Americans’ ability to get the care they need. The Robert Wood […]

PRMC births down in 2009

Freedom New Mexico Gift baskets were ready and there was no shortage of expecting mothers in the community. But as the sun fell on the first day of 2010, there was still no first baby of the year. It was close, said Ellen Augustine, interim women’s and pediatrics’ manager for Plains Regional Medical Center. One […]

State facing foster home shortage

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Ten years of being foster parents in Nebraska wasn’t enough for the Stacys. Four months ago, the couple became foster parents again in Clovis, filling a need every community deals with, Marti Stacy said. Stacy said the couple learned from a friend that the area was short on foster […]

Nursing shortage not felt locally

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MCT Illustration By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico health care officials said the region is not as impacted by a state-wide nursing shortage because of the availability of new nurses from local colleges. A University of New Mexico study revealed the state is about to lose 5,000 nurses it might not be […]

New Mexico First hosting nursing forum

CNJ staff New Mexico First will hold a forum to brainstorm for ideas on how to build a stronger nursing workforce from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 18 at the Clovis Civic Center The forum will address the nursing shortage in New Mexico, and ways to implement the recommendations made by the New Mexico […]

Opinions matter, even small ones

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I have a lot of opinions. But today, I’ll just give you three. They’re not enough for individual columns, but each has pop culture, sports or political merit. • One of my friends has joined an online group dedicated to creating a worldwide carrot shortage on May 15. The […]