Everybody’s business: Dispelling myths about tax obligations

A new year approaches and one is ending. The annual ritual of reporting income and expenses to the federal government will soon be upon us. Take time this month to prepare for tax time over the next four months. Here are a few tips that may reduce stress and dismiss myths of tax obligations. • […]

Officials stress keeping faith on military retirement

By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has no proposals or recommendations on revamping military retirement at this time, but any future proposal must not break faith with those in the military today, senior Pentagon officials told Congress Oct. 25. Jo Ann Rooney, the principal deputy undersecretary of defense for […]

Military mama: Slow down, turn off technology

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Confession time: I get anxiety quickly and over ridiculous things. The more illogical, the more cause I have to stress out. Because not only am I stressing about whatever the actual issue is, I then also add the stress of knowing that I’m stressing out over something I shouldn’t be stressing over. Is that stressful […]

Dairy owners say drought shriveling profits

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Cass Anderson feeds cattle on his family’s dairy near Portales Thursday afternoon. Due to droughts around the West, prices for hay are up while quality and quantity are down, putting stress on dairy finances. Argen Duncan While dairy cattle are holding up well in the hot, dry weather, the drought is […]

Medical officials address Traumatic Stress Response

By Capt. Bryan W. Bovitz: 27th Special Operations Medical Group Mental Health Clinic Traumatic Stress Response teams are a valuable mental heath tool for airmen and their families in times of stress or tragedy. The teams are prepared to assist in the aftermath of ground and air mishaps, natural disasters, major accidents, or any incident […]

Stress tips featured on show

Information on relieving stress, repurposing the garage and making knotted jewelry will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Laura Dellutri will head to the kitchen and show all the new things busy moms (and dads) can do to save time and stress when it comes to taking […]

Relic boxes, candy bark treats featured on program

Sheryl Borden Information on creating relic boxes, making candy bark treats and new products for relieving stress will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Crafter Marisa Pawelko will show how to create relic boxes, which are miniature time capsules that can capture special memories for any occasion. […]

Officials stress importance of hiring disabled vets

By David Egner: Military Health System WASHINGTON —Federal officials are taking action to reverse years of decline in the percentage of people with disabilities in the federal workforce, speakers said at a March 5 training session held to prepare for a Federal Hiring Event for People and Veterans with Disabilities scheduled for April. The percentage […]

PTSD disability ratings increased

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist More than 4300 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who were diagnosed in service as suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but got low military disability ratings, have won an agreement with the Department of Defense to upgrade those ratings retroactively to 50 percent. The higher rating will represent an important win […]

Podcast addresses post-deployment stress

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Servicemembers and their families can get help coping with post-deployment stress through a new series of podcasts profiling the personal stories of those who have lived it. “Combat brings individuals face-to-face with the harshest demands imaginable. In fact, it’s impossible to be unaffected by these experiences. Stress reactions, family […]

High plains crops present opportunities, challenges

By Sangu Angadi: AgSense An increasing demand for healthy cooking oil (low in saturated fat) and a growing importance in biodiesel production are driving the interest in oilseed crops in the High Plains. Growing oilseed crops also offers rotational benefits including better weed management opportunities. The residual meal after extraction of oil from most oilseeds […]

Cold weather precautions advised

By 27th SOW Safety Office Winter adds its own hazards to regular safety concerns, so get ready to continue to work safely in winter weather by training to recognize and protect against its hazards. How cold is too cold? According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, cold stress can occur when the body is […]

Stress taking toll on U.S. military forces

Freedom New Mexico Thursday’s shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, shocked many people who might not have previously thought about just what the ongoing war is doing to the young men and women we keep sending into battle. Nearly 4,400 of them have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, and thousands more have been injured in this […]

Local non-profit offers discrete substance abuse help

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Non-profit Junctions aims to help local residents who suffer from alcohol or substance abuse issues. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico The stress of deployment overseas can come with a cost to individuals and their families — not only during the time the service member is gone, but before and […]

Group seeks to help military community

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Junctions offers confidential help and is funded by the federal Access to Recovery grant. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections The stress of deployment overseas can come with a cost to individuals and their families — not only during the time the service member is gone, but before and after. One […]

Deployment stress results in gray hair

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist Gray hair is taking over my dark brown head at a rapid pace. It’s an invasion that I fight with all my might, but one that is met with large obstacles, such as the expense of getting to a salon every six weeks to keep the enemy at bay. […]

Deployment stress results in gray hairs

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist Gray hair is taking over my dark brown head at a rapid pace. It’s an invasion that I fight with all my might, but one that is met with large obstacles, such as the expense of getting to a salon every six weeks to keep the enemy at bay. I […]

May 15 Cannon Community

Stress Reduction/Management Class — The Health and Wellness Center will host classes on the fourth Friday of each month. They are available for all active duty personnel, beneficiaries, retirees, and civilians. Sign up through the HAWC by calling 784-1004. Joint Mobility/Early Morning Recharge Class — Classes will be held at the Cannon Fitness Center racquetball […]

Health officials urge caution, not panic, in face of flu

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Gov. Bill Richardson spoke to a crowd of Clovis officials and media Monday morning at Clovis Community College. He said the reason for his visit was to bring the message of what the state is doing about the H1N1 virus. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer New Mexico health officials […]

Police stress importance of neighborhood watch in keeping communities safe

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Dawn Smith’s home was burglarized Wednesday. The suspect rummaged through the house, throwing the computer to the ground, stepping on the monitor and took about 50 DVDs, among other things. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer “There she is,” Dawn Smith remembers hearing as her neighbor’s young daughter […]