Feb. 10, 2009 Legislative Tidbits

Days remaining in session: 39 Autism bill passes Senate A measure requiring private health insurance companies to cover autism treatment passed the Senate Monday. If the House and Gov. Bill Richardson sign on, autism coverage would include screening and treatment through speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and applied behavioral analysis, according to the Senate […]

Living with autism

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Courtesy photo Brenden Webb, 5, relaxes in a swing. Brenden has autism, and though he is able to participate in many activities typical for a child of his age, his condition presents challenges as well. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Brenden Webb just celebrated his fifth birthday. The curly-haired bundle of energy likes finding […]

Doggie Howser, MD: Therapy dog

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Casper the therapy dog visits with surgical floor nurses at Plains Regional Medical Center. “The staff and the patients, they love having him here,” his owner David Kelso said. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A practiced calm settled over Casper as he stood ready to make his rounds. As the […]

Poetry doubles as therapy

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Nico Barela, of Las Vegas, N.M., says “my poems are my life story.” By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer On paper and off, Nico Barela, 17, can break your heart. “Have you ever lived my life? Spent one minute in my shoes? If you haven’t, then tell me why you […]

There is no shame in seeking therapy

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist I see a psychologist. Perhaps, I see nothing unusual about this because of my background. My mother, sister, aunt and cousin are psychologists, and most of my extended family saw a therapist at one time or another. I grew up thinking that going to a psychologist was just like going […]

College update: Point guard finds her voice

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer New Mexico Highlands point guard Chelo McElrath has always had a quiet, introverted demeanor. After two years at Clarendon Junior College in Clarendon, Texas, the 2003 Clovis High graduate went to Highlands and walked on at the Division II school in Las Vegas. It was at Highlands where McElrath […]

Ant colonies: Therapy for working man

By Grant McGee: local columnist Have you heard about that movie called “The Ant Bully?” It’s that age-old story of a little boy destroying an ant hill. The kid ends up being shrunk and having to help the ants rebuild their home. I think most of us have obliterated an ant hill with water, fire […]

Commissioners donate to horse therapy program

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commissioners opened their wallets and their hearts during Tuesday’s meeting to assist a local horse therapy program obtain nonprofit status and grant funding. Mini Blessings spokesperson Lexie Myers presented a slide show set to inspirational music. As the pictures unfolded, they revealed smiling children waving and […]

2/12 honors

Daniele Baughman was awarded a master of occupational therapy degree Dec. 17 from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She was awarded the degree after she completed her clinical fieldwork experiences at Advance Therapy Services in Fort Worth, Texas, and in Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas. Four Clovis students wee named to the South […]

Community garden offers therapy for mentally ill

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Diane Watts, a nurse for Mental Health Resources INC, views the productive garden that has been cultivated by patients. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The garden is called many names — “community garden,” “therapeutic garden” and “living garden” — and it serves as many purposes as it has names. The […]

Cancer center keeps patients close to home

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Registered nurse Kim Adams draws blood from Maria Enriquez of Portales on Thursday at the Plains Regional Cancer Center. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Until Maria Enriquez was diagnosed with breast cancer in September, she never really paid attention to the disease. Since that time, the 29-year-old Portales resident […]

Clovis’ first full-service day spa opens

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Brook Abernathy recently opened the Hydrations Day Spa, the first full-service day spa in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: John Eisel) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Some area residents were happy to learn last week that a healthy dose of poshness has arrived in Clovis. A full-service day spa has opened on Commerce Street that […]

Hairy therapy: Pets help heal local elderly

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Sometimes a friendly face and furry back is exactly what the doctor ordered. That is what Dorothy Nelson, 52, of the American Cancer Society believes. She just certified her personal pet, Mookie, as a therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International and joined the local chapter of Therapaws, which uses […]

Hospital cancer unit upgraded

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The $5.1 million cancer center at Plains Regional Medical Center has a vault linear accelerator that delivers the radiation therapy using pencil-thin beams of radiation that strike the tumor from all angles. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King: CNJ staff writer A newly equipped, $5.1 million cancer center at Plains Regional Medical Center […]

Community changes for the better

Clyde Davis Have you managed to keep pace with some of the new growth going on around town, the new and revised businesses that we are seeing? Sometimes it seems to move fast enough to make your head spin, so let’s take a tour of the town as it is developing. In the brief seven […]

Horses help disabled kids

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Lance Myers, 5, rides 5-year-old Joe on Friday as his mother Lexie Myers guides the horse around the arena at the barn south of Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King Two Curry County women have found a way to turn their shared passion for horses into a method for helping the disabled. […]

Local health community celebrates new addition

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Expansion projects at Plains Regional Medical Center include expanding the emergency room, building a new physician’s office, and the opening of the Healthplex and cancer treatment center. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Gary Mitchell Hospital administrator Brian Bentley calls today’s grand opening ceremony “a three-fold celebration.” Dignitaries from Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Plains Regional Medical Center […]

Doggone good therapy

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Dustin Williams (left), 12, his brother Josh Williams, 10, and Nicole Kennedy, 10 enjoy the company of Cosmos on Thursday at the Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. Photo by Lisa Sonnenschein. By Helena Rodriguez If laughter is good medicine, then pets just may be part of the cure. Several times a week, volunteers with […]