Respiratory virus tough on toddlers

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Around this time every year the majority of Plains Regional Medical Center’s 12-bed pediatric ward is full with babies and young toddlers and often there’s a single culprit to blame — Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus or RSV. “When a child has RSV, they’re pretty sick little kids,” said Janna […]

Frugality easier than you think

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist Tough economic times require tough action. A check of the daily headlines or your 401K statement will tell the time for that action is now. Sales are down in lots of businesses, wage freezes or layoffs are occurring and the job market is tight. One of the best […]

Government bailouts send wrong message

Freedom Newspapers The newspaper industry is struggling with Internet competition, declining circulation and a tough revenue picture, which is threatening the stability of the industry and harming the public’s ability to get important news and information. And it’s hard to overestimate the importance of the news industry in ensuring that the electorate is well-enough informed […]

Despite tough times focus on blessings

Freedom New Mexico We gather today with family and friends at a difficult time in our history. The nation’s economy lags like it hasn’t since the 1930s. Thousands of Americans have lost their jobs, and many of those who are still employed worry that their positions also are in jeopardy. Then there are those families […]

It’s tough being mechanically challenged

Some of us have difficulty dealing with mechanical objects. I guess the politically correct way to state our problem is “mechanically challenged.” That goes double for computers. There’s a little man in mine — I’ve named him Elmer. Every now and then he says, “You’ve been doing really good. I think I’ll just mess you […]

Tough morning for American hammer throwers

American hammer throwers had a tough morning in Beijing and none of the three advanced to the medal round at the U.S. Olympics.

Humor helps in tough times

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist There is nothing like a good sense of humor to carry you through the experience of birth. This week, humor and irony, helped to make it through a c-section, some health issues and welcoming our sixth child, a little baby girl. This was my fifth c-section and even though I […]

Fathers keep focus

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist Men, and military men in particular, can take a lot. They are tough, hard working and have high tolerance for pain. Take my beloved hubby. He almost died of a burst appendix because he didn’t go to the hospital right away — he preferred to take the pain than go […]

ENMU battles WT tough in loss

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — The West Texas A&M men’s basketball team may have clinched a spot in the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament Saturday night, but the Buffaloes got a bit more than they expected from an undermanned Eastern New Mexico University squad. Senior forward Chris Hinz scored 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting, and […]

Smile when life gets tough

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist In the last few weeks, I missed my husband’s calls from overseas too many times. If it’s just once or twice I don’t mind, but if it happens on numerous occasions, I feel frustrated and disappointed. I wanted to share our excitement about an upcoming trip to Atlanta to attend […]