Volunteer EMS agencies facing staffing shortages

Volunteer emergency medical services agencies in eastern New Mexico and West Texas are facing staffing shortages, according to local EMS officials. CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Stan Miller, Bovina mayor and certified paramedic, left, and Larry Mitchell, Bovina EMS Director and licensed paramedic inspect equipment on their department's only ambulance. Most departments only have about […]

Religion feature: Church provides food for hungry

The 16th and Pile Church of Christ has been providing food for the needy Mondays and Fridays for six months. Church Elder Don McCasland said the Helping Hands food pantry is aimed at helping people without jobs. The number of unemployed in Curry County is 5 percent, according to the New Mexico Department of Workforce […]

Police blotter – March 30

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Wednesday 1:45 a.m.: Call in reference to a pregnant female who was beat up by her boyfriend. She is outside on the ground, 2100 block of West Grand. 3:48 a.m.: Caller reported a group of males possibly trying to break into a building. They […]

Red Cross seeking volunteers

The Red Cross of Eastern New Mexico is looking for volunteer disaster responders, fundraisers, event planners, general office help and instructors to teach CPR, first aid and disaster response. "There are no special skills required," said Aline Carr, community relations manager for American Red Cross of Southeastern New Mexico. "We're looking for people who are […]

District Attorney Matt Chandler honored

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler won the New Mexico Prosecutor of the Year award last week at the annual prosecutor spring training conference in Ruidoso, according to a news release from the Administrative Office of the District Attorneys in Albuquerque. According to the release: This annual award is given to a New Mexico prosecutor […]

Religion calendar – March 30

Friday Bishop Kelshaw Lecture Series – St. James Episcopal Church. Subject: Christian biblical world view. Registration forms on St. James website or come by church office. Saturday Bishop Kelshaw Lecture Series – St. James Episcopal Church. Subject: Christian biblical world view. Registration forms on St. James website or come by church office. Sunday The Rose […]

Family joins search for missing airman

Scott Lee never ceased to amaze his family and friends. As a teenager he worked the snowboard circuit in California. When he was 18 he hitchhiked with a surfboard through South America, then all of the sudden he was a river guide in Utah, the next thing his family knows, he's enrolling in college and […]

Cannon personnel competing in Golden Gloves

A quintet of Cannon Air Force Base personnel will be taking on a different type of fight this weekend, when they trade their uniforms for shorts and boxing gloves. They will be part of the field during the Golden Gloves state competition, set for this weekend at the Roy Walker Recreation Center. The three-round matches […]

Vets visit Cannon with noble message

USAF: Airman 1st Class Eboni Reece U.S. Army veteran Wesley Leon-Barrientos stands in front of an AC-130W Stinger II on the flightline March 22 at Cannon Air Force Base. Leon-Barrientos is a double-amputee and three time Purple Heart recipient from his service during Operation Iraqi Freedom. While on a coast-to-coast bicycle ride raising suicide awareness, […]

State creates made-up problems

It amuses me how many problems that have a government-mandated "solution" are caused by previous government mandates that came about as misguided solutions for previously manufactured problems. And, because the majority of "The People" have become convinced that the earlier mandates are "The Way it's Always Been Done" (rather than a relatively recent "gum, tape, […]

Supreme Court hearings should be broadcast

Even by U.S. Supreme Court standards, this week's hearings on President Obama's health reform act are a historical milestone. It's arguably the biggest case the court has addressed in decades. Sadly — and despite passionate, polarized national interest — only about 300 people each day witnessed these hearings live. With due respect to news reports, […]

Movie schedule: March 30

Friday 7 p.m. — Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, PG-13 Saturday 4 p.m. — Tyler Perry's Good Deeds, PG-13 7 p.m. — Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, PG-13 Sunday 4 p.m. — This Means War, PG-13 7 p.m. — Tyler Perry's Good Deeds, PG-13 Admission is $.99 Information: 784-3331

What's Happening: March 30

Friday Lunch and Learn at Your Library 11:30 a.m. Cannon Library Friday Social Hour Snacks 4:27 p.m. Landing Zone Family Bowl-A-Rama 5 p.m. Cannon Lanes Teen Bi-annual NERF Wars 7 p.m. Youth Center Saturday Yard Sale 6 a.m. Doc Stewart Park My Smart Hands parenting class 9:30 a.m. Base Chapel Duct Tape Dance 5 p.m. […]

Religion column: Jesus’ arrival cause for parade

From the time I was little I can remember watching parades at one time or another. My far back memories take me to Missouri when we would always go to parades in downtown Kansas City. It just takes an occasion to throw a parade. Each time I waited on the sidewalk for the upcoming parade, […]

amos the churchmouse: the palm branch mystery

Editor's note: Amos is a churchmouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can't use the capital shift keys and he shuns punctuation marks – except the hyphens and dashes. the palm branch mystery boss willifred the white rat invited me to jump in his tiny time traveler again this week to […]

Friday morning briefing: Superstition, jazz and a country jamboree

Good morning and welcome to the Friday briefing. Superstitions Eastern New Mexico University's Department of Art is presenting the national juried illustration exhibit "Superstition" Tuesday through April 27 in the Runnels Gallery of the Golden Library. It's a look through artists' eyes at some our most fervent superstitions. Free and open to the public during […]

NMHSCA all-state basketball teams

BOYS FIRST TEAM Class 5A Bryce Alford, La Cueva Cullen Neal, Eldorado Mando Marshall, Las Cruces High John Dawson, Clovis Martin Colledge Romero, Albuquerque High Class 4A Adrian Ortegon, Santa Teresa Chase Salazar, Roswell Goddard Lane Vanderhulst, Roswell Goddard Nick August, Gallup Brandon Saiz, Bernalillo Class 3A Arron Wells, Hope Christian Justin Bustos, LV Robertson […]

Press release: Matt Chandler named New Mexico prosecutor of the year

Santa Fe, NM: Prosecutors and staff from around the state gathered last week in Ruidoso for their annual spring training conference, which was sponsored by the New Mexico Administrative Office of the District Attorneys. Attorneys attended tracks depending on skill level, with new prosecutors having two full days of core skills training, while experienced prosecutors […]

Organization loans out formal dresses

Courtesy photo Tyleen Caffrey poses in front of her selection of formal wear excited for her first Prom Extravaganza of the year at Portales High School. The idea was to help 10 to 15 girls go to prom, four years later, Tyleen Caffrey helps supply formalwear to the local community for special occasions. The social […]

Organization loans out formal dresses

Courtesy photo Tyleen Caffrey poses in front of her selection of formal wear excited for her first Prom Extravaganza of the year at Portales High School. The idea was to help 10 to 15 girls go to prom, four years later, Tyleen Caffrey helps supply formalwear to the local community for special occasions. The social […]