Military needs a few good nurses

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Hospitals in the United States have more than 126,000 unfilled nursing positions. By 2010, some think that number could double. The figures paint a cloudy and dark picture for hospitals around the country and that includes the one at Cannon Air Force Base. “The entire nation is facing a nursing […]

Girls over 50 just want to have fun

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers There are no rules. No dues. No committees. No officers. No charity work. No men allowed. No set meeting dates. No actual meetings or parliamentary procedure. And absolutely no responsibilities. The only requirements to be a member of the Red Hat Society is you must be a woman age 50 […]

DOD: Survivor Benefit Plan is costly

By Philpott: Military Update Defense officials, in a late-hour attempt to persuade senators not to join the House in voting to raise military survivor benefits, said the case for doing so has been built on a series of “mistaken assertions.” They also cautioned senators about the cost of enhancing the Survivor Benefit Plan’s $5 billion […]

Area citizens react to loss of Ronald Reagan

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Mary Lewis said she never missed a Ronald Reagan movie. The 77-year-old Texico resident praised the former president. “I just loved him, he was just so handsome and such a good actor,” she said. “He was a wonderful president and a loving husband.” Reagan, the nation’s 40th president, died […]

New funds could reduce tax on benefits

Tom Philpott: Military update Using money unspent from a controversial Air Force tanker program, the House Armed Services Committee has voted for a speedier phase out of a sharp drop in survivor benefits for military widows and widowers at age 62. What lawmakers call the “widow’s tax” feature of the military Survivor Benefit Plan has […]

More women waiting longer to start family

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Twila Rutter-Wooley spends time playing with her 21-month-old daughter Tasan and her step-son Ricky, 7, on Friday afternoon at her home in Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Mike Linn By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Looking back at her views on motherhood, Twila Rutter-Wooley says her perspective has certainly changed in the last few years. Actually, becoming […]

Breast cancer — Early detection can save lives

By Michelle Seeber Former Portales resident Charles Meister lost his sister Marilyn (Meister) Emanuel to breast cancer on Dec. 5, 1988. She was a second-grade school teacher in Chandler, Ariz., and only 41 years old. She left two sons behind: Glen, 17, and Greg, 13. She lived only two years after she was diagnosed with […]

There are worse things than getting old

Jim Sitterly: Guest columnist Having birthdays seems to be a topic that I have found amusing over the years. When we are adolescents, one thing we want more than anything is to be a grownup. Of course at that age, grownup is any age older than we are. This makes us excited for birthdays. When […]

This week: The N.M. caucus for dummies

Ned Cantwell Many readers have asked for clarification on certain points regarding the upcoming Democratic political caucus in New Mexico. They have asked also if I am going to reveal details of a certain sex scandal regarding one of those candidates. I am here to serve. Questions, please. > Can anyone beat Howard Dean in […]

Cannon editor court martialled

By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The editor of the Cannon Air Force Base newspaper will spend nine months in military prison, be demoted to the lowest enlisted rank, and receive a bad conduct discharge following his court-martial conviction Wednesday for carnal knowledge. Master Sgt. Stefan Alford of Cannon Public Affairs said […]

Confessions of a Portales quotation addict

Bob Huber I’m addicted to collecting memorable quotes. I can’t help it. I have shoeboxes full. My wife Marilyn often called me a poor man’s “Reader’s Digest” looking for a bathroom. At one time I thought I should categorize all my quotes — you know, with headings like “Stupid Remarks,” or “Racy Statements.” I never […]

It’s about face

By Darrell Todd Maurina Thanks to extra funding provided by Congress on Wednesday, Cannon Air Force Base will be able to replace some World War II-era buildings and add more runway lighting to improve pilot safety. The work will be in addition to upgrades the base has been doing all year. New Mexico Sen. Pete […]

Smith, Eva

Eva Smith Services: Have been held. Ms. Eva Lou Smith, 63, of Clovis, a nurse, died Monday, June 2, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born Nov. 11, 1939, in Portales, to Marvin Luther Smith and Belle Martha West. She was a nurse for Golden Age Nursing Home and also worked for 15 […]

Some one-liners contain the most pithy prose

By Bob Huber One of my scholarly pursuits is the care and feeding of one-liners. I get most of them from my wife Marilyn who seems to have an endless supply and loves to toss them out to brighten my day, as follows: • “You may think you’re still young, but you need your false […]