First doctors in Clovis deserve credit for their services

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist The first doctor of Clovis, Dr. J. Foster Scott, came from a prominent Tennessee family. He was a city physician and head of a general hospital in Knoxville. In 1906, he and his wife traveled to Texico. By the spring of 1907, the doctor had settled in Clovis, his first office […]

City councilor undergoes cancer surgery

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A Portales city councilor is hospitalized following surgery Wednesday to remove cancerous tumors in his colon, officials said. Alfred Bachicha, 79, was diagnosed with cancer on Tuesday and taken to the Amarillo Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, City Manager Debi Lee said. “Our family has always been faith driven,” […]

Michael Schiavo should be left in peace

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Malcolm X used to speak of the need to get freedom “by any means necessary.” Apparently Gov. Jeb Bush feels the same about the need to get Michael Schiavo. Two weeks ago, Bush directed the state’s attorney to open an investigation into whether Schiavo delayed in calling paramedics when he […]

God plays big part in modern medicine

By Judy Brandon My sister Susie lives in Rochester, Minn., where she has made friends with a wonderful lady. While caroling two Christmases ago at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester with some other volunteers, Susie got coupled with Sister Dora, a 78-year-old Catholic nun who is also a nurse. The two soon became great friends […]

Schiavo political circus exercise in hypocrisy

By Leonard Pitts There were no network news bulletins when Sun Hudson died. No army of protesters keeping vigil outside the hospital, no statement from the president, no comment from the House majority leader. Instead, he died quietly, resting in his mother’s arms. This was on March 15. Had he lived 10 more days, Sun […]

Proof of humanity required in tech age

By Helena Rodriguez I had to provide proof the other day that I am a human being — and to a machine of all things. I was sending out e-mails for a class project to people — you know, those real-life, in the flesh-and-blood creatures that have overtaken this planet. Anyway, I was asking these […]

Increases in staff, payroll accompany expansion

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The expansion of Plains Regional Medical Center is showing additional benefits beyond adding in-house services such as a cancer treatment center, a rehab center and cardiac care. Thesix-year, $53.5-million project is also making a significant impact on the local economy and has aided in the recruitment of nearly a […]

Lots of good people doing good deeds

by David Stevens, Editor We have good news — a lot of nice people are running around in the world, based on recent requests for readers to tell us about random acts of kindness they’ve witnessed. Last Sunday, staff writer Ryan Lengerich put together a collection of stories detailing nice things people do for one […]

Troy’s honor should not need defense

By Mona Charen One of the great ironies of the past decade and a half is that the term “the politics of personal destruction” has come to be associated with what Republicans did to President Bill Clinton. Republicans have been known to go over the top now and then. But it is Democrats who have […]

Socialized health care not the answer

By Walter Williams Let’s start out by not quibbling with America’s socialists’ false claim that health-care service is a human right that people should have regardless of whether they can pay for it or not and that it should be free. Before we buy into this socialist agenda, we might check out just what happens […]

Kerry blundered in choosing VP candidate

CNJ Editorial Perhaps the job itself is not worth a bucket of warm spit, as one of FDR’s vice presidents, John Nance Garner, so famously said. But consider the vice presidents in the last half of the 20th century who went on to become president: Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush. In […]

Former CHS standout battling cancer

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Cisti Greenwalt (left) averaged 7.9 points and 5.7 rebounds a game last season before breaking her ankle late in the season. CNJ file photo. By Rick White Terri Greenwalt was on her way to the tanning bed when she got the call from her daughter Cisti. The news wasn’t good. Cisti, a forward for the […]

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 […]

Physician recruitment effort showing results

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Dr. Arnel Anthony S. Bobadilla, a physician in Pulmonary and Critical Care, laughs with co-workers after writing progress notes on a chart Thursday on the medical floor at Plains Regional Medical Center. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jack King, CNJ Staff Writer Clovis hospital attracts seven new doctors during 15-month period. Plains Regional Medical […]

Dora’s Stokes had zest for life

By Mike Linn DORA — Almost two dozen Dora High School students squeezed into the principal’s office Monday to remember Clayton Stokes, an energetic and mischievous junior who died late Saturday night in an automobile accident. Clayton was the starting point guard on Dora High’s basketball team and earned the nickname “spark plug,” for his […]

Fire victim recovers from burns

By Ryan Lengerich What happened to Timothy Clem more than six years ago was a tragic accident. What has happened since then, his sister said, is a miracle. On Sept. 1, 1997, Timothy was enjoying an afternoon at Greenbelt Lake outside Clarendon, Texas, near his hometown of Amarillo. His uncle was priming a carburetor with […]

Miracles come in all sizes

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Steve Friskup of Muleshoe is a cowboy preacher and livestock auctioneer. CNJ file photo By Darrell Todd Maurina Sister Rose Urban, pastoral associate at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Clovis, believes in miracles. Urban is hoping to see God heal Father Edward Rivera — an Albuquerque priest who is suffering from cancer — […]

Wanted: 50 doctors, and now

By Jack King If you dropped 20 new general practice physicians into Clovis’ pool of patients, they would hardly make a ripple. That was how Plains Regional Medical Center’s new administrator Brian S. Bentley described the city’s physician shortage recently. And it’s not just GPs that the city needs, he said. “Clovis probably has never […]

Supreme Court seemingly headed for banner year

Freedom Newspapers T he U.S. Supreme Court got off to a commend able start last week on its 2003-2004 term by refusing to hear the Conant vs. Walters case regarding doctors and medical marijuana. But apart from the Pledge of Allegiance case, most observers don’t expect this term to feature as many landmark rulings as […]

Q&A — Albert Kwan

Dr. Albert M. Kwan of Clovis was recently elected to the board of directors for the New Mexico Medical Review Association. Q: What is the purpose or goal of the New Mexico Medical Review Association? A: Its goal is to improve the quality of care in the state. We mostly look at Medicare and Medicaid […]