Weekly update — June 19

Testing: Heat, low oxygen likely behind fish deaths Preliminary testing has identified high temperatures and low oxygen as probable reasons for hundreds of fish dying at Dennis Chavez Lake. Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell said a test showed temperatures are abnormally high at 78 degrees with oxygen at a low level of 1.1 milligrams […]

Hospice helps patients, families

I never thought I would love to work with dying people. It just sounded too morbid. Our American culture does just about everything it can to prevent the inevitable; we rarely discuss our funeral services or burial wishes openly. We are not likely to make a will or advanced directives. So the thought of working […]

Jesus can see us through dark times

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist I have heard news this last week of much sadness: a baby dies, a young man dying in the prime of life, and a young woman and man killed in car accident. I have no words of wisdom and pressed for words of comfort for these situations. I just know […]

Christmas movies will not be missed

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Here’s the good thing about no more Christmas: No more sappy Christmas movies. Neal Patrick Harris was in one. Let me quickly acknowledge New Mexico basks in Neal’s fame. He was one of us. His parents, attorneys both, still live in Albuquerque where they no longer practice law but instead […]

Superficiality has no place in disaster

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Apparently, Brownie wasn’t the only one. You remember the grief that fell on Michael Brown, former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency last month after the release of some embarrassing e-mails. They revealed that as Hurricane Katrina was submerging New Orleans and shredding Biloxi, Brown and his aides were […]

Clovis hospital staples retire

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Brian Bentley, administrator of Plains Regional Medical Center, congratulates Joy Williams, left, and Diane White on their retirement from nursing during a reception Wednesday. Courtesy photo: Leslie Hopper, RN By Jack King Diane White and Joy Williams are graduates of some of the earliest nursing classes held in Clovis and have each served the community […]