Education feature: Ready to step into leadership

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ryan Strong of Clovis,14, is hoping his second youth leadership conference in Boston will be as life-changing as the first in Washington, D.C. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Ryan Strong divides his life into three sections. Before his first Congressional Youth Leadership Council conference, during, and after. Strong, who […]

Spiritual vision directs religious path

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist This is graduation season. Children we have known through the years are now graduating seniors and leaving home. I remember what an exciting time that was. When I graduated from high school, I felt the uncertainty and the excitement. In my 18-year-old mind, I felt that could “rock” the world. […]

Portales officials wary of proposed water authority legislation

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Orlando Ortega remembers his early days on the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, when he felt entities in Quay County were holding back production of the Ute Water Project. Now, it’s years since those entities left, and the pipeline project has been approved by Congress and President Obama, […]

New Mexico ranked 17th in nation on well-being index

Over the past year, New Mexicans responded to a random telephone survey about how they felt about living in the state.

Iraq veteran finds coming home tougher than expected

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Courtesy photo Trevor Lyons, 22, was surprised when he was told he had left over psychological issues from serving with the Marine Corps in Iraq in 2006. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer He thought his reaction to the things he experienced in war was normal and felt like he was pretty well adjusted with […]

Baby born in back seat of Cadillac

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Candy McDonald gave birth to her 5-pound, 15-ounce daughter Jaliyah Marshall in the back seat of her grandmother’s Cadillac SUV Wednesday while enroute to the hospital. Mother and baby, nicknamed “Escalade” by hospital staff, are doing j By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Cadillac Escalade was the location of […]

Publisher felt government too intrusive

By Don McAlavy Raymond Cyrus Hoiles was a crusty old newspaper publisher who did not believe in taxes. Nor did he believe in compulsory public support of schools, the postal system, fire departments or police forces. His views are carried into hundreds of thousands of homes every day. His journalistic empire includes papers in California, […]

Residents skeptical about government bailout

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The financial markets reflected a general feeling of unease and skepticism felt by many over the government’s proposed $700 billion bailout plan to buy bank’s mortgage debts. Worries that the rescue package would cost too much, drive up inflation, swell the already-bloated deficit and hurt the ailing economy also […]

Nursing shortage not felt locally

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MCT Illustration By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico health care officials said the region is not as impacted by a state-wide nursing shortage because of the availability of new nurses from local colleges. A University of New Mexico study revealed the state is about to lose 5,000 nurses it might not be […]

Mommy Guilt, Anyone?

By Anita Doberman I recently made plans to go see a movie with a friend and scheduled a babysitter to watch my five children for a couple of hours. When the time to leave came, I felt terrible because all the kids were crying and seemed so unhappy to see mommy leave.