Hereford restaurant employee diagnosed with hepatitis A

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer More than 2,600 shots to prevent hepatitis A have been administered this week in Hereford, Texas, following the diagnosis of a Hereford Sonic Drive-In employee with the virus, according to officials. The Texas Department of State Health Services began administering free shots Monday afternoon to anyone who patronized the […]

Summer camps hold special place

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist For many kids, summer camp is a formative experience. For some, it can be so formative that it — well, let’s put it this way. The summer after fourth grade, I went to summer camp for the first time. Two other boys and I were so happy there we decided […]

Cancer center keeps patients close to home

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Registered nurse Kim Adams draws blood from Maria Enriquez of Portales on Thursday at the Plains Regional Cancer Center. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Until Maria Enriquez was diagnosed with breast cancer in September, she never really paid attention to the disease. Since that time, the 29-year-old Portales resident […]

Officials: flu season normal

CNJ staff State health officials are monitoring three cases of pneumonia in Curry County to see if each illness was spawned by influenza. “It’s not abnormally high (number of cases) … (but) the reason we’re monitoring it is because it’s related to the lung and there may be a viral connection and possibly related to […]

President could put two justices on the high court

Freedom Newspapers The hospitalization of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist for thyroid cancer suddenly spotlighted one issue that has received too little attention in this campaign. The next president could put at least two, but perhaps as many as four, new justices on the high court, changing the course of U.S. lawmaking and […]

Deadly illness redefines singer’s faith

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Kevin Mark Gardels has played in local bands and recorded music for years, but his upcoming album, “God’s Hands,” will have a different focus from much of his previous work. A year ago, Gardels was on the verge of death from myelofibrosis, a rare cancer for which the […]

Bipolar disorder can wreak havoc if untreated

By Tom DiFrancesca III Mental illness — those two words immediately render disturbing images in most people’s minds; images of hospital wards populated with “crazy” people, images of people doing strange things like talking to themselves (or to a nearby lamppost, etc.), or acting in an obsessive or compulsive manner. Bipolar disorder (formerly known as […]