‘Special pay’ begins in health sector

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The military medical community, battling shortages in war-critical health professionals including psychiatrists and clinical care nurses, will be the first community in the Department of Defense to use more flexible, responsive “special pay” authorities enacted by Congress nearly a year ago. Other communities — including nuclear and aviation, the enlisted […]

NAACP conference covers issues including elections, education

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Dexter Talbert of Palestine, Texas, always thought he would see an African American nominated for the highest elected office in the country. But the 50-year-old said he didn’t expect it, or a woman running for vice president, to happen so soon. “This is major for me,” he said Saturday […]

AP: Four inmates charged with aiding escape

By Betsy Blaney: The Associated Press Four jail inmates who authorities say helped eight others in a brazen escape were charged Wednesday, as officials kept searching for five prisoners who remain on the loose, including a convicted murderer. Two people close to the fugitives were also arrested. Authorities said the four inmates, who were not […]

Many China actions more troubling than lip-syncing

Freedom New Mexico There have certainly been some genuinely thrilling moments so far at the Beijing Olympics, including a few that didn’t involve Michael Phelps. What is mildly troubling is how many of the thrilling moments have turned out to be fake. It is widely known now that 9-year-old Lin Miaoke, the achingly cute and […]

Curry County fair bringing array of events

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CNJ file photo Curry County Fairgrounds Manager Susan Ferrell said carnival crews will assemble the carnival rides and games booths on Monday. Ten things you should know about the 2008 Curry County Fair: 1. It starts Monday and lasts until Saturday. 2. The fair will have 26 carnival rides and 22 carnival games. Carnival crews […]

USDA declares counties disaster areas

CNJ staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture declared 31 New Mexico counties disaster areas Thursday because of persisting drought conditions, including Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties according to a USDA press release. Eligible farmers have an eight-month deadline to apply for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency to help cover their losses, according […]

Aug. 3, 2008 Club Notes

The Llano Estacado Quilt Guild met July 26 at Trinity Lutheran Church with 20 members in attendance. President Elizabeth Lawrence called the meeting to order. Niki Lee read the minutes. The treasurer resigned and Leigh Reynolds volunteered to take the office. Reports were given from charity projects including the Hartley House baby quilts, hospice lap […]

Family best gift of all

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Margarette Forrest, 91, enjoyed making meals for her family on Mother’s Day. By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer The Laurel Ridge Healthcare facility is home to many mothers including Maurine Winkles, 92, and Margarette Forrest, 91. Both women said the best Mother’s Day gift is the time spent with their […]

Service lessens stigma

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist I asked my husband and some of his military friends whether they would seek mental health counseling. Ninety-nine percent, including hubby, answered with a resounding “no” — regardless of the issue. I know there are many individuals who are willing to consult a mental health professional. But military men and […]

Library to receive cancer reference materials

In collaboration with the American Library Association, the Lance Armstrong Foundation will provide librarians across the country with reference materials on health-related information, specifically cancer. The foundation is sending LIVESTRONG Survivorship Notebooks to more than 14,200 libraries, including the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The books include sections on survivorship tools, stories, topics and updates. Individuals, groups […]