PRMC dedicates new outpatient surgery center

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson David Mongar, a registered nurse who works in the Plains Regional Medical Center’s surgery center, demonstrates use of a camera in one of the operating rooms during a tour of the facility Wednesday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer By summer, Plains Regional Medical Center hopes to have its new […]

Current TRICARE contracts extended

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Six million military health care beneficiaries learned last July that their TRICARE support contractor would be changing on April 1, 2010, because those companies that run TRICARE’s North and South Regions had lost in competing for the next generation of contracts. But what a difference six months makes. Government auditors […]

Salvation Army receives more gold, silver coins

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Maj. Tammy Ray of the Clovis Salvation Army proudly displays the gold and silvers coins that someone deposited Friday in one of its kettles. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer During her daily six-hour post at Walgreen’s, Cindy Mendoza makes sure to say hello, goodbye and “Merry Christmas” to everyone […]

Ticket feature: Lighthouse hosting Christmas party for needy

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File photo Last year’s Children’s Christmas Party at the Lighthouse Mission provides presents for 700 children. Organizers say this year’s party will be bigger. Freedom New Mexico In a room filled with six Christmas trees, some children will have their only Christmas. The Lighthouse Mission will host its annual Children’s Christmas Party Saturday. Director Jerri […]

H1N1 vaccines being offered

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health Clovis office is offering free H1N1 flu vaccines, according to a news release. The vaccine will be given from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Clovis Civic Center to four priority groups. The vaccine will be given to children ages six months to […]

Hull Street bids less than expected

The city of Clovis received six bids for the construction of the Hull Street Bridge and all were less than the projected amount of $5.8 million. At Thursday’s City Commission meeting, City Manager Joe Thomas is expected to recommend the lowest bid of $3.3 million be awarded to Hamon Contractors of Denver.

Letters to the editor: Post office remodel would cost public

Post office remodel would cost public It is plain to see something is rotten in Denmark, as the old saying goes. A group of six postal employees, some from Albuquerque, stood in various places in the lobby of the Gidding Street Post Office on July 16 and offered little or no information about the planned […]

Tucumcari woman celebrates century

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Courtesy photo Pacheco at 18. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico An 80-year resident of Tucumcari celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday, with six generations of family.Margarita Montano Pacheco has lived an interesting life since her birth on July 31, 1909, family members said.So what is the secret to living 100 years? “I never smoked, […]

New contractors for TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: Military update Six million military health care beneficiaries, those who live in TRICARE’s North and South regions, will have new managed care support contractors and claim processors to deal with by April. In a surprise development, two of three current TRICARE contractors — Health Net Federal Services and Humana Military Healthcare Services […]

Milk prices concern dairy farmers

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File photo Dairymen are getting $10 or a little less per 100-pounds of milk. Producing it costs $15 to $18, according to New Mexico State University Extension Dairy Specialist Robert Hagevoort. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Six months after the drop in milk prices, Roosevelt and Curry county dairy owners are still trying to […]