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Author Archives: Elaine Tassy / Journal Staff Writer

From left, LaShawntie, Donna, Shanté and Frank Payne visit with Myrtle the turtle in the front yard pond at their home in Albuquerque. Five of the Paynes' eight children are adopted, and they have fostered hundreds more. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

‘They needed a mom and a dad’

That’s why the Paynes opened their hearts and their home to hundreds of neglected, abused children.

Staci Bull, left, and Sabrina Bull, right, exchange rings during their wedding ceremony, officiated by the Rev. Judith Maynard. Though they held a commitment ceremony years ago, Sabrina said, “Now I feel I can say ‘my wife’ and mean it.” (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

Couples reflect on wedded life

Same-sex couples reflect on how marriage has changed life in big and small ways

Mauro Montoya and Andy Walden will get married this summer in front of 150-200 guests, some of them traveling from the Seattle area. Montoya saw a need for a same-sex wedding expo in Albuquerque and created one that will be held next weekend. (Courtesy of Max Woltman)

Expo aims at gay couples

Workshop offers advice for vendors marketing to couples

Panel to address kids coping with violence

Not everyone has enough information about what to do when a child is victimized by or witnesses an act of violence, be it random or deliberate.

Liesl Illanes Meyers will receive the Spirit of Hope award. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

Cancer survivor turns to advocacy

While battling breast cancer five years ago, Liesl Illanes Meyers, an Albuquerque mother of two, was dismayed to notice that some needed services weren’t easily accessible to her and others going through treatment.

Wally Winter is shown at his home in Bernalillo, wearing a T-shirt with the name of the organization for which he volunteers as a nurse, Project Hope. He leaves today for his second tour doing disaster relief nursing in the Philippines. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

Project Hope sends nurse to hard-hit Philippines

When Wally Winter, a nurse and retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, boards a plane at Albuquerque International Sunport today, he won’t touch ground for about two days.

Bill and Giuliana Rancic will speak at the Nancy Floyd Haworth Foundation luncheon April 12. (Courtesy photo)

Celeb TV star to speak at breast cancer event

Next month, E! cable TV personality Giuliana Rancic will be talking about something other than the hi-jinx of Justin Bieber on the network’s nightly celebrity news round-up, or what designer gowns the stars are wearing on the network’s style critique show, “Fashion Police,” which she co-hosts with Joan Rivers and other celebs.

This Thai duck salad is one of the featured foods at the Street Food Institute’s food truck at CNM.

Students get on-the-go learning

If Central New Mexico Community College student Holly English feels like it, she can leave her accou …