Hess, Olive “Oley”

Olive “Oley” M. Hess, of Clovis, died Sunday, June 26, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. She was born in Batavia, N.Y., to Arthur and Fannie Mullen. Family members did not release her age or date of birth. Hess moved to Santa Fe in 1956 where she lived until moving to Clovis in 2003. […]

Difficult decision ahead for panel

Lions Club

Members of the Lions Club show their support for Cannon Air Force Base as BRAC officials and state politicians travel down Prince Street on their way to the regional meeting on Friday morning at Marshall Junior High School. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The arguments to save Cannon Air Force […]

Clovis shows panel members ‘human side’

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Gabriel Bryant of Clovis shows his support for Cannon Air Force Base as a delegation of New Mexico politicians talk to people outside Marshall Junior High School after the BRAC regional hearing. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer They lined up 5,000 American flags, shoe-polished windows with “We love Cannon,” created […]

Cannon supporters vow to keep fighting

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Hundreds of people stood along Commerce Way, waving and holding signs as BRAC commissioners passed by under police escort. Photo is from a KOB-TV news helicopter. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer By all accounts, supporters of Cannon Air Force Base on Friday made a compelling argument to spare the facility […]

Base civilians’ jobs also hinge on BRAC call

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer His posture told a story. Leo Dudley sat in a front pew at the 16th and Pile Church of Christ, leaning forward, his hands perched on his chin for nearly 90 minutes Friday morning as two local base supporters and a New Mexico delegation argued to have Cannon Air […]

BRAC by numbers

1 out of 3 jobs Committee of Fifty member Chad Lydick said will be lost to the community if Cannon closes 1 out of 5 jobs the Department Defense estimates will be lost if Cannon closes 6 Base Realignment and Closure commissioners who attended Friday’s regional hearing in Clovis. The Commission consists of nine members. […]

BRAC by quotes

BRAC talk from Clovis this weekend: “I am proud to be a U.S. citizen — to have the freedom to be able to approach the government and the Pentagon and tell them that they might be wrong. A lot of countries would not be so accepting.” — Cathy Haynes, Clovis city commissioner on how the […]

Nevada wins commissioner’s promise to tour depot

By Felicia Fonseca: The Associated Press Nevada’s political leaders got a welcome surprise on their trip to New Mexico: a commissioner’s commitment to visit the Army Ammunition Depot near Hawthorne. Base Realignment and Closure Commissioner Philip Coyle told Gov. Kenny Guinn along with six others that he’d arrange for a visit to the threatened depot […]

Arizona wants AF lab spared

By Arthur H. Rotstein: The Associated Press Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano touted the state’s long and strong defense of its military installations Friday in urging the independent Base Realignment and Closure Commission to reconsider the Defense Department’s proposal to close an Air Force lab in Mesa. Napolitano appeared at the commission hearing in Clovis to […]

BRAC talk: Summaries of Cannon presenters

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BRAC commissioners, foreground, said eastern New Mexico’s arguments for sparing Cannon Air Force Base were strong, but cautioned the nation has many “great bases” on the closure list. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) The nine who testified on behalf of Cannon Air Force Base at Friday’s regional hearing of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission: Sen. […]

Controlled burn gets out of hand

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A resident intended to burn some wheat stubble on his land, when the fire got out of control and threatened area homes. (staff photo: John Eisel) CNJ staff A controlled burn got out of hand Friday evening, sending towers of gray smoke into the Clovis sky. The Clovis Fire Department responded to a call by […]

Talent takes center stage at Kid Fest

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Trazon Jimerson, 4, of Cannon Air Force Base climbs through a blow-up tunnel Saturday afternoon at Kid Fest at Clovis High School. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer She’s a seasoned performer — but Amy Carter is only 8 years old. In a red polka dotted shirt, her hair in curls, […]

Custom Classic tournament special for participants

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Justin Sparkman of Lubbock’s Jake’s Sports Bar nails a pitch against Clovis’ Guys Electric on Saturday Morning at the 22nd Annual Custom Classic tourney in Clovis. Sparkman’s dad Harold helped start the tourney in 1983. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent When he was a kid growing up in Clovis, Justin Sparkman […]

Railroad employee struck, killed by train

CNJ staff A Burlington Northern Santa Fe employee from Clovis was struck and killed by a train Friday just east of Hereford, Texas, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Robert Chavez, 47, was “taking measurements” at the intersection of Farm to Market Road 2943 and the BNSF track when the incident occurred, DPS […]

Reporter’s notebook: Music minister sings anthem for BRAC hearing

Oscar Cleare, the music minister for Faith Christian Family Church, has been singing since he was 10. First inspired by his preacher father in Illinois, Cleare has sung at malls throughout New Mexico and Texas and he’s compiled a Christmas CD with another CD on the way. That was his voice that trumpeted the words […]

Rally attracts area bikers

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Kay Stanton of Farwell rides her Honda Goldwing with granddaughter Brinn Reeves of Clovis on back Saturday afternoon at the Badlands Motorcycle Rally at High Plains Harley-Davidson. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Biker Don Lenau was visiting Clovis from his home in Muleshoe when the pack of motorcycles outside High […]

6/26 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in 9th Judicial District Court: • Kenneth R. Bair, 46, pleaded guilty to DWI (fifth offense) and is ordered to serve one year imprisonment by Department of Corrections followed by one year supervised probation, pay $5 for the domestic violence offender treatment fee, submit a DNA sample and pay […]

BRAC presenters stellar, but poker hand’s still building

Freedom Newspapers Elation ruled the day after Friday morning’s hearing at Marshall Junior High School before six members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. But those involved in the efforts to get Cannon Air Force Base off the closure list know the hard work will continue for at least two more months. Step 1, […]

Project: Reader Reaction: Case made; Cannon future not clear

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked: “Will Cannon Air Force Base supporters convince BRAC commissioners to spare the base?” Some responses: “ALTHOUGH THE SPEECHES BY the supporters were excellent, I believe the government has (one way or the other) already made up its mind on the issue. Listening to the speeches, I felt really […]

Wildcats’ win streak at 11

CNJ staff The Clovis Wildcats keep scratching off wins in summer league play, as they swept Plainview, Texas, 8-1 and 5-2 Saturday in Texas to push their winning streak to 11 games. Clovis coach Shane Leatherwood described his team’s play as “solid.” “You win 11 in a row, you’re playing good,” he said of the […]