Local businesses have mixed reactions to Cannon’s status

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Airman 1st Class Charles Pecou looks over the pickup he is about to purchase Monday from High Point Auto. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Slated for closure by the Department of Defense, Cannon Air Force Base was granted a temporary reprieve by a federal commission on Friday. Soon to be […]

Base supporters optimistic

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The window of opportunity for Cannon Air Force is ever-growing. That’s the message Randy Harris, one of Cannon’s most loyal supporters, walked away with Monday after participating in two separate telephone conferences. “The bottom line is excitement,” said Harris, member of a subgroup nominated by the Cannon advocate group […]

CCC back in session

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Gordan Canada, an emplyee at Clovis Community College’s bookstore, rings up the purchases of this semesters newly registered students who stand in lines that weave through to the back of the store Monday afternoon. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Parents with impatient toddlers, camouflage-clad airmen and confident-looking students filled the […]

3rd & short — Safety haunts Bovina

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer News and note from last week’s area prep football games. Leading Morton 7-0 late in the fourth quarter, Bovina faced fourth-and-forever deep in its own territory. Bovina elected to take a safety instead of giving Morton potentially great field position. But the move backfired when Morton quarterback Brandon Eubanks […]

Reslient Cannon squad wins world softball title

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer A crew of bench players, an MVP, and some late-game heroics helped a Cannon Air Force Base men’s softball team recently take home a military world tournament. The USSSA tournament is an annual event pitting the best of the armed services has to offer against each other in an […]

New Mexico leaders invite Defense Department to visit Cannon

By Jennifer Talhelm: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — New Mexico leaders are inviting Defense Department officials to visit Cannon Air Force Base, hoping that will help convince the Pentagon the base should stay open. The request comes days after the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission voted to move Cannon’s three F-16 fighter squadrons elsewhere, […]

8/30 Military Digest

Bridgman Airman Justin K. Bridgman has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He is a 2000 graduate of Clovis High School. He is the son of Vickie and Kent Bridgman of Clovis. Desears Air Force Master Sgt. Ronald N. Desears has retired from the Air Force after […]

Herman Berkstaller, Tom Carter, Dr. E.O. Stewart, Martha Stewart

Sharna Johnson Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Herman Berkstaller Born: 1922 Dates of service: Aug. 8, 1942 to Sept. 1945 Hometown: Roswell Lives in: Elida Theater or location of […]

Price controls on gas may fuel market distortions

Freedom Newspapers Disco. Earth Shoes. Pet rocks. Eight-track tape players. Jimmy Carter. Please, let’s not go back to the 1970s. They’re trying in Hawaii, imposing gasoline price controls that well could bring back that horror of the 1970s, gas lines. The only state with higher average prices than California, the Aloha State will soon put […]

8/30 BRAC Letters to the editor

Editor’s note: The Base Closure and Realignment Commission voted Friday to move planes and personnel away from Cannon, as recommended by the Department of Defense. But commissioners ordered Cannon “enclaved,” or open in limited fashion, until Dec. 31, 2009, in hopes DoD will find it another mission. Here are excerpts from some e-mailed letters: Removing […]

Retirees getting second chance at program

By Tom Philpott: Military Update More than 800,000 military retirees who declined the Survivor Benefit Plan at retirement will get another chance to buy into a much-improved program, starting this fall. But delayed enrollment won’t be cheap, particularly for retirees who left service during the last six years. Congress voted last year not only to […]

Resilient Clovis defensive effort not enough

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer LAS CRUCES — If you looked only at the stats — 19-4 in first downs, 289-62 in total offense, 61-30 in plays from scrimmage, all favoring Mayfield — you’d figure it was a blowout. But the Clovis High Wildcats nearly got Friday’s season opener at Field of Dreams into […]

Aztec surges past Clovis for 3rd place

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Clovis freshman Jasiman Dykes, right, challenges Aztec senior Alyse Spencer for the ball during the second half of their game during the Clovis Girls Soccer Invitational Saturday at Yucca Soccer Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Fatigue and lack of experience caught up to Clovis on Saturday in a […]

Muleshoe senior leaves ‘em black and blue

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Muleshoe High School senior Brady Black directs traffic from his free safety position during a recent practice in Muleshoe. Black returns to his free safety position where as a junior he had three interceptions. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent MULESHOE — Brady Black grew up in the company of three […]

Lady Rams fight through fatigue

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Portales’ Morgan Hill looks to block a Las Lunas player’s shot during the Clovis Invitational volleyball tournament Saturday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers If the New Mexico Activities Association were to pull a surprise and announce that state volleyball match will be a best-of-nine format, consider […]

Tatum sweeps Lady Cats

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Clovis’ Siobhan Flatow hits the ball over Tatum’s Amanda Parks during the championship game in the Clovis Invitational volleyball tournament Saturday at Rock Stabus Gymnasium. Tatum defeated Clovis is straight sets. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Tatum Lady Coyotes had no problems blowing through the 16-team field in […]

Ideas flowing for new Cannon mission

By David Stevens: Freedom Newspapers It may be two years or more before the F-16 fighter jets and their crews and support staff leave Cannon Air Force Base, but the ideas for what happens after that are already rolling in. Andrew Schulman, a legislative aide for Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said there’s a potential for […]

World War II threw farmer’s career for curve

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Len Santi, whose baseball career was interrupted by the draft, holds a baseball with signatures from the Clovis Pioneers of the now-defunct West Texas-New Mexico league. The ex-catcher said he was a line-drive hitter. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Len Santi had a chance to be a professional baseball player, but […]

Charles Bracken, Bruce Hamilton, Juan Vega, Merriman Vise, E.J. Crownover

Sharna Johnson Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Charles Bracken Date of birth: March 25,1914 Dates of service: 1943-1945 Hometown: Friona Current residence: Clovis Theater or location of service: Alaska […]

Semester starting at CCC

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Clovis Community College students Carisma Garcia, left, and Christina Reynoso start classes Monday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Elizabeth Alonzo said she will follow her usual morning routine Monday before driving to Clovis from her hometown of Bovina to embark on her life as a college student. A 2005 Bovina […]