Rambelles keep Zias in slump

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — First-year Eastern New Mexico University volleyball coach Kim Falkenhagen knows her squad is close to being competitive in the Lone Star Conference. But Falkenhagen and her Zias are getting tired of being close. The Zias were swept by LSC South Division foe Angelo State on Saturday at […]

Abilene Christian tops Hounds

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Even in some seasons when it was struggling, Abilene Christian has been a thorn in Eastern New Mexico University’s side over the years. In 2007, though, the 17th-ranked Wildcats are for real. They proved it on Saturday night by piling up 551 total yards in rolling to a 45-20 Lone […]

AFSOC aircraft, part two

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Courtesy photo: www.afsoc.af.mil AC-130 Gunship The 27th Special Operations Wing will assume ownership of Cannon Air Force Base on Monday. By 2011, four types of aircraft will be assigned to Cannon. AC-130 Gunship With primary missions of close air support, air interdiction and force protection, the AC-130 Gunship features “side-firing weapons integrated with sophisticated sensor, […]

AFSOC aircraft, part one

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Courtesy photo: www.afsoc.af.mil CV-22 Osprey The 27th Special Operations Wing will assume ownership of Cannon Air Force Base on Monday. By 2011, four types of aircraft will be assigned to Cannon. CV-22 Osprey Produced to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for Special Ops, the CV-22 Osprey combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical […]

Cannon timeline

Late 1920s — Portair Field, a civilian passenger facility, was established on the site. Portair, a terminal for early commercial transcontinental flights, flew passengers in the Ford Trimotor “Tin Goose” by day, and used Pullman trains for night travel. In the 1930s Portair was renamed Clovis Municipal Airport. January 1943 — A glider detachment was […]

Mission accomplished

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Air Force photo: Greg Allen A CV-22 Osprey with its rotors folded sits in a hangar at Cannon Air Force Base during a hangar clearance test. Ospreys are among the aircraft to be assigned to the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The final step in a nerve-racking 2 […]

Officials preparing for Cannon growth

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The impact Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission will have on the local community is still unknown. Everett Frost, vice chairman for the Local Growth Management Org-anization, said his group plans to use Defense Depart-ment funds to hire a consulting firm to study plans for Cannon and make projections […]

Commission approves water sale negotiations

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission took the first step toward building a $16 million pipeline that will snake throughout the city, carrying recycled wastewater for irrigation and industrial use. The Commission approved in its Sept. 20 meeting negotiations for the sale of water, which will be pumped from the Clovis […]

Sept. 30 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 4:30 p.m. Sept. 19 an officer responded to a residence in the 1400 block of Kingston Avenue in reference to a criminal damage report. A man told the officer someone had slashed the tires on […]

Judicial court employees promoted

CNJ staff The 9th Judicial District Court has announced the promotions of three personnel. Orlando Ulibarri has been promoted to the position of deputy court administrator. A 15-year employee with the court, Ulibarri formerly managed the domestic violence program. He will now oversee the domestic violence program, computer and network information technology, digital recording and […]

Police on lookout for pumpkin smashers

CNJ Staff About half a dozen Clovis residents woke Thursday morning to discover their vehicles had been damaged by thrown pumpkins, according to police. Capt. Patrick Whitney said there were five calls from the northeastern area of town, in the area of Lew Wallace Street, Northglen and Circle Drives, reporting broken vehicle windows and other […]

Plant reps testify on location

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Witnesses for ConAgra Foods testified the plant did follow state and federal regulations to notify and have gone above and beyond what was needed to prove its environmental impact. A two-day hearing regarding an air-quality permit for the food company’s ethanol plant concluded Friday. The New Mexico Environmental Improvement […]

Witnesses discuss weapon

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Eric Gutierrez of Clovis testifies in the first-degree murder trial of Demetrio Salas and David Griego as judge David Bonem looks on. The two are accused of roles in the 2005 shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez of Clovis. By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A man originally charged with […]

Hay fire erupts at Roosevelt County dairy

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Freedom New Mexico Staff Firefighters from multiple area departments were on the scene Friday night fighting a hay fire at Grande Vida Dairy, approximately nine miles east of Portales. As darkness fell flames could be seen by motorists traveling U.S. 70 between Portales and Clovis. According to Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill his […]

9/28 Friday night football scores

Clovis 38, Rio Rancho 8 Goddard 35, Portales 0 Ft. Sumner 19, Cloudcroft 0 Muleshoe 63, River Road 0 Texico 40, Hagerman 7 Magdalena 66, Clovis Christian 26 Tatum 36, Dora 12 Tucumcari 48, Loving 0 Wellington 15, Bovina 3 Sundown 39, Farwell 0

Clovis defeats Rio Rancho 38-8

The Clovis Wildcats moved to 3-2 on the season with a 38-8 rout of host Rio Rancho. Clovis scored the last 17 points of the game after Rio Rancho (3-2) got on the scoreboard early in the third. The Wildcats scored 10 in the third on a 24-yard field goal by Robert North and a […]

ROTC should have place on campus

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Last week, Columbia University was on my mind — not because I wanted to think about it but because, being an alumna, I was bombarded by e-mails, statements from alumni offices regarding Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s speech at the university. My e-mail box was full of messages stating that Columbia had exercised […]

Clovis man spent majority of life in grocery business

By Don McAlvy: Columnist The oldest family owned grocery store in Clovis in 1985 was the Less Hubby & Son’s Food Market. The founder, Less Hubby, was born Less Leslie Hubby in Arkansas in 1908. Less arrived in Clovis about 1921 when he was 13. His aunt, Fronie Buxton, came to Clovis in 1917 when […]

Romantic gifts not necessarily costly

By Clyde Davis: Columnist It may be true that the thermometer in your car, as did mine, read 94 degrees last week. That makes it hard to think about Christmas. But in the tradition of encouraging and enhancing romancing, it is time for most of us to think about Christmas presents for the MVW (most […]

New witness testifies at murder trial

Freedom New Mexico Staff A man who was originally charged with tampering with evidence in the trial involving the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy began testifying Friday in the district courtroom in Portales. Eric Gutierrez of Clovis testified that the two defendants in the first-degree murder trial in progress along with two other […]