Speakers honor memories of fallen

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
From left, Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard members Taylor Ogle, Pablo Marsiglia and Cody Cobb stand at attention as Julian Brogan salutes during Monday’s Memorial Day service at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens. Cobb is an Airman First Class, while the other three are senior airmen.

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor kwilson@cnjonline.com With a semi-circle of flags at half-mast to the west, and a field of graves marked with American flags to the east, Clovis residents spent Monday morning honoring the fallen and the families they left behind. Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens was host to a brief, but solemn, ceremony to […]

Estimated 30,000 attend two-day air show

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Jonathan Jones and his daughter, 7-year-old Jayliana Jones, watch the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds overhead during the Cannon Air Force Base Air Show Sunday. The Thunderbirds flew an hour early due to inclement weather approaching, but the family enjoyed the show nonetheless.

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor kwilson@cnjonline.com CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The weather might have had the final say on the schedule, but organizers for the 2016 Cannon Air Force Base Air Show couldn’t have been happier with everything else. Capt. Jonathan Welch served as ground boss, one of three commanders for the show along […]

Snow cone business booming

Staff photo: Brooke Finch
Snowy Joey co-owner Tanner Faith adds flavor to a snow cone for a customer.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com With temperatures on the rise, snow cone and shaved ice operations are at full blast — and new vendors are popping up in the area. For some local vendors, selling the frozen treats is merely a temporary summer job. For others, it’s a permanent year-round business. Recently opening in […]

Events calendar — May 31

Today Ribbon Cutting for CASA — 4:30 p.m. Matt 25 Hope Center, 1200 Thornton St., Clovis. Wednesday Miss Rodeo New Mexico Pageant Check In — 4 p.m. Days Inn and Suites, 2700 Mabry Dr., Clovis. Information: 575-760-6487 Horsemanship — 2 p.m. Curry County Events Center, 1900 E. Brady Ave., Clovis. Information: 575-760-6487 V.A. Benefits Q […]

Meetings calendar — May 31

Wednesday Clovis Community College Board of Trustees Meeting — 8 a.m. CCC, Room 512, 417 Schepps Blvd., Clovis. Information: 575-769-4001 Eastern Plains Council of Governments Annual Meeting — 10 a.m. Youth Recreation Building, 1504 E. Seventh St., Clovis. Information: 575-762-7714 Clovis Chamber Ambassador Meeting — 11:30 a.m. Clovis Chamber, 105 E. Grand Ave., Clovis. Information: […]

Pages past — May 31

On this date … 1971: Civil Air Patrol planes searched the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills in Virginia for a missing private plane carrying actor Audie Murphy that had disappeared three days earlier. Murphy, World War II’s most decorated American soldier, and four others disappeared on a business flight from Atlanta. All were found dead later […]

Sloan: Two days in a life — trials, blessings

I am writing this from a motel room in Fort Worth, waiting for a consultation tomorrow (last Wednesday) with a surgeon who performed my fourth deviated septum surgery in 2012. He grafted part of a rib to rebuild my septum. It was the only one of my procedures that actually improved my breathing and lessened […]

Letters to the editor — May 29

Editor’s note: Deadline to receive letters to the editor related to the June 7 primary is Tuesday. Letters may be emailed to dstevens@cnjonline.com County commissioners betrayed voters As the primary election draws near, I would like to take this opportunity to bring to the forefront a very important reminder for the voters of Curry County: […]

Editorial: Arming Libya example of bad military plan

The recent decision by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and more than 20 other nations to allow arms sales to Libya’s fledgling government to fend off the Islamic State and rival militant groups is not only a risky move in terms of world security, it’s another example of the perils of […]

Pioneer Days kicks off Monday

Staff report Wilma Fulgham is a big fan of all things Clovis, including Pioneer Days, which will be held this week. The Miss Rodeo America Hall of Famer said a myriad of activities will be on tap to appeal to a wide range of tastes. “I always look forward to Pioneer Days,” she said. “There’s […]

Thunderbirds soar at air show

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
The Thunderbirds soar at Saturday’s air show at Cannon Air Force Base.

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor kwilson@cnjonline.com CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — When Cannon Air Force Base was targeted for closure more than a decade ago, one of the key arguments that saved it was Eastern New Mexico’s open skies and ideal flying conditions. Saturday was no exception, as the home of the 27th Special Operations […]

Opinion: Memories: Magic and flying

Capt. Alan Trent

By David Stevens Editor They met in 1968, singing in a church choir in Big Spring, Texas. Portales native Gail Cantrell was teaching school there. Air Force Capt. Alan Trent was stationed at the city’s Webb Air Force Base. They dated, they planned to marry, and he went to Vietnam in December 1969. He never […]

Opinion: Take time for yourself — especially under high stress

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Stress — it’s a killer. No, seriously. In reference to job stress, I have heard people joke about “having to talk you off the ledge.” I recently joked with a friend by saying, “But what if life shoved you off the ledge and now you’re hanging by your hands, but […]

Service, fly-in set for Memorial Day

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com A pair of events are slated in Clovis Monday in commemoration of Memorial Day. The Curry County Joint Veterans Council has organized a service at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens, while the Clovis Municipal Airport will host a fly-in. “The Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard will participate in the […]

Opinion: Exposure’s no substitute for proper pay

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor Some time ago, I and a fellow photographer were at an event where a gentleman presented a business card and said he had a solid Internet presence, and it would be great exposure for me if I sent photos of the event to him. I made some banter but held […]

La Casa sponsoring summer food program

Staff report La Casa Family Health Center is sponsoring a summer food service program starting Tuesday and running through July 29. The program, administered by the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, Family Nutrition Bureau and the USDA, helps fill the gap during the summer months for children 18 and under who normally receive […]

Police blotter — May 29

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Thursday • 1:01 a.m.: Failure to appear (felony), 500 block of Hull Street. • 7:41 a.m.: Criminal damage, 1200 block of Traver Street. • 9:29 a.m.: Failure to appear, 200 block of North Pile Street. • […]

Events calendar — May 29

Today 2016 Cannon Air Force Base Air Show — 9 a.m. Free. Cannon Air Force Base, Clovis. Clovis Livestock Auction Summer Horse Sale — 8 a.m. Clovis Livestock Auction, 504 S. Hull St., Clovis. Information: 575-762-4422 Monday Memorial Day Fly-In Event — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tours $10; Flights (T-6 and B-25) $295-$450. Clovis Municipal Airport, Clovis. […]

Meetings calendar — May 29

Wednesday Clovis Community College Board of Trustees Meeting — 8 a.m. CCC, Room 512, 417 Schepps Blvd., Clovis. Information: 575-769-4001 Eastern Plains Council of Governments Annual Meeting — 10 a.m. Youth Recreation Building, 1504 E. Seventh St., Clovis. Information: 575-762-7714 Clovis Chamber Ambassador Meeting — 11:30 a.m. Clovis Chamber, 105 E. Grand Ave., Clovis. Information: […]

Pages past — May 29

On this date … 1966: An 18-year-old Eastern New Mexico University freshman from California had pleaded guilty to passing $86 worth of forged checks to Portales businesses. Judge Dee Blythe deferred sentencing for one year after the teen made restitution. 1946: Clovis Probate Judge W. E. McConnell said he experienced a first in his 16 […]