Service to small airports in jeopardy

By Gary Mitchell Air service to Clovis and other similar-sized communities was jeopardized recently by potential congressional action. A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman said Bingaman and fellow senators beat back an initiative last week that would have forced some of New Mexico’s communities that take part in the Essential Air Service (EAS) program […]

CAFB volunteers build community ties through schools

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis public school system receives extensive volunteer help from many parents and grandparents of students in the schools, but some of the volunteers come from a group that may not have any family connections to the community — airmen at Cannon Air Force Base. For 2nd Lt. Jay Edison of […]

Ballooning an uplifting experience

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By Janet Bresenham When it comes to hot air ballooning, it’s all about the wind. How fast it’s blowing on the ground. How much speed it gathers climbing to higher altitudes. How fast it could carry a balloon. How much balloon enthusiasts wish it would calm down long enough to lift aloft and assure a […]

Question and answer: Ken de los Santos

Ken de los Santos, 39, serves as the city’s emergency management director. Q: How long have you been in this position with the city of Clovis? A: Nearly two years now. I started in October 2002. Q: What was your background prior to this position? A: I’m retired from the Air Force in 2001. My […]

Pioneer Days celebration takes to the skies

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Airabelle the Cow, a heifer-shaped balloon sponsored by the Southwest Dairy Farmers, will be one of many balloons launching Saturday. By Janet Bresenham When 31 hot air balloons get ready to launch from Clovis on Saturday morning, John Sando hopes he will be aboard a special one named “The Desert Dancer.” “That would be awesome,” […]

More Cannon troops returning

CNJ Staff About 40 airmen stationed at Cannon Air Force Base are returning this afternoon after spending about seven months deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. According to Capt. Mike Garcia, acting chief of Public Affairs at Cannon, the 40 airmen scheduled to return today are part of the 27th Civil Engineers, a unit […]

Rush, Clyde

Clyde Rush Services: 1 p.m. Friday at Steed-Todd Chapel in Clovis. Mr. Clyde E. Rush, 73, of Clovis, retired U.S. Air Force, died Monday, May 26, 2003, at Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo. He was born on Sept. 12, 1929, in Port Clinton, Ohio, to Lillian and Earl Rush Sr. He attended schools in Michigan, […]

Military Digest

Duran Marine Corps Pfc. Andrew J. Duran Jr. recently graduated from the Marine Corps Basic Combat Engineer Course at Marine Corps Engineer School in Camp Lejeune, N.C. He is the son of Rosemary and Andrew J. Duran of Clovis and a 2002 graduate of Clovis High School. Grosso Air Force Airman Michael A. Del Grosso […]

Panel OKs projects at Cannon AFB

CNJ Staff WASHINGTON — A key Senate committee has approved a request by U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici to authorize defense funding for construction projects at Cannon Air Force Base, including a new aerospace ground equipment complex. The Cannon-related items are included in the FY2004 Defense Authorization Bill, which has been approved by the Senate Armed […]

Cannon airman being held in connection with slaying

By Gary Mitchell A Cannon Air Force Base airman is being held in a Wichita Falls, Texas, jail in connection with the February death of a female airman, a Texas newspaper reported last week. Garry M. Little, commander of the Office of Special Investigations at Sheppard Air Force Base, said authorities detained the man Wednesday […]