Meeting Hope: Readers share memories of Bob Hope

By Jack King By Jack King CNJ STAFF WRITER jack_king@link.freedom.com Like millions of other members of the Armed Forces, several Clovis residents remember seeing Bob Hope at different times in his almost 60-year career of entertaining troops. Longtime Clovis resident Len Santi said the comedian, who died on Sunday at age 100, came through the […]

‘Operation Air Force’ offers glimpse into life

By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Job shadowing is gaining popularity as more companies give college students the chance to accompany executives or other professional staff for a few weeks during summer vacations to learn by observation what they do each day. That’s a little harder to do in the military. The […]

Police Blotter 7/23

Samplings of recent calls received by the Clovis Police Department, according to police reports: After receiving a call about noon on Wednesday that a woman was threatening to throw herself in front of traffic on the 1600 block of East Second Street, police separated a feuding couple staying in a Clovis hotel. Police left after […]

Welcoming picnic honors military

By Darrell Todd Maurina Capt. Timothy Jeffries has been at Cannon Air Force Base only three weeks, but he already likes the community of Portales — especially a welcome picnic put on Saturday for the airmen by the Portales community. “I’ve not been to one of these before,” Jeffries said. “It’s a wonderful thing, it’s […]

Contact Air Force to keep Cannon

By Bob Barker Another round of base closures is on the horizon. According to an article published recently by the Air Force Retiree News, almost 10 years have passed since the last round of base closures.  In mid-December 2001, the House and Senate authorized the Department of Defense to execute a new Base Realignment and Closure […]

We want you to maybe get a little wet

We need some volunteers. Wait! Come back. This will be fun. No meetings. No spending your own money. This won’t even keep you from your favorite TV show. You can fulfill the requirements during a commercial break. We need volunteer weather watchers. The hardest part of the job will involve walking outside when it’s raining. […]

Local Air Force officer picked for court-martial panel

A Cannon Air Force Base lieutenant colonel has been named to a court martial jury panel that will determine the future of an Illinois National Guard pilot who mistakenly dropped a bomb that killed four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan on April 17, 2002. According to the Air Force news service, on June 30 Maj. Harry […]

Business looking up for farmer who sells parachutes

By Gary Mitchell Clovis farmer Scott Pipkin checks the air sock just outside his house to make sure the wind isn’t too strong for takeoff. He enlists his brothers, Stan and Spencer, to help him spread out the parachute. Then he climbs into what looks like a sophisticated go-cart contraption, fires up the two-stroke, 65-horsepower […]

A tale of two patriots

By Darrell Todd Maurina On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Darren Eicken followed his normal routine by walking the few blocks from his home to his New York City law office in a building located just three blocks away from the World Trade Center. Eicken had a much longer walk that afternoon after terrorists […]

Weekley, Virgil

Virgil “Dan” Sheridan Weekley Virgil “Dan” Sheridan Weekley, 69, a retired electronics technician, died Sunday, July 6, 2003, at his home in Clovis. He was born May 8, 1934, in Pennsboro, W. Va., to Kenneth and Edith Jack Weekley. He served in the Army during the Korean conflict and later joined the U.S. Air Force. […]