Pilot killed in crash at Tucumcari air show

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Guy Baldwin, 60, Tulsa, Okla., was performing a manuever called the square loop when he lost control his single-engine plane and crashed Wednesday during an air show in Tucumcari, officials said. Baldwin died in the crash. Photo: Chelle Delaney By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Guy “Doc” Baldwin’s aerobatic plane was performing a loop […]

City airport expansion on horizon

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Officials plan to extend the runway at the Clovis Municipal Airport to the north. The city bought the land for the planned expansion in 1988. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) CNJ staff Plans to extend the Clovis Municipal Airport’s runway to accommodate larger planes is waiting for the completion of an environmental assessment, according to airport […]

Southern control fleeting at times

By Anita Doberman: Lifestlyes Columnist If there is one thing that I learned living in the South, it’s that a Southern lady maintains control no matter how badly her children act. A few weeks ago I embarked on a trip to Rome with my children. I was determined to maintain Southern composure. Except that I […]

Security bans: How far will airports go?

By Freedom Newspapers The arrests in England of those accused of plotting to blow up American airliners has reawakened the public to the threat that international terrorism poses. Fortunately, British counter-terrorism agents, with significant help from Pakistani intelligence officials, detected the plot weeks ago and moved in to stop it as it reached “a critical […]

Terror plot will impact local travelers

CNJ staff Local travelers will notice differences in security when they fly out of regional airports due to heightened alerts related to Thursday’s terrorism scare in England. Travelers are being asked to arrive about two hours ahead of their flight time and will not be permitted to carry any liquids with them on flights, a […]

Private drainage options explored

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The Clovis City Commission has given a private land owner another 30-day reprieve on a decision to build a drainage ditch on his property that may require eminent domain. Commissioners voted at their meeting Thursday to table action after they heard from a licensed civil engineer who spoke on […]

4/4 Business digest

Agriculture market news director named Gary Lewis is the livestock market news director for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, according to a news release from the agency. He will oversee the cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Livestock Market News Service, and be responsible for providing livestock and grain market news data […]

Some thoughts on crushed Oreos and gentleness

By Curtis K. Shelburne Gentleness. What a beautiful quality. In fact, I’ve been enjoying the studies we’ve had at church recently on what St. Paul calls the “fruits of the Spirit.” We’re just now studying “gentleness.” I even taught one class. Yes, I seem to remember closing the discussion that morning with the observation that […]

Local airports land funds for improvement

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers U.S. senators from New Mexico announced Thursday that the Portales and Clovis municipal airports will receive more than $1.36 million from the Federal Aviation Administration to maintain and expand their airports. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. and U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. announced that the Portales airport would receive $470,895 […]

Airport officials hope to launch new project

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Great Lakes Airlines flight 5093 takes off enroute to Albuquerque on Monday afternoon from the Clovis Municipal Airport. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Airport recently completed one major project and is petitioning federal officials in hopes of launching another, Director Steve Summers said. The airport finished replacing […]

Scout’s honor: City airport benefits from Eagle project

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For his Eagle Scout project, Jay Burns, 16, helped replace the Clovis Municipal Airport sign. Burns said his main role in the project was working with architects, local business owners and contractors. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Looking for a sign? Clovis Municipal Airport needed a new one. Eagle Scout […]

Officials: Aircraft firm interested in Clovis

Freedom Newspapers Clovis officials said an airplane manufacturing company has expressed some interest in operating in the region. Though he would not name the company, Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Executive Director Chase Gentry said Thursday he has met with an airplane manufacturing company on “numerous occasions,” beginning four or five months ago. City Manager Joe […]

City considering wastewater irrigation plan

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The City Commission is considering a plan that would use wastewater to irrigate parched city parks, golf courses and school grounds. City Commissioner and Chairman of the Water Policy Advisory Committee Randal Crowder said the effluent, or discharge, from the city wastewater plant could also be used to minimize […]

Vargas learned his trade at the Clovis airport

Don McAlavy Just prior to the beginning of Clovis Army Air Field in 1942, that air field was the Clovis Municipal Airport. In 1941-42, Clovis High School classes were conducted in the old hangar at the air field. Ramon P. Vargas learned to be an aircraft mechanic there. “There were instructors from Albuquerque,” said Vargas. […]

Clovis air field home to glider-pilot training

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Just prior to the beginning of Clovis Army Air Field in 1942, that air field was the Clovis Municipal Airport. In 1941-42, Clovis High School classes were conducted in the old hangar at the air field. Ramon P. Vargas learned to be an aircraft mechanic there. “There were instructors from […]

TSA screenings do not benefit security

By Tibor Machan: CNJ columnist Maybe I am seeing things, but my impression from going through hundreds of airports since Sept. 11, 2001, is that too many Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners are plainly gung-ho. Yes, they perform their jobs eagerly, often seeming to relish that bit of power it gives them to order people […]

Airport history explored and explained

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Several times in the past couple of years I have been asked about the history of the Clovis Municipal Airport on East 21st Street. I didn’t have any history of this airport. And when I started researching, I ran into a brick wall, so to speak. It seemed all the […]

Local airports consider future

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Marti Roberts, a foreman with K Barnett & Sons of Clovis, performs sub grade work on a taxiway Tuesday at the Clovis Municipal Airport. Construction crews were working to expand the taxiway next to the hangers at the airport. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Tom Baca, director of Aviation […]

5/24 BRAC letters to the editor

Cannon could prevent flight tragedy Just another thought about keeping Cannon: The economic impact would be horrendous, yes. But what about in-flight emergencies? There was a plane that had problems while en- route to Atlanta last week, and another plane that had problems (I believe last year). The next airport equipped with major equipment to […]

Great Lakes Aviation extending service

CNJ staff Great Lakes Aviation is set to extend its passenger service in the region next month, city officials say. Starting June 5, Great Lakes will add service from Clovis to Amarillo, and a flight from Amarillo to Denver. Currently commercial service is only available to Albuquerque, said airport director Steve Summers. Summers said the […]