Angels in Blue

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal Lt. Col. Doug Distaso, 551st Special Operations Squadron director of operations, watches the child his squadron sponsored unwrap his gifts at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home Dec. 11 in Portales. Cannon Air Commandos sponsored 23 children for the holidays. By Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal: 27th […]

USOC has other ways to achieve diversity

Freedom New Mexico O ut of the blue, the U.S. Olympic Committee has decided to give itself an “F” for diversity. Scott Blackmun, the organization’s CEO, worries openly that too many staffers look like him. They are white men, which in today’s climate is practically a hate crime. Ninety-one percent of USOC managers are white […]

McGee: Fake blue heron moves on

The Lady of the House and I spend our Saturday mornings riding around town going to yard sales. We call it “Date Night.” You know about date night, that private time when you and your significant other have the chance to do things you both enjoy doing. Some folks don’t understand “Date Night” on a […]

Airport hosting restored aircraft

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Airport will host a pair of restored World War II bombers Monday through Wednesday. The aircraft, a B-17 Flying Fortress and a B-25 Mitchell, will be on display at Blue Sky Aviation at the airport, with a noon Monday arrival. The B-17 and B-25 are nicknamed “Sentimental Journey” and “Maid […]

Tops in Blue seeks talent for 2012 tour

American Forces Press Service SAN ANTONIO — The Air Force’s premier expeditionary entertainment group, Tops in Blue, is seeking the “best of the best” talent in the Air Force for the 2012 team. The Air Force Worldwide Talent Search takes place at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 9-16, 2012. Total force airmen who believe […]

Day trip: Blue hole of Santa Rosa

Courtesy photo Blue hole is located in Santa Rosa • Location: Santa Rosa • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Diving, limited recreation swimming. The natural, bell-shaped pool is 80 feet deep and has astonishing clarity and a constant water temperature of 64 degrees. There’s also a training platform at 20 and 25 […]

Tops in Blue

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Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Airman 1st Class Jette Warnick from Cannon Air Force Base sings one of her several solos during Tops in Blue. Airman 1st Class Jette Warnick from Cannon Air Force Base performed Wednesday with 29 other Tops in Blue performers at Greyhound Arena in Portales. Warnick, 23, auditioned for Tops in Blue […]

Tops in Blue show set for Wednesday

CNJ staff The annual Tops in Blue show is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Greyhound Arena. The show is an all-active duty US Air Force special unit made up of talented amateur performers selected for their entertainment abilities. Each year, thousands compete in base talent contests and the most talented move on to higher […]

Cannon airman plays role in Tops in Blue

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USAF: Airman 1st Class Desiree Esposito Airman 1st Class Jette Warnick, front, center, performs with Tops in Blue at Ramstein Air Base on Oct. 17. Warnick is assigned to the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Special Operations Wing Before the most recent Superbowl, a group of background singers […]

Tops In Blue to perform at Super Bowl XLV

By Erin Tindell: Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs SAN ANTONIO — Tops In Blue, the Air Force’s expeditionary entertainment unit, is scheduled to perform “America the Beautiful” during festivities leading up to Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday. The group will perform alongside actress Lea Michele during pre-game activities. Tops […]

Blue Knights hosting dinner fundraiser

CNJ staff The Blue Knights are hosting a dinner and dance to raise money for United Way and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners program. Set for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6, the event will be held at the Underground Embassy in Clovis. Entertainment will be provided by Will Banister and The Mullberry Band with food catered […]

Grant McGee: Airplane travel still amazing

Grant McGee The morning broke crystal-clear and cool the other day, a beautiful High Plains morning. I was outside tending to my chores when the sound of a jet caught my ear; that jet noise from far away and high above. I scanned the wide blue yonder and saw it way up there. Five miles? […]

Earning blue ribbon recognition long process

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Many will have read the Clovis News Journal article last Thursday about Ranchvale Elementary being recognized as a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School. What an achievement to have received such an honor. The Blue Ribbon Award has become a way to assess exemplary practices and establish standards of excellence for public and private […]

New Mexico product of evolution

Don McAlavy Only a blue sky and a blue-green sea — that was New Mexico when its story first began. Only a blue sky with white clouds moving. Only a blue-green sea with lapping waves. We do not know how long nor why a sea was here once upon a time in the long, long […]

Makeshift pool keeps us cool

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I heard that someone actually stole one of those blue pools you see all over the place. You know the ones; they’re huge plastic blobs with an inflatable ring at the top to support it. I guess it wouldn’t be too hard, come to think of it. Just collapse the […]

Police department hosting community meeting

CNJ staff The Clovis Police Department is hosting a community meeting July 27 to acquaint residents with its Neighborhood Watch and Code Blue programs. Recruiting is taking place for Code Blue, a volunteer program for residents that includes training and a ride-along program with Clovis police. And Neighborhood Watch programs are being developed, according to […]

Press release: Police hosting Neighborhood Watch; Code Blue meeting

One of the goals of the Clovis Police Department is to make Clovis a “Safer place to live, work, and play.” In doing so, the community is needed to be the eyes and ears of the police department. We are still in the process of starting Neighborhood Watch programs in the community and are recruiting […]

Don’t put blame on Blue Cross

By Paul Gessing: Guest columnist There has recently been a great deal of consternation and concern over the rate increase enacted by Blue Cross Blue Shield New Mexico (BCBS). The company, a “mutual” firm legally obligated to re-invest any profits back into the company, had originally requested a 24.6 percent rate increase. Then, just as […]

Education digest: Graduate accepted into music corps

Graduate accepted into music corps Clovis High School graduate Alec Blazek has been accepted into the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2010 season, according to a news release. Blazek will spend the summer touring North America with the group, the release said. Members of the corps receive intense instruction in music, dance, […]

Program seeking paint donations

CNJ staff The Artists of America of New Mexico program called Windows on the World is looking for donations of paint for murals that will be painted in Clovis. The program is looking for black, white, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple paint, according to organizer Mary Kathryn Barris. Paint can be taken […]