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 […]

Let airports decide on own safety measures

As we approach the busiest air travel day of the year and the busiest season for flying, airline travel is poised to be fouled up not only by the weather but by the Transportation Security Administration and the inevitable backlash against the TSA’s new intrusive screening mandates. Whatever happens this Thanksgiving week, the government’s approach […]

Open house showcases new helicopter

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bruce Mitchell, a registered nurse and intermediate EMT, talks to community members about the new helicopter that will be stationed in Clovis. Mitchell said the helicopter is “kinda our sports model.” The smaller aircraft travels about 30 mph By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Showing onlookers a compartment barely the […]

Cannon officials advise residents of what to expect during training operations

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Ray Gobberg, 2nd Lt. public information officer at Cannon Air Force Base, in Clovis, discusses the military fly over that occured the night of June 16 at Tucumcari. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Low-flying military planes won’t be a nightly occurrence in Tucumcari or other area communities and, when […]

Cannon officials to hold public meetings for area communities

Freedom New Mexico Representatives from Cannon Air Force are hosting public meetings in surrounding communities next week. They want to inform the public if and why planes will be flying over cities in the area, according to a press release. The schedule: Texas communities Sudan — 6:30 p.m. CST July 7, Sudan High School Auditorium […]

Feeling of reverse deja vu unshakeable

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist We all know that deja vu is the sense that you have lived this moment before. What, however, is the sense that you will live this moment in the future ? English teachers call it a foreshadowing event; I had one of those today. We had my 4-year-old granddaughter Mikayla […]

Guns flying off the shelves with election in balance

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Stephen D. Powell takes time to aim a Barrett 50 BMG Thursday at Patriot Outdoors. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Guns are flying off the shelves at local gun shops, according to gun store owners. Store owners said the election and the possible victory of Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. […]

First Person: Flying high

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Beth, front, Becky, middle, and Paul Blair take their hot air balloon out almost every weekend, weather permitting. Early in Paul and Becky Blair’s engagement, the couple went to Roswell and took a ride in a hot air balloon. After the ride, Becky told her now-husband, “we should get one […]

Festival brings out avid kite-flyers

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Louisa Ytuarte of Portales brought her butterfly kite out of the air because there wasn’t enough wind to keep it in the air, she said. Ytuarte, an invited flyer at the Kite Karnival, is a member of the American Kite-flying Association. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Dennis Ware knows […]

Commander: Special ops combat flying missions to begin in June

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Courtesy photo The AC-130 aircraft is expected to arrive at Cannon Air Force Base next summer, according to 27th Special Operations Wing Commander Col. Tim Leahy. He said support staff for the aircraft will start arriving in the fall. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The 318th Special Operations Squadron will begin flying combat missions […]

Day Trip: Classic theater hosts holiday performances

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The restored 1930s-era Cactus Theater sits in the heart of the Depot District in Lubbock. (Courtesy photo) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Nestled in the Depot District of Lubbock is the Cactus Theater. Starting life in 1938 as a motion picture theater, the facility was remodeled in 1993 and has since become a performance theater. […]

Flying J Wranglers gallup into town

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The Flying J Wranglers will ride into Clovis once again on Dec. 16 to perform a benefit concert at the Lyceum Theatre. For the second year in a row, the popular Western music group’s performance will benefit the Miss Rodeo New Mexico pageant, according to Joe Rhodes, owner of […]

Flying tattered flag no sign of freedom

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House and I were driving around Clovis last Saturday, checking out yard sales, when something caught my eye. I won’t say where … it could be a house, it could be a business … but I saw the flag of the United States of America, literally […]

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 […]

Wind no-show at kite show

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Brad Martin of Lubbock shows the Stars and Stripes kite he was able to get airborne during Saturday’s Kite Karnival at Doc Stewart Park. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The wind didn’t cooperate Saturday for the third annual Kite Karnival, but not even the invited guests — members of the […]

Leon Logan

Leon Logan Date of birth: Jan 17, 1926 Dates of Service: February 1944 to May 1946 Hometown: Sweetwater, Texas Theater and location of service: Florida Branch: Army Air Corps Rank: Corporal Unit and specialty: Training school Lives in: Logan In his words: Logan left school at 18 to join the Army as an air cadet […]

Preston Dunn

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Preston Dunn Date of birth: Dec. 31, 1920 Dates of service: 1942 to 1946 Hometown: Artesia Lives in: Portales Theater and location of service: […]

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 […]

Air National Guard hit especially hard in base closings plan

By Philip Dine: St. Louis Post-Dispatch WASHINGTON — As Missouri officials fight to save the 131st Air National Guard Fighter Wing at Lambert Field, and Illinois does the same for its Air National Guard F-16 unit in Springfield, a broader trend is evident: The Air National Guard stands to take a huge hit nationwide in […]