A flying tribute

Tony Heiman, left, admires the flag collection at 213 E. 11th St. that he and his longtime friend Paul Ulibarri began building six months ago. They want the flags to unify Clovis. Benna Sayyed Tony Heiman hopes the collection of flags flying in his front yard in Clovis can inspire a sense of harmony and […]

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 […]

Cannon Kite Karnival

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Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Nashawn Hare, 9, works to detangle his kite’s tale from its string. Liliana Castillo Flying kites was a family affair for the Naddell family on Saturday at the eighth annual Cannon Air Force Base Kite Karnival. Armed with a dragon kite and a fairy kite, the family of five took turns […]

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 […]

Day trip: Ranch offers taste of ‘old west’

Brad Cooper: Grindstone Graphics and Marketing A mock gunfight begins at the Flying J Ranch in Alto. The act is part of a nightly event which includes a chuckwagon supper and live music from the Flying J Wranglers. Place: Flying J Ranch Location: 6 Flying J Road in Alto. Take U.S. 70 towards Roswell, then […]

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 […]

Airmen, families turn out for Commando Day

USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Heather R. Redman Airmen and their families line up to take a tour of an AC-130H gunship during Commando Family Day on Sept. 19. The AC-130H gunship was part of a static display of four aircraft that airmen and families toured. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs With […]

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 advise residents of what to expect during training operations

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 […]

Flying J Wranglers to perform in Portales

Cannon Connections Staff Combining traditional holiday music with a Western twist, the Flying J Wranglers will take to the stage in order to perform a benefit concert. Ruidoso based, the group spends its summers performing at the Flying J Ranch and at the Spencer Theater in Ruidoso, according to a Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce […]

Medics keep crew in air

By Staff Sgt. Cassandra Locke: NCOIC, Public Affairs SOUTHWEST ASIA — The 379th Expeditionary Wing’s aerospace medicine team provides care for the flyers so they can stay in the fight. “We are the maintainers of the wetware that flies the hardware,” said Maj. Walter Matthews, chief of aerospace medicine for the wing. Flight surgeons are […]

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 […]