Area will have four state races

Robin Fornoff Eastern New Mexico voters will have a quartet of primary elections for the New Mexico Legislature, but only one contested race once the general election comes around. Tuesday was the lone day to file for elections at the Secretary of State’s Office in Santa Fe and at county courthouses — only for legislators […]

Veteran profile: Mark Cage, U.S. Navy

Courtesy photo Mark Cage Alisa Boswell Name: Mark Cage Military background: 11 years active duty in U.S. Navy and New Mexico National Guard; 8 years in Navy Reserve, all in law enforcement. Current career: A lieutenant with the Portales Police Department. What was one of your most significant military experiences? We were traveling through the […]

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Daughters of the Confederacy The Ellen W. Jones Chapter of UDC met at the Vines Restaurant for their monthly meeting. Hostess was Mary Louise Childress, Jane Hilliard led the pledges and Laura Nelson read the ritual. Bess Jones gave the invocation. Peg Kline read a card from the City of Portales. The club received a […]

Proposal an invitation to voter fraud

Freedom New Mexico More dead people could be voting if U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has his way. Speaking last week at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, Holder decried new laws in South Carolina and Texas that require voters to present a state-issued ID at the polls. He said the Justice […]

Commissioner announces intent to run

CNJ staff District 1 City Commissioner Randy Crowder has announced he will run for re-election. Crowder, 61, is a self-employed general contractor who has held his seat since 2004, said he feels he still has some things he’d like to see through as a commissioner. He served as mayor pro tem from 2006-2010, and served […]

Cannon commander nominated for promotion to brigadier general

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Col. Albert “Buck” Elton II, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., is among 40 colonels President Barack Obama has nominated for promotion to the rank of brigadier general. “I am honored to be nominated for promotion to the rank of brigadier general,” […]

Cannon commander approved for promotion

Col. Albert Elton II is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and a command pilot with more than 4,200 flying hours, Air Force officials have said. Cannon Connections Col. Albert Elton II, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, is among 39 colonels President Obama has approved […]

Cannon commander approved for promotion

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Col. Albert Elton II is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and a command pilot with more than 4,200 flying hours, Air Force officials have said. Freedom New Mexico Col. Albert Elton II, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, is among 39 colonels President Obama has […]

Club notes —

Roosevelt General Hospital The Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary Executive Committee met Oct. 19. The meeting was called to order at 10 a.m. following the gathering for members to receive free flu shots. President Sid Philips opened the meeting with the reading of the Auxiliary Prayer. Minutes were read by Secretary Adele Breech; treasurer’s report was […]

General details Afghanistan campaign plan

By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan — The population centers of Afghanistan’s Helmand and Kandahar provinces and Spin Bolduk on the Pakistan border constitute key areas in the fight against the Taliban this year, the commander of International Security Assistance Force Joint Command said here today. Army Lt. Gen. David M. […]

Former Cannon leaders promoted

Cannon Connections staff Two officers formerly assigned to Cannon Air Force Base have been promoted or given new assignments. Col. Michael T. Plehn, has been selected for a promotion to general and has been assigned to serve as deputy director of theater plans and synchronization element at CENTCOM. He is currently the commander of the […]

Former Cannon officers promoted, reassigned

CNJ staff Two officers formerly assigned to Cannon Air Force Base have been promoted or given new assignments. Col. Michael T. Plehn, has been selected for a promotion to general and has been assigned to serve as deputy director of theater plans and synchronization element at CENTCOM. Currently the commander of the 1st Special Operations […]

Monday morning briefing: Memorial Day, school budget and the big race

Good morning and happy Memorial Day. Welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. This holiday Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army […]

Club notes — May 8

Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary The April 20 Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary executive committee meeting was called to order by President Sid Phillips by reading the Auxiliary Prayer. The minutes of the previous meeting were accepted as read by Secretary Adele Breech. Peggy Jones, substitute treasurer presented the treasurer’s report. In keeping with the economy and […]

Official: Schools finding ways to do more with less

Liliana Castillo With an overall budget cut and a cut to the per student funding, educators in Curry County are trying to find ways to do more with less. Per student funding will decrease by $126 under the new state budget. General budget funding will be cut 2.2 percent. Combined, that’s a 3.4 percent hit. […]

Clovis resident in running for national civilian award

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USAF: Senior Airman James Bell Ivan Sarracino, 27th Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron, receives the Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez award from Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Lt. Gen. Donald Wurster, on Jan. 13. The Leo Marquez award highlights outstanding achievements in the aircraft maintenance and munitions squadrons across the Air Force. Sarracino won the […]

Club notes — Jan. 30

Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary The general meeting of the Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary was held Jan. 19 in the conference room. President Sid Phillips opened the meeting by reading the Auxiliary Prayer. The minutes were accepted as read by secretary Adele Breech. Treasurer Wanda Martinez gave an end -of-the-year treasurer’s report. The annual dues have […]

Clovis man dies in Portales rollover

A Clovis man died and four other people were injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash early this morning near Portales. State Police Lt. Cleo Baker said a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by 27-year-old Tyrone Phillips of Clovis was east-bound on U.S. 70 when the driver lost control just before 2 a.m. at the intersection of […]

Cannon base commander nominated for promotion to brigadier general

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Col. Stephen Clark, commander of Cannon Air Force Base, has been nominated for his first star, which if approved would give him the rank of brigadier general. Sharna Johnson Col. Stephen Clark sees his nomination for his first star as an opportunity to apply his experience in an area that […]

Job takes Portales man to Middle East

Courtesy photo Portales resident Bob Johnston, left, and British Reconnaissance Officer Andy Recouski, retired, worked together in Iraq. Liliana Castillo Being a general contractor never meant looking around every corner or learning to sleep through bombings until Portales resident Bob Johnston decided to take his job international. After seven years in the Army and 28 […]