Army helicopter pilot inspired by med-evac

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Army Captain Jeff Epps, a Black Hawk helicopter pilot, and his wife Ali Epps stand in front of a “Welcome Home” banner in front of his family home on Jeanie Drive. The Epps have been married for two years and both graduated from Clovis High School. Tonjia Rolan Jeff Epps’ […]

Verdict on Bush: He made us safer

I have been waiting several days now for someone to write a response to the letter from Kirby Rowan that appeared in your paper on Jan 18. Since no one has, I will. What prompted me to get off dead center was the shabby treatment by the liberals present as President Bush boarded his helicopter […]

Last Son Tay mission helicopter retires after 38 years of service

By Tech. Sgt. Kristina Newton, 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — A mission to rescue approximately 50 American prisoners of war from the Son Tay prison camp in North Vietnam in 1970 became a watershed event for Air Force special operations.

Year in review: Ex-dentist pleads guilty

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Christian Madden of Clovis tries to clear a path to his front door Nov. 14 at his house on Sheridan St. The tumbleweed invasion was fueled by 52 mph winds which thrashed through Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) CNJ staff A day after a judge ruled the state could pursue the death penalty against […]

Crash witness amazed to find survivors

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Bryan Kos was planting wheat north of Melrose when the sounds of a low-flying helicopter caught his attention late Monday morning. As he watched, the chopper flew past him before crashing into a nearby maize field, he said. Jumping from his tractor and running toward the cloud of dust […]

Chopper crashes north of Melrose

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Wind gusts caused a helicopter to crash midday Monday in a field about 11 miles north of Melrose, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Roland Herwig. Officials said the crash occurred about 11:30 a.m. Herwig said both of the copter’s passengers were injured but had no additional information. One […]

Unique word usage never ceases to amaze

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Every time I think I have heard the utmost, the latest, that I am actually keeping abreast of the latest slang or the latest in terms, somebody will concoct a new creative phrase that catches me completely off guard. Since I am involved in the classroom instruction of college freshmen, […]

Improving Cannon Air Force Base’s quality of life

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Cannon Air Force Base sponsored the 2005 Air Expo to a crowd of about 8,000 on Sept. 10. The air show was kicked off with a POW/MIA ceremony in which Lt. Gen. Randall Schmidt, 12th Air Force commander, shared some words with the crowd. Following the general’s speech and the conclusion […]

War hero mother lost legs, not courage

Tom Philpott “You are a hero,’’ says a man, standing on a curb outside Walter Reed Army Medical Center, as Army National Guard Maj. Ladda “Tammy” Duckworth walks slowly by, on artificial legs, a cane in each hand. “I’m just trying to survive, man,’’ she laughs. “You’re a hero, a survivor, you’re … “That’s right,” […]

Cannon Air Force Base hosts 2005 Air Power Expo

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Cannon Air Force Base sponsored the 2005 Air Expo to a crowd of about 8,000 on Sept. 10. The air show was kicked off with a POW/MIA ceremony in which Lt. Gen. Randall Schmidt, 12th Air Force commander, shared some words with the crowd. Following the general’s speech and the conclusion […]

Catastrophes provide heroic moments

Tom Philpott During Lt. Todd Fisher’s first tour as a young helicopter pilot at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., he would peer across the tarmac to Coast Guard Air Station Savannah and notice not only the colorful paint scheme of Coast Guard helicopters, but also the timing of their deployment. “Every time we’d be coming back […]

Reward comes through the air for child

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff Writer Seven-year-old Caleb Loper just finished a bout with brain cancer. As part of his reward for completing treatment, he received a helicopter ride from family friend Dan Lindsey on Saturday. “It was cool,” Caleb said with a grin from ear to ear. “I got to fly all around.” Landing […]

Soldier’s death ‘ripped out my heart’

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor LUBBOCK — Fighting back tears and battling to keep control of his emotions, Ernest Galvan told a funeral congregation on Saturday at Lubbock’s St. Theresa Catholic Church the story of his son Daniel’s life. He talked about the day his son was born, when his 4-year-old sister wanted to […]

Trains fascinate the young and the old

By Grant McGee Last Saturday morning while crossing the Prince Street bridge I saw what looked like a family of four watching the trains in the Burlington Northern Santa Fe yard. Two kids, a mom, a dad. Dad was pointing at something in the rail yard. It made me wonder if one or both of […]