Funds established

CNJ Staff Memorial funds have been established in Clovis for the Evans and Gilbert families. The family of Maj. Troy Gilbert: Donations may be dropped off at Bank of Clovis, 300 Main St., or the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune offices, 521 Pile St. in Clovis and 101 E. First in Portales. Donations for […]

Report’s depiction of Iran unrealistic

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist Recommendation 16 of the Iraq Study Group’s report calls upon Syria to agree to a peace deal with Israel in return for the Golan Heights. It further suggests that Syria be persuaded to end its interference in Lebanon, cease aiding Hezbollah, convince Hamas to recognize Israel’s right to exist, and […]

Air Force officers’ burials this week

CNJ staff Military burials for two U.S. Air Force officers with ties to Clovis who were killed in Iraq will be held this week at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Services for Maj. Troy L. Gilbert are scheduled for 3 p.m. on Monday. The funeral for Capt. Kermit O. Evans will be held at 9 […]

Military life can be difficult

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist People seem to have an uncontrollable desire to share their opinions about the war in Iraq with me, a simple yet exuberant military wife. A conversation usually starts with questions such as, “Where is your husband right now?” and “When is he getting back?” It quickly progresses to heavier topics […]

Iraq Study Group fails to address main problem

By Freedom Newspapers The most impressive aspect of the report by the Iraq Study Group, or the Baker-Hamilton commission, created by Congress in March, is the assessment contained in the first 40 pages. It is a grim but essentially realistic assessment. It highlights the increasing levels of violence and the inability of the current “stay […]

Mother fondly remembers son

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Margaret Evans said she plans to keep a promise her son made to his wife when they were married. “We have to try to keep that smile on her face. He promised her he would keep her smiling,” she said. Capt. Kermit O. Evans, 31, a Cannon airman serving […]

Cannon captain killed in Iraq

Staff and wire reports A Cannon Air Force Base captain was among four military personnel killed in a helicopter crash Sunday in Iraq, Cannon officials announced in a news release Tuesday. Capt. Kermit O. Evans, 31, was a U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Explosive Ordnance flight commander assigned to Cannon and deployed to the 332nd […]

Air Force: F-16 pilot killed in action

By CNJ staff & wire reports The American pilot whose F-16 fighter jet crashed Nov. 27 in Iraq was listed as killed in action following DNA analysis of remains recovered at the crash site, the Air Force said. Maj. Troy L. Gilbert, 34, was supporting troops fighting about 20 miles northwest of the Iraqi capital. […]

Downed F-16 pilot identified

CNJ Staff The pilot involved in Monday’s F-16 fighter jet crash in Iraq has been identified as Maj. Troy. L. Gilbert, who is assigned to Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. The downed plane is assigned to Cannon Air Force Base. According to a Department of Defense news release, Gilbert’s listed as “Duty Status Whereabouts […]

Status of F-16 pilot unknown

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The pilot of a Cannon Air Force Base F-16 fighter jet that crashed Monday in Iraq is still missing, Air Force officials said. The pilot was not found at the crash site, the Air Force said. The Air Force has not identified the pilot nor said to which base […]

Air Force jet crashes in Iraq

Coalition forces support

An F-16 Fighting Falcon deployed from Cannon Air Force Base flies a close-air-support mission Oct. 23 for coalition forces on the ground. An F-16 from Cannon similar to this one crashed Monday in Iraq. (Courtesy photo: U.S. Air Force) By Tonya Fennell and Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — An F-16 […]

Draft idea goes against ideals of free country

By Freedom Newspapers Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel, who is poised to be quite powerful, as congressmen go, since he is slated to chair the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee in January, has raised once again the idea of a military draft. While some of the reasons he wants to reintroduce this idea into American […]

Only thing we have to fear is ourselves

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist America is the world’s hyperpower. No other nation or group of nations can challenge us militarily or economically. Unlike sickly Europe, we are growing, not contracting. But we are about to be defeated in Iraq by a few thousand cutthroats. How did this happen? It’s simple: The only thing powerful […]

Education digest: Spelling bee guidelines change

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Suggested guidelines for local spelling bees from the Scripps National Spelling Bee have been modified, according to a Clovis Municipal Schools memorandum. Suggested rules include age limits and other guidelines for spellers. A copy of the guidelines has been sent to Clovis Schools principals, according to the memo. The […]

Students send Christmas cheer to troops deployed overseas

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Forty-two kindergarten students are sending Christmas wishes to troops in Iraq. Barry Elementary School’s littlest students have collected games and non-perishable goodies to send to Cannon Air Force Base security forces deployed in Iraq. This Friday, the items — along with cards and letters from the students — […]

Rumsfeld first of many political surprises to come

By Freedom Newspapers As the evening wore on, it became increasingly apparent that while corruption and incompetence were factors, the pickup of two dozen House seats by the Democrats was largely about the war in Iraq. President Bush tacitly acknowledged this Wednesday by announcing that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld would step down, to be replaced […]

Rumsfeld steps down

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Bush on Wednesday congratulated Democrats on their takeover of the House and strong gains in the Senate and announced he had selected a new defense secretary to oversee the increasingly violent conflict in Iraq. Bush, reaching into the administration of his father, said that former CIA Director Robert Gates […]

Victory missing from ballots this year

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist It is almost surreal to watch the 2006 campaign wind down to its conclusion. The one overriding issue is the war in Iraq. Polls reflect deep public unhappiness with the course of the war, and Democrats will most likely reap the benefit of this frustration. And yet neither party offers […]

Kerry comment won’t blow over anytime soon

By Freedom Newspapers John Kerry is the gift that just keeps on giving — to the Republicans. He did come around with an apology Wednesday to any service members who might have been offended by his remarks at Pasadena City College last week. The question is whether that will be enough to make this episode […]

Democrats not guaranteed total sweep of Congress

Editorial With the midterm elections less than a week away, many races look a little tighter than they did to most of the pundits a few weeks ago, when forecasts of potential upsets by Democrats in the House and Senate were as common as campaign promises. Tom DeLay’s old seat in Texas now looks winnable […]