Newman downs Zias in five

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Zia outside hitter Nicole Vanderploeg fields an attack in the second game of Thursday’s match against Newman at Greyhound Arena. The host Zias were defeated in five games by the Jets. Freedom New Mexico Angie Bennett got three of her match-high 15 kills in the deciding fifth set, and the […]

Pilot dies as jets collide

The Associated Press EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — An Air Force fighter pilot died Wednesday after his jet and another likely collided during a training exercise and crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. The other pilot was rescued and is expected to survive. The single-seat F-15C Eagles crashed Wednesday off the Florida Panhandle, said […]

Newman ends losing streak, edges Hounds

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Things haven’t been going that well for the Newman men’s soccer team. Not only had the Wichita, Kan.-based Jets lost seven in a row, the last six were at home. Newman jumped on Eastern New Mexico University for goals early in each half Friday and edged the […]

Opinion: Base ingrained in area culture

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Like many who grew up on the eastern plains of New Mexico, I can’t remember a time when there weren’t fighter jets in the sky above me. Monday that chapter of history closed at Cannon Air Force Base and a new one opened. It’s bittersweet for some of us […]

Blog from Cannon: Special Ops activated

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Lilliana Castillo Lt. Gen. Michael W. Wooley and Lit. Gen.Norman Seip stand at attention Monday as the national anthem is sung at the beginning of the change of command ceremony at Cannon Air Force Base. Editor’s note: Freedom New Mexico’s Karl Terry is blogging live from Cannon Air Force Base this morning. He will also […]

Military Feature: Cadets freshen up jets’ paint jobs

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Courtesy photo: 2nd Lt. George Tobias, Cannon Air Force Base Senior Airman Timothy Woelk, 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, paints the tail of the F-111 located at Seventh Street and Highway 60/84. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer F-111 jets posed to greet travelers coming in to Clovis and Portales recently got facelifts courtesy of visiting […]

Farewell flight

Col. Scott West, 27th Fighter Wing Commander, prepares to present Lt. Col. Brad Kearney with a bottle By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Like a well-choreographed dance, two F-16 jets soared side-by-side above Cannon Air Force Base May 10. While fighter jets are a common sight above Clovis, this display of aerial artistry marked the end […]

Farewell flight

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Col. Scott West hands Lt. Col. Brad Kearney a bottle of champagne Thursday after Kearney completes one of the last two flights by the 523rd Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Like a well-choreographed dance, two F-16 jets soared side-by-side above Cannon Air Force […]

EMS pounds CMS in first week of Intramural Basketball

Airman Thomas Trower At halftime the outcome seemed apparent when the score was 37-10. The 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Jets pounded the 27th Component Maintenance Squadron Cobras into the court with a 59-35 win Monday night. This first week of the Cannon Intramural Basketball League gave coaches a look at how their teams would perform […]

Flight delays need innovative ideas from FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration last week went through three frustrating days of headbanging and jawboning that failed to yield an agreement among airlines to cut back on flights at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, which has more takeoffs and landings per year than any airport in the world. Now we’ll see if the FAA makes good on […]

Politicians worried about own back yards

Ned Cantwell: State columnist Here’s what is wrong with politics: The very nature of the beast puts the politician’s credibility in the red zone day in and day out. Case in point. There are 51 radar-evading F-117A Nighthawk stealth jets stationed at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo. They are 20 years old. The Air […]