Local social worker honored by CYFD

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wlison Sheila Smith, a social worker at the Children, Youth and Families Department, takes a call in her office Monday. On Wednesday Smith will receive the Rose Praisner Award from the National Association of Social Workers New Mexico Chapter in Albuquerque for 22 years of service. Benna Sayyed Sheila Smith was […]

High Plains Patriots hosting candidate forum

CNJ staff The High Plains Patriots are hosting a forum to meet candidates in the March 6 Clovis municipal election. The forum is 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Master’s Center. Patriots spokesperson Diane Davis said all candidates for the city commission and mayoral races are invited and the meeting is open to the public.

Graduation —

Johnson Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Steven M. Johnson, formerly stationed at Cannon Air Force Base from 1998-2002, will receive a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Wayland Baptist University, Lubbock, Texas, campus on Jan. 13. Steve is a 1975 graduate of Alamo High School in Alamo, Tenn. He served his country honorably for 25 […]

Residents list off favorite Christmas movie characters

Benna Sayyed and Robin Coffey Ashley Downs, 21, a Realtor with Prudential Master Properties “Charlie Brown in ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ is my favorite Christmas movie character. I have compassion for him because he is always the underdog. The movie is wholesome and he kind of gives a little morals. I like how he always […]

Anniversaries —

Bailey Hank and Sheila Bailey of Broadview will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary Sept. 18 from 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Master’s Center. The celebration will be hosted by Brittany and Justin Johnson, Isaac Bailey and Josh and Jonie Bailey. The couple was married Sept. 12, 1986 in Las Vegas, Nev. They have three children […]

Shout outs— July 17

Veteran sends well wishes to relatives Born in Tucumcari in 1963, retired Senior Master Sgt. Dave Aragon spent most of his early years as a Clovis resident, attending Lincoln Jackson Elementary School, Marshall Junior High School, then Clovis High School, graduating with the Class of 1982. Dave enlisted and entered the active duty Air Force […]

City commission approves purchase of country club

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Residents packed the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library on Thursday evening for a special meeting of the Clovis City Commission. The commission voted 8-0 to purchase the Chaparral Country Club for $2.81 million. Kevin Wilson The city shelled out green Thursday night, and got 18 greens in return. […]

Chaparral CC owner: Sale not pending

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The owner of the Chaparral Country Club said despite communications to his customers that may have indicated otherwise, he has not gone beyond negotiations with the City of Clovis or anybody. City officials confirmed over the weekend they were in negotiations to buy the club, which would be part […]

Commentary: Chief offers assignment advice for enlisted airmen

By Chief Master Sgt. Brian Wanke: Air Force Personnel Center RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — For the last few years, I’ve had the privilege of serving as a functional manager for enlisted communications assignments. When I first arrived, I questioned our assignment policies all the time. However, as I became aware of the reasons […]

Special duty team will brief Cannon airmen

By 27th SOW Public Affairs Have you ever considered taking on the challenge of replenishing the ranks of the Air Force as a recruiter, or molding civilians into motivated airman as a military training instructor? How about mentoring and guiding airman as they transition from basic military training as a military training leader? The Air […]

Our people: Ticket master

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Courtesy photo Clovis’ Pat Blanchette works as a health assistant in the Clovis High School nurses office. Clovis resident Pat Blanchette has been the Wildcats’ purple-wearing ticket taker at Clovis Schools sporting events for 18 years. Blanchette and her husband moved to Clovis when Tom was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base in 1992. The […]

Command chief talks about new position

Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso was selected as the command chief master sergeant for the 27th Special Operations Wing after the departure of Chief Master Sgt. William Turner in December. Caruso serves as the principal enlisted adviser to the commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing on all issues affecting […]

Curry Republican Party elects officers

CNJ staff The Republican Party of Curry County held their Biennial Organizational County Convention Tuesday at the Master’s Centre and elected Rube Render as chairman. Others elected include Brett Johnson as first vice chairman, Ben McDaniel as second vice chairman and Marge Render as secretary/treasurer. Delegates elected to the Republican State Central Committee included Sen. […]

Monday morning briefing: An education master plan, confessions and a people’s palace

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Education master plan New Mexico’s State Master Plan for Higher Education: Building New Mexico’s Future is finished and available at www.hed.state.nm.us. HED staff visited Clovis and Portales several months ago for public input. The plan contains short- and long-term recommendations as well as highlighting […]

Press Release: Cannon’s Turner promoted to AFSOC command chief

The 27th Special Operations Wing is very pleased to announce that Chief Master Sergeant William H. Turner, Command Chief of the 27th Special Operations Wing, has been selected as the next Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Florida.

Press Release: Cannon's Turner promoted to AFSOC command chief

The 27th Special Operations Wing is very pleased to announce that Chief Master Sergeant William H. Turner, Command Chief of the 27th Special Operations Wing, has been selected as the next Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Florida.

Honors — Oct. 10

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Milburn Lynda Milburn was selected Outstanding Unit Member for 2010 by the New Mexico Association of Educational Retirees and Curry County Association of Educational Riterees . She is currently the treasurer of the local organization. Lynda graduated cum laude from Eastern New Mexico University with a double major in business education and secondary education with […]

Course transfers, local colleges topics at higher education meeting

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan New Mexico Secretary of Higher Education Viola Florez listens at the town hall meeting Monday in the Clovis Community College Town Hall. Giving input for a proposed higher education master plan, participants discussed such things as the importance of the institution to the community, dual-credit programs and duplication of courses […]

Higher education master plan up for discussion at town hall meetings

Argen Duncan Members of the public have a chance to tell state officials what they want in higher education in New Mexico. Higher Education Department Secretary Viola Florez and members of her staff are scheduled to hold town hall meetings Monday in Clovis and Portales to collect input about their state higher education master plan. […]

Greene Acres Park has long history

By Bill Kinyon: Guest columnist As I watch the continued improvements to Greene Acres Park, I am reminded of how it began. I thought that some folks might be interested in the history of the park. In 1963, the Clovis Jaycees were looking for a project. We noticed that the low drainage area south of […]