Texas entertainment just a few hours away

By Angela Peacock Lake Meredith National Recreation Area north of Amarillo isn’t just a place to fish, swim, hike and camp, officials said. With the Texas-style musical “Lone Star Rising,” visitors can experience a piece of Western history. “Lone Star Rising,” which is held at the Fritch Fortress amphitheater, runs Wednesday through Sunday nights beginning […]

Volume is cause of wait for applications

By Tom Philpott Tens of thousands of military retirees still intend to apply for the new Combat-Related Special Compensation. Though the first CRSC applications were filed in early June, only about 1,000 were reviewed and 100 approved in time for payments to begin July 1. Given the volume of applications, waits of two to three […]

Sending U.S. troops to Liberia not best thing

In for a penny, in for a pound. Once you start justifying military intervention in other countries solely on “humanitarian” grounds divorced from even a semblance of American security interests or credible imminent threats, there is virtually no limit to the range of countries to which the United States might choose to send military forces. […]

Rocking the house

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“Tops in Blue” performs the opening number Wednesday at Doc Stewart Park across from Cannon Air Force Base. “Tops in Blue” performed music melodies from various music decades and styles. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina Some members of the “Tops in Blue” Air Force entertainment troupe weren’t even born when retired Lt. […]

Fate of retirees’ compensation still up in air

By Tom Philpott More than 670,000 military retirees with VA-rated disabilities are ineligible for the new Combat-Related Special Compensation. Many wonder whether CRSC truly is a beachhead in battle for “concurrent receipt” of full retired and VA disability compensation, or the end of the line on this issue. That will depend on whether lawmakers vowing […]

Heartfelt homecoming

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By Janet Bresenham Even the weather cooperated Saturday afternoon, joining the warmth of the homecoming welcome from residents of Clovis and Portales for military troops from Cannon Air Force Base and other branches of the armed services. The day’s celebration began with a military parade along Main Street, with about 1,000 men and women from […]

Changing times for the military

By Darrell Todd Maurina Ken Huey has vivid memories of the public reaction he received while serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam era. “My wife, then my girlfriend, was a student at (the University of New Mexico) and I remember picking her up in my flight suit,” Huey said. “I was booed, hissed, […]

Area troops to be saluted

Clovis and Portales residents are throwing a party for their military neighbors from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Greene Acres Park in Clovis. The event is dubbed, “Salute to Our Troops: A Homecoming Celebration,” and will feature welcome speeches by both city’s mayors, an F-16 flyover, live music, games and entertainment. Residents from both […]

CAFB volunteers build community ties through schools

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis public school system receives extensive volunteer help from many parents and grandparents of students in the schools, but some of the volunteers come from a group that may not have any family connections to the community — airmen at Cannon Air Force Base. For 2nd Lt. Jay Edison of […]

Charges remain unfiled in Texas murder case

By Darrell Todd Maurina Months after the body of Staff Sgt. Shelby Dawn Orelup was found in a ditch on Feb. 28 near Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, a Cannon Air Force Base staff sergeant remains under federal hold in the Wichita County Jail without formal charges in connection with the pending […]