Tucumcari school board discusses allegations of administrative misconduct

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Public Schools Board of Education board member Carlos Romero announced the board discussed “allegations of administrative misconduct” and no action was taken Monday after a 25-minute closed door session. The executive session was placed on the agenda two days after Tucumcari High School Principal David Castillo was placed […]

Housing permits in Clovis double from previous months

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Manuel Veloz, a landscaper with Fox’s Green Thumb Nursery of Clovis, puts metal edging in place Wednesay at a home under construction in the Raintree subdivision of northeast Clovis. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico New housing permits last month nearly doubled from the previous month in Clovis. Local leaders […]

Commander: Housing issue may affect future mission decisions

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Freedom New Mexico illustration: Gabriel Monte and Jenna Zamie The highlighted area indicates an area around Cannon Air Force Base with a roughly 60-minute drive time, where personnel can seek housing. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico When Cannon Air Force Base reaches full capacity in about five months, communities outside Clovis and Portales may […]

Commander focuses on housing issues at meeting

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Housing continues to be a big concern for Cannon Air Force Base as personnel relocate to the region and staffing numbers rise. With more than 1,000 personnel still headed to Cannon, base housing is at 82 percent occupancy and local housing options are slim, commander Col. Stephen Clark told […]

Letter to the editor: Lack of pool facilities problem

In his Sunday column, Clyde Davis pointed out that Clovis could use more public pools. The lack of swimming facilities was one of the issues raised in a study related to United States Air Force personnel moving to Cannon AFB. This is definitely a problem in Clovis. Potter Pool, like any outdoor pool, is closed […]

Limited rental options lead military personnel to buy homes

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Tammy Goodman of Remax First Place Realtors unlocks the door Friday to a home for Michael Mitchell of Cannon Air Force Base to inspect on Sasser Drive. Mitchell just arrived at Cannon from Dyess Air Force Base near Abilene, Texas and has been searching f By Eric Butler: Freedom New […]

Growth plan highlights housing, mental health challenges

Freedom New Mexico Housing, mental health services, public transportation, future water availability and recreation are among items in the area that need improvement, according to a growth management plan released Monday. The Regional Growth Management Plan is aimed at evaluating the communities within Curry and Roosevelt counties and their needed responses to growth at Cannon […]

Obama strategy for Afghanistan poorly planned

Freedom New Mexico The Obama administration has announced it may have to turn to military personnel, mainly reservists with relevant civilian skills, to fill hundreds of posts that had been intended for civilian experts. The Obama strategy for Afghanistan announced last month included a dramatic increase in “nation-building” efforts that would include, as President Obama […]

Public hearing scheduled for proposed school personnel and licensure rules

The New Mexico Public Education Department gives notice that the Department will conduct a public hearing from 10:00 a.m. to noon on April 29, 2009 in the Jerry Apodaca Building, Mabry Hall, 300 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501. The purpose of the public hearing will be to obtain input on School Personnel and […]

Business feature: City construction up 6 percent

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CNJ staff photo The city issued 154 building permits for new residential and commercial properties in 2008 compared to 145 in 2007, according to city reports. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Construction of new properties in Clovis rose about 6 percent in 2008 from the year before and city officials believe the number will […]

Year in review: Cannon begins to see growth

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The 27th Special Operations Wing made steady progress in 2008 of preparing Cannon Air Force Base for more personnel as well as adapting to new methods of warfare. Chief of Public Affairs Capt. Mae-Li Allison said the base has 2,100 military personnel and 560 civilian employees. She said there […]

Students collect phone cards

Freedom New Mexico The Portales Schools Performing Arts Department is conducting its second annual Phone Card Drive for soldiers serving overseas. Members are collecting unused phone cards or donations to buy them to distribute to military personnel in Iraq or Afghanistan. Donation jars are to be available at winter performances. The concerts are free and […]

Senators toss key amendments

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist To protect its prerogative of adding billions of dollars of pork-barrel projects to defense bills, the Senate last week passed its fiscal 2009 defense authorization bill without allowing votes on 101 pending amendments, some of them important to service personnel. About a third of the ignored amendments would have improved […]

Cannon looking to fill civilian positions

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base maintained a higher than expected civilian workforce during its transition to a special operations wing. The Civil Service workforce at Cannon dropped from 730 in 2006 to 570 at present. However, the civilian personnel office is looking to fill 50 positions on base, according to Cannon Public Affairs Spokesman […]

Military feature: Airman initiates Buddhism group

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Tech. Sgt. Christ Porter, right, and his wife Marisila, left, run a Buddhism discussion group at the Cannon Air Force Base chapel. Chris Porter said he and his wife are new to Buddhism having formally adopted the religion in June. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Tech. Sgt. Chris Porter […]

Military inspires Marshall Middle School lessons

By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico One Clovis middle school has decided to honor military personnel by incorporating

Emergency personnel receive honors

CNJ Staff Several emergency personnel received awards during the Fraternal Order of Eagles’ police and firefighter banquet on March 15.• Law Enforcement Officer of the Year: Eric Muller, Clovis Police Department• Firefighter of the Year: Ike Burns, Clovis Fire Department• Volunteer Firefighter of the Year: Norman Scioli, Texico Fire Department• Emergency Medical Technician of the […]

Growth committee told base personnel numbers have bottomed out

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico The Local Growth Management Committee learned Wednesday that personnel levels at Cannon Air Force Base have bottomed out and numbers will begin to increase. Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas said he learned from base officials during a Clovis Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday that the trough in personnel […]

Jan. 30, 2008 Police Blotter

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 7:37 p.m. Jan. 22, an officer observed a person driving erratically near 9th and Main streets. The driver ran a stop sign and drove onto the curb into the grass. The driver failed field sobriety […]

Federal report: Cannon projections optimistic

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico A report released last week by the Government Accountability Office indicates personnel and plane numbers for Cannon Air Force Base’s Special Operations mission may not be as high as military officials originally predicted. But local officials, as well as the state’s Congressional delegation, said there’s nothing problematic for Cannon […]