Timing of projected Clovis enrollment drop could prove costly

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis Schools could lose as much as $480,000 in state funding if more students are pulled out of school in the next month because of Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to the Special Operations Command. Clovis Schools Deputy Superintendent Ladona Clayton said at Tuesday’s Clovis Board of Education meeting […]

Fast facts: Clovis Fire Department

The following is a Clovis Fire Department activity report for October: Calls for service responded to: 515 Business inspections performed: 88 Business inspection non-compliance issues: 127 Non-compliance issues repaired: 209 Emergency medical services revenue: $115,199 for a year-to-date total of $1,214,410 Department overtime hours: 1,342 Hours of training accomplished: 1,017 Other items of interest: Personnel […]

Officials preparing for Cannon growth

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The impact Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission will have on the local community is still unknown. Everett Frost, vice chairman for the Local Growth Management Org-anization, said his group plans to use Defense Depart-ment funds to hire a consulting firm to study plans for Cannon and make projections […]

Cannon Appreciation Day planned for Friday

CNJ Staff Cannon Appreciation Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Unity Park. The event, which is hosted by the Committee of 50 and the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, is open to all base personnel and their families. A free picnic lunch will be served, and prizes, including televisions […]

Aug. 9, 1970

Personnel at Clovis Memorial Hospital performed surgeries on two relatives both named Charles Franklin Tipton. The older man’s nephew had accompanied him to his surgery and became ill and underwent surgery himself hours prior to his uncle’s surgery. … Richard C. Toothaker, son of retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt.. and Mrs. Donald F. Toothaker, […]

Military Feature: Emergency situations simulated

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Courtesy photo: Airman 1st Class Randi Flaugh Members of a Special Weapons and Tactics team simulate the rescue of “hostages” during an exercise. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Military and civilian agencies faced a simulated hostage situation, mock biological, chemical and nuclear crises, and personnel with realistic-looking injuries — all in the interest of keeping […]

July 28, 1989

The Clovis News-Journal reported that production personnel at Frozefruit in Clovis would be temporarily laid off while the company underwent general maintenance. … Rev. and Mrs. V. Ray Allen celebrated 20 years as pastors of Bethel Assembly of God. … Watson Motors, 600 W. Seventh, celebrated its first Toyota-Thon Sale.

July 20, 1951

Sisters Barbara and Shirley Boydston won sweepstakes honors in the annual Curry County 4-H Dress Revue. … MSgt. E.A. Nash Jr. was announced as the new Army and Air Force recruiter for Clovis. His awards included the Distinguished Flying Cross. … Dwight F. Denton, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Earl Denton, received a […]

Opinion: Tornadoes carry blessings after few tragic minutes

By Freedom Newspapers The shock, euphoria and amazement at surviving Friday’s eastern New Mexico tornadoes are slowly changing for residents of Roosevelt, Curry and Quay counties, including the communities of Logan and Clovis. Five days later, our thoughts and energies are focused on cleaning up, rebuilding and moving forward with our lives even as we […]

Year in review: New Cannon tenant deals in unconventional warfare

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The 16th Special Ops Wing will perform night training operations. (Air Force photo) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer The mission of the 16th Special Ops Wing is unconventional warfare. The wing specializes in: • Counterterrorism • Combat search and rescue • Personnel recovery • Psychological operations • Aviation assistance to developing nations • […]

Base aims to thwart drunken driving

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer With the holidays in full swing, an organization at Cannon Air Force Base is gearing up to curb drinking and driving. By offering free rides without consequences to airmen who have been drinking, members hope to keep partiers from getting behind the wheel. Airmen Against Drunk Driving works to […]

Nature of war affects medal count

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The changed nature of war — not command indifference or bureaucratic inertia as some critics allege — is likely the reason why only two Medals of Honor have been awarded to U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, a senior Marine Corps officer told lawmakers last Wednesday. With remotely detonated bombs […]

School funding makeover possible

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Local goals for education will be recorded today at a town hall meeting in Clovis. About 15 such meetings are being held across the state to gather information for a state analysis of school funding, according to education officials. A New Mexico Legislature task force commissioned the American Institutes […]

Reservists shorted by deficient GI Bill

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Proponents for strengthening Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) benefits for the National Guard and Reserve say the critical issue is fairness. Reserve rates, frozen for years, need to be raised. Reserve benefits need to be made as portable as MGIB for active forces, their wartime deployment partners. Not so, said a […]

Cannon mission change starting

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base’s mission transition to the 16th Special Operations Wing has already begun, according to base commander Col. Scott West. West, who has served as the 27th Fighter Wing’s commander for eight months, presented an informational slide show to city and county officials during a quarterly joint […]

Civic leaders address concerns during Special Ops visit

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer panel of local civic leaders fielded questions about eastern New Mexico health care, real estate, schools and recreation Thursday at Hurlburt Field, Fla., home of the Air Force Special Operations Command, according to civic leaders. The local community representatives addressed the concerns of about 600 AFSOC personnel during the […]

Officials says Cannon transition should have minimal economic impact

By marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An impending personnel dip at Cannon Air Force Base carries little economic threat, according to officials. Drawdown of assets and personnel at Cannon will coincide with the establishment of the base’s new mission, buffering the effects of the dip, according to Air Force officials. The Air Force 16th Special […]

Cannon excercise no game

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Personnel from the 27th Security Forces Squadron make their way to a night of reconnaissanc training during last week’s training exervcise that simulated the conditions in a deployed location. (Courtesy photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer While Clovis residents went about their daily lives last week, the men and women of Cannon Air Force […]

Military provides money, melting pot atmosphere

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleAbove: In Fort Walton Beach, Fla., tourism and the military jockey for space. Below: A mural dedicated to the memory of Sept. 11 is on the side of a building on Miracle Strip. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. —Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast has more to boast […]

Paradise lost? Some not looking forward to mission change

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleJohn Sides fishes Monday in the shadow of the Brooks Bridge over the Santa Rosa Sound in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., where growth has taxed the region. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Plenty of space awaits the 16th Special Operations Wing in rural eastern New Mexico. But pulling away from […]