Army helicopter pilot inspired by med-evac

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Army Captain Jeff Epps, a Black Hawk helicopter pilot, and his wife Ali Epps stand in front of a “Welcome Home” banner in front of his family home on Jeanie Drive. The Epps have been married for two years and both graduated from Clovis High School. Tonjia Rolan Jeff Epps’ […]

Rural refinance program to launch

CNJ staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture will launch a single family housing guaranteed rural refinance pilot program in New Mexico to help rural borrowers refinance their mortgages, according to U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. To be eligible under this pilot, borrowers must have made timely mortgage payments for 12 consecutive months. Rural residents can […]

Udall: USDA Pilot Program to Help Rural N.M. Homeowners

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will launch a new Single Family Housing Guaranteed Rural Refinance Pilot Program in New Mexico to help rural borrowers refinance their mortgages. Currently, approximately 2,000 New Mexico families are enrolled in the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Program. They are now eligible […]

Club notes — Oct. 16

Pilot Club The Pilot Club of Clovis held their monthly business meeting at Muffley’s Backdoor Room. A report was given on a workshop in Denver by President Sue Rutter. Also attending the workshop were Pilot members Janet Barnhart and Rosie Cox. The Club recently completed their fund raising of selling nuts. Nuts will still be […]

Club notes —

Pilot Club Sue Rutter and Janet Barnhart members of the Pilot Club of Clovis, were two of hundreds of club members from five countries who convened in Dallas July 13 – July 16 for the Pilot International Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference held at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. The presiding officer for the event was […]

Rating system needs improvement

After a three-year effort by the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to improve the process, ill and injured military members still endure a long, complex and often contentious evaluation system when seeking disability ratings and compensation for service-related health conditions. The process has been made more convenient and even shortened by an average six […]

First Person: Pilot by day, writer by night

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Maj. Steve Beattie flies unmanned aircraft for the Air Force and wrote a children’s book in his spare time. Maj. Steve Beattie flies unmanned aircraft for the Air Force and in his spare time, he wrote, illustrated and published a children’s book. And, he’s working on a master’s degree. But […]

Pilot recycling designed to save landfill space

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File photo The city has set up a recycling collection point at the landfill, as well as Albertsons and Wal-Mart locations. The pilot recycling program, started in January, has netted the city about 100 tons in materials that would have otherwise taken up landfill s By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis city officials are […]

March 29, 2009 On the shelves

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Rupert Red Two: A Fighter Pilot’s Life from Thunderbolts to Thunderchiefs by Jack Broughton was given by Phyllis and Gene Walker in memory of Sherman Williams. The story of the U.S. Air Force and some of its best-known aircraft is presented in terms of the […]

Cannon selected for pilot program

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Cannon Air Force Base is among five Air Force bases in the country selected for a three-month pilot program designed to market civilian jobs on base. The air base has had a difficult time filling the 50 open civilian positions it has because of its remoteness, according to Cannon […]

Commissioners OK hotel cleanup

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Cleaning up Hotel Clovis and starting a pilot program for recycling dominated business Thursday for Clovis city commissioners. As part of efforts to rehabilitate the hotel building on Main Street, commissioners approved a proposal from GranCor Enterprises to rid the facility of asbestos, pigeon droppings and lead-based paint for $421,066. […]

Military feature: Clovis native’s novel takes flight

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Courtesy photo Air Force fighter pilot Tom Rodgers, husband of author Kathleen Rodgers, looks out from the cockpit of an A-10. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The struggles of being a fighter pilot, and being the family of one, form the basis for a new novel by a Clovis native married to a former […]

Locals received pilot training close to home

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico In the late 1930s and early 1940s area residents participated in the Civilian Pilot Training Program in Roosevelt County. Initiated in 1939, the CPTP had a goal to train 20,000 civilian pilots a year, creating a pool of potential military pilots, according to the Nation Museum of the United […]

8/31 Honors

Artist of the Month Ed Des Lauriers of Clovis is the Pintores Artist of the Month for September. His artwork will be on display at the Clovis-Carver Library through the month. He is the 2008-2009 president of the Pintores Art League. As a design draftsman at Lockheed, commercial pilot and eight years as an aircraft […]

Some big guys I’ve known

By Glenda Price In the old days some people were “fat,” and fat people were jolly. “Obese” wasn’t even a word then, although I guess Big Henry who lived not far from our place would have qualified. He took the front seat out of his car and sat in the back seat to drive. I […]

Plane crashes near Tucumcari

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Freedom Newspapers:Thomas Garcia Two Yuma, Ariz., residents, Gary Mayer and Kathryn Blohm, were injured in the crash of this Beech airplane Friday outside of Tucumcari, according to reports from the New Mexico State Police. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — A single-engine plane crashed early Friday afternoon in a field six miles east of […]

We could have used better words

By David Stevens/CNJ Editor Our newspaper recently published a story about an F-16 pilot killed in Iraq last year. The story reported details about the cause of the crash. The main headline read: “Pilot error caused crash” The secondary headline was: “Air Force report: Pilot of Cannon F-16 died protecting ground troops.” Several readers have […]

Military feature: Clovis grad beats odds as female pilot

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2nd Lieutenant Alison Henderlite says you have to be “kind of a tomboy and kind of tough” to be a female Air Force pilot. (Courtesy photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer At 25 years old, Alison Henderlite has already achieved her No. 1 goal. An Air Force pilot, the 2nd Lieutenant is a minority […]

Military digest: Henderlite

By CNJ staff Air Force 2nd Lt. Alison A. Henderlite has earned silver pilot’s wings after completing the Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training Program at Vance Air Force Base, Enid, Okla., according to an Army and Air Force Hometown News press release. The daughter of Gregory and Do Pritchard of Clovis, she graduated from Clovis […]

Memorial fund for pilot’s family established

By CNJ Staff A memorial fund has been set up for the family of Air Force pilot Troy Gilbert, whose F-16 jet crashed Nov. 27 in Iraq. Maj. Gilbert’s wife, Ginger, is a Clovis native. Donations may be dropped off at Bank of Clovis, 300 Main St., or the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune […]