Online literary journal provides creative outlet

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Gina Hochhalter, English instructor at CCC, began Palabras in 2002. She currently designs Palabras at home and relies on six volunteers to help her edit and post the publication. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A literary journal designed to give undergraduates a chance to publish their work is blossoming, […]

AFSOC freefall jump planned for Melrose Bombing Range

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M.–Members the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron from Standiford Field, Ky., will be the first Air Force Special Operations Command unit to conduct a military freefall jump at Melrose Range on February 19. Airmen from the 123 STS will parachute into Melrose range from a MC-130W Combat Spear assigned to the 73rd […]

AFSOC aircraft, part one

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Courtesy photo: www.afsoc.af.mil CV-22 Osprey The 27th Special Operations Wing will assume ownership of Cannon Air Force Base on Monday. By 2011, four types of aircraft will be assigned to Cannon. CV-22 Osprey Produced to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for Special Ops, the CV-22 Osprey combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical […]

National Guardsman dies at White Sands

The Associated Press WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE — Army officials are looking into what caused the death of a sergeant with the New Mexico Army National Guard who was conducting range operations here. Benjamin Griego, 26, died unexpectedly Friday morning at his residence on the missile range, said a spokesman for the National Guard, Maj. […]

Ag Expo features drought lessons

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Visitors attending the first day of the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo in Portales today can receive useful information on a common problem facing farmers and ranchers of the Southwest — drought. New Mexico State University extension range management specialist Chris Allison will lead the seminar “Planning For the […]

Local Roundup: Former president now hall-of-famer

By CNJ staff Clovis Community College retired President Emeritus James Turner has been inducted into the University of New Mexico’s Anderson Hall of Fame, according to a UNM news release. He is one of three alumni of UNM’s Robert O. Anderson School and Graduate School of Management selected as a 2007 inductee. Honorees are chosen […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats erupt in third quarter

Clovis High’s Jaden Isler splits Taos defenders Joe Montoya, left, and Juan Valdez during Friday’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Taos Tigers hung around for a half Friday night. It didn’t take Clovis High’s boys long, however, to turn the game into a […]

Colorful quilting

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Jeanne Kircher and her family, from left, Kaitlyn, Cole and Savannah take time to visit the High Plains Quilt Festival at the Memorial Building in Portales on Friday. The girls said they thought the quilts were pretty. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Full of color and rich with history, dozens […]

No pilot, no problems

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleScanEagle instructor Mike Wood steps over the launch cords as he prepares the ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle for launch Thursday at the Melrose Bombing Range. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In descent, the graceful, little plane — No. 05-134 — spirals in the sky, flickering in and out of sight […]

Clear skies fitting welcome to Hurlburt folks

Freedom Newspapers Nearly four dozen Florida visitors wind up a whirlwind two-day visit to Clovis and Portales today. We hope they spread the word that their future eastern New Mexico home has: • Friendly people who live in cities and towns whose core values are anchored in their love of family, hard work, patriotism and […]

Preparing the troops: A comparative look at eastern New Mexico, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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The similarity of the Melose Bombing Range’s terrain to that of Afghanistan and Iraq was mentioned as one reason the 16th Special Ops Wing was assigned to Cannon. Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer When the congressional delegation announced last week Air Force Special Operations Command had selected Cannon Air Force Base as the home for […]

Boeing will share bombing range

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer The soon-to-be occupants of Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose Bombing Range say plans to test Boeing drones at the bombing range won’t interfere with their operations. Both parties are keeping the possibility of working together alive, although their missions are not related, military and Boeing officials said. “We […]

Air Force: Range fire caused by air training munitions

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer There is no vegetation to hold the dusty land in place after a fire burned about 27,000 acres of rangeland in southeastern New Mexico. A heavy coat of dirt sticks to the windows and covers the floors of Jeff Essary’s home. Reminders of the fire that devoured more than […]

Zias drop heartbreaker to Pioneers in OT

CNJ staff DENTON, Texas — Things certainly aren’t going favorably of late for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team. Coach Dan Buzard says it’s not for lack of effort. The Zias overcame a five-point deficit with a 17-5 run to end the half and led virtually all the way in the second half. […]

Texans hold off ENMU down stretch

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ENMU’s Ira Cross (32) and Donald Young try to grab a rebound from Tarleton State’s LaShon Sheffield (10) and John Davis during the first half of Wednesday’s game at Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University played hard enough, just not quite well […]

Award going to deserving Clovis citizen

By Tom Udall: Guest Columnist Monday at the Pentagon, the U.S. Air Force will honor Clovis’ Ernest “Doc” Stewart with the 2005 Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitar-ian Award. This is a truly fitting tribute for the civic leader and businessman who has been a staple and champion of the Clovis community since the […]

Officials: Training was taking place when fire broke out

Freedom Newspapers Air Force officials said Thursday that training was taking place at the Melrose Bombing Range when a monstrous grass fire broke out, but they said the cause of the blaze has still not been determined. A news release from Cannon Air Force Base reported the range was “being used for normal training sorties […]

Fire scorches grassland

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A Portales Fire Department brush truck fights a wildfire off N.M. 267 about four miles northwest of Floyd. The fire, fanned by high winds, was believed to have started at the Melrose Bombing Range, officials said. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Dozens of Roosevelt County residents were evacuated from their homes […]

Fire destroys 35,000 acres

By Tony Parra Dozens of Roosevelt County residents were evacuated from their homes on Wednesday as a grass fire swept across the Melrose Bombing Range then south to Floyd, destroying an estimated 35,000 acres, officials said. There were no reports of major injuries, though at least one individual was treated for respiratory problems. Some structures […]

Zias fall short against Incarnate Word

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team waited until the final five minutes or so to get its wake-up call on Friday. As it turned out, that was almost enough time, but not quite. Incarnate Word was cruising to victory when suddenly a foul on Cardinals goalkeeper Amy […]