Election roundup — Jan. 6

John Jones of Clovis has announced his intention to run for the open District 2 seat on the Clovis City Commission. Jones, 63, is a retired letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. He has also served in the New Mexico Mounted Patrol for 25 years and holds the office of deputy chief. “I’ve been […]

Veterans discuss significance of Veterans Day

Benna Sayyed: Freedom New Mexico Bruce Pollock, commander of American Legion Post 117 in Clovis, left, converses with 20-year U.S. Navy veteran Milton Mitchell, right, about the significance of Veterans Day. Benna Sayyed Clovis veterans feel Veterans Day is a time of year when citizens should remember and honor veterans who served the country to […]

For veterans, holiday time of remembrance

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Bruce Pollard, commander of American Legion Post 117 in Clovis, left, converses with 20-year U.S. Navy veteran Milton Mitchell, right, about the significance of Veteran’s Day. Benna Sayyed Clovis veterans feel Veterans Day is a time of year when citizens should remember and honor veterans who served the country to […]

Portales veteran recalls World War II

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Judy Hall: Courtesy photo Portales World War II veteran Joe Blair recently qualified for the Southern Honor Flight, a program out of Las Cruces, which sends World War II veterans to Washington D.C. to see the World War II memorial. Blair said the veterans boarded their bus in Las Cruces to a military honor guard. […]

Organizations plan Veterans Day events

Benna Sayyed Veterans organizations in Clovis and Portales are hosting several events beginning Monday and continuing through Saturday to honor local veterans who have served the nation. According to Ricardo Hidalgo, commander of American Legion Post 25 in Clovis, Veterans Week honors Clovis veterans who served the country by giving their life for freedom and […]

Organizations plan week of remembrance for vets

Benna Sayyed Veterans organizations in Clovis and Portales are hosting several events beginning Monday and continuing through Saturday to honor local veterans who have served the nation. According to Ricardo Hidalgo, commander of American Legion Post 25 in Clovis, Veterans Week honors Clovis veterans who served the country by giving their life for freedom and […]

Reunions —

Hollene and Bellview reunion The Hollene and Bellview School reunion will be held Oct. 1 at Kingswood United Methodist Church, 2600 Main St., Clovis. Buffet dinner is $8.50 per plate and will be served at noon. The doors of the church will open at 10 a.m. for everyone to come early to visit. Information: Eldred […]

Former Cannon leaders promoted

Cannon Connections staff Two officers formerly assigned to Cannon Air Force Base have been promoted or given new assignments. Col. Michael T. Plehn, has been selected for a promotion to general and has been assigned to serve as deputy director of theater plans and synchronization element at CENTCOM. He is currently the commander of the […]

Area organizations commemorating Memorial Day

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jim Cowman, shown speaking at the May 21 memorial service at the Curry County War Memorial, said there are 173 Curry County residents listed as being killed in action. He hopes another name will never need to be added, but realizes that is not realistic. Kevin Wilson Jim Cowman retired […]

Our people: Woman of letters

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Melrose resident Jamie Dickerman served as the president’s ambassador at Eastern New Mexico University during her senior year. She graduated May 14 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in political science. Dickerman works as a grant writer and special events coordinator for the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico and plans to […]

Press release: CCC president announces retirement

Dr. John Neibling, President of Clovis Community College since 2006, has announced his retirement as of August 1, 2011. Dr. Neibling previously served in a variety of teaching and administrative positions prior to becoming President at CCC, including 10 years as Vice President for Learning at San Juan College in Farmington, NM from 1991 to […]

Former Cannon commder named AF vice chief of staff

Courtesy photo Lt. Gen. Breedlove was named the Air Force vice chief of staff. Lt. Gen. Philip Breedlove has replaced Gen. Howie Chandler as the Air Force vice chief of staff as of Jan. 14. Breedlove previously served as the deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and requirements at the Pentagon. Also a fighter […]

Prosecutor: More test results needed in fatal crash

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Mary Castillo, 56, died from injuries received in a crash with a Clovis police officer. As long as justice is served, Tita Romero doesn’t care whether it takes one day or 30 to complete an investigation into the crash that took her sister’s life. Monday, District Attorney Matt Chandler said until lab results and cell […]

Former Cannon commander promoted

A lieutenant general who served as operations commander of Cannon Air Force Base in the late 1990s is being promoted to vice chief of staff of the Air Force. Lt. Gen. Philip M. Breedlove will assume the position in March, replacing Gen. Howie Chandler, who is slated to retire, according to an article in Air […]

Former Cannon operations commander promoted to Air Force vice chief of staff

CNJ staff report A lieutenant general who served as operations commander of Cannon Air Force Base in the late 1990s is being promoted to vice chief of staff of the Air Force. Lt. Gen. Philip M. Breedlove will assume the position in March, replacing Gen. Howie Chandler, who is slated to retire, according to an […]

Day trip: Cultural works on display

Place: Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian Location: 9151 I-40 East in Amarillo, Texas. It is about two-and-a-half hours from Cannon. What is it? The museum gives visitors a look into the cultures of the people of the pueblos and plains. The museum displays fine paintings, bronzes fine old beadwork and material culture items. What […]

Our people: People person

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Courtesy photo The Lydicks were married in 1982. Chad Lydick works as an engineer and serves as an Eastern New Mexico University regent. Lydick said Gov. Bill Richardson asked him to serve as a regent and said he was interested in being involved in education. Lydick also served as a Clovis City Commissioner for eight […]

Day trip: Fort is also home to Texas longhorn herd

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Courtesy of the Texas Historical Commission The ruins at Fort Griffin include the mess hall, barracks, first sergeant’s quarters, bakery, and a hand-dug well. This building was once the administration building at the fort. Place: Fort Griffin State Historic Site Location: 1701 North U.S. Hwy 283 Albany, Texas is about 296 miles or 5 hours […]

Marine recalls time served during Korean War

Cannon Connections photo: Tony Bullocks Cannon AFB leadership class 06-D, honored Robert E. Simmons, by placing him on their “Wall of Heroes” in April of 2006 and presented him with a shadow box that displays his awards and decorations from the course of his 20-year career in the Marines. Clarence Plank Robert Simmons, 81, of […]

Korean War veterans reflect on Memorial Day

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David By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The Korean War is commonly called the forgotten war, but not for the men who served in the three-year conflict. Local veterans George Martin, Dale Davis, and David Ash share their experiences.