Outgoing Cannon commander praised for ushering in new era

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Lt. Gen. Donald Wurster, from left to right, Col. Timothy Leahy and Col. Stephen Clark take part in the change of command ceremony Wednesday held on Cannon Air Force Base. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base has saluted its new commander. Outgoing commander Col. Timothy J. […]

Financial advice found in guide

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks The Military Families Money and Mobility handbooks are available at the Airman and Family Readiness Center which is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at Building 1802. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico At the end of a long, distinguished career in the military, those in the service […]

Education feature: School staff ensures smooth start

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Michelle Cordova, administrative assistant at Highland Elementary School, continued answering phones while those in and around the front office paused for the Pledge of Allegiance. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer It’s 7:50 a.m. Wednesday on the first day of school at Highland Elementary and administrative assistant Michelle Cordova is […]

Tobogganing can be dangerous sort of fun

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Folks in these parts aren’t real familiar with deep snow, toboggans and holiday omelets, and that’s probably a good thing. But I’m recalling the now famous Great Toboggan and Omelet Debacle of 1945, an unparalleled event in the annals of winter sports, although it was heralded by some as the […]

Panning for gold pans out

Bob Huber: Local Columnist When I was a kid, schools shut down each June to give enterprising students a chance to get rich. Taking into account the prevailing economy at the time — a nickel bought a Coke that included a 2-cent rebate for the bottle, if you could find a nickel — whenever I […]

Backfiring pranks part of April

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Today’s topic is April Fools’ Day Hangovers and how to live through them. When I was a kid, the second day of April was a time of thanksgiving, a moment when youngsters across the land turned their eyes skyward and gave tearful thanks for surviving another year of April Fools’ […]

Donkey races summer high point

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Kids in my hometown had a summer bonus — donkeys they could ride all day long each year, free of charge. All they had to do was catch them, and my friends had the scars to prove it, mainly tooth marks on their behinds. This unique situation came about when […]

Mice can spoil car’s panache

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist When I was 20, I didn’t know the meaning of the word “panache,” but I went looking for it anyway. As far as I knew, it meant class with flair. Certain movie stars had it — Tyrone Power and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. — and so did roosters in my mother’s […]

Fathers do learn from children

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Dad always used holidays and birthday celebrations as an excuse to climb into his cups. One time I even heard him give a toast, “Here’s to the groundhog, God bless him.”  Hardly a 24-hour period went by without Dad recognizing some festivity or other. Dad favored that condition until one winter’s […]

Cousin avenges pranksters

Bob Huber: Local Columnist When I was a kid, Halloween was the high-water mark on the calendar of my life. Oh sure, I fiddled with Christmas to please parents, but Halloween allowed me to shake down neighbors, tip over outhouses, and remain anonymous. Costumes were no big problem. They were made from feed sacks, worn […]

Alden Henderson

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Alden Henderson Born: Sept 18,1915 Dates of service: May 4,1941 to Aug. 6, 1945 Hometown: Farwell Lives in: Clovis Theater or location of service: […]

Snake encounter leaves fellas rattle

By Bob Huber My first encounter with a bona fide rattlesnake left me with a lethal dose of ophidiophobia (Greek for fear of ophidios) complicated by lingering runny nose. It took place while I was on a fishing trip in the Colorado Rockies. I was there because in those days a group of young guys […]

Rocket glared red on Independece Day

By Bob Huber When Independence Day — the holiday, not the movie — rolls into town each year on a Wal-Mart truck, I always remember the launching of America’s first intercontinental ballistic missile. That singular event established once and for all that children should never play with matches. It began one summer when my friend […]

Summer means homemade cars, joyriding

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Then came the summer of 1943, and my friend Smooth Heine and I put together a genuine automobile on a budget of $3.67 — our life’s savings. We named it Clarence. It was also the summer of our discontent, because we’d just begun to feel the first evil pangs of […]

Be glad you don’t have horse like Coaly

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist I once had a rude experience with a horse named Coaly. He was a plow plug, a big, black Percheron with the combined disposition of a medieval executioner and Jack the Ripper. They don’t make animals like him anymore, and we’re lucky that way. To be more specific, he was […]

Unlikely prankster gets last laugh

By Bob Huber: CNJ Columnist City Meetings Chamber Executive CommWhen I was a kid, April Fools’ Day lasted all month. It was unwritten law in those days that guys got to seek revenge for tricks played on them. To limit that activity to only one day was blatantly unfair. (That edict always ceased at midnight, […]

Halloween was simpler in the old days

by Bob Huber Editor’s note: Bob Huber’s column, which is usually published on Mondays, is running early this week because of the topic: When I was a kid, the joy of Halloween ranked second only to Christmas. It was that wonderful night of the year when we could be ghosts, goblins, and other evil things, […]

Handmade beanie, great Father’s Day

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Editor’s note: Bob Huber’s column is usually published on Monday. It’s running today instead because of its timely message. In case you haven’t noticed, this is that wonderful time of year when we celebrate Father’s Day. (Pause here for drum roll.) Warning: No matter that your daughter gave you a bolo […]

Snipe hunting dangerous to predator, prey

Bob Huber If you’re thinking about a final spring adventure before the advent of summer reruns, zealots of the great outdoors will be happy to introduce you to snipe hunting. You probably deserve it. Snipe hunting is a traditional American exploit, ranked high on the all-time list of Things You Do Only Once in a […]

Finding treasure is super heroes’ work

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist When I was a kid, Don Winslow of the Coast Guard was a big matinee kahuna. His Hollywood adventures led every red-blooded American boy to believe that anyone could grow up to be a super hero. And if he didn’t grow up, he could be a president. There was one […]