New aircraft arrives at Cannon

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Members of the 27th Special Operations Wing and their families get a close up view Thursday of a MC-130J as it arrives at Cannon Air Force Base. It is the first of at least 10 MC-130Js that will be delivered to the base in the next fiscal year. Benna Sayyed […]

Cannon holding aircraft ceremony

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base will host an aircraft acceptance ceremony at 1 p.m. Thursday, marking the first MC-130J Combat Shadow II for Air Force Special Operations Command. Lt. Col. Paul Pendleton, commander of the 522nd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon, said the MC-130J can carry about 40 percent more payload and do it […]

Special Olympics community effort

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Benna Sayyed: Freedom New Mexico Special Olympics athletes help Melissa Richards, left, and Roxie Burgess, second from right, set up for Saturday’s awards dinner and dance, which included participants from Albuquerque, Lubbock and Portales. Benna Sayyed Participants and volunteers at the state Special Olympics on Saturday in Clovis said the event is all about helping […]

Proposal would split Quay County into four districts

Thomas Garcia A bill introduced by House Democrats Friday during the a special session of Legislature proposes splitting Quay County into four legislative districts. “This bill will remove me from representing Quay, Union and Harding County,” said Rep. Dennis Roch. Roch said HB 39 was introduced by Rep. Mary Helen Garcia and would split Tucumcari’s […]

Ticket feature: Special Olympics equestrian competition set

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File photo Clovis and the United Way of Eastern New Mexico are to host the New Mexico Special Olympics Equestrian Game this weekend. Freedom New Mexico Clovis and the Special Olympics New Mexico Equestrian Team are hosting the Special Olympics New Mexico Equestrian Games Friday and Saturday. The equestrian event for the Special Olympics started […]

Cannon ceremony commemorates 9/11 attacks

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Cannon Connections staff photo: Gabriel Monte Todd Miller, 27th Special Operation Civil Engineer Squadron assistant chief of operations, left, and Lt. Col. Daniel Guinan, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron commander, unveil a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. Gabriel Monte Staff Sgt. Stephen Mercer of the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineering Squadron […]

Cannon ceremony commemorates Sept. 11 attack

Cannon Connections staff photo: Gabriel Monte Airmen of the 27th Special Operations Wing salute as the flag in front of the headquarters building is taken down during a ceremony commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on Sunday at Cannon Air Force Base. Gabriel Monte Sept. 11, 2001, was a day that changed many lives. More […]

Districts focus of special session

Robin Fornoff There seems little question eastern New Mexico will lose a seat in both the House and Senate during a special session of the Legislature set to start Tuesday. The challenge will be to minimize the damage, according to several area lawmakers. The special session was set primarily to deal with the Legislature’s every-decade […]

Monday morning briefing: Olympic riders in Clovis and support for ENMU

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Special Olympics in town The Special Olympics New Mexico Equestrian Team is riding into Clovis for statewide competition Sept. 16. Competitions continue for two days at the Curry County Events Center. Opening ceremonies are at 7 p.m. and include lighting of the torch, the […]

Special ops forces will remain essential, official says

By Karen Parrish: American Forces Press Service BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The nation’s special operations forces are experiencing heady but somewhat perilous times, said the Pentagon official tasked with overseeing them. “The skills and capabilities of America’s elite special operators have never been more recognized by the nation — sometimes, frankly, more than I like,” Michael […]

Cannon memorial to house steel from World Trade Center

Philadelphia Inquirer: David Swanson Rescue workers remove a body September 13, 2001, from the debris of the World Trade Center in New York. A piece of World Trade Center steel will be housed in a memorial at Cannon Air Force Base. Sharna Johnson A piece of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center has found […]

Commission discusses Hotel Clovis, parks plan

Kevin Wilson A special Clovis City Commission meeting scheduled generally to deal with Hotel Clovis renovation matters ended up putting just as much attention on upcoming parks and recreation additions. The commission quickly tackled a six-item agenda Tuesday afternoon, approving all items on unanimous votes inside of 20 minutes. The special meeting was mainly called […]

Cannon fulfills dream for local youth

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USAF photo Capt. Micah Jones watches as Armin Kronback Jr. tries on flight gear during a guided tour of an AC-130 Spectre gunship Aug. 5 at Cannon. By Airman 1st Class Jette Carr: 27th SOW Public Affairs Clovis resident 11-year-old Armin Kronback Jr. (AJ), and his father were treated to a tour of the 16th […]

County commission to hold special meeting

Curry County commissioners have scheduled a special public hearing for 5:30 p.m. today to consider changing the districts each is elected to represent. The meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex is prompted by results of the 2010 Census. Population changes shown in the Census require districts in the county — in which residents […]

City holding special meeting on Hotel Clovis issues

Kevin Wilson The Clovis City Commission is holding a special meeting Tuesday, with three agenda items regarding the city-owned Hotel Clovis. City officials said the items regarded changes in agreements made necessary by the Aug. 3 city election, when voters rejected an affordable housing ordinance. On the agenda for the 5:15 p.m. meeting at the […]

Cannon puts spotlight on safety

USAF: Airman Ericka Engblom The 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron and the 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron displayed a wrecked vehicle in July at Cannon Air Force Base, as a visual warning to service members about the increased dangers on the road during summer travel months. Senior Master Sgt. Drake Davidson, 27th Special […]

Running tribute

Courtesy photo: Henry Serrano About 60 Air Commandos participated in the run July 15 in honor of Maj. Gen. John Allison, who is considered the father of Air Force Special Operations. Liliana Castillo By Liliana Castillo Cannon Connections Cannon Air Force Base non-commissioned officers ran a 5k in their uniforms July 15 in honor of […]

Col. Slife takes command of 1st Special Operations Wing

Northwest Florida Daily News: Devon Ravine Col. James C. Slife, right, salutes Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel, commander of the Air Force Special Operations Command, on Wednesday after taking over the 1st Special Operations Wing. By Mona Moore: Northwest Florida Daily News HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — It took only 35 minutes Wednesday morning for Col. […]

Roosevelt County assessor resigns

Argen Duncan The new Roosevelt County assessor has resigned, and her deputy is taking her position. At a special meeting Wednesday morning in the county courthouse, the Roosevelt County Commission voted to accept Evelyn Ledbetter’s resignation and appoint Kenner Carrasco to finish the term. The county assessor’s staff determines property values and the amount of […]

Monday morning briefing: Growth issues, special meeting and no more Route 66

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Growing issues The Local Growth Management Committee meets 2 p.m. Wednesday at Portales City Hall. The agenda includes a closeout report on goals achieved from an initial planning grant. The committee meets periodically to consider any growth issues associated with the mission at Cannon […]