Conflict arises on veteran hiring

Executives from more than 20 companies traded ideas on hiring more military veterans in this tough economy, and easing their transition into civilian careers, during a special “Veterans Employment Summit” last week hosted by the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Before a single idea could be shared, however, executives watched uncomfortably for 10 minutes as their […]

Education column: Dynamic duos help students in transition

Cindy Kelyn-Kennedy: Clovis Municipal Schools Who doesn’t remember the difficulty of transitioning from lower to upper grades? Not only do academics become more challenging, psychological and emotional changes kick in to add pressure to the mix for sophomores arriving at Clovis High School. As a targeted focus to address needs through this transition, Clovis High […]

Alltel office finishes transition to Verizon outlet.

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Verizon representatives say $275 million has been spent on network enhancements throughout New Mexico and El Paso since 2000 when the company was formed. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A week before the Clovis Alltel office became a Verizon outlet like others across the nation as part of a […]

Base planning meeting to cover transition issues, renewable energy

CNJ staff This quarter’s state Military Base Planning Commission meeting will include presentations on transition issues at Cannon Air Force Base and renewable energy projects, said Office of Military Base Planning and Support Director Hanson Scott. The meeting is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Clovis Community College board room. Twenty-seventh Special Operations Wing […]

Soldiers’ transition top priority

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Vietnam War veterans will nod with understanding over many of Noel Koch’s comments contrasting support for wounded troops and veterans today, from citizenry and government, compared to how it was 40 years ago. During the Vietnam War, he said, “we got very good at saving people’s lives on the battlefield. […]

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. […]

DTV switch better in private sector’s hands

Freedom New Mexico If you watch TV for more than a few minutes a day, you have probably seen ads and public service announcements about the Feb. 17 changeover from analog to digital television broadcasting. During the other transition, several officials of the incoming Obama administration have suggested pushing back the transition date three months, […]

Obama change of power not without trouble

Freedom New Mexico The Obama transition process, which has been hailed by many in the media as the smoothest, most considered and thoughtful ever — and to some extent actually had been pretty smooth — has stumbled badly in the last couple of days. Perhaps it’s a matter of haste as Inauguration Day approaches, but […]

Transition under way for Hounds

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Eastern New Mexico University freshmen quarterbacks Anthony Ramos front, Cory Baker, center, and Carl Bouldin, at practice Wednesday, are battling for next season’s starting spot to replace departing senior Michael Benton. By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo believes the Greyhounds’ transition from […]

School board addresses base transition

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base and school officials said Tuesday that rezoning Ranchvale Elementary would be the best way the school district can address the base’s transition.

Area home construction down

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A home under construction in a new subdivision on the east side of Clovis. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis is mired in a house-building slump like the rest of the nation, but for a different reason, according to local officials. According to the latest information from the U.S. […]

Special tactics squadron coming to Cannon

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Office of Military Base Planning and Support Director Hanson Scott, a retired Air Force brigadier general, left, and Military Base Planning Commission Vice Chairman Randy Harris briefed the New Mexico Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base’s transition from a fighter […]

School time nears

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Wednesday not only marked the beginning of the month, but the beginning of back-to-school training for 11-year-old Christian Smith of Portales. That means no more late movie nights and lights out at 8:30 p.m. With only a little more than a week before area school bells ring, school counselors and […]

Communities get $270K for Cannon transition aid

CNJ Staff The Defense Department has awarded $270,000 to the city of Clovis to help it prepare for the changes associated with the realignment of Cannon Air Force Base, according to a news release from New Mexico’s congressional delegation. The one-time grant was administered by the department’s Office of Economic Adjustment. Clovis holds membership in […]

Report: Cannon in for bumpy ride

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Plummet. Spike. Drop. Level out. The next few years of Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed transition to a Special Operations base look like a chart of the stock market. Over the next six to seven years, Cannon population numbers will drop significantly when the F-16s leave and the base […]

Senator: Cannon funding lacking

By CNJ staff The transition to a new mission at Cannon Air Force Base is woefully underfunded in a proposed 2008 military budget, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. The approximately $72.5 million Domenici said is needed to establish Air Force Special Operations at Cannon is not included in President Bush’s […]

Rams host NMMI for District 4-3A title

By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer PORTALES — Portales Rams basketball coach Mark Gallegos doesn’t believe his team has put together four complete quarters in any game this season. He believes if they do that tonight, they’ll win their third consecutive District 4-3A championship. Portales and the New Mexico Military Institute Colts split a pair […]

Funding becomes priority for Cannon transition

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Funds for military construction emerged as a top need for the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base in a meeting between New Mexico congressional delegates and Air Force leaders, according to a spokesperson for Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Cannon and Air Force Special Operations Command leaders met Wednesday […]

Friona outguns Texico in Farwell Invitational championship

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Texico’s Josh Murray (22) dripples down the court against Friona at the Farwell Invitational championship Saturday night. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ Sports Writer FARWELL — Friona defeated Texico 57-47 Saturday night in the Farwell Invitational boys championship game. Why it happened: Friona junior guard Sawyer Reed started off slow but […]

Clovis broker tabbed by governor

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Clovis real estate broker Gayla Brumfield has been hand-picked to assist Gov. Bill Richardson transition to his second term. Brumfield, a small business owner and former Clovis city commissioner, will serve as co-chairman on Richardson’s transition committee alongside Ambassador Edward Romero, former U.S. Ambassador to Spain. Brumfield said she […]