1/31 Business digest

Plateau completes fiber installation Plateau Telecommunications of Clovis recently completed the installation of its latest fiber technology, according to a company press release. Jeff Moore, the company’s chief operating officer, said the company invested more than $5 million to bury fiber optic cable in the main business corridors of Clovis. He said the installation will […]

Officials hoping to book first events for civic center in April

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Javier Madrid Jr. works on the airduct system Thursday at the Clovis Civic Center. Officials said the center is near completion and has already booked events for May. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Civic Center is welcoming the arrival of its air-conditioner units as well as three new […]

Military feature: Guard making changes

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The National Guard units in Clovis and Portales hope to double in size in the next two years. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Plans are in place that would change the duties of Army National Guard units based in Clovis and Portales over the next two years, from air defense […]

Judge sides with Pennsylvania on base closings lawsuit

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — In a blow to the Pentagon’s plan to shake up National Guard units, a judge ruled Friday that the Defense Department does not have the authority to dissolve a Pennsylvania Air National Guard division without the governor’s approval. U.S. District Judge John R. Padova said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should […]

Commission shakes up Pentagon proposal

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — In two setbacks for the Pentagon, the base-closing commission crafted its own shake-up of the Air National Guard on Friday after voting to keep open Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. The nine-member panel endorsed the concept of restructuring the Air Guard but did not accept […]

Justice Department: Pentagon doesn’t need governors’ OK

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is siding with the Pentagon in a dispute with some states, concluding that governors’ consent isn’t needed for the military to move Air National Guard units. The Pentagon’s proposal to close or reduce about 30 Air Guard units has emerged as the most contentious issue facing the […]

Air National Guard hit especially hard in base closings plan

By Philip Dine: St. Louis Post-Dispatch WASHINGTON — As Missouri officials fight to save the 131st Air National Guard Fighter Wing at Lambert Field, and Illinois does the same for its Air National Guard F-16 unit in Springfield, a broader trend is evident: The Air National Guard stands to take a huge hit nationwide in […]

Children evacuated as precaution

CNJ staff reports A child care center in Clovis was briefly evacuated about noon on Wednesday when workers smelled smoke in the building. A burned-out air conditioner motor caused the smell at Barbara Ann’s Child Care Center on West 21st Street, officials said, and there was no fire. Children were outside for about 15 minutes […]

Iraqi violence is behind rare call-up

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The intensity of violence in Iraq, with insurgents attacking roads and bridges and interrupting supply lines, is behind the rare involuntary recall of more than 5,600 soldiers who had completed active duty obligations, says Gen. Richard A. Cody, the Army’s vice chief of staff. Cody told the House Armed Services […]

Scaling ranks challenging for two blacks

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer When 2nd Lt. Ira Pottard left the Army’s veterinary corps after fighting in World War II, he couldn’t arrange the financing to begin a veterinary practice in Clovis and traded his officer’s uniform to become a chauffeur. More than 35 years later when Delores Forrest entered the United […]