Taking care of troops

Cannon Connections: Tony Bullocks Corissa Breeden of Clovis brushes up on her social networking skills during a break Wednesday at the Hastings coffee shop. Breeden’s suggestion on Facebook to gather items for deployed troops has turned in Operation Home Front Cares, which will put together care packages for military members and military working dogs overseas. […]

In search of ponies: Human vending machine wants more from pets

Hair tousled, with grungy slobber on his shoulder, he approached me, held out his thumb and proceeded to tell me how the horse had bitten it and wouldn’t let go. “Were you giving them peppermints?” I asked my visiting family member. “No, I didn’t have any with me today. Why would he be so mean […]

County road closure debated

Kevin Wilson Robert Snell stepped to the podium at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, having been afforded two minutes to speak his opinion on a proposed closure of Curry Road R. He wouldn’t need them. “I’m Robert Snell. I think you ought to keep the road open. Thank you,” Snell said, then returned to his seat […]

In search of ponies: Some choices worth risk

Sharna Johnson My life wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t have my Sancha. She was the first I saw when I began my search, and no matter what, I always went back to her. As a matter of fact, the night after I met her, I couldn’t sleep. I paced and fretted, telling myself […]

Year in review: Cannon sees growth, new commander

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File photo By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base saw a year of continued growth in 2009, with the arrival of a new commander, new squadrons, new aircraft and extensive construction and renovation. Personnel surpassed 4,000 and continues to grow. Here are three highlights among many important events of the year: Change […]

Airmen take part in Dollars 4 Donuts

USAF photo: Greg Allen Rich Jones, a retired NCO who was assigned to the security forces squadron, solicits donations during Dollars 4 Donuts. Jones, who continues to work at Cannon with the 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, volunteered for the fundraiser that supports the Shop with a Cop program aimed at brightening the holidays […]

God’s wisdom can guide everyday living

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist When we talk about someone being smart, what does that mean? And wouldn’t it be helpful if we knew 20 years ago what we have learned today? Let me explain. Just for fun once I bid on some old lunch boxes that were on eBay. They were the ones like […]

For some, serving brings satisfaction

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Martha McNeil hands a plate of food to a fellow volunteer during the Lighthouse Mission’s Thanksgiving meal Thursday. McNeil said she has volunteered on Thanksgiving for five years because she enjoys helping others. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer They spent their Thanksgiving afternoon serving others, and they wouldn’t have […]

Local women’s fitness center hosts turkey drive

Freedom New Mexico To help people who wouldn’t have a turkey this Thanksgiving, Curves of Clovis is hosting a “Give a Gobble” event Wednesday and Thursday. During this event, Curves plans to waive the initial service fee for any new member who brings in either a turkey or a $30 contribution, all to be donated […]

Beautification committee members want to pass dedication on to youth

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico In a perfect world, guys such as George Lees wouldn’t have to put in time on city government entities at 86 years of age. Lees’ world, indeed, wouldn’t have such things as a Keep Clovis Beautiful committee. “I resent, in a way, that we as a group have monthly […]

March 8 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 11 a.m. Feb. 20 an officer responded to a school in the 100 block of Commerce Street for a report of a drug deal. A staff member said he witnessed two boys doing a drug deal and provided the officer with […]

I have seen the light(s)

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist Keiko Ohnuma. I wouldn’t know her if she rang my front door bell. But, judging from the article in the January New Mexico magazine, we oughtn’t to be total strangers. Her description of snowshoeing by moonlight in the Sangre de Cristos tells me of someone who loves the winter night. […]

Not all green initiatives brilliant

Grant McGee: Local columnist One of the things I liked about our tour of the Southland The Lady of the House and I took last fall was I got to see an old friend of mine, kudzu. Kudzu is a vigorous, big-leafed vine that can be seen all over the southeast United States. If it […]

Imagination provides amusement

Tonya Fennell Monday evening I received a telephone call from a Cannon Air Force Master Sergeant who I have never met. This was the second call in a month I have gotten. He calls to check on my family and ask if I need anything while my husband is away. I think this is wonderful […]

In Tribute: Former pastor defies doctor’s predictions

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer When Otis Foster had a stroke, doctors predicted he wouldn’t make it through the night. The Baptist deacon, farmer and grandfather of 30 defied the odds for 18 years before he died May 16. He was 96. “I told my dad he was a bull, he was going to […]

We should do what is right, even if no one is looking

Master Sgt. Terry Mateka Being an Airman in today’s military requires more than being just a technical expert in a profession: it involves living to and by a higher standard. It’s a standard that’s in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Whether an Airman Basic, a captain, […]