Escaped inmates used similar method to June escapees


By Christina Calloway and Eric Norwood CMI staff writers Like most people who get surprised by late night visitors, Amanda Bonilla was suspicious why her cousin’s ex-boyfriend and his friend were knocking at her door around 1 a.m. Saturday. Nothing about their appearance or actions suggested Abran Baeza, 22, of Portales, and Noel Webb, 32, [...]

Vietnam book writing proves cathartic

Writing a book about his experiences in Vietnam proved cathartic for Harold L. Thrasher. CMI staff photo: Benna Sayyed Harold L. Thrasher, a Marine infantry rifleman in the Vietnam War, reads an issue of Leatherneck Magazine Monday at his home office. Thrasher said his self-published book "Suicide Charlie Brothers Never Forgotten" provides a first-hand look [...]

Committee strives for county, base cooperation

A new Joint Land Use (JLUS) committee made up of Curry and Roosevelt County businessmen and women will develop any policies or procedures necessary to build cooperation between Cannon Air Force Base and land owners in the two counties, according to committee members. Local Growth Management Committee Chairman and Curry County Commissioner Caleb Chandler said [...]

Cannon Appreciation Day

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Senior Airman Blake Johnson sat down on a blanket in the grass with his wife, Meichelle, and their three children Friday afternoon to enjoy hamburgers and hot dogs as music played in the background. CMI photo: Alisa Boswell A canoe was used to hold ice cold drinks Friday at Unity [...]

Cannon housing privatization delayed

A delay in housing privatization at Cannon Air Force base will not impact the influx of military personnel, according to a base spokesman. Negotiations with investors have delayed housing privatization at Cannon Air Force Base from an Aug. 1 start date to January 2013, according to Maureen Omrod, a spokeswoman for Balfour Beatty Communities, the [...]

Base partnership perspective presented

A new base-partnership perspective was presented to members of the Local Growth Management Committee Monday at its monthly meeting in Clovis. Monterey, Calif., city manager Fred Meurer told members about his community's partnership between the Presidio of Monterey (Army base), which is a "shared services concept." "It's looking at both sides of the fence where [...]

Cannon aircraft fleet has tripled

The aircraft fleet at Cannon Air Force Base has tripled in the last two years. The are 105 aircraft assigned to the base now with more coming, according to the 27th Special Operations Mission Support Group commander Col. David Piech. There were 35 aircraft at the base in May 2010, according to a previous CNJ [...]

Guardsmen recall deployment

Portales railroad engineer Carlos Sena of the New Mexico Army National Guard tried to find the words to describe his overseas experience. Courtesy photo: Chris Holland Members of C Company, 1st Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment with the Army National Guard during their deployment in Afghanistan earlier this year. Lt. Col. Chris Holland is the 12th [...]

Cannon conducting prescribed burn

The 27th Special Operations Wing will conduct a series of prescribed controlled burns at Melrose Air Force Range over the next 60 days. The fires will clear vegetation amounts in targeted areas to reduce the risk of wildfires caused by training or lightning. Dates will vary, based on weather conditions. Information: 784-4131.

Veterans counseled on workforce

Joshua Baca, an adviser for the Veterans Business Outreach Center of Albuquerque, sat at a table with First Sgt. Robert Scales of the New Mexico Army National Guard and businessman Donald Sawyer. Alisa Boswell: CMI staff First Sgt. Robert Scales, left, of the New Mexico Army National Guard, and businessman Donald Sawyer, center, talk about [...]