Cops and courts: Clovis man sentenced on drug charges

A 36-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to five years in prison Aug. 18 after being found guilty on drug and forgery charges, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Willie Trujillo was found guilty of forgery, two counts of possession of methamphetamine and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. […]

8/28 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded to a report of a fight in progress Aug. 2, at a bar in the 700 block of Prince Street. On arrival they observed a man lying on the ground. The subject was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center. Witnesses […]

Commission ‘pulled threads’ from Pentagon plan

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Despite his plea not “to pull a thread out,” the base closing commission yanked away at Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s intricate plan to restructure military facilities. The nine-member commission endorsed Rumsfeld’s vision of repositioning the military to face future threats and his effort to streamline the […]

Panel wraps up base closing work

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A federal commission wrapped up its review of the Defense Department’s plan to close and consolidate domestic military bases Saturday, having made changes that it acknowledged would save billions less than the Pentagon’s nearly $50 billion estimated savings. Chairman Anthony Principi said the panel successfully balanced “proposals […]

More BRAC reactions:

More reaction to the Base Closure and Realignment Commission’s decision on Cannon Air Force Base: “We all would have preferred a clear and decisive vote from the Commission to keep Cannon open. It is, however, a victory that the Pentagon was not able to convince the Commission to close Cannon. … We will now turn […]

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 […]

Cannon survival gives region time to find new mission

Freedom Newspapers It wasn’t the sonic boom we wanted to hear resounding Friday through the maze of rings that make up the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. But undoubtedly its occupants heard the loud BRAC cheer given to misguided Department of Defense and Air Force leaders who lost their fight to close two key air bases, […]

8/28 BRAC Letters to the editor

Editor’s note: The Base Closure and Realignment Commission voted Friday to move planes and personnel away from Cannon, as recommended by the Department of Defense. But commissioners ordered Cannon “enclaved,” or open in limited fashion, until Dec. 31, 2009, in hopes DoD will find it another mission. Here are excerpts from some of the e-mailed […]

Prince, Mildred

Mildred Prince Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel Mrs. Mildred Prince, 90, of Portales died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born July 8, 1915, in Tucumcari to Lily Mae and Virgil V. Simmerly. She grew up in Missouri and Tucumcari, where she graduated from high school in […]

Cannon saved, for now

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New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson watches the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission deliberate on Cannon Air Force Base on Friday in Arlington, Va., outside Washington. (AP photo) By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The federal debate that traced a course for Cannon Air Force Base was like the entire Base Closure and Realignment process — […]

Enclave means Cannon has bought time

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The word rang out over and over during federal deliberations over the fate of Cannon Air Force Base: enclave. It is the word Base Closure and Realignment Commissioner Samuel Skinner used to keep the base open. In his Cannon amendment, Skinner suggested the base enclave — slowly diminish its capacities […]

Clovis citizens’ eyes focused on BRAC hearing

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Clovis City Commissioner Randy Crowder watches the Base Closure and Realignment on Friday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Fellow City Commissioner Cathy Haynes is at right. By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Clovis was silent as federal deliberations over Cannon Air Force Base trudged into the early afternoon Friday. Traffic seem to crawl and faces turned […]

Rapid City jubilant over Ellsworth vote

By Chet Brokaw: The Associated Press RAPID CITY, S.D. — Two dozen people leaped to their feet, cheered and applauded early Friday when a federal commission voted to save Ellsworth Air Force Base from closure. “That’s a load off,” Pennington County Commissioner Ken Davis said. “This is about the most fantastic day for South Dakota […]

Local BRAC reactions

What they’re saying “For the majority of people, it’s just a slow death.” — Gene Weber, an Air Force retiree, on BRAC’s decision to keep Cannon open, but move its planes and personnel “I graduated from Eastern New Mexico University 20 years ago. I hope and pray Cannon is not closed. I have not forgotten […]

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 […]

Mayfield breaks through late

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Sun-News photo by Norm Dettlaff Clovis High School’s Devin Sweet, left, tackles Mayfield High School’s Oran Gonzalez on Friday at the Las Cruces Public Schools Sports Complex. Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer LAS CRUCES — The Clovis Wildcats bent — a lot — on Friday night, and they finally broke. Playing with their backs to […]

Rams defeat Dons in home opener

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Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson Portales junior Eric Segovia sprints towards the end zone on a 51-yard touchdown run in the second quarter of Friday’s game against West Las Vegas at Greyhound Stadium. Segovia rushed for 201 yards and five TDs. Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — Here’s about all you need to know about […]

Lady Cats finish with split

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CNJ Photo: Eric Kluth Clovis sophomore Kelli Helm, left, and Moriarty sophomore Aileen Nimick collide after going for a ball during the second half of their game during the Clovis Girls Soccer Invitational Friday at Yucca Soccer Complex. Jesse Wolfersberger Clovis’ Lady Cats opened their soccer season slowly, but learned from their mistakes and finished […]

Robert Ellison

Robert Ellison Services: Have been held. Robert J. Ellison, 79, of Galveston, Texas, died Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2005, at UTMB Hospital in Galveston, Texas.  He was born on March 4, 1926, in Lorenzo, Texas. He was a resident of Galveston since 1968. He served in the U. S. Army and retired as a lieutenant colonel […]

Life lessons from the horse’s mouth

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Several weeks ago, we were able to vacation in Arizona, a trip that included not only the Grand Canyon but the beautiful red rock area around Sedona. Though we only spent a day in that town, I was able to obtain an exclusive interview with Charlie, the Red Rock riding stable […]