April showers signal advent of spring workouts

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers April usually means flowers and showers — except, of course, in New Mexico — but the month also has another important classification attached to it. It’s time to prepare for bikini season. True, the High Plains don’t really have a lot of surf where one can loll around in the […]

4/23 Reunions

USS Long Beach CGN-9 Association USS Long Beach CGN-9 Association 2006 reunion is in Rapid City, S.D., Sept. 10-17 at the Ramada Inn, 1721 N. LaCrosse Street. Call (605) 342-1300 for reservations. Ask for the USS Long Beach reunion rate before Aug. 10. For information contact Don Shade, 299 Kiantone Road Lot 92, Jamestown, NY […]

4/23 Birthdays

Glaze Eunice Glaze of Clovis celebrates her 100th birthday today at Bee Hive Homes in Clovis. The celebration is being hosted by Bee Hive Homes. Born April 23, 1906, in Ponca, Neb., she has two children, 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Friends are relatives are joining in the celebration.

Legacy of change continues with Cannon Smart Operations 21

Staff Sgt. Christopher Craig, 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, checks an M61A1 20mm gun. Cannon has implemented the Golden Gun maintenance operations which decreases downtime for aircraft. Col. Robert West During my 24 years of service, I have witnessed people wearing the blue uniform adapt to numerous changes in our Air Force. Simple changes that ranged […]

Felines find friends, sanctuary in Clovis shelter

Janet Taylor-Birkey When an unfortunate accident took the life of his cat, Sundance, Doug Johnson promised he was not going to watch another cat needlessly die. That was four years and more than 8,156 cats ago. Since then, Mr. Johnson has turned his attention to making better lives for homeless cats by building a home […]

Wall of Heroes inductee recounts Korea’s ‘Frozen Chosin’

Retired Marine 1st Sgt. Robert Simmons, who was inducted into the Wall of Heroes April 14, recalls his experiences during his 20-year career in the military which included service in the Korean War. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Every structure requires a firm, steadfast foundation and each piece of that structure relies on the foundation to […]

Lack of wind fails to faze kite fans

Janet Taylor-Birkey (Editor’s note: Due to a production problem in last week’s Mach Meter, the article did not correctly appear. It is being printed in its entirety with an additional photograph.) It has been said the wind always blows in this part of New Mexico. Unless the wind is needed for Cannon’s 3rd Annual Kite […]

Cannon chaplains meet spiritual, social needs

Janet Taylor-Birkey Most people think of church as a place to hear a sermon, sing songs and offer prayers. While Cannon’s chapel offers all of those things to worshipers, it also exceeds the parameters of regularly scheduled weekend and weekday services. Seeking to address quality of life issues for Cannon Airmen and their families, the […]

Warrior Week a response to what is being asked

1st Lt. James Nichols Holy Schnikey’s!! That was the thought that ran through my head as I sat through the convoy briefing during last week’s Warrior Week. This was in response to the realization of what our country was asking of today’s Airmen. This thought would repeatedly run through my mind as I continued my […]

Sprinkle, Denny

Denny Eugene Sprinkle, 77, of Clovis, died Saturday, April 15, 2006, at MD Anderson Center in Houston. Born Aug. 23, 1928, in Port Arthur to Carl Emerson and Dola Matthews Sprinkle, he married Betty Jean Fields on Jan. 1, 1952. He served in the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War. He was a civil servant […]

Bell, Mary

Mary Elizabeth Bell, 84, of Clovis, died Saturday, April 15, 2006, at her home. Born Jan. 14, 1922, to Clayton and Martha Ryan Reed in Clovis, she married Maurice “Fud” E. Bell on July 17, 1937, in Farwell. She was the owner and manager of the Mirador Apartments on 21st Street. She was a member […]

Spikes, Johnnie “Jan”

Johnnie “Jan” Spikes, 65, of Clovis, died Thursday, April 13, 2006, at her home. Born April 9, 1941, to Annie L. Turner and Andy Edwards Sr. in Hughes Springs, she taught at Barry and LaCasita elementary schools and Bovina Public Schools, retiring after a 34-year career. She was a member of Faith Christian Family Church. […]

Fisher, Dorothy

Dorothy Jane Farmer Fisher, 78, a longtime Clovis resident, died Wednesday, April 5, 2006, in Scottsdale, Ariz. She is survived by her son, James Gallagher (and wife, Mei-Han), and a sister, Barbara Jean Sisson Williston. Arrangements are by Advantage Colonial Chapel, Phoenix.

Holland, Jerry

Jerry Holland, 41, of Roswell died Thursday, April 13, 2006, in Roswell. Born Aug. 1, 1964, in Clovis, he graduated from Roswell High School in 1982 and in 1984 from TVI in Albuquerque with a degree in diesel mechanics. Since returning to Roswell, he had been employed by Estes International, New Mexico Machinery, Precision Electric […]

Stanfield, Ronald

Ronald Dale Stanfield, 63, of Glendale, Ariz., died Saturday, March 25, 2006, in Phoenix. He was born Dec. 20, 1942, in Prescott, Ariz., to Wellman and Mildred (Stanfield) Steele. After his mother died, he lived with his grandparents, Jim and Mae Stanfield of Grady, where he attended school. After graduating in 1961, he joined the […]

Patterson, George

George Carr Patterson, 79, of Clovis, died Monday, April 17, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born Oct. 14, 1926, in Electra, Texas, to Joe W. and Nelle Morris Patterson. He married Norma Ealy on June 22, 1996, in Clovis. He attended the University of Arkansas and the University of New Mexico, and […]

McDonald, Kyle

Kyle Sean McDonald, 37, died Friday, April 7, 2006, in Beaumont, Texas. Born in Houston on Nov. 28, 1968, he grew up in Portales, where he attended elementary, junior high and high school. He graduated from Grossmont High School in San Diego in 1987 and attended Lamar University in Beaumont, where he was a longtime resident. […]

Talley, Adelle

Adelle Talley, 87, died Sunday, April 16, 2006, at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock. Born March 23, 1919, in Clovis, she was the daughter of Stella and L.M. Arnold. She lived in Clovis until the age of 9 when the family moved to Dunlap, and in 1938 moved to Garrison. She married Rex V. Talley on […]

Skarda, Gregory

Gregory A.F. Skarda, 50, of Clovis, died Saturday, April 15, 2006, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. He was born on April 7, 1956, in Clovis. After graduating from Clovis High School, he attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley where he majored in business. He was a Commissioned National Bank Examiner for the […]

Lopez, Esteban

Esteban Lopez, 22, of Clovis, died Thursday, April 13, 2006, in Clovis. Born Sept. 24, 1983, to Victor and Margarita Vega Lopez in El Paso, Texas, he was a lifelong Clovis resident. He married Heather Guebara on Nov. 14, 2005, in Clovis. He attended Clovis Community College, where he studied radiology, and worked at Hacienda […]