TSA screenings do not benefit security

By Tibor Machan: CNJ columnist Maybe I am seeing things, but my impression from going through hundreds of airports since Sept. 11, 2001, is that too many Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners are plainly gung-ho. Yes, they perform their jobs eagerly, often seeming to relish that bit of power it gives them to order people […]

Airport history explored and explained

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Several times in the past couple of years I have been asked about the history of the Clovis Municipal Airport on East 21st Street. I didn’t have any history of this airport. And when I started researching, I ran into a brick wall, so to speak. It seemed all the […]

Local airports consider future

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Marti Roberts, a foreman with K Barnett & Sons of Clovis, performs sub grade work on a taxiway Tuesday at the Clovis Municipal Airport. Construction crews were working to expand the taxiway next to the hangers at the airport. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Tom Baca, director of Aviation […]

5/24 BRAC letters to the editor

Cannon could prevent flight tragedy Just another thought about keeping Cannon: The economic impact would be horrendous, yes. But what about in-flight emergencies? There was a plane that had problems while en- route to Atlanta last week, and another plane that had problems (I believe last year). The next airport equipped with major equipment to […]

Great Lakes Aviation extending service

CNJ staff Great Lakes Aviation is set to extend its passenger service in the region next month, city officials say. Starting June 5, Great Lakes will add service from Clovis to Amarillo, and a flight from Amarillo to Denver. Currently commercial service is only available to Albuquerque, said airport director Steve Summers. Summers said the […]

Airport security needs new standards

By Walter Williams Hundreds of readers responded to last week’s column about airport security. These were letters from Americans who fit no terrorist profile — airline pilots, mothers traveling with children, disabled people, elderly and other law-abiding Americans — and yet were frisked, groped and hassled. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) behaves as if all […]

Great Lakes makes first Clovis flight

CNJ Staff At noon Sunday, Great Lakes Aviation made its first flight as Clovis’ new air carrier. Airport director Steve Summer said the Department of Transportation recommended that Clovis switch to Great Lakes after having used Mesa since 1985 because of their ability to promote themselves at Clovis’ carrier as part of their marketing plan. […]

Storm blankets Clovis

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Linden Brown, 5, reaches to tackle his sister Jenneal Brown, 6, both of Lampasas, Texas, as they play Tuesday at Greene Acres Park in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer A powerful eastbound storm that blanketed most of New Mexico and parts of West Texas sent a reminder to […]

Clovis should plan for BRAC, just in case

By Bob Baker: Guest Columnist What will the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process mean to eastern New Mexico? We won’t know until federal officials finalize it all late this year. Of course we’re all hoping Cannon Air Force Base will survive the cuts, maybe even expand as other bases are closed. But is anyone […]

New Mexico airports to share $17 million

Staff and wire reports Airports around New Mexico, including those in Clovis, Fort Sumner and Tucumcari, will receive $17.3 million in federal grants targeted for airport safety and improvements. Twenty-five airports and the state of New Mexico will receive money for projects ranging from building, repairing and extending runways to building taxiways. The grants include: […]

Feds shouldn’t be involved with airport security

Freedom Newspapers Singer Patti LuPone was recently barred from a flight in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., because she complained when asked to take off her shirt. Other women have complained that they have been subjected to pat-downs of their breasts and other indignities at airport security checkpoints. Nico Melendez, a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration […]

Reagan legacy needs more perspective

When I was a lad, my family spent a couple of summer vacations at a pleasant lake in central Texas called Granite Shoals. But in 1965, during the prime of my boyhood, it was renamed for a local product who had risen to the White House — Lyndon Johnson. It became Lake LBJ. From a […]

Public works, airport Websites are practical

Tom DiFranscesca I’ve noticed a pattern in my last couple of columns; the pattern being that I have been real stingy with Web site addresses (URLs). It’s not that I don’t have many addresses to share with my readers, it’s just that sometimes I get a little long winded when writing about one in particular. […]

Grant would fund flights to Dallas

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor For the third time in as many years, Clovis Municipal Airport Manager Stephen Summers is banking on a federal grant to help send passengers to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. And he has a heavy hitter backing his proposal. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., on Wednesday threw his support toward […]

Business Briefs 1/20

Clovis resident is honored at museum Dale Petty of Clovis was honored with 24 other founders of the New Mexico Farm and Heritage Museum in Las Cruces in a ceremony on Jan. 16. Petty’s name is listed with the others on a bronze plaque that was dedicated in front of the building. The founders include: […]

Potential airport security systems intrusive, Orwellian

It should go without saying that in a free country, or even a relatively free one, government officials should not maintain huge databases of individuals for monitoring and security purposes. Yet the U.S. government, for the nominal purpose of improving airport security, is pushing a new big-brother-style system to monitor air travelers. Federal officials, having […]

City airport hosts ‘flying…museum’

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Tony Mulhare, holding their 15-month-old son, along with his wife Alicia, points as they look into the bomb bay of the B-29 Superfortress the “FiFi” Saturday as it is on display at the Clovis Municipal Airport. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Gary Mitchell Autumn Saldana, 6, said she felt comfortable behind the controls of […]

City plans drainage projects on First Street

By Jack King City and county commissioners received an update on some recent and upcoming local government projects at a joint luncheon Tuesday. Among the projects discussed: • City Airport Director Steve Summers said his personnel have just finished upgrading and replacing runway edge lights, regulators and runway end identification lights at the airport. The […]

Clovis may have set new high

CNJ staff Monday may have set a record high temperature in Clovis, beating a heat wave in 1958 that set record highs all over eastern New Mexico. Or then again, it may not. According to the National Weather Service office in Albuquerque, the July 14 record high for Clovis was 103 in 1958. Cannon Air […]

Money headed to Clovis Municipal Airport

By Gary Mitchell The Clovis Municipal Airport will receive $457,818 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation for improvements to the facility, according to New Mexico’s congressional delegation. U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., reported Friday that the U.S. Transportation Department has approved an award of 19 grants worth more than $5.53 million to […]