Behind the scenes: Crew chiefs with caliber

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Shawn Cushman and Airman 1st Class Danny Beckwith, 522nd Special Operations Squadron crew chiefs, perform an inspection atop an MC-130J Commando II at Cannon Air Force Base on March 7. Crew chiefs must ensure aircraft configurations meet Air Force Special Operations Command standards […]

The women behind the men: Carrie Boyd

Carrie Boyd Christina Calloway Editor’s note: This is the first in a series on military wives Carrie Boyd was born into a military family, so she knows the joys and the struggles that come with a military marriage. The mother of three takes after her mother by keeping a positive attitude while dealing with hard […]

Behind the scenes: Relying on radar

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal U.S. Air Force Airmen 1st Class Greg Stanley and Jordan Ortiz, 27th Special Operations Communi-cations Squadron radar maintainers, make their way to the Digital Airport Surveillance Radar Feb. 24 at Cannon The DASR system will replace the existing outdated Airport Surveillance Radar in May. By: Airman 1st Class […]

Behind the scenes: Course focuses on saving lives

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jason Miller, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Operations Squadron, explains components of an Automated External Defibrillator to his class in a training detachment Feb. 8 at Cannon Air Force Base. The CPR course is required every two years for the 27th Special Operations Maintenance […]

Behind the scenes with Sheryl Borden

CMI photo: Tony Bullocks “Creative Living” where Sheryl Borden records her show on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University.

CMI photo: Tony Bullocks “Creative Living” where Sheryl Borden records her show on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. The set shown is one of three sets for “Creative Living” and is used to produce 54 shows a year. Tonjia Rolan Sheryl Borden has been the star of KENW-TV’s “Creative Living” for 35 years […]

No meaning behind Constitution

Kent McManigal

I’m not a big fan of the U.S. Constitution because, as has been pointed out by numerous observers for well over a century, it either established the criminal government we now suffer with, or it did nothing to prevent it. That doesn’t mean it is worthless, though. I think it is useful for illustrating which […]

Grandmothers left loving legacy behind

I was fortunate in my life to have had both of my grandmothers live long into the twilight years of their lives. My dad’s mother was two months shy of 90 when she passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, but peacefully, in her home. My mom’s mother was 95 when she passed away. I adored my […]

Behind the scenes: Excellence in engineering

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal Airmen 1st Class Tyler Fornal, Steven Theodorou, and Richard Largey siphon out oil from one of their generators and check key components while performing routine maintenance Nov. 8 at Cannon Air Force Base. All three airmen are technicians in the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron power production […]

Education digest — Nov. 10

Band takes third place The Clovis High School Marching Band claimed third place Saturday at the Tournament of Bands Marching Contest held at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Clovis scored 85.35 points, just .05 points behind runnerup Onate and .3 points behind champion El Paso Coronado. In addition, the Wildcat Marching Band won […]

Behind the scenes: Masters of maintenance

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal Senior Airman David Woliver, 16th Aircraft Maintenance Unit aircraft hydraulics systems journeyman, works on the utility system hydraulic vent line filter aboard the AC-130H Spectre gunship Oct. 25 at Cannon Air Force Base. This component gives the crew the ability to indicate whether there is a potential danger […]

WWII pilot revisits B-25

Courtesy photo: Dale Harner Ernest Shuey sits in the cockpit of a restored B-25 Oct. 4 at the Clovis Municipal Airport. Shuey, who flew 59 missions in a similar plane during World War II, took a tour while the fighter was at the airport as a traveling exhibit. Kevin Wilson Ernest Shuey of Clovis got […]

Behind the scenes: Fueling the flight

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tanner Dalton, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels apprentice, grips a hose, also called a “dead man” hose, used to initiate and halt refueling of aircraft on the flightline on Oct. 18 at Cannon Air Force Base. The refueling process varies in […]

Only security in life knowing Jesus as savior

Have you ever taken some common event in your life for granted? I have, and a particular road trip showed me that sometimes we do not reach our destination, and life changes drastically in the process. This eye-opening experience came for me when some years ago Annie, Buffy, Mother and I were driving at dusk […]

Musical legacy left behind

Music has lots of ways of connecting people, sometimes when we least suspect it. After writing a newspaper column for close to 25 years I’ve learned not to fight it when a good topic comes along. Sometimes they don’t come seeking my muse at all, the good Lord and my editor know only too well. […]

Clovis teen recovering from shooting

CNJ staff A 17-year-old Clovis girl was in serious condition today at a Lubbock hospital after police said she was accidentally shot by a friend who was trying to shoot from a car. Police were called to 11th and Gidding streets just before 4 p.m. Thursday. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said Alexia Bruhn, 17, […]

CCC board meeting

CNJ staff The Clovis Community College board of trustees will be meeting behind closed doors today to discuss the college’s plans to replace retiring President John Neibling. Neibling announced in February that he will be retiring in August after five years at the college’s helm. Board Chairman Charles Guthals said he feels the board “needs […]

Military mama: No heroics behind injuries

Have you ever had an injury so embarrassing that you’d rather suffer in silence than answer the question, “how did you manage that?” Years back, my mom took a wrong step exiting a church staircase. Two stairs and she broke multiple bones in both feet. What a waste of a good injury — the holy […]

ACU downs Zias behind 31 from freshman guard

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Freshman guard Mack Lankford scored 31 points and Abilene Christian led from start to finish Saturday en route to an 89-76 Lone Star Conference South Division women’s victory over Eastern New Mexico University. Lankford poured in 10-of-19 shots from the field, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range, as the Wildcats (7-11, […]

Pinon behind tough life lesson

Autumn in northern New Mexico is pi

Story behind ‘Secretariat’ inspiring

I recently saw the movie “Secretariat” about the horse many people believe to be the best Thoroughbred race horse ever. Secretariat, born in Virginia in 1970, grew to 16.2 hands (one hand is approximately four inches) and weighed 1200 pounds at maturity. His official color was chestnut, but he was called Big Red by those […]