Weekly update — May 8

Cannon, police looking into fight Clovis police and investigators from Cannon Air Force Base are looking into a May 1fight that left one man in a Lubbock hospital in serious condition. Police Chief Steve Sanders said the altercation took place around 3 a.m. at a hookah lounge at 700 North Prince St., which is run […]

Melrose to pay former police chief $65,000

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Jennifer Dreiling was fired as Melrose police chief April 20, 2009, after less than a year on the job. Sharna Johnson Melrose’s former police chief will be paid $65,000 and given a neutral job reference, per settlement of a discrimination claim she filed against the village and its former mayor. Melrose officials initially declined to […]

Police chief says he’s pleased with citizen involvement in preventing crime

Sharna Johnson Clovis citizens get an “atta boy” from Police Chief Steve Sanders, who said a reduction in violent crimes for the second year in a row shows proactive citizen involvement is helping keep Clovis safe. In 2010 violent felony crimes —murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault — dropped by 9 percent in Clovis and […]

Settlement reached in Melrose discrimination case

CNJ staff The Village of Melrose Tuesday confirmed a settlement has been reached in a discrimination charge filed by its former police chief. Village Clerk Cathy Christesson provided a statement confirming settlement, however said she has received no further information regarding the settlement or its terms. Officials with the state Department of Workforce Solutions confirmed […]

Officials warn of fire danger

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Clovis fire fighter Jarod Baldwin said the Clovis Fire Department has trucks that are used for grass fires. He said the truck pictured above can carry 2,000 pounds of water and is used to supply smaller trucks with water in the case of a rural or wilderness fire where there […]

Commentary: Chief offers assignment advice for enlisted airmen

By Chief Master Sgt. Brian Wanke: Air Force Personnel Center RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — For the last few years, I’ve had the privilege of serving as a functional manager for enlisted communications assignments. When I first arrived, I questioned our assignment policies all the time. However, as I became aware of the reasons […]

Settlement reached in former Melrose police chief case

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Dreiling Sharna Johnson A confidential settlement has been reached in a discrimination case launched by a former Melrose police chief against the Village of Melrose and former Mayor Lance Pyle. The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions confirmed Monday it was notified Friday the parties had reached an agreement, according to spokeswoman Joy Forehand. She […]

Ask the chief

By 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Airmen from Cannon Air Force Base recently received the opportunity to ask base’s newest Command Chief questions with the ability to remain anonymous if they wished. The questions were sent to each unit’s first sergeant, and then forwarded to Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso, 27th Special Operations Wing […]

Former Cannon commder named AF vice chief of staff

Courtesy photo Lt. Gen. Breedlove was named the Air Force vice chief of staff. Lt. Gen. Philip Breedlove has replaced Gen. Howie Chandler as the Air Force vice chief of staff as of Jan. 14. Breedlove previously served as the deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and requirements at the Pentagon. Also a fighter […]

Roosevelt County jail security chief talks future plans

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator David Casanova, left, and Chief of Security Dent McGill are training their officers to be better prepared to deal with inmates, both mentally and physically. Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County Detention Center Chief of Security Dent McGill took over the post less than three weeks ago. […]

Command chief talks about new position

Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso was selected as the command chief master sergeant for the 27th Special Operations Wing after the departure of Chief Master Sgt. William Turner in December. Caruso serves as the principal enlisted adviser to the commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing on all issues affecting […]

Clovis man airlifted to Lubbock after crash

Freedom New Mexico Sheriff deputies said Freedom New Mexico employee Bill Atkinson of Clovis was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital as a precaution for non-life threatening injuries after a two-vehicle crash shutdown US-70 and N.M. 202/Cacahuate Road at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. Roosevelt County Chief Deputy Malin Parker said a deputy on scene told him […]

Command chief selected for top enlisted position at Hurlburt

Chief Master Sgt. William H. Turner Cannon Connections staff Cannon Air Force Base’s Chief Master Sgt. William H. Turner, Command Chief of the 27th Special Operations Wing, has been chosen as the Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air Force Special Operations Command in Hurlburt Field, Fla., according to a news release. Turner’s new position is […]

Press Release: Cannon’s Turner promoted to AFSOC command chief

The 27th Special Operations Wing is very pleased to announce that Chief Master Sergeant William H. Turner, Command Chief of the 27th Special Operations Wing, has been selected as the next Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Florida.

Press Release: Cannon's Turner promoted to AFSOC command chief

The 27th Special Operations Wing is very pleased to announce that Chief Master Sergeant William H. Turner, Command Chief of the 27th Special Operations Wing, has been selected as the next Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Florida.

Press release: Crash investigation not complete

Clovis, NM: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler and Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders announced today that although the preliminary reconstruction of the crash involving a Clovis police officer and the death of Mary Castillo is complete, the cause of the November 17, 2010 crash continues. On Friday, December 3rd, District Attorney Matthew Chandler met […]

Winter weather presentations offered

CNJ staff ENMR-Plateau is hosting two winter weather presentations today at their offices north of Clovis. Ken Oswald, safety and security manager at ENMR-Plateau said Chief Meteorologist Steve Kersh with KVII in Amarillo will be the presenter. Oswald said Kersh will talk about the winter forecast and provide tips for dealing with winter storms and […]

Gardner selected as Martinez chief of staff

Freedom New Mexico A state legislator who represents Roosevelt County and a former representative for both Curry and Roosevelt counties are among appointed members to the executive leadership team for Gov.-Elect Susana Martinez. Rep. Keith Gardner, R-Roswell, the Dist. 66 representative, was named chief of staff for the seven-member team. Former Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, […]

Commander-in-Chief’s trophy secured by Falcons

By Staff Sgt. Raymond Hoy: U.S. Air Force Academy U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY, N.Y. — The Air Force Academy Falcons defeated the Black Knights of West Point 42-22 Nov. 6 at Michie Field here. The teams have now battled on the gridiron 45 times with the Falcons leading the series 31-13 with one tie. This is […]

Firefighters battle it out

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Airman 1st Class Matthew Roberts hoists a hose in the firefighter obstacle course. Liliana Castillo The 12th annual Cannon Air Force Base fire muster took place Oct. 8 at Unity Park. The event included only four teams this year. Organizer Bruce Ford, assistant chief of fire prevention on base, said […]