For veteran, project is labor of love

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Donald Bird is repainting the Duster at Veterans Park. He served in Vietnam, and said the weapon saved his life numerous times. Kevin Wilson Donald Bird considers the M42 Duster a life-saver, and probably as close to a friend as a machine can get. But he doesn’t consider it a […]

Senate considers nominees for Pentagon posts

By Lisa Daniel: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Two of President Barack Obama’s nominees for key Defense Department posts appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee today as part of their confirmation process. Michael G. Vickers, nominated to be undersecretary of defense for intelligence, and Jo Ann Rooney, the president’s choice to be principal […]

N.M. governor considers pardon for Billy the Kid

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — The showdown between Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid has fascinated the American public for nearly 130 years with its classic, Old West storyline of the frontier lawman hunting down the notorious gunslinger. As it turns out, the feud isn’t completely over. New Mexico Gov. Bill […]

Baskett considers military his heroes

Indianapolis Star photo: Matt Detrich From left, Indianapolis Colts defenders Ed Johnson, Melvin Bullitt, Antonio Johnson and Hank Baskett try and block a field goal in the an October game against the Tennessee Titans. Baskett is the first Clovis native to play in a Super Bowl. By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections Hank Baskett heard the […]

Federal employees group considers closing

CNJ staff The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Curry County chapter faces potential closure. Joe Urban, who has been president of the chapter for more than 20 years, said New Mexico NARFE President Mary Ellen McKay and Vice President Tom Anderson will meet with him Monday for further planning. Urban said he has been […]

Historian considers fates of citizens

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Here I am in 2009 at age 77, still kicking and writing columns for the Clovis News Journal. Last week I found some old obituaries and they were all from 1977. Now why is that? I’m 77 and they all died in ’77? There was Ross P. Almoney, 62, born […]

House considers making veterans committee

CNJ staff The House will soon consider a bill creating a committee responsible for studying military and veterans issues across New Mexico. Senate Bill 529 unanimously passed the Senate Monday. The bill would create a joint interim legislative Military and Veterans Affairs Committee to conduct hearings around the state on military and veterans’ issues. The […]