Measure could cost commissaries

Jerry Ensminger, a retired Marine Corps master sergeant who has fought for years to win government-funded health care for families exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, doesn’t want the measure passed if, to pay for it, Congress would gut the military’s prized commissary benefit. Critics contend that’s what the Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans […]

Thursday morning briefing: Top teacher, the Portales band and Billy the Kid

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Top teacher Adam Quintero, a Clovis native, has been accepted to the Teach for America 2011 corps. Teach For America says it is national corps of top recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools. Website […]

Vietnam veterans reunited after more than 40 years

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Carlton Zarling Jr., left, and Clovis resident Romeo Sierra reunited after serving together in Vietnam 43 years ago. Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Romeo Sierra thought Carlton Zarling Jr. died in a helicopter explosion in Vietnam in April 1967. That was until he was the voice on the other end of […]

Vietnam veterans reunited

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Carlton Zarling Jr., left, and Clovis resident Romeo Sierra reunited after serving together in Vietnam 43 years ago. Clovis resident Romeo Sierra thought Carlton Zarling Jr. died in a helicopter explosion in Vietnam in April 1967. That was until he was the voice on the other end of a phone call. […]

Students participate in cyber defense competition

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School’s CyberPatriot team is made up of Cadet Staff Sgt. Jeremy Scales, Cadet Staff Sgt. Justin Jaquez, Cadet Airmen 1st Class Alex Smith, Airmen 1st Class David Tshudy, Cadet Tech Sgt. Paelan Dober and Cadet Capt. Daniel Gearhart. Liliana Castillo Six Clovis High School Junior Reserve Officers Training […]

Education digest: Graduate accepted into music corps

Graduate accepted into music corps Clovis High School graduate Alec Blazek has been accepted into the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2010 season, according to a news release. Blazek will spend the summer touring North America with the group, the release said. Members of the corps receive intense instruction in music, dance, […]

Education digest: JROTC holds awards banquet

JROTC holds awards banquet The Clovis High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps held their annual awards banquet over the weekend. The group also announced the corps leadership for next year. The change of command ceremony will be held at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday at the JROTC drill pad at the high school. The ceremony is […]

Colonel selectees announced

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USAF photo: Senior Airmen James Bell Lt. Col. Michael Fulton, left, and Lt. Col. James Reineke, right, hold up colonel wings presented to them by Col. Scott Corcoran, 27th Special Operations Medical Group commander, center, who notified them of their selection to colonel at the base clinic on Dec. 2. Fulton, 27th Special Operations Aerospace […]

Veterans Day events

Saturday Marine Corps Birthday Ball — 6 p.m., VFW 3280, 200 W. Grand in Clovis.

Clovis High hosting championship band

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Courtesy photo The Clovis High School marching band is hoping to learn from the champion Santa Clara Vanguard band during their stay in Clovis. Freedom New Mexico Clovis High School is hosting the Santa Clara Vanguard, a championship drum and bugle corps. The Vanguard will stage two free evening performances

Clovis Air Force JROTC will hold final change of command ceremony

The Wildcat Corps of the Clovis High School Air Force JROTC will hold our FINAL Commander’s Call of this school year this Wednesday, 6 May starting promptly at 0730.

Dec. 12, 2007 Military Digest

By Dianna Hernandez: CNJ administrative assistant Gomez Army Pvt. Gonzalo Gomez has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Gomez is the son of Maria Gomez of Clovis. Hyre Navy seaman recruit Jeffrey W. Hyre, son of Patrice and Steven Hyre of Clovis, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training […]

People’s water needs should trump plant’s

By Freedom New Mexico Did you ever think a time would come when people in this country’s Southeast would be praying for a few more hurricanes? Unfortunately, the normally soggy Southeast is suffering from a very real two-year rainwater drought that could threaten drinking water supplies for metropolitan Atlanta and other cities, and has stirred […]

Reporter’s notebook: Musicians to perform on ESPN2

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Chris Mondragon describes drum and bugle corps fans as insane because of their loyalty. He’s witnessed their enthusiasm firsthand. For the second summer, the 20-year-old Clovis native traveled the country as one of the 135 members of the Blue Knights of Denver. Mondragon can be seen in the Drum […]

Area Marines could be recalled into service

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Clovis Police Detective Roman Romero plans to re-enlist in the Marine Corps. Romero said the troops in Iraq deserve a break. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Police Detective Roman Romero said he plans to renew his reserve contract with the Marine Corps in coming weeks even though it […]

Supreme Court swing vote tends toward confusion

Freedom Newspapers The case that will be remembered from the most recent term of the U.S. Supreme Court is Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, in which the court told President Bush that he couldn’t simply create military commissions — especially commissions authorized to deliberate and render decisions with the defendant not even present — without authorization from […]

‘Wetlands’ ruling a defeat for property rights

Freedom Newspapers Syndicate One might have hoped for a little clarity when the Supreme Court addressed the question of just how expansive is the Army Corps of Engineers’ regulatory power over “wetlands” under the 1972 Clean Water Act. Instead we got an intellectual and legal muddle that is likely to encourage further overregulation and expensive […]

Auxiliary proved women have place in military

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian Not many people at the air base knew about the WAACs —Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps, later known as WACs. The airmen at Clovis Army Air Field in June 10, 1943, had waited patiently for their arrival. At 6 p.m. that day, the first group of the WAACs arrived on the […]

Ned Wright

Ned Wright Date of birth: Jan. 9, 1922 Dates of service: January 1941 to September 1945 Hometown: Portales Theater and location of service: Europe, Africa and the Middle East Branch: Army Air Corps Rank: Tech Sergeant Unit and specialty: Radio operator Lives in: Clovis In his words: After he finished high school, Wright said, “I […]

Preston Dunn

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Preston Dunn Date of birth: Dec. 31, 1920 Dates of service: 1942 to 1946 Hometown: Artesia Lives in: Portales Theater and location of service: […]