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: […]

Marcel Ozdowski, Joe Olona

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. Marcel Ozdowski Date of birth: July 25, 1917 Dates of service: 1940 to 1945 Hometown: Virginia, Minn. Lives in: Clovis Theater and location of […]

Lynn Martin, James Wells

Sharna Johnson 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. Lynn Martin Date of birth: May 1, 1924 Dates of service: 1943-1945 Hometown: Golthwaite, Texas Lives in: Clovis Theater and location of […]

Doyle Emperley, Buren D. Johnston

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. Doyle Emperley Date of birth: Aug 14, 1923 Dates of service: July, 1942 to December 1945 Hometown: Newton, Iowa Lives in: Clovis Theater and […]