Senator: Cannon funding lacking

By CNJ staff The transition to a new mission at Cannon Air Force Base is woefully underfunded in a proposed 2008 military budget, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. The approximately $72.5 million Domenici said is needed to establish Air Force Special Operations at Cannon is not included in President Bush’s […]

Plan for unified medical care rejected

By Tom Philpott: MIlitary Update Air Force opposition has scuttled Army and Navy plans to merge the three services’ large medical bureaucracies, led now by three surgeons general, into a single Unified Medical Command. Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England decided this month not to endorse such a major streamlining of the military health care system […]

Author releases first book

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer TWO LIFE-ALTERING events led a former Clovis resident into the world of fiction. IN MAY 2001, Barbara Cook flew to her native England to arrange her mother’s funeral. Meanwhile, a devastating tornado was ripping through Colorado, where Cook was living at the time. Cook said the events destroyed her […]

Man comes for music, stays for Clovis

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksDavid Acaster of Hornsea in East Yorkshire, England, left, and Daniel Stoddard of Clovis have a laugh in front of the Petty recording studio. The two met at last week’s Clovis Music Festival. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A 10-day vacation stretched to 25 days for an England native who […]

Making music memories

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleDerek Stone, 11, of Portales, front right, and James LeFebvre, center, get autographs from the LA Party Dolls Saturday at the Clovis Civic Center during the Clovis Music Festival’s “meet the rockers” fanfare. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Some of those attending the Clovis Music Festival may have been chasing down […]

Terror plot will impact local travelers

CNJ staff Local travelers will notice differences in security when they fly out of regional airports due to heightened alerts related to Thursday’s terrorism scare in England. Travelers are being asked to arrive about two hours ahead of their flight time and will not be permitted to carry any liquids with them on flights, a […]

Jones, Margaret “Peggy”

Margaret “Peggy” Jones, 88, of Clovis died Saturday, May 27, 2006, at her home. She was born Dec. 21, 1917, to Frederick and Edith Greaves in Buxton, England. She married Eddie Jones and moved to Post, Texas, in 1946. They moved to Clovis in 1947 and operated House of Color Paint Store until his death […]

Jay Brown

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. Jay Brown Date of birth: Dec. 15, 1922 Dates of service: March 1943 to February 1946 Hometown: Portales Lives in: Portales Theater and location […]

W.G. “Bill” Patton

W.G. “Bill” Patton Date of birth: April 6, 1920 Dates of service: April 1942 to December 1945 Hometown: Ranchvale Lives in: Ranchvale Theater and location of service: Eastern Europe, Britain Branch: Army Air Corps Unit and Specialty: 5th Air Drome Squadron, control tower In his words: Working under the supervision of the British, Patton said […]

Allen McGuire

Allen McGuire Date of birth: Feb. 26, 1918 Dates of service: September 1942 to March 1973 Hometown: Clarksville City, Texas Lives in: Clovis Theater and location of service: European: Duxford, England Branch: Army Air Corps Rank: Lieutenant colonel Unit and specialty: 78th fighter group; fighter pilot Veterans organizations: Daedalions In his words: Growing up as […]