W.Y. Mitchell, M.C. Kelly

Sharna Johnson “We are going to take this crossing even if it takes a truck to haul the dog tags back.” 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. W.Y. Mitchell Date […]

A Lesson from History and Party Politics

By Curtis K. Shelburne It was the summer of 1945. Nazi Germany had just been defeated, and the British people, in their first election since the war had begun, thanked Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill by voting him out of office. I’ve wondered why. It seems so ungrateful and wrong. The British people loved Churchill. […]

Music festival becoming international attraction

By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Music lovers will be traveling thousands of miles to attend the upcoming Clovis Music Festival. Tickets for the Sept. 8-10 event have been purchased by fans from as far away as The Netherlands and England, according to the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce. John Beecher of Gloucestershire, England, is […]

Cannon closure decision defended

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The size and location of Cannon Air Force Base precluded the Department of Defense from considering a scenario that may have spared the base from closure. In a letter dated Thursday and posted on the Base Realignment and Closure Web site, acting Deputy of Defense Secretary Gordon England, said […]

DoD: Keeping Cannon scenario not considered

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Defense Department, in a letter to the commission reviewing Pentagon’s list of recommended base closings, defended its decision to close Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico. Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England said in his letter Thursday that Cannon, near Clovis, was too limited in space and […]

6/5 Agriculture Digest

State resubmits TB-free application The New Mexico Livestock Board submitted a second request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week for a bovine tuberculosis-free status for the state, according to state veterinarian Steve England. New Mexico lost its TB-free status in 2003 after several dairy cows were diagnosed with the disease, according to the […]

Pioneer Days offers hands-on look at roping, riding

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Wild Bill Cathey, of Dora, left, demonstrates to Dalton Wren, 9, of Texico how to spin a rope Thursday during the Curry County Mounted Patrol’s rodeo encounter at the county fairgrounds. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ Staff writer It wasn’t Holly Tyler’s first time on a horse — she rode one in […]

Proposed shutdown of submarine base scrutinized

By Dave Montgomery: Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON — The chairman of the nation’s base-closing review commission on Tuesday questioned the Navy’s proposed closure of the New London Submarine Base, suggesting that the massive transfer of personnel and resources to the Kings Bay Submarine Base in Georgia could overwhelm the southern installation. The proposed shutdown of […]

After more than 50 years, Cannon has become ‘us’

By David Stevens: CNJ Editor This is personal. We know the economic impact: Twenty-something percent of our communities’ jobs are tied directly to Cannon Air Force Base and hundreds of millions of dollars go through there every year, much of it circulating through our restaurants and car dealerships and flower shops and every other business […]

Abu Ghraib abuses run counter to U.S. stance

Freedom Newspapers Perhaps it is as simple as what Winston Churchill said as long ago as 1946: “War was once glorious and squalid. Now it is just squalid.” The sentencing phase for Army Reserve Pfc. Lynndie England, who became something of a poster girl for purposeful humiliation at Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison, could be […]