Special Ops officer killed in Kabul shooting

American Forces Press Service HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — An officer assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command died Feb. 25 of wounds suffered from a gunshot in Kabul, Afghanistan. Lt. Col. John Darin Loftis, 866th Air Expeditionary Squadron, was deployed in support of OPERATION Enduring Freedom and working in the Government of the Islamic Republic […]

Hurlburt airmen die in U-28A crash

USAF photo The U-28A, seen in this file photo, is a single engine, manned fixed wing aircraft developed around the Pilatus PC-12 airframe that provides intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in support of special operations forces. Courtesy 1st SOW Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Capt. Ryan P. Hall from the 319th Special Operations Squadron, […]

What's Happening: Feb. 24 — March 1

Friday Cannon Biggest Loser winner announcement Fitness center Social Hour 4:27 p.m. The Landing Zone Field Trip: Model Train Museum 5 p.m. Youth Center Smart Money Goes to ENMU 5 p.m. Youth Center Family Bowl-a-Rama 6 p.m. Cannon Lanes Stay Up All Night 9 p.m. Community Center

Tim Tebow refreshing to watch

By the time you read this Tim Tebow may be back to worshipping God in a church instead of on a football field. I hope he’s making plans to play in an AFC Conference Champion-ship next Sunday but I don’t necessarily believe God is going to look down on Tom Brady and the Patriots. This […]

Three vying for mayor position

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Rick Tenorio, right, signs paperwork to run for the mayor’s position as City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon, sitting, gives election details and Deputy Clerk Joanne King waits to notarize his paperwork Tuesday at City Hall. Tuesday was the only day to file for the mayor’s and city commission races. Kevin Wilson […]

New museum would enrich town

On Dec. 26, I gave a presentation to Fort Sumner Mayor Windell Bridges, resident J.W. Wilson and DeBaca County News Publisher Scot Stinnett. The subject of my presentation was Fort Sumner Army Air Field and what I foresee as a World War II museum commemorating that training field to be located at the municipal airport. […]

Leave football decisions on field

I’ve had the pleasure, and occasional frustration, of covering youth sports over the last decade or so. I’ve discovered one guarantee — adults will somehow screw it up. Fortunately, a district judge was there to stop the latest example. Here’s a quick summary. In its District 4-5A finale, the Atrisco Heritage Jaguars defeated St. PIux […]

LSC champion Hounds left out of Division II tourney field

CNJ staff PORTALES — The Lone Star Conference champion Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team did not get a berth to this year’s NCAA Division II men’s soccer tournament. ENMU (9-4-5, 3-1-2 LSC) claimed the program’s first conference championship this season, but the Greyhounds’ overall record left them a bit short. Lone Star Conference […]

Mission complete: Our fallen honored

USAF: Master Sgt. Steven Pearsall Friends, family and co-workers show support while marching alongside 18 Special Tactics airmen as they complete an 812-mile memorial march from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, to Hurlburt Field, Fla. The Tim Davis Memorial March is conducted each year that a Special Tactics airman loses his life in defense of […]

Actions earn airman Air Force Cross

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Courtesy photo: Devon Ravine Staff Sgt. Robert Gutierrez, Air Force Cross recipient and combat controller, poses with Sergeant First Class Mike Jones, 7th Special Forces Group medic. Jones saved Gutierrez’ life twice during a 2009 mission in Afghanistan. The two friends participated in the 812-mile Tim Davis Memorial March from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas […]

CSAF presents Air Force Cross, Silver Star in ceremony at Hurlburt Field

USAF: Staff Sgt. Sharida Jackson Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz presents the Silver Star to Tech. Sgt. Ismael Villegas, during a ceremony on Oct. 27 at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Villegas was awarded the Silver Star, the third highest military decoration, for his gallantry in action against enemy forces while deployed in support […]

Hounds start rugged part of schedule

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico When Eastern New Mexico University senior Bracy McCoy blocked a late field goal try to preserve the Greyhounds’ 23-21 Lone Star Conference win last week at Angelo State, it gave the program a much-needed boost. To borrow from Yogi Berra, it was also a case of deja vu all […]

Lazbuddie roper wins USTRC open

By Julie Bryant: U.S. Team Roping Championships In what was a star-studded field of open ropers at the U.S. States Team Roping Championships Southwest Regionals, it was the local ropers who fought to the top of the 63-team field Thursday at the Curry County Events Center. Josh Morris of Lazbuddie and Brandon Gonzales of Bosque […]

Clovis gets taste of Pecos League action

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Roswell second baseman Clint Stottlemeyre makes the catch on a pop-up by Ruidoso’s Chris Davis to end the third inning. Dave Wagner Clovis nearly had a Class A minor league team this year. Thursday night, the city was exposed to what it might see in the fledgling Pecos League. The […]

Zia falls in state Majors tourney

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Zia’s Andre Hooks pitches against Bayard Copper during Monday’s state Majors Little League game at Beachum Field. CNJ staff Although its run in the state Little League Majors tournament was a short one, Clovis Zia gave a pretty good account of itself. Host Zia had early leads both Sunday […]

Pro game slated here on Thursday

CNJ staff Professional baseball is coming to Clovis on Thursday night. The Ruidoso Osos and Roswell Invaders, members of the independent Pecos League, will square off in a 7 p.m. nine-inning contest at Harris Field. League commissioner Andrew Dunn said the game will give area fans a chance to see the product. Clovis nearly had […]

Little League state meets ready to start

Dave Wagner Four area teams are ready to represent District 3 in state Little League competition this weekend. Clovis will host the 11-12-year-old Majors state tournament at Dickenson Field and Beachum Field. Clovis Zia won the district tournament and opens play at 7 p.m. Sunday at Dickenson against either Roswell Noon Optimist or Los Lunas […]

ENMU students participate in Spain archaeological dig

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Courtesy photo: Ethan Ortega Eastern New Mexico University archeology student Ethan Ortega uncovered the first intact piece of pottery of the summer at the excavation site for the pre-Roman civilization, the Vaccea. Ortega discovered the one-month summer program when he started researching student field work on the Internet. Alisa Boswell Two Eastern New Mexico University […]

Shelter training being offered

CNJ staff The Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 6 is bringing their Shelter Field Guide Training to New Mexico, according to a news release. The training was developed for those who may need to open or operate a shelter but lack formal training. The training is an eight hour course. There will be two offerings […]

ENMU club participating in amateur radio Field Day

Freedom New Mexico On June 25 and 26, Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Amateur Radio Club will be participating in a national and Canadian annual event, Field Day, which is the climax of Amateur Radio Week sponsored by the National Association for Amateur Radio. From about 11 a.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. June 26, amateur […]