Resident hopes flags inspire, unify

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Tony Heiman, left, admires the flag collection at 213 E. 11th St. that he and his longtime friend Paul Ulibarri began building six months ago. They hope the flags will help unify Clovis. Benna Sayyed Tony Heiman hopes the collection of flags flying in his front yard can inspire a […]

Clovis-born Marine killed in Afghanistan

CNJ staff Flags were flown at half-staff over the weekend in honor of a Clovis-born Marine sergeant. Sgt. Garrett A. Misener, 25, was killed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 27. He was born Aug. 19, 1985, in Clovis, and his family moved to Utah a few months later. He was laid to rest Friday in […]

Flag Day puts focus on treatment of flags in city

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Dale Harner has lived in Clovis for 31 years, and not a week goes by where he doesn’t take some umbrage at a flying flag as he drives around the city. Harner, a retired lieutenant colonel with the Air Force, said he has nothing against the Stars and Stripes […]

Flags-in ceremony honors fallen

Courtesy photo: Capt. Daniel J. Watson A soldier places a flag on the grave of Capt. Kermit Evans during a Flags-In ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on May 26. Capt. Evans was killed Dec.3, 2006, in a helicopter crash in Iraq. He was deployed from Cannon Air Force Base where he was the Explosive Ordnance […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Kids and flags

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Video of the day Local kids show you the correct way to fold the flag. It’s our video of the day.From the key State Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, is hitting the hardwood for a cause, playing in Friday’s 2010 Annual “Hoops for Hope” Legislative […]

Flags fly at half-staff for former Cannon airman

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USAF courtesy photo Staff Sgt. Timothy Bowles was killed when his vehicle was destroyed by an improvised explosive device while on a four-vehicle patrol checking on a local school on March 15 in Afghanistan. He was deployed from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. Staff and wire reports Flags are at half-staff around the state in […]

Governor orders flags lowered

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Flags stolen from veterans’ group

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Members of Clovis’ American Legion Post 117 are reeling from a theft that struck at the core of their values.

Flag bans set dangerous precedent

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I’ve heard both sides of the Confederate flag debate, once as a student participating in an online intercultural communication class discussion, and last summer, as an instructor teaching an Upward Bound class in multicultural history. In both debates, the overwhelming consensus was the Confederate flag is more divisive and is […]

Ethnic Fair set for Saturday

Ethnicity will be celebrated during the 16th annual Clovis/Curry County Ethnic Fair and Parade of Flags and People. Festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with a 5K walk/fun run. The festival continues with the start of the Parade of Flags and People. The parade will be led by a joint color guard unit and will […]

Characters’ flaws help us relate

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I was visiting the other day with some parents who were leaving on a weekend trip to Six Flags in Texas. Our conversation brought back a flood of memories about Six Flags. Our youngest daughter, Buffy, was 6 when she got lost at Six Flags in Texas. Charlie and I […]

Community unites over loss

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Leroy Segura Sr. and Sandra Segura await the start of services for their son, Army Sgt. Leroy “J.R.” Segura Jr., on Monday morning at Sacred Heart Church in Clovis. Segura was killed in a vehicle accident Aug. 4 in Iraq. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Six soldiers serving as pallbearers stood at attention Monday […]

Flags to fly at half-staff

CNJ Staff Robert Paul Kassin memorial service: 2:30 p.m. today at Highland Baptist Church. Gov. Bill Richardson has ordered state flags to be flown at half-staff Monday and Tuesday to honor Clovis Infantryman Sgt. Robert Paul Kassin, according to a news release from the governor. Kassin, 29, died July 16 while serving his second tour […]

Vietnam veteran flies flag daily to salute American servicemen

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Zak Casarez, left, and his grandfather, Dale Fite of Clovis, fold up the flag at the end of the day Wednesday. Fite said he is teaching his grandson the importance of paying respect to the flag with the daily ceremony. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When storms rise over Clovis […]

Veterans council seeks help finding veterans’ graves

CNJ staff The Joint Veterans Council of Curry and Roosevelt counties will place approximately 2,300 American flags on veterans’ graves this weekend. But each year, council volunteers miss veterans’ graves because there is nothing to indicate veteran status. All veteran organizations have bronze markers that can be purchased to mark veterans’ graves. VFW Post 9515 […]

Immigration can’t be cast in black, white

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist The immigration protests held across the country on Monday serve as a perfect Rorschach test: What reaction did you have to the sight of hundreds of thousands of immigrants marching down American streets, calling on Congress to accommodate them? Dismay? Ambivalence? Admiration? A lot of political debates turn on facts […]

Immigration solution will take compromise

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist To translate the Holy Bible and read or recite it in a language other than Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin or any of its original forms is un-Christian. Does that sound ridiculous to you? The notion that singing the National Anthem in Spanish is un-American is also ridiculous. Some people may not […]

Flags flying at half-staff for fallen N.M. soldier

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The U.S. and New Mexico flags fly at half-staff Thursday outside the Curry County Courthouse in honor of fallen Roswell soldier Pfc. Rick Salas Jr. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The mother of a soldier who was killed in Iraq did not see any flags billowing low Thursday, though the […]

Earl Robinson

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. Earl Robinson Date of birth: Oct. 9, 1925 Dates of service: 1944 to 1946 Hometown: Melrose Lives in: Clovis Theater and location of service: […]