City Championship features close battle

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Albert Rubio of Clovis chips onto the third green during Friday’s first round of the Clovis City Championship at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) CNJ staff David Maldonado didn’t think he’d played that well on Friday, yet he kept himself in contention in the Clovis City Championship tournament at Municipal Golf […]

Space program innovation needs privatization

Freedom Newspapers The space shuttle Discovery made a safe re-entry landing Monday in only the second shuttle mission since the 2003 destruction during re-entry of the shuttle Columbia. The successful landing is a good time to discuss the independence of future space missions from government control and the federal treasury. Current Bush administration plans are […]

Bomb-making 101 Munitions troops teach how things go ‘boom’

Col. Peggy Poore, 27th Mission Support Group commander, practices properly seating an FMU-139 bomb fuse into the rear fuze well of a MK-82 bomb during an ammunitions fundamentals course June 1. Janet Taylor-Birkey Too many times, people on a military base, even military personnel, don’t know what goes on in the squadron across the road, […]

2006 Intramural Golf League in full swing

Dennis Christensen Cannon golfers teed off for the first major event of the 2006 golf season March 18 resulting in the lowest nine medalists representing the Cannon Varsity Golf Team. The two-day competition’s first round ended with Ed Armijo in the lead with a 72 and Scott Hanna applying pressure with a 75 in the […]

Aviation only part of regimen for Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps

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Cadet Col. Michael Roper, 17, practices spinning his rifle Tuesday outside Clovis High School. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer As a sophomore at Clovis High School, Michael Roper enrolled in a course he thought was about aircraft and flight. He didn’t know he’d be wearing a uniform and embarking on […]

Enhancing productivity of the installation’s work force

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Routine flight line maintenance keeps Cannon’s F-16 Fighting Falcon fleet at maximum warfighting capability, but the 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron’s phase dock keeps that very same fleet on the flight line one or two jets at a time. A phase inspection is an in-depth teardown and close look at the inside […]

Dumbing down schools self-defeating

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Perhaps you remember white flight. That is, of course, the term for what happened in the ’60s when African Americans, newly liberated from legal segregation, began fanning out from the neighborhoods to which they’d once been restricted. Traumatized at the thought of living in proximity to their perceived inferiors, white […]

Former Clovis pilot accidental witness

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Clovis resident and World War II pilot John Ellison, 84, retraces his route on an aerial map of New Mexico. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: For three months, the Clovis News Journal has honored local World War II veterans by publishing their first-person accounts of service. John Ellison’s […]

Walking wouldn’t hurt governor’s rep

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist There we were, just the two of us, relaxing comfortably on the patio, the mountain range serving as a majestic backdrop, the wood-burning patio stove cutting the chill of a late Santa Fe fall evening. “Here, have another Biscochito,” Gov. Richardson said, offering a plateful of the dainty state cookie. […]

Jesse T. 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. Jesse T. Johnson Date of birth: Oct. 19, 1921 Dates of service: Aug. 11, 1942 to Oct. 21, 1945 Hometown: Clovis Lives in: Clovis […]

Driving is underrated compared to airline hassles

Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist The pilots in the air show had it easy — they merely strapped on their helmets, buckled the hatch and off they zoomed into the cloudy gray yonder. We folks who have to rely on commercial airlines for our trips to Guatemala or France (two of the more popular destinations for […]

F-16 Phase Dock keeps Cannon’s fighter fleet flying

Staff Sgt. Matthew Teets, 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron phase avionics technician, checks the security of several conduits in the engine bay of the F-16. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Routine flight line maintenance keeps Cannon’s F-16 Fighting Falcon fleet at maximum warfighting capability, but the 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron’s phase dock keeps that very same fleet […]

Guide to the Fighting Falcon

Detachment 9 instructor, Staff Sgt. Walter Lansford points out switches that Airman 1st Class Stacey Blackburn (right), 27th Equipment Maintenence Squadron, will use for the flight control operational checkout. Melanie Salazar Classes are always in session in building 785, where the 372nd Training Squadron, Detachment 9 instructors equip many Cannon Airmen with the knowledge they […]

Things airline workers shouldn’t say

Bob Huber Hidden in the dark minds of commercial flight crews are wisecracks they’d like to shout over the planes’ speakers but don’t, because these heroes of the skies prefer to play the game of “Things I’d love to say, but I don’t want to spend the rest of my life driving a Greyhound bus.” […]

The not-so-plane truth

By Bob Huber: CNJ columnist Hidden in the dark minds of commercial flight crews are wisecracks they’d like to shout over the planes’ speakers but don’t, because these heroes of the skies prefer to play the game of “Things I’d love to say, but I don’t want to spend the rest of my life driving […]

Discovery home safely

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) – Discovery and its crew of seven glided safely back to Earth on Tuesday, ending a riveting, at times agonizing, 14-day test of space shuttle safety that was shadowed by the ghosts of Columbia. Discovery swooped through the darkness of the Mojave Desert and landed on the Edwards Air […]

AGE has it covered

Master Sgt. Jeffrey Davis performs a servicing inspection on a C-10 Air Conditioner. All equipment handled by the AGE technicians is required to be inspected at certain intervals. Photo by Melanie Salazar. Melanie Salazar 27TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS “Quality connection, AGE anytime anywhere,” reads a sign in the aerospace ground equipment [AGE] maintenance shop. […]

Goff captures city title

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John Wright chips a ball in on the fifth hole of the Clovis Municipal Golf Course Sunday during the final day of the city championship tournament (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez). By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer There weren’t many hiccups this weekend in Robert Goff’s game. The former Clovis High golfer carried a three-shot […]

Gutierrez keeps up with kids

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Joe Wright of Clovis takes a look at his putting line on the 18th hole during the Clovis city golf tournament Saturday at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. Wright shot a 76 for the round. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Defending city tournament champion David Gutierrez is just happy he […]

Flights to space ultimately domain of private business

Freedom Newspapers It was exhilarating to watch the space shuttle Discovery lift off on what looks to be a successful flight into space Tuesday morning. Despite setbacks and stagnation, the idea of venturing into space still appeals to something similar to the human impulse that launched sea voyages of discovery hundreds of years ago and […]