United Way to raise $412,005 for Clovis

CNJ staff With a food fiesta, United Way of Eastern New Mexico last week began its 2005 fund-raising program to raise over $400,000 for Clovis. During the food fiesta, people were encouraged to visit 20 area restaurants that supported the United Way. Clovis raised $392,000 last year with a donor base of 3,000 to 4,000, […]

9/28 Business Digest

Public invited to attend meeting at City Hall The public is invited to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. today at City Hall to provide input and help shape future projects in the downtown area. The meeting will focus on the Metropolitan Redevelopment Area and the issues, goals and visions the public has regarding downtown’s […]

Ideas flowing for new Cannon mission

By David Stevens: Freedom Newspapers It may be two years or more before the F-16 fighter jets and their crews and support staff leave Cannon Air Force Base, but the ideas for what happens after that are already rolling in. Andrew Schulman, a legislative aide for Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said there’s a potential for […]

Cannon saved, for now

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New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson watches the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission deliberate on Cannon Air Force Base on Friday in Arlington, Va., outside Washington. (AP photo) By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The federal debate that traced a course for Cannon Air Force Base was like the entire Base Closure and Realignment process — […]

Enclave means Cannon has bought time

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The word rang out over and over during federal deliberations over the fate of Cannon Air Force Base: enclave. It is the word Base Closure and Realignment Commissioner Samuel Skinner used to keep the base open. In his Cannon amendment, Skinner suggested the base enclave — slowly diminish its capacities […]

Principles outlined for base challenges

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Representatives from Clovis, Portales, Roosevelt County and Curry County converged under one roof Wednesday and emerged with a tentative plan for action, should Cannon Air Force Base require expansion or redevelopment. The base-closing commission will send its revised list Sept. 8 to the president for approval, but whether or […]

Air Force offcials defend decisions

Wire reports WASHINGTON — Top Air Force officials told Base Realignment and Closure commissioners on Tuesday their “bold” proposals will reshape the Air Force, improving its ability to defend the nation. Acting Air Force Secretary Michael Dominguez and Air Force Chief of Staff John Jumper said they considered four major factors in their decision to […]

Bush needs more than showmanship to meet term goals

Freedom Newspapers It is odd, in a way, for the media to deal with events such as President Bush’s news conference Thursday evening like theatrical performances. The AP story, for example, noted “At times, he twisted the toe of his shoe on the carpeted riser.” Perhaps such reviews are appropriate, however. Like most presidential appearances, […]

Senator questions Chief of Staff about future training needs

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Air Force Chief of Staff said Wednesday the future airplanes and weapon systems will need wide open spaces for good training. The testimony came during a U.S. Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee meeting in Washington to review the Air Force’s budget requests for the 2006 fiscal year. “The very […]

Privatization is independence for our future

CNJ staff Part of President Bush’s recent economic summit involved a possible overhaul of Social Security. Long considered untouchable for politicians who hoped to be re-elected, Social Security is approaching insolvency in the foreseeable future, prompting Bush and others to take another look at the program. Although Social Security has enough to pay benefits now, […]

Preservation will guarantee there’s future freedom

Freedom Newspapers Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in the United States as a reminder of the 1621 feast the Pilgrims hosted to celebrate having survived their first year in the New World. Of the 102 people who arrived on the Mayflower in December 1620, 46 died that first year. The survivors, to show their gratitude to […]

Candidates need to debate foreign policy

Freedom Newspapers He is hardly the ideal spokesman for caution and candor in international relations. He may be doing this out of sheer desperation or cold-blooded political calculation. His plan doesn’t differ all that much from what the Bush administration has tried to do and looks more like a hope than a solution. Even given […]

Forward thinking is needed regarding American Indians

Freedom Newspapers Tuesday’s opening in Washington of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of the American Indian was a hopeful and long-overdue occasion. Congratulations are due Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell for helping shepherd the project from concept to completion, as well as to all American Indians, who finally have a museum befitting their central place in North […]

Caught in middle of political injustice

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I’m under attack! It’s personal. It’s political. It’s spiritual. It goes straight to my heart. There is no middle ground! And it’s not just me. America is under attack! Since we were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, Congress has become like suicide bombers, launching Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) on […]

Refrigerator gives glimpse of future

By Leonard Pitts, Jr. Chances are you remember it well if you came of age in the ‘50s or ‘60s, that era when everything was “modern,” “space age” or “new and improved,” and we looked forward with awe. The future was where people would zoom around on jet packs and plan weekend getaways by lunar […]

Hancock Fabrics to open in near future

By Eric Butler Hancock Fabrics to open in near future The sign is in place for Hancock Fabrics. Now, store managers are working on inventory. David Gilbert, district manager for Hancock, said the Clovis store located next to Hobby Lobby will open its doors in “three to four weeks.” The chain has 450 stores nationwide. […]

Future tragedies are unavoidable in troubled Iraq

Editorial A s fighting spreads to at least four cities in Iraq where insurgents of various kinds are violently challenging U.S. military occupation, the disheartening fact is becoming more apparent: Most of the choices available to the United States are among deeply unattractive and unpromising options. The barbarous treatment of four dead Americans last week […]

Q & A

Abby Dunn David Lansford, 45, on Tuesday was elected to his third term as Clovis’ mayor . Q: Tell us a little bit about your family. A: I’m the youngest of two boys; I have an older brother who’s here in Clovis with his family. My mother and dad still live in the same house […]

Organizations 1/4

Delta Kappa Gamma Zeta The Delta Kappa Gamma Zeta chapter met on Dec. 15 in the home of Marrion Hudson. Diane Davis led the collect. Patsy Camp read the minutes and Anna Marie Kolek gave the treasurer’s report. Legislative chairman Marge Lancaster presented a report on the retirement fund and suggestions for its impact in […]

Officials find base closure criteria encouraging news

Mike Linn Criteria set to help determine which military bases will close after 2005 were made public on Monday, and local officials expressed confidence Cannon Air Force Base will remain open. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said he believes New Mexico bases are positioned ‘‘to not only stay off the closure list, but to possibly gain […]