Non-citizen recruits last longer

Tom Philpot

The armed forces have enlisted nearly 70,000 non-citizens since the attacks of 9/11 and, as a group, their washout rate is much lower than that of American citizens who enlist, according CNA, a think tank that studied attrition data gathered by the Defense Manpower Data Center. Within three months of entering active service, 8.2 percent […]

Cancer fundraiser makes return to Portales

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Tanya Baca, who is battling cancer, and her 3-year-old daughter, Emily, look at a display during the Relay for Life cancer research fundraiser at Greyhound Arena Friday night. The event lasted until 10 a.m. Saturday, and event chairwoman Cathy Hess said about 375 people had registered to participate as of […]

Pearl Harbor survivor recalls attack

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Manuel Thomas traces a map of Pearl Harbor as he recounts where each ship was the day of the 1941 attack by the Japanese. A Hawaii native, Thomas worked as a welder in the harbor until after the war. Sharna Johnson A single tear gathered in his right eye and […]

Cannon celebrates holidays

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Linda Mobley, left, and her daughters Mauriana Mobley, middle, Eve-Alexa Mobley, right, and Venizia Mobley, front, pose for a photo taken by her husband Master Sgt. Will Mobley. Liliana Castillo Cannon Air Force Base personnel gathered to celebrate Christmas with a tree lighting and Christmas parade. The event took place […]

Blackwater Draw sacred ground for me

Clyde Davis This is to mention all of the people, by name, who gathered at Juanito’s on Thursday night to celebrate Don David’s birthday. Just kidding. Those are people who are perpetually concerned that their names will turn up in this column. The fact that Don David is now 35 is not the subject of […]

Cannon hosts annual Boss Lift

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USAF photo: 2nd Lt. Stephanie Strine Marine Reservists Joint Terminal Attack Controllers Sgt. Chris Capptta, Sgt. Paul Ramos and Lance Cpl. Justin Owen of Delta Company, 4th Marine Reconnaissance Battalion, show themselves to a surprised crowd after remaining unseen nearby while calling in targets to F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots. JTACs direct combat aircraft engaged in […]

Columbine survivor: Kindness can change world

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School Freshman Academy students signed a banner declaring they accept Rachel’s Challenge of being kind to each other. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The nearly 600 students were silent, most with tears glistening in their eyes, as they watched footage from the Columbine shooting flash across the […]

Memorial day events remember the fallen

Cannon Connections photo: Sharna Johnson Members of the Cannon Air Force Base rifle drill team conduct a rifle volley in honor of fallen service members Monday during a Memorial Day remembrance ceremony at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections staff Warm morning sun and a gentle breeze greeted the group that gathered […]

Cannon growth presents challenges

By Eric Butler: FNM correspondent In 2005, Clovis residents gathered in the north meeting room at the library and fretted about their community’s existence. On Tuesday night, a much different tune was being whistled in the same room. Instead of worry about an impeding closure of Cannon Air Force Base, which did not happen, audience […]

Residents discuss challenges of city growth

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent In 2005, Clovis residents gathered in the north meeting room at the library and fretted about their community’s existence. On Tuesday night, a much different tune was being whistled in the same room. Instead of worry about an impeding closure of Cannon Air Force Base, which did not happen, audience […]

Performers bring 1950s rock ‘n’ roll to students

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Buddy Holly tribute artist Johnny Rogers performs Friday at an assembly at Mesa Elementary School. The assembly was held in conjunction with the annual Clovis Music Festival. Holly recorded many of his hits in Clovis. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Outside, the 1950-era vehicles of the Desert Cruzers Car […]

CNJ wins five first-place awards

CNJ staff The Clovis News-Journal took five first-place awards and gathered eight total awards in The Associated Press Managing Editor’s contest, as announced by the AP Saturday evening. Managing Editor Rick White received first-place awards for sports photo, deadline sports writing and headline writing, and took second for page design. The News-Journal staff took first-place […]

Alcohol sales on Bailey County ballot

CNJ staff A Bailey County commissioner gathered enough signatures on a petition to add an alcohol sales proposal to November’s general election ballot. Bailey County Clerk Paula Benton said the county certified 747 signatures on Commissioner Juan Chavez’ petition earlier this month. She said Chavez needed 545 signatures to have the petition to allow packaged […]

Hubers start turkey business

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Now comes that time of year when everyone gives thanks for bountiful gifts — unless you’re a turkey! Speaking of which, I’ve hobnobbed with turkeys all my life, some of whom made it through grammar school and even became college professors, but that’s another story. My most memorable association with real […]

And He Was Gathered to His People

By Curtis Shelburne “And He Was Gathered to His People” My wife has been collecting and displaying some old family photographs. She’s been after me for awhile now to scan a small old photograph of my maternal grandparents that has long sat on a shelf in my office. And I just did. I knew that […]