Sweet Home New Mexico: Hero’s tale inspiring

Courtesy photo Staff Sgt. Johnnie O. Yellock In July 2011, five days after being promoted to the rank of staff sergeant, and 10 days into his second combat deployment, Air Force Combat Controller Johnnie O. Yellock II’s vehicle rolled over an IED in the Paktika province in Afghanistan. Yellock was standing in the vehicle at […]

Press release: CCC sponsoring blood drive

Find the HERO in you! Every two seconds, someone needs blood. You can help!

Tuesday morning briefing: A hero run, fiesta time and Uncle Sam

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Former resident ‘hometown hero’

Courtesy photo Capt. Louisa Jones, second from the right, is midway through her third deployment in Iraq. Liliana Castillo Capt. Louisa Jones hasn’t lived in Portales for nearly 15 years but she still remembers the peanuts. The single mother of two was one of 50 servicemen and women featured in the “My Hometown Marne Hero” […]

Monday morning briefing: A look at a local hero, parents night and a revolution.

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing. Video of the day At your service…it’s our local video of some of the folks who help make your day go a little better, safer or smoother. Check out a day in the life of a Clovis emergency dispatcher.Question of the day? Did your favorite movie […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Remembering a local hero

Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday morning briefing. Video of day The right way to learn square dancing. Remembering a local hero Damian Garza was born in Portales, grew up in Clovis, and died in service of his country, on Aug. 4, 2005, in Afghanistan. Here are a couple of Web sites honoring the fallen […]

Story behind singing sensation inspiring

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist I have a new hero. Her name is

Clovis Community College is sponsoring a blood drive

Find the HERO in you! Every two seconds, someone needs blood. You can help!

Clovis Community College is sponsoring a blood drive

Find the HERO in you! Every two seconds, someone needs blood. You can help!

Clovis Community College sponsoring blood drive

Find the HERO in you! Every two seconds, someone needs blood. This year alone, as many as five million patients will require blood transfusions. You can help!

Super powers won’t make me hero

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I’m not a conventional superhero. I battled my adversary verbally. My adversary, a very cute girl, asked me something I’ve always dreamed a very cute girl would ask me: “If you could be a superhero, which one and why?” Keep in mind, I got asked this question as I sat […]

Reporter’s notebook: Local plucks dog from river

Nick Baglien says Danny Reed of Clovis deserves to be called a hero after he recently saved Baglien’s dog from drowning on a camping and motorcycle trip to Red River. Baglien and his wife Sharon take their dogs camping with them. Pogo, a 15-year old cocker spaniel-poodle mix, got out of the couple’s RV and […]

In tribute: Former mayor joker, hunting hero

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer He was an Army veteran, a boxer, a butcher, a commissioner and a mayor. But Manford Turnbough was best remembered as a friend, father, husband and hunting hero. Turnbough, a former Texico mayor, died Oct. 12 in Lubbock. Born July 5, 1931 in Portales, Turnbough lived most of his […]

Despite flaws, Yeltsin had marks of true hero

By Freedom Newspapers Boris Yeltsin, the first elected president of Russia in all its long history, died Monday at 76. He may have been a flawed character, a leader who will leave an ambiguous legacy. Ultimately, however, as Leon Aron, author of “Yeltsin: A Revolutionary Life” and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, […]

Lid kept on thespian career

By Bob Huber: Guest Columist Today’s lesson is “Hollywood,” and what can be done about it. Of course, any mention of Hollywood always takes me back to my own thespian career —a fleeting moment when I won my black belt in high drama and joined ranks with such epic performers as Larry, Moe and Curly. […]

Clovis boy meets member of Thunderbirds

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Jacob Thomson’s idea of a hero is animated, has the ability to fly and is usually referred to as super. The cartoon-loving, Highland Elementary second-grader met a real-life hero Friday when Maj. Dan Mirski, Air Force Thunderbirds flight surgeon, made a surprise visit to Plains Regional Medical Center, where […]

Reporter’s notebook: Dog rescues family

In Arabic, “obed” means worship, but to the Reid family, Obed is synonymous with hero. Obed is a 1-year-old, blonde cocker spaniel acquired by Clovis resident Christy Reid from friends who were relocating. Reid said she awoke last Thursday night to the sound of her newly acquired dog urgently barking. Arising to investigate why the […]

11/17 Student Profiles

Kiko Velez is a senior at Clovis High School. He is the son of Christi Velez. What is your idea of a perfect day? A day that I can chill out and be with friends — Maybe at the lake. What is your TV favorite show, past and present? “Saved by the Bell” was very […]

Bataan survivor inducted into ALS Wall of Heroes

Senior Airmen Jason Knight, 27th Operations Support Squadron, and Richard Tomlinson, 27th Security Forces Squadron, present Mr. Buren Johnston with a shadow box containing his awards and decorations earned during his military service. Airman Thomas Trower Prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, many men were being drafted into the armed forces to prepare for […]

Christmas performance can’t be topped

By Bob Huber, Local Columnist Now comes the post-holiday clamydamps, which always reminds me of high school Christmas productions and my rookie Thespian career. They were epic moments in theatrical history ranked up there with performances by Larry, Moe, and Curly. The one I remember most was the result of a unique blend of blonde […]