Cowboys loyalty part of childhood

Since I grew up in legendary Cowboys quarterback “Dandy” Don Meredith’s hometown of Mt. Vernon, Texas, and hauled hay for his parents, it is illegal for me not to be a Cowboys fan. As a youngster, I rode 100 miles to a Dallas-Green Bay pre-season game at the Cotton Bowl with my father and his […]

On the shelves — Sept. 18

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library Heroes For My Son by Brad Meltzer was given by Jane and Pat Miner in memory of Paul Huerta. To offer positive role models for his son, a father compiles the stories of fifty-two heroes, tells the behind-the-scenes stories of the moment that made them great, […]

Commissaries to be consolidated

In these tight budget times, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has learned it must cut current spending to fund new initiatives for veterans. For example, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., committee chairman, would pay for her Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 by extending by three years, to 2014, a higher fee on veterans who reuse their […]

EOD memorial ceremony honors fallen heroes

USAF: Samuel King Jr. Rows of explosive ordnance disposal airmen fill the stands at this year’s EOD Memorial Ceremony on May 7 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Fifteen new names were added to the EOD Memorial Wall this year. By Lois Walsh: 96th Air Base Wing Public Affairs EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — […]

Tree for heroes

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Master Sgt. Vaughn Chesters looks over ornaments on the Our Heroes’ Tree at the Cannon library. Liliana Castillo Families at Cannon Air Force Base have a chance to publicly honor a veteran or active duty military member at the Cannon Library on the Our Heroes’ Tree. Military families can make […]

Military mama: Veterans Day for all heroes

There’s something about a man in uniform; there’s an undeniable, strength and responsibility of donning the gear of the armed forces. It isn’t simply about an attraction to a certain type of person, there is a lot of implied valor whether you see a no striper or a highly decorated zebra-arm. There is a great […]

Halloween: Time for witches, wizards, safety

By Tech. Sgt. Kevin Brown: 27th SOW Safety Halloween brings out ghouls, goblins, super heroes, witches, wizards and pirates who will soon be out en masse to pillage and plunder every household’s stores of candy and goodies. Both children and adults will be out and about well past dark as they trick or treat, attend […]

Airman inducted into Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes

Courtesy photo Chief Master Sgt. Richard L. “Dick” Etchberger, an Air Force senior NCO who was killed after saving the lives of some of his crew during a fierce battle at a radar site in Laos 42 years ago, will receive the Medal of Honor Sept. 21 in a White House ceremony. By Senior Master […]

Thursday morning briefing: Remembering heroes and hot bikes

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Remembering heroes At Saturday’s game against Midwestern State, the Eastern New Mexico University athletic department will take a moment for players, coaches, administrators and spectators to remember servicemen and their families who were victims of Sept. 11, 2001. Rockin’ bikes Get your motor running […]

Vacation Bible School preparations under way

By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections From bees to heroes and from Egypt to Saddle Ridge Ranch, Vacation Bible School opportunities with a variety of themes abound in Portales this summer. Churches around town are hosting the free sessions, some of which involve the whole family. Calvary Baptist Church secretary Vicky Wood said her church’s weekday […]

Baskett considers military his heroes

Indianapolis Star photo: Matt Detrich From left, Indianapolis Colts defenders Ed Johnson, Melvin Bullitt, Antonio Johnson and Hank Baskett try and block a field goal in the an October game against the Tennessee Titans. Baskett is the first Clovis native to play in a Super Bowl. By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections Hank Baskett heard the […]

Real heroes have gone unnoticed

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist This is a test. Have you heard of Elvis Presley? How about Oprah Winfrey? Or Johnny Carson? Yes, of course we all know about those people. Here’s the rest of the test: Ever heard of Sir Alexander Fleming? How about Dr. Allan L. Drash. No? We have Fleming to thank […]

‘First order’ friend wonderful blessing

My brother-in-law once told me a story about two lost Texans. I like stories where Texans are heroes. This is not one of those. A veteran teacher, Randal also works for the Forest Service in New Mexico—which is why he was one of the folks who got the call and ended up spending more than […]

Armstrong last of heroes with integrity

Freedom New Mexico As heroes go, Neil Armstrong found himself in a spotlight like no other. A worldwide audience of 600 million watched their televisions 40 years ago Monday as he stepped from the lunar module Eagle and onto the moon’s surface. They hung on every word as Armstrong uttered his long-anticipated pronouncement, “That’s one […]

Comic strips paved path for heroes

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series. The first part ran in the Jan. 25 Clovis News Journal. The forerunner of the comic book was of course comic strips. Comic strips have been around as early as 1896. The first “comic book” was a collection of comic […]

Strong women can be found in Bible

This past week I was reading about some women heroes — women who had done undeliverable things against all odds. Their stories ranged form climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to starting a foundation for special needs children to feeding the homeless in a huge tent fashioned from many old tents. The will and determination of these women […]

Silver screen offers plenty of heroes

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist “Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this son of York.” So begins the Shakespearean play, Richard III, as the misanthropic and misshapen title character vents his ambiguous response to his brother’s attainment of the throne. Anybody who has been exposed to this drama knows that […]

Americans emulate cowboy heroes

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist Our fondness for cowboy heroes is typically American. “We may be the loneliest people on earth, and it’s no accident that the cowboy who rides alone should be the symbol of the American,” said Anthony Padovano, author of a number of books and a faculty member at Fordham University. Padovano […]

Airmen honor fallen heroes

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Liliana Moreno Vietnam veteran Rudy Garcia looks at names on the Traveling Wall at Clovis High School this week. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Cannon airmen were privileged to view a testament to veterans’ service March 13 to 19 as the American Veterans Traveling […]

Student profile: Maher

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Megan Maher is a Clovis High School senior. She is the daughter of Robert and Angela Maher. Tell us about your pets: I absolutely adore my two cats. Gizmo joined our family a few years ago when we got her from a friend, and Gadget, my black cat, was […]