Our people: Need for speed

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Tonjia Rolan: Freedom New Mexico Linda Newell at work in her warehouse restoring an antique bicycle. Linda Newell was raised on a cattle ranch in the Texas panhandle, where she became an adept ranch hand and developed a love for cars. Newell, who loves to laugh, moved to Clovis with her husband Pat 14 years […]

Parade attendee hopes sacrifices remembered

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Benna Sayyed Anita Fite was eager to watch her husband drive a fully restored 1945 military jeep down Main Street in Saturday’s Veterans Day parade. She also came for another reason. As the floats, the groups of motorcyclist veterans, the military personnel and others passed through the intersection of Main and West Seventh St., Fite […]

Family Matters blog: Dealing with deployments

I spoke to a spouse last year about dealing with deployments and keeping military marriages strong. Her husband had just returned from a yearlong deployment in Iraq. She cited an example of the types of issues that can arise when communication falls to the wayside. As the primary disciplinarian while her husband was gone, she […]

Taking care of troops

Cannon Connections: Tony Bullocks Corissa Breeden of Clovis brushes up on her social networking skills during a break Wednesday at the Hastings coffee shop. Breeden’s suggestion on Facebook to gather items for deployed troops has turned in Operation Home Front Cares, which will put together care packages for military members and military working dogs overseas. […]

Group organizing troop care packages for holidays

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Corissa Breeden of Clovis brushes up on her social networking skills during a break Wednesday at the Hastings coffee shop. Breeden’s suggestion on Facebook to gather items for deployed troops has turned in Operation Home Front Cares, which will put together care packages for military members and military working dogs […]

Our people: Man of steel

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Liliana Castillo: FNM Correspondent Clovis Family YMCA Director Shane Nelson is such a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, he has an entire wall themed in their signature yellow and black in his office. Shane Nelson, associate executive director of the Clovis Family YMCA, made the first big move of his life to bring the […]

Cannon hosts Career Expo

Cannon Connections photo: Gabriel Monte Staff Sgt. James Johnson of the 27th Special Operations Support Squadron, right, speaks with representatives from Bell Helicopter, one of 14 organizations that participated in the first job and information fair at Cannon Air Force Base. Johnson said he came to the fair to find information to pass along to […]

Police blotter — July 17

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 5 a.m. July 5 an officer responded to the 200 block of Axtell Street for a report of vicious dogs. A woman said she and her husband were attacked by two dogs while they were in their yard, but her husband […]

Our people: A clean sweep

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico CMS custodian Lois Bunting enjoys her job because she can touch children’s lives. Clovis resident Lois Bunting has worked for Clovis Municipal Schools as a custodian for 22 years. Bunting and her husband Woody Bunting moved to Clovis in 1985 when he received orders to Cannon Air Force Base and […]

Bin Laden reaction: He needed to be brought to justice

They were already planning to move back to New Mexico to be closer to their families, but Eastern New Mexico United Way Director Erinn Burch said Sept. 11 made she and her husband want to come home that much more. “We decided we didn’t need to find the perfect job; the perfect this or that […]

Our people: Former farmer stays busy

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Courtesy photo Longtime Clovis resident and retiree Don Reid said he’s busier now than he ever was. Clovis resident Don Reid is a self-declared house husband. In his retirement, he spends his time working around the house, visiting hospitals and retirement homes, spending time with his grandchildren, teaching a men’s non-denominational Bible class and going […]

Airman takes on professional body-building

Courtesy photo Staff Sgt. Eric Schmidt, center, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron, stands among other winners after winning first place in his division and first place overall during the Organization of Competitive Bodybuilders Arizona Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Pro Qualifier Competition on Aug. 28. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs Bodybuilding: […]

Cannon spouses start German club

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Cannon Connections photo: Alisa Boswell From left, Verena Dennis, Barbara Honorato, Barbara Howery and Dorothee Moody, members of Deutscher Stammtisch, converse in German on Friday during their Halloween costume party. Alisa Boswell Calling all fluent German speakers to join them is a new German club that has stemmed from Cannon Air Force Base. Deutscher Stammtisch, […]

Cannon spouses start German club

Alisa Boswell Calling all fluent German speakers to join them is a new German club that has stemmed from Cannon Air Force Base. Deutscher Stammtisch, which is German for German Club, was started by Barbara Howery, the wife of an Air Force major stationed at CAFB. After coming to Clovis with her husband, Howery was […]

Couple’s mishap should serve as warning

Freedom Newspapers More than a week has passed since Tiffany Young-Hartley reported her husband was fatally shot as they rode personal watercraft on International Falcon Reservoir, southeast of Laredo, Texas. She has made the rounds of national news shows describing the attack on the two of them, and demanding that her husband’s body be turned […]

Shooting victim’s widow recalls memories of husband

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Courtesy photo Rey Ornelas, his wife Shirley Ornelas and their son Rey jr. were a close family and enjoyed spending time together on the farm where Rey worked. Rey Ornelas was shot and killed May 30, 1993. Sharna Johnson Her son has grown from a boy to a man. Her home has aged and seems […]

A rockin’ good time

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Johnny Rogers, a Buddy Holly impersonator, took the stage Saturday with Kevin Montgomery to play their music, rather than Holly’s. Liliana Castillo The Clovis Music Festival drew more than 6,000 people over the course of four days. The festival was started in 1987 by Vi Petty in honor of her […]

Melrose couple plans to spend lottery winnings on new floors

CNJ staff A Melrose couple who won $50,000 from a scratch lottery ticket Sunday plan to install new floors in their home and share their winnings with their children. Mary Vineyard told lottery officials she was watching TV and scratching off tickets her husband purchased her that night. “Real quick, I saw that the same […]

Woman wins $50,000 lottery

CNJ staff A Clovis woman won $50,000 on an Aerosmith scratcher game Wednesday, according to a news release from the New Mexico Lottery. Gloria Bock was waiting to meet her husband for lunch at Kripple Creek restaurant on Prince Street when she decided to buy a $5 scratcher to pass the time, said a spokesperson […]

Flags-in ceremony honors fallen

Courtesy photo: Capt. Daniel J. Watson A soldier places a flag on the grave of Capt. Kermit Evans during a Flags-In ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on May 26. Capt. Evans was killed Dec.3, 2006, in a helicopter crash in Iraq. He was deployed from Cannon Air Force Base where he was the Explosive Ordnance […]