First shirts wear many hats

By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — “We put out fires,” said Master Sgt. George Childers, 27th Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron first sergeant.  Childers was speaking of the day-to-day routine, or lack thereof, of a first sergeant, who is also often referred to as the “shirt,” “first shirt,” or “diamond.”  “There’s […]

Republican preferred

Editors recently asked readers if they prefer Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. Some answers: • “I prefer Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton because she does not appreciate the military … But being a Republican, I wouldn’t vote for either.” — Gerald Majewski • “Really don’t prefer either one, but would go with Hillary on account of […]

Not crazy about the Dems

Editors recently asked readers if they prefer Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. Some answers: • “Really don’t prefer either one, but would go with Hillary on account of her experience.” — Doug McGregor • How about neither? I would probably prefer Obama because it is inevitable that Monica Lewinsky’s ex-boyfriend will wreck Hillary’s campaign.” — Frank […]

Dora teacher still learning

A Dora school teacher is featured in this month’s Pathways newsletter. “We all have to be lifelong learners,” says Colleen Tollett, the business education teacher at Dora High School. Pathways tries to connect educators and administrators with career and technical education information they need to succeed in the classroom. Here’s a link: Pathways • • […]

Mayoral candidates split on alcohol sales vote

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Mayoral candidates in the March 4 municipal election attended a forum Monday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library organized by the Clovis chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the League of United Latin American Citizens. Candidates were asked about the Ute Water project and […]

Taxing situations

Feeling taxed? The Librarian Recommends • • • Need a little inspiration? Try our quote of the day: Quotable • • • Columnist Argus Hamilton is poking fun at the Clintons and Mike Huckabee today. To access the column, click on “More features” below or follow the link: Argus Hamilton • • • With Valentine’s Day on […]

Comedian picks on both sides

Columnist Argus Hamilton is poking fun at the Clintons and Mike Huckabee today. To access the column, click on “More features” below or follow the link: Argus Hamilton • • • With Valentine’s Day on Thursday, editors have been asking readers, “How did you meet your spouse?” Bob Baker’s reply: “I met my wife in 1960 […]

… And that’s how I met my spouse

With Valentine’s Day on Thursday, editors have been asking readers, “How did you meet your spouse?” Bob Baker’s reply: “I met my wife in 1960 while stationed in England with the United States Air Force. I was 21 and she was 20.  She was in the Royal Air Force at the time.  “My assignment was […]

Global warming issues should be taken ‘slowly and with prayer’

New Mexico lawmakers recently asked constituents, “Do you think the current climate changes are man made?” Here’s what Clovis’ Carolyn Spence has to say: “The Earth has undergone some drastic climate changes in history and the causes were not manmade. We need to be careful that our best intentions don’t backfire on us. “The Earth is capable […]

Wilson speaks of need for commonsense leadership

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., visited Clovis on Tuesday on her campaign trail for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Pete Domenici. Domenici will retire when his term ends this year. Wilson has served for nearly 10 years as District 1 representative. The district includes Albuquerque, […]

Pearce touts potential of state

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., stopped in Clovis on Tuesday on his campaign trail through eastern New Mexico. In his sixth year as a representative, Pearce is running for the Senate seat held by Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Domenici will retire at the end of his term this year. […]

Domenici’s plea one to embrace

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Pete Domenici’s been serving New Mexico for four decades, and I hope one of his greatest acts of service doesn’t go ignored. Domenici, who is leaving the Senate due to health reasons, made an address to what is the final state Legislature of his Senate career. The longtime Republican […]

Hounds will look to throw ball in 2008

CNJ staff PORTALES — Get ready for Air Ribaudo. Eastern New Mexico University coach Mark Ribaudo said the Greyhounds are scrapping their option offense next season, and have recruited accordingly as they prepare to make the change. National signing day for football is Wednesday, and Ribaudo said he hopes to have about 30 letters-of-intent in […]

Giant upset

Reader reaction to New York’s 17-14 upset win over New England in Super Bowl XLII on Sunday night. • “All that I can say is it’s nice to be from NEW YORK. Fantastic.” – Steve Gershon • “Three boring quarters (if you like offense), but a frantic and fantastic last five minutes. Glad the ’72 […]

AFSOC leader lauds range space

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Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster By Karl Terry, Freedom New Mexico Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster, recently appointed commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., paid his first official visit to Cannon Air Force Base this week since taking command. He talked with Freedom New Mexico on Wednesday in his first press […]

We need more men like Iacocca

Clovis’ Mac McDonald on the nation’s economy: “I have been worried for a long time. … We have debts into the trillions and asking for more. I will not have to pay it but it is a debt that has to be paid or we will have to forfeit our country. “I wish everyone could […]

Clovis mayoral candidates

CNJ staff Tim Ashley Age: 44 Occupation: Construction supply business owner Prior elected offices: Currently serving his second term as Curry County Commissioner. • What do you think is the mayor’s most important job? The mayor’s most important job and first duty is to preside over the board of commissioners meetings. Other “important” duties include […]

City commission candidates — District 4

CNJ staff District 4 David Briseno Age: 51 Occupation: Educator Prior elected position: none • What do you want to see happen to Hotel Clovis and how do you propose we get there? I personally would like to see the Hotel Clovis restored. However, I do understand that coming up with the capital to make […]

City commission candidates — District 3

CNJ staff Candidate: Fidel Madrid Age: 60 Occupation: UPS driver, 31 years. Prior elected position: Fair board for 12 years. • What do you want to see happen to Hotel Clovis and how do you propose we get there? What I would like to see happen with Hotel Clovis would be for it to be […]

City commission candidates — District 2

CNJ staff Candidate: Ben McDaniel Age: 27 Occupation: Operations manager of McDaniel’s Furniture, Floor Covering and Appliances Prior elected positions: None —What do you want to see happen to Hotel Clovis and how do you propose we get there? Because my family’s businesses have been established in the Clovis community for nearly 60 years, I […]