Becoming An Honorary Fireball

Andrew Alley, son of 522nd Fighter Squadron pilot Maj. Matthew Alley, receives a flight suit from 1st Lt. Ryan Wartman in the beginning of his “Pilot for a Day” tour. Ms. Janet Taylor-Birkey Amid wiggles and giggles, Cannon Air Force Base welcomed its newest, and youngest, “pilot” Friday Feb. 24. Andrew Alley, 6-year-old son of […]

2/12 Organizations

Curry women’s club The Curry County Federated Republican Women’s club celebrated the Christmas season on Dec. 7 with a membership tea at the home of President Carolyn Shipley. Members brought hors d’oerves and desserts to share. Eighteen members and guests attended. Senatorial candidate David Pfeffer from Sante Fe was the special guest and Cleta Shipley […]

Encouraging bottom-to-top communication, team problem solving

Keith Pannell Attention to detail and great military-civilian cooperation helped local and state officials nab six illegal aliens at Cannon Air Force Base May 16, 2005. On that late Monday morning, Cannon’s air traffic controllers received an emergency call from a civilian pilot who stated he was in danger of running out of fuel. “A […]

Gabriel P Bartholomew

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Gabriel P Bartholomew Date of birth: Oct. 3, 1923 Dates of service: August 1943 to June 1974 Hometown: Los Angeles Lives in: Clovis Theater […]

Darrel D. Hornsby

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Darrel D. Hornsby Date of birth: May 21, 1919 Dates of service: 1942 to 1953 Hometown: Montoya Lives in: Tucumcari Theater and location of service: Europe and Korea Branch: Army Air Corps, Air Force Rank: Captain Unit and specialty: 8th Air Force, B-17s In his words: In the heart […]

Feeding cattle hay by air risky adventure

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist The following story was told to Don McAlavy by Mark Hall, a commercial pilot who grew up in Clovis. “In the winter of 1958-59, my dad, L. S. (Bud) Hall,” said Mark Hall “was a partner with Lee Ross and George Hammond in the first aircraft dealership at the new Clovis […]

Oct. 23 Engagements, Births, How to Help, Club Notes

Engagment Lucero/Aguirre Cindy and Oscar Lucero of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Maria A. Lucero, to Charlie M. Aguirre, son of Charlie and Evelyn Aguirre, also of Clovis. The bride-elect is a 2001 graduate of Clovis High School. She is a full-time student at Clovis Community College. The prospective groom […]

Murray White, Morris Wood

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Murray White Date of birth: March 16, 1924 Dates of service: 1942 to 1946 Hometown: Texico Lives in: Texico Theater and location of service: […]

Illegal aliens land at Cannon

Keith Pannell 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Attention to detail and great military-civilian cooperation helped local and state officials nab six illegal aliens at Cannon Air Force Base Monday. In the late morning of May 16, Cannon’s air traffic controllers received an emergency call from a civilian pilot who stated he was in danger of […]

Rupert Gamble

sharna_johnson@link.freedom.com Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Rupert Gamble Date of birth: Aug. 14, 1920 Dates of service: 1943-1968 Hometown: Remlap, Ala. Lives in: Portales Theater: European Branch: Army-Air Force […]

Wet weather doesn’t stop air show

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Izabela Reid, 2, sits in the lap of her grandmother Susan Reid, both of Tucumcari, and waves to an airplane during the 13th annual Rotary Air Show Wednesday at the Tucumcari Municipal Airport. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Wednesday’s cold, wet weather did not deter retired pilot John Tuel […]

The sky is calling: Pilots take to flight early

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By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer It starts like this. “I want to become a pilot. I think it’s awesome. I want to be a fighter pilot. My second choice would be a commercial pilot. Then a stunt pilot. Then a test pilot,” said Andres Gallegos of Albuquerque. His aspirations, at this stage, are simply […]

Air Expo celebration of military might

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An F-15E, front, and an F-15C, both from Mountain Home Air Force Base in Mountain Home, Idaho, sit on display during the 2005 Air Expo on Saturday at Cannon Air Force Base. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The ballet didn’t feature ballerinas. It featured gravity-defying pilots, military mavericks, and their […]

Training help

Amn. 1st Class Nate Shank transmits target data to his Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC), updating target descriptions and locations. Melanie Salazar Behind the crumbling buildings of a small town in New Mexico, hid members of a terrorist training camp. Overhead, an American pilot soared above ground, speaking on his radio to Staff. Sgt. Israel […]

The grace of God is only a pretty theory

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Columnist Ah, the grace of God is a fine concept in theory. And that, I’m afraid, is exactly the way it stays in the lives of many people for a very long time. A concept. A theory. But to catch even a glimpse of its beautiful and unfathomable reality is to […]

Passing down stories of soldiers important

By Judy Brandon This past week I have thought much about the ramifications of the suggested closing of Cannon Air Force Base. The military has been a big part of Clovis’ history and also a part of my family’s history: My father was in the Army, Charlie’s grandfather in World War I, my Uncle Keith […]

Plane carrying illegal immigrants lands at Cannon

Staff and wire reports CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A small plane carrying six illegal immigrants was forced to make an emergency landing Monday at Cannon Air Force Base before running out of fuel, according to base officials. Military controllers offered the pilot a choice of landing at Cannon or Clovis Municipal Airport and the […]

My daughter had wild balloon ride in Clovis

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series. The second part will be published in next Sunday’s Lifestyles section. Clovis is not the best place to have a hot air balloon fiesta, but that is just what Clovis did from 1980 through 1986. You never know what the […]

8/15/04 Club Notes

Altrusa International Inc. of Clovis Altrusa International Inc. of Clovis met for its regular program on Monday at Muffley’s Back Door. Hostesses were Margie Reisiger, Beverly Fitz, and Sylvia Bean. They served dinner to the club at 6 p.m. The program was presented by Ricky Burns, a junior at Texico High School. He shared his […]

Mongar, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Gradon

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Gradon E. Mongar, 80, of Albuquerque, died Friday, July 2, 2004, in Albuquerque. He was born Oct. 6, 1923, in Palisade, Neb. He was a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force for 27 years. He flew P-47s in Germany during World War II and F-100s in Vietnam. His last assignment […]