Remembering Sept. 11

What do you remember about the day our homeland was attacked: Sept. 11, 2001? I remember it was just another morning of walking my dogs then returning home to find reports on television of a plane flying into the World Trade Center. Then as I watched a second plane hit. Then I knew these weren’t […]

Up With Kids: Flying with children doesn’t have to make your stress levels soar

Paula Sirois There are far worse things than traveling in a plane with kids — but that can be easy to forget. In-air child chaos has triggered breakdowns in even the most patient of parents. Something about the mix of airplanes, air pressure and claustrophobic seating can cause the sweetest kid to transform into every […]

Airmen welcomed home from deployment

USAF photo: Senior Airman James Bell Family and friends gather to welcome base personnel home in Hangar 196 on Oct.5. A post deployment line also awaited the redeploying personnel to help in-process. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs Snacks were set on a table, the weather was nice and family members waited […]

State police seize 400 pounds of marijuana from plane crash

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia A plane that police said was carrying more than 400 pounds of marijuana crashed Monday night in a field 14 miles southwest of Tucumcari. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico State Police are investigating a Monday night “controlled crash” of a plane filled with more than 400 pounds […]

Crash landing report turns into drug bust

Over 400 pounds of Marijuana was seized when a fixed wing Piper airplane landed on a farm near Tucumcari last night (Monday). Officers from the Tucumcari State Police office were investigating an alleged plane crash just after 9:00 PM last night when they learned that the pilot was transporting narcotics.

Plane crashes into Austin IRS building

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A software engineer furious with the Internal Revenue Service plowed his small plane into an office building housing nearly 200 federal tax employees on Thursday, officials said, setting off a raging fire that sent workers fleeing as thick plumes of black smoke poured into the air. A U.S. law official identified […]

Aviation group’s project taking off

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The EAA plane will weigh 245 pounds without a pilot when finished compared to the 1,500-pound Aerostar stored next to it. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico In the northwest corner of the Blue Sky Aviation hangar at Clovis Municipal Airport, a rickety-looking frame of a plane is waiting to […]

Senate doesn’t need to stop with F-22 cut

The 58-40 Senate vote last week to stop production of more F-22 fighter planes was a welcome bit of sanity applied to Pentagon spending. Whether it will lead to less wasteful Pentagon procurement policies in the future or go down as simply a symbolic gesture is a more complicated question. The F-22 was developed in […]

Son continuing family plane project

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Dennis Williams is building a Van’s RV-6A kit airplane in his front yard. Williams and his father began the project in 1998, prior to his father’s death. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections staff writer Eleven years after beginning a Van’s RV-6A kit airplane with his father, Dennis Williams has resurrected […]

Training to become more routine for communities

Cannon Connections staff A military plane that circled Tucumcari for about a half hour Tuesday night could become a routine event across the region. A Cannon Air Force Base spokesperson confirmed the plane — which had many residents worried and local officials preparing for an emergency — was a U.S. Air Force plane conducting a […]

Cannon plane crashes in Afghanistan

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U.S. Air Force photo The MQ-1 Predator is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aircraft system. CNJ Staff An Air Force Special Operations MQ-1 Predator assigned to Cannon Air Force Base crashed Sunday in Afghanistan, according to an Air Force Times report. The unmanned plane, assigned to the 3rd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base […]

Weather, cargo plane crash delay Lubbock flights

CNJ staff LUBBOCK — An early morning plane crash and winter weather are causing delays today at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport. Two people suffered minor injuries in the crash of a cargo plane. Persons with scheduled flights should check with their airline, not the airport, for delays, airport director James Loomis said around 1 […]

Encounters all part of God’s plan

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist My friend told me her story of the new friend she met on the plane. I thought of this verse: “For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” ( 2 Corinthians 4:18) Recently a colleague of mine was in an international […]

Plane crash kills 5 in Santa Rosa

The Associated Press SANTA ROSA — Federal investigators are trying to determine what caused the crash of a single-engine airplane shortly after taking off from Santa Rosa’s airport, killing all five people aboard. The Cessna 206 took off Sunday from the Route 66 Airport around 1 p.m. and crashed almost immediately, said Roland Herwig, a […]

Exaggerations undermine credibility

Freedom New Mexico Some consider it a cynical joke, but it may just be the beginning of wisdom to take as a default position the likelihood that anybody who would even dream of running for president is automatically disqualified for the job. The combination of self-importance, ego, sense of entitlement and outsized perception of one’s […]

Some big guys I’ve known

By Glenda Price In the old days some people were “fat,” and fat people were jolly. “Obese” wasn’t even a word then, although I guess Big Henry who lived not far from our place would have qualified. He took the front seat out of his car and sat in the back seat to drive. I […]

Luke AFB dedicates overpass to husband of Clovis native

CNJ staff An overpass was dedicated Friday to Maj. Troy L. Gilbert, who died Nov. 27, 2006, when the plane he was piloting crashed in Iraq, according to 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs at Luke. Gilbert was killed when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed while he was providing close-air support to special operations forces about […]

Death of pilot proves overwhelming to wife

BY Don McAlvy: Columnist Editor’s note: This is the second two columns about a plane crash that claimed the lives of two young men from Clovis 50 years ago. Charley Boyd, operator of Boyd’s Aerial Service in Santa Fe , however persevered, flying up one canyon and down the other at treetop level until he […]

Exhaustive search launched to find vets

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series. The second part will run next Sunday. I was about 16 years old in the summer of 1947. About sundown our paperboy delivered the Clovis Evening News-Journal to our porch at 719 Wallace in Clovis. The tragic news in the […]

Crash victims making recovery

By Darin Fenger: Freedom Newspapers Two Yuma, Ariz., residents were recovering Saturday from serious injuries they suffered when their plane crashed Friday near Tucumcari. Kathryn Blohm and her brother-in-law, Gary Mayer, were hurt when their single-engine Beech crashed shortly after taking off from the airport in Tucumcari, said Blohm’s boyfriend, Dick Rautenberg. Blohm is hospitalized […]