Anniversaries — Oct. 10

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Carey Bill and Susan Carey of Clovis celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary Oct. 6, 2010, in Branson, Mo. The couple was married Oct. 6, 1965, in Mesquite, Texas. They have six children, Scott Carey, Robin Bateman, Tim Carey, Jennifer Fields, Mark Carey and Holly Breeden; and 14 grandchildren. He is a retired Clovis police chief […]

Retired Reserve health coverage launches

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. — For the first time, members of the Retired Reserve who are not yet age 60, the so-called “gray area” retirees, can purchase TRICARE health coverage for themselves and their eligible family members with the Sept. 1 launch of TRICARE Retired Reserve. Retired reservists may qualify to purchase […]

Anniversaries — Aug. 15

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Burrage [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Ed and Barbara Burrage of Clovis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 27. They were married on Aug. 14, 1960, at the Eastern New Mexico University Baptist Student Union. They have two children, Misti Everett and Todd Burrage; and seven grandchildren. Ed is retired from Safeway and Barbara is […]

Our people: Happily ever after

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Carolyn and Frank Sherman were named the Ambassadors of the Year by the Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce for 2009, where they volunteered together for 21 years. Frank and Carolyn Sherman of Clovis volunteered together as Chamber Ambassadors for the Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce for […]

Anniversaries — July 11

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Craven Betty and Jim Craven of Clovis are celebrating 52 years of marriage 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 24 at 1300 Gidding St. in Clovis. The celebration is open to friends and relatives. Michael Craven and Stacia Williams are hosting the event. The Cravens were married Dec. 26, 1957, at the First Assembly of […]

Wike named new drug force coordinator

Former police officer Heather Wike is the new Region V Drug Task Force Coordinator. Wike will receive a salary of $40,000 under a contract subject to a performance review in six months, according to a press release received Monday from the Clovis Police Department. Retired Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey held the position since Oct. […]

Ham radio operators gather for mock emergency

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Jeff Hardy points out what could be bad incoming weather moving into Clovis/Curry County on Wilhite Road. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico Amateur Ham Radio Operators Club in Curry County will contact other radio operators around the area in a mock emergency Saturday and Sunday […]

Retired airman finds hobby in storm spotting

Cannon Connections photo: Tony Bullocks Ham radio operator and storm chaser/spotter Jeff Hardy watches for incoming weather from his specially-equipped storm chasing vehicle. Hardy recently retired from the Air Force. Clarence Plank The Eastern New Mexico Amateur Ham Radio Operators Club in Curry County will contact other radio operators around the area in a mock […]

Interviews set for Region V Drug Task Force coordinator

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Three candidates are being interviewed Monday for the position of Region V Drug Task Force coordinator. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said the candidates for the position are retired Deputy Police Chief Roger Bartosiewicz, retired Clovis Police Chief Ray Mondragon and former Clovis Police Officer Heather Wike. Sanders, who […]

Anniversaries — June 6

Nance John and Teresa Nance of Causey will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 6, 2010, at Causey Community Building. The celebration will be hosted by their children. The couple was married June 5, 1960, in Lingo. They have four children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is a retired farmer. She is a […]

Veteran recalls Air Force training days

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo George Speck helped ground troops during his time in the Vietnam War by targeting enemy troops long enough for bombers to make their run when troops were under enemy fire. George Speck, 77, of Portales, retired from the Air Force in 1972 as a major. He is involved in the […]

Compensation restored to widows

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Jacqueline Peters, widow of a retired Army officer, only recently grasped how “ludicrous” the law has become that limits Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments to surviving spouses of military members who either die in retirement from service-related ailments or die while on active duty. These survivors qualify for Dependency and […]

First person: Meeting student needs

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis schools Student Support Services Executive Director Tamara Moore-Callahan took over the position last year. Tamara Moore-Callahan, executive director of student services for Clovis Schools, took over the position after Cindy Osborn retired last year. Moore-Callahan and her husband moved to Clovis while her husband was in the military. He […]

Education feature: Retired CCC administrator enjoyed challenge

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo David Caffey sits in his home office. Caffey retired from Clovis Community College on Jan. 4 after 17 years. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer David Caffey enjoyed everything he did at Clovis Community College. As vice president for Instruction for seven years and vice president for institutional effectiveness, his […]

ENMU adopting retired racing dogs as mascots

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Morrow By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University is going to the dogs, and not in a bad way. The school is getting a pair of retired racing greyhounds to serve as official mascots. The greyhounds will begin appearing at university and community events starting early next year. A committee of student […]

TRICARE Prime: Move or lose it

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Retired Navy Corpsman Lloyd Tilch Sr., his wife Debbie and their chronically-ill son Cody pulled up roots last month in Blythe, Calif. They moved into a rented house 110 miles away, near to the Marine Corps base hospital at Twentynine Palms, Calif. The Tilch family had to move — and […]

Persistence pushes retiree to finish degree

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Courtesy photo Senior Master Sgt. Bob Elliott, right, retired from the Air Force in 2004, a month before graduating with his master’s degree. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico By Argen Duncan Cannon Connections staff Working from a tent while deployed or at home late into the night, a now-retired Cannon Air Force Base airman […]

Persistence pushes retiree to finish degree

Courtesy photo Bob Elliott, a former Air Force aircraft maintenance technician, graduated with his doctorate May 8 at Texas Tech University. Working from a tent while deployed or at home late into the night, a now-retired Cannon Air Force Base airman has earned three college degrees, including a doctorate. Bob Elliott, a 25-year veteran who […]

First person: Former Cannon chaplain returns to area

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Gary Piepkorn served 37 years in the Air Force, Navy Reserves, Coast Guard Reserves and active duty. Pastor Gary Piepkorn was a chaplain at Cannon Air Force Base when the Faith in Christ Lutheran Church in Portales opened. Piepkorn was transferred from Cannon and after several years, retired from the […]

April 5, 2009 Anniversary

Nigreville John and Josefina Nigreville of Clovis celebrated their 50 wedding anniversary on March 28 at Mabry Inn. The celebration was hosted by their children, Kiki, Irma and John. The couple was married March 29, 1959 in El Paso, Texas. They have three children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is a retired Senior Master […]