Behind the scenes: Crew chiefs with caliber

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Shawn Cushman and Airman 1st Class Danny Beckwith, 522nd Special Operations Squadron crew chiefs, perform an inspection atop an MC-130J Commando II at Cannon Air Force Base on March 7. Crew chiefs must ensure aircraft configurations meet Air Force Special Operations Command standards […]

Behind the scenes: Relying on radar

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal U.S. Air Force Airmen 1st Class Greg Stanley and Jordan Ortiz, 27th Special Operations Communi-cations Squadron radar maintainers, make their way to the Digital Airport Surveillance Radar Feb. 24 at Cannon The DASR system will replace the existing outdated Airport Surveillance Radar in May. By: Airman 1st Class […]

Behind the scenes: Course focuses on saving lives

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jason Miller, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Operations Squadron, explains components of an Automated External Defibrillator to his class in a training detachment Feb. 8 at Cannon Air Force Base. The CPR course is required every two years for the 27th Special Operations Maintenance […]

Behind the scenes with Sheryl Borden

CMI photo: Tony Bullocks “Creative Living” where Sheryl Borden records her show on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University.

CMI photo: Tony Bullocks “Creative Living” where Sheryl Borden records her show on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. The set shown is one of three sets for “Creative Living” and is used to produce 54 shows a year. Tonjia Rolan Sheryl Borden has been the star of KENW-TV’s “Creative Living” for 35 years […]

Behind the scenes: Excellence in engineering

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal Airmen 1st Class Tyler Fornal, Steven Theodorou, and Richard Largey siphon out oil from one of their generators and check key components while performing routine maintenance Nov. 8 at Cannon Air Force Base. All three airmen are technicians in the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron power production […]

Behind the scenes: Masters of maintenance

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal Senior Airman David Woliver, 16th Aircraft Maintenance Unit aircraft hydraulics systems journeyman, works on the utility system hydraulic vent line filter aboard the AC-130H Spectre gunship Oct. 25 at Cannon Air Force Base. This component gives the crew the ability to indicate whether there is a potential danger […]

Behind the scenes: Fueling the flight

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tanner Dalton, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels apprentice, grips a hose, also called a “dead man” hose, used to initiate and halt refueling of aircraft on the flightline on Oct. 18 at Cannon Air Force Base. The refueling process varies in […]

Even the governor blogs

Can’t get enough news about New Mexico politics? Check out Gov. Bill Richardson’s Web log for “behind the scenes information on current events, news conferences, the 2008 Legislature and much more,” according to a press release from Richardson’s office. Governor’s blog

Roswell CSI speaks at Eastern

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Crime Scene Investigator Steve Halvorson’s passion for his job captivated an audience Wednesday at Eastern New Mexico University. Halvorson, a detective with the Roswell Police Department, has 22 years of experience in the field of law enforcement. He is an expert in the field of fingerprint identification and teaches crime […]

Portales courthouse hosting nativity scenes

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The presence of three nativity scenes on the lawn of the Portales courthouse has caused a few people to call in and ask questions. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers National department stores, including Wal-Mart and Target, have recently been criticized by some Christians for refusing to use the word “Christmas” in […]

Behind the scenes: It takes a town

By John Manulis: Producer of “Believe in Me” It takes a town The last few days have seen our cameras rolling on scenes large and small, in town and in country, with Hollywood stars and many of your friends and neighbors. From the cotton fiels of Texico, where dozens of cast and extras labored on […]

Behind the scenes: Plastic dolls not picture perfect

by John Manulis: “Believe in Me” producer By now I’m sure you’ve gotten the sense that a significant part of our movie revolves around the basketball games/crowd scenes. You’ve heard how important it is to us to have strong community participation in these scenes, as we exhort you via radio, newspaper, fliers and even bullhorns […]

Behind the scenes: When it rains we’re poorer

John Manulis, Producer of “Believe in Me” Editor’s note: The producers of “Believe in Me,” a film about a 1960s Oklahoma girls basketball team’s run at the state title, will write a daily diary in the Clovis News Journal until filming ends in Clovis later this month. After a week of smile-inducing, sunny-looking weather reports […]

Hair today — gone tomorrow

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Priscilla Salazar is one of hundreds of extras getting ’60s-style hair for the movie “Believe in Me.” Salazar was getting her hair styled Monday by Instincts Salon owner and stylist Elizabeth Ware. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor With locks stretching like cotton candy over their beady heads, a group of […]

Don’t think too much and you’ll love ‘Paycheck’

By Stacy Allen Show: Paycheck, PG-13 Stars: Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman, Aaron Eckhart Summary: An engineer sacrifices three years of his life for a huge paycheck only to discover he has sacrificed his future as well. Showtimes: (1:30) 4:45, 7:30, 10:00 I enjoy puzzles and Paycheck is put together like a huge puzzle. After three […]

‘Bad Boys II’ a good action comedy

By Stacy Allen If you liked “Bad Boys,” then you will love “Bad Boys II. “ The characters are back in another Miami drug case in a fast-paced movie involving action scenes intermixed with hilarious dialogue. Martin Lawrence and Will Smith work great as a team and play off each other with an air that […]

‘League’ not a summer film

By Stacy Allen I thought “The League of Extraordinary Gentleman” was an adequate movie for the summer. Unfortunately, it opened at a bad time. I feel I would have enjoyed this movie more if it had come out earlier in the summer. Sean Connery, a name well-known around the world, is the No. 1 star […]

‘Ahnold’ back in stride

By Stacy Allen “Terminator 3” is an intriguing movie that even had me in a state of confusion. In some ways it follows the tradition of the older movies and at the same time it follows the same steps as recent computer-generated films, but in the end it is the Terminator pattern that hooked me. […]

‘Hulk’ not worth the trouble

By Stacy Allen I have a hard time coming up with anything good to say about “The Hulk.” When I first saw the previews I had my doubts and figured this movie probably would fail in the comparison of “Spider-Man.” After seeing the movie my doubts were confirmed and all I can say is I […]

Movie review — “The Lizzie McGuire Movie”

By Stacy Allen “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” is an adorable Disney movie that plays out just like the television show. After Gordo and Lizzie decide their two-week vacation is going to be full of adventure, Lizzie finds herself in a misunderstanding of identity. Disney moments happen — equipped with fireworks — and scenes play like […]