Year in review: Tax dollars in spotlight

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File photo Renovations on the Hotel Clovis began in October. The $12.8 million project is expected to to completed by December 2012. Political conservatives calling themselves High Plains Patriots forced two elections hoping to overrule city of Clovis spending plans. One failed — the city was allowed to implement a tax hike to help fund […]

Air commando spotlight: Airman 1st Class Joshua Leonard

• Name/rank: Airman 1st Class Joshua Leonard • Hometown: Taunton, Mass. • Air Force career field: Radio Frequency Transmission Systems • Squadron: 27th Special Operations Communications Squadron • Accomplishments: Airman 1st Class Joshua Leonard arrived at Cannon in Sept. 2010. He achieved a 93 percent average at the Radio Frequency Transmission Systems technical school course […]

Air Commando spotlight: Senior Airman Agustin L. Cansino

USAF photo • Name/rank: Senior Airman Agustin L. Cansino • Hometown: Big Spring, Texas • Air Force career field: Physical Therapy Technician • Squadron: 27th Special Operations Medical Operations Squadron • Accomplishments: Cansino is a skilled physical therapy technician who is also highly involved in base and community activities. He is a member of the […]

Air Commando spotlight: Senior Airman Jaime Hipolito

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Courtesy photo Senior Airman Jaime Hipolito • Name/rank: Senior Airman Jaime Hipolito • Hometown: Clovis • Air Force career field: Client systems apprentice • Squadron: 27th Special Operations Communications Squadron • Accomplishments: Senior Airman Hipolito began his Air Force career at Cannon in 2009 with the 27th Special Operations Communications Squadron. Since then, he has […]

Air Commando spotlight: Airman Matthew Lamastus

USAF photo Airman Matthew Lamastus • Name/rank: Airman Matthew Lamastus • Hometown: Bowling Green, Ky. • Air Force career field: Tactical Aircraft Maintenance • Squadron: 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron/20th Aircraft Maintenance Unit • Accomplishments: Lamastus prepared a short-notice unit mobility package for the Operation Odyssey Dawn tasking consisting of vehicles and equipment pallets. […]

Air Commando spotlight: Airman 1st Class Eric Hernandez

USAF photo • Name/rank: Airman 1st Class Eric Hernandez • Hometown: Libertyville, Ill. • Air Force career field: Aerospace maintenance • Squadron: 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron • Accomplishments: Hernandez is a dedicated maintainer who adapts easily to new situations. He was recognized for outstanding performance as the best in his First Term Airman […]

Air Commando spotlight: Staff Sgt. Sara Catherine Meyer

USAF photo • Name/rank: Staff Sgt. Sara Catherine Meyer • Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa • Air Force career field: Protocol • Squadron: 27th Special Operations Wing • Accomplishments: Staff Sgt. Meyer has worked in protocol for only a few months. In that short time, she managed high-profile Cannon visits for five general officers, the Clovis […]

Air Commando spotlight: Mara Filetti Jordan

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USAF photo • Name/rank: Mara Filetti Jordan, GS-11 • Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va. • Air Force career field: Supervisory Club manager • Squadron: 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron • Accomplishments: Mara Filetti Jordan is the Collocated Club Manager at Cannon. She leads a staff of more than 40 employees at two food operations, three […]

Air Commando spotlight: Airman Ericka Jae Engblom

USAF photo Airman Ericka Jae Engblom • Name/rank: Airman Ericka Jae Engblom • Hometown: Edmonds,Wash. • Air Force career field: Still photographer • Squadron: 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs • Accomplishments: Engblom is a new photographer with 27 SOW Public Affairs. Although she’s only been in the Air Force for one year, she ran […]

Air Commando spotlight: Airman 1st Class Joshua Johnson

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Airman 1st Class Joshua Johnson • Name/rank: Airman 1st Class Joshua Johnson • Hometown: Mankato, Minn. • Air Force career field: Airfield management • Squadron: 27th Special Operations Support Squadron • Accomplishments: In 2010 Johnson was selected as Trainee of the Quarter (flight level), Airman of the Quarter (flight level), Airman of the Quarter (squadron […]

Air Commando spotlight: Airman 1st Class Mark Kieweg

USAF photo Airman 1st Class Mark Kieweg • Name: Airman 1st Class Mark Kieweg • Hometown: Park Falls, Wis. • Air Force career field: Vehicle operations • Squadron: 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron • Accomplishments: Kieweg works in vehicle operations and has been stationed at Cannon Air Force Base since 2009. In 2010 he […]

Baskett catching spotlight in Philadelphia

CNJ staff Clovis’ Hank Baskett caught a career-high eight passes for 85 yards to help the Philadelphia Eagles beat Pittsburgh 15-6 on Sunday. But Philadelphia gossip columnists are caught up in another story — the receiver’s relationship with Playboy model Kendra Wilkinson. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Baskett is dating Wilkinson, co-star of E!’s “The […]

Eastern education grads ready for spotlight

Friday is the deadline to nominate an outstanding education graduate for Eastern New Mexico University’s Hall of Honors.

Legislating against lunatics only lends them credibility

Freedom Newspapers Once we begin legislating against lunatics, there will be no end to the legislating. So while we share Colorado state Rep. Michael Merrifield’s revulsion at a tiny group of nut-cases disrupting military funerals, in a bid to draw the media spotlight, we don’t support his remedy — a bill that would attempt to […]

Sen. McCain more Democrat than Republican

Editorial Only three things make Arizona Sen. John McCain recognizable as a Republican these days: • He continues to stand out as a critic of congressional pork-barrel plundering, true to the GOP’s all-but-abandoned claim to being the fiscally responsible party. • He remains hawkish on most defense and foreign policy matters. • And an upper […]