USO tour brings NFL players to troops

By Lt. Col. Adriane Craig, 376th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan — Three National Football League stars and a senior sports writer visited Manas Air Base Airmen as part of a United Service Organizations tour here this month. San Diego Chargers Luis Castillo, Chicago Bears Tommie Harris, Carolina Panthers Mike Rucker […]

New Mexicans rarity in parts of U.S.

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I took notes as The Lady of the House and I zipped across the southeastern United States visiting family last month: 4,825 miles of interstate, two-lane back roads, city streets and such. With all those miles, a working stiff like me from Clovis, New Mexico, saw and experienced some things […]

Bull riders to make stop in Clovis

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Bull riders will stop in Clovis for a chance to move up in tour standings in hopes of qualifying for November’s Professional Bull Riders Final in Las Vegas, Nev. PBR Tour organizer Marc Andrus said 74 riders in what is considered the bull riding minor league will compete in […]

Texico couple ‘moonlighting’ on PRCA Tour

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers David Moseley shoes horses in Texico. His wife, Cassie, is an X-ray tech and radiation therapist at Clovis’ cancer center. They also moonlight on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association tour. David is a calf-roper and Cassie is a barrel racer. Cassie is in her first year on the tour, and […]

Iraq tour alters Marine’s perspective

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Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Chris Lucas returned to Clovis last week from a tour in Iraq. The experience impacted his life in a positive way, and he welcomes the chance to go back again, he said. (Courtesy photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Lance Cpl. Chris Lucas returned from his eight months in Iraq […]

Day Trip: Brighten holidays with trip to River of Lights, Luminaria Tour

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Thousands of illuminated luminarias, hand-filled sandbags with lighted candles, will line the streets of Albuquerque during the annual Luminaria Tour on Dec. 24. (Courtesy photo) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers For a dose of well-lit Christmas spirit, take a drive to Albuquerque for the city’s annual River of Lights or Luminaria Tour. Get tickets for […]

Denish visits region

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleNew Mexico Lt. Gov. Diane Denish tours the Eastern New Mexico Rehabilitative Services Health Center in Clovis with CEO Robert Spencer on Friday. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Lt. Gov. Diane Denish visited Clovis Friday to tour local facilities and meet with Air Force officials. Denish is seeking re-election in […]

Tours give outsiders insight to operations

Capt. Kathryn Gaetke, 523 Fighter Squadron pilot, gave the Girls Town USA base tour a second chance to visit the flight simulators and try their skills at the controls. The tour gave the girls a glimpse of Cannon’s mission. Airman 1st Class Thomas Trower Some children take field trips to fire and police stations with […]

Purple Hearted: Clovis native killed in Iraq was serving his second tour.

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Leroy Segura Sr. hugs his niece, Alisha Segura, on Tuesday at his home in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Leroy “J.R.” Segura Jr. had already earned a Purple Heart when he returned to Iraq for a second tour of duty in July. Returning to the war-ravaged country just […]

Wives gets taste of potential new home

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleSpouses of Air Force officers and airmen who visited Clovis and Portales with the Hurlburt delegation talked to the news media Friday. They are, from left, Tricia Bauernfeind, Brandy Hewins and Lisa Dunaway. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Having a special needs child, Lisa Dunaway was most concerned with the […]

Hurlburt staff to visit area

By Tony Parra and Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Personnel from Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla., arrive in eastern New Mexico today for a two-day visit to scout the area in preparation for next year’s arrival of the 16th Special Operations Wing. The state of New Mexico and the communities of eastern […]

Cannon rally plans evolving

CNJ Staff With raffles for a car, an F-16 simulator ride, and a tour of Cannon Air Force Base, this mission accomplished celebration is morphing into a gala event. “It just keeps evolving,” Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Director Ernie Kos said. The “Operation Kept Cannon” rally is a chance for the community to celebrate […]

Day trip: Living Desert offers sampling of native desert wildlife

Compiled by Paula Cronic The Living Desert State Park and Zoo near Carlsbad includes places for fishing and hiking, and is home to many desert animals. Established in 1971, the park is a living museum with indoor and outdoor exhibits and trailways that display many native animal species and hundreds of plants that naturally grow […]

4-2 Reunions

CHS band reunion A reunion for former Clovis High School students who were band members between 1956 and 1969 is scheduled for June 16 and 17 in Clovis. The event will begin with dinner at 6 p.m. on June 16 at Chaparral Country Club. Brunch June 17 will be from 10 a.m. to noon at […]

Air Force official to visit region

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A high-level Air Force official is to visit the region next week, according to military officials. Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics William Anderson will tour Cannon and the surrounding area on Jan. 4, said Air Force spokeswoman Shirley Curry. It will be his […]

Day trips: Christmas on the Pecos

Freedom Newspapers For a different kind of Christmas experience, drive to Carlsbad for the 14th Annual Christmas on the Pecos tour. This is a unique experience to tour displays of holiday lights along the Pecos River aboard pontoon boats. What is it The annual Christmas on the Pecos tours begin on Thanksgiving night, and will […]

County Commissioners tour detention center

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The smell of industrial strength cleaning solution intertwined with cheeseburgers and French fries lingers. A lone desk lay in the center of a cold, concrete floor with handcuffs dangling from the edge. Male and female inmates in orange, scrub-like uniforms press curious faces to available windows. Those were a […]

World War II fighter ace to attend AF Ball

Tech. Sgt. James Elmore Maj. Ralph H. Wandrey graduated from Army Air Corps flying school in August 1942. He received tactical training in P-38 (Lightnings) and was sent to the South Pacific on Dec. 25, 1942, where he served with the 9th Fighter Squadron, 49th Group, Fifth Air Force for over 20 months. During his […]

Reporter’s notebook: Former band member travels with drum corps

Chris Mondragon marches to the beat of some of the best drummers in the country. The former Clovis High School band trombone player auditioned for Drum Corps International last December and was chosen to tour with the prestigious group over the summer. Drum Corps International is a non-profit organization serving junior drum and bugle corps […]

Marvel Leo Moon, Melvin Fitzgerald

Sharna Johnson 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. Marvel Leo Moon Date of birth: July 12, 1926 Dates of service: 1946-1948 Hometown: Forest Lives in: McAlister Theater or location of […]