Nov. 28, 2007 Military Digest

By Dianna Hernandez: CNJ administrative assistant Shawger Army Sgt. Richard E. Shawger has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is the son of Michael Shawger of Ashville, Ohio, and Terrie Shawger of Clovis. Shawger graduated in 2001 from Teays Valley High School in Ashville. He received a bachelor’s degree in […]

Commissioners support firefighting facility

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners pledged support during Tuesday’s commission meeting for a facility where Clovis firefighters can train in live-fire exercises. Interim County Manager Lance Pyle said commissioners will vote in their next meeting whether to add the facility to a list of projects the county will asked to be […]

Military Digest: Easterlin

Air Force Airman Dominique A. Easterlin has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Teresa Slocum of Clovis. Easterlin is a 2005 graduate of Clovis High School. Ordonez Army Pfc. Hilario Ordonez has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He […]

Business Feature: Goodwill coming to Clovis

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A nonprofit organization that uses proceeds from its retail operations to fund workforce development training programs plans to open a branch in Clovis. Goodwill Industries of New Mexico will open a facility Dec. 6 at 2005 N. Prince St. (the old Hancock Fabric location), according to Shauna O’Cleireachain, marketing […]

Oct. 10 Military Digest

Olivas Army National Guard Pvt. Manuel Olivas has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. He is the nephew of Michael Pena of Portales. Olivas is a 2003 graduate of Portales High. Hernandez Army Pvt. Xavier Hernandez has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. He is […]

Cannon timeline

Late 1920s — Portair Field, a civilian passenger facility, was established on the site. Portair, a terminal for early commercial transcontinental flights, flew passengers in the Ford Trimotor “Tin Goose” by day, and used Pullman trains for night travel. In the 1930s Portair was renamed Clovis Municipal Airport. January 1943 — A glider detachment was […]

Warden set to leave game (and fish)

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Wesley Robertson drove on a Curry County road keeping his eye on the road for spent shotgun shells, bullet holes and tire tracks — signs of hunters. Small game hunting season opened on Sept. 1 and he was looking out for hunters to make sure they had the licenses […]

Military Digest: Holt

Army Reserve Pvt. Jason N. Holt has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla., according to an Army and Air Force Hometown News press release. He is the son of Rex Holt of Clovis, and a 2001 graduate of Clovis Christian School. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the […]

Aug. 20, 1932

Co-captains Newton Lancaster and R.L. Wells were announced as leaders for the 1932 Clovis High School football squad in pre-season training. … The Better Homes Club spent the afternoon sewing for a little girl in the Portales orphan’s home. … R.L. Hollis, a Roosevelt County deputy sheriff, was injured in a gunfight during the apprehension […]

County seeks better premium

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Fifteen minutes a week could save the county on insurance, officials say. Curry County Commission approved a resolution at its meeting Tuesday to adopt a risk awareness training program for county employees. Assistant County Manager Lance Pyle said the 15-minute weekly training classes could bring down the premium the county […]

Aug. 8, 2007 Military Digest

Purcell Navy Seaman Christopher D. Purcell recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill., according to a Navy news release. He is the son of Peggy A. and Ricky D. Purcell of Tucumcari. He is a 1999 graduate of Grady High School and 2004 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University. […]

Local Roundup: Man faces forgery charges

CNJ Staff Man faces five forgery counts A 26-year-old Clovis man is facing five counts of forgery for allegedly attempting to pass $3,600 in phony money orders at the post office, according to police reports. Rosario Claudio was released from the Curry County jail Tuesday on a $10,000 bond, court records show. A post office […]

Cannon airmen training in Guam

CNJ staff Approximately 400 airmen deployed to Guam from Cannon Air Force Base will be participating in a joint training exercise, according to Cannon officials. The airmen, who arrived May 30 on the island, will be working with members of an F-2 squadron from the Japan Air Defense Force. The exercise will last from Monday […]

Military Digest: Tucker

Army Pvt. Tanya O. Tucker has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C., according to an Army & Air Force Hometown News Service press release. She is the daughter of Rosita Morehead of Clovis and Scott Morehead of Benton, La. Tucker is a 2004 graduate of Benton High School.

CFD rates among best in state

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Lt. Ricky Mitchell, center, watches as driver-operator Shane Warner, left, and probationary firefighter Shane Woodard practice ladder drills behind the main fire station earlier this month. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A topnotch fire department translates into more state funding and lower insurance rates for city homeowners and businesses. Clovis […]

Panama native fulfills dream of becoming pilot

Coming to America

Senior Airman Jonathan Martinez-Paez, shown in a childhood photo, attended ROTC in college with the hopes of becoming an Air Force officer after graduation. (Courtesy photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Senior Airman Jonathan Martinez-Paez said his parents fled crisis-stricken Panama for the United States in the 1980s seeking safety and opportunity for their […]

All animals deserve love, care

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist She was lovable, but not trainable, the factor that proved to be her downfall in the end. Of the five or six canine friends I’ve had, she was the only one who would not respond to any of the tricks that shape obedience. This, then, is her eulogy, because last […]

Military Feature: Inaugural crew completes Boeing program

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Mike Wood, a ScanEagle instructor, prepares the ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle for launch at the Melrose Bombing Range. (File photo) CNJ staff The Boeing Co. has graduated its first U.S. military ScanEagle crews from its Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Training Center in Clovis, according to a company press release. The seven graduates have been assigned to […]

Military Digest: Underwood

Army Pvt. Doug C. Underwood has graduated from the Petroleum Supply Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Lee, Petersburg, Va., according to an Army and Air Force Hometown News press release. He is the son of Douglas F. and Lynne Underwood of Clovis and a 2006 Clovis High School graduate. The course is designed […]

Cannon may get second squadron

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal contacted officials with Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission, Air Force Special Operations, via e-mail to learn more about plans for Cannon. AFSOC will assume ownership of Cannon in October, less than seven months down the road. Q: A recent publication indicated AFSOC […]