Grassfire burns 60 acres

Freedom New Mexico Sixty acres of grass, three farm structures and farm equipment were destroyed by fire Wednesday around Curry Roads 21 and D, according to David Kube, Curry County wildland fire coordinator. Kube said fire units from Texico and Clovis called to the scene about 12:30 p.m. arrived to find a swather, a piece […]

Cannon housing needs tops list among Midwest bases

Sharna Johnson Cannon Air Force Base has the greatest need for improved and new housing units among six Midwest bases in line for private housing contract. The process of shifting to privatized housing was discussed Friday morning during a site visit meeting hosted by MHW Americas. By next year, the military hopes to have a […]

Precautions advised when using heatings units

By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer Lingering cold weather in Curry and Roosevelt counties has prompted residents to turn up the heat. Temperatures have taken a steady dive due to the combination of recent rainfall and overcast conditions. Tuesday’s high in Roosevelt and Curry counties was 45 degrees, according to Annette Mokry, meteorologist with National […]

Cannon moves ahead with housing plans

CNJ STAFF REPORT The demolition of 278 Gemini Housing units, an asbestos abatement plan in 250 Chavez Manor units and the relocation of 90 military families will be the focus of two town hall meetings Thursday at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a news release. Base personnel and their families are invited to the […]

Military Feature: Base housing torn down

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Courtesy photo: Airman Elliott Sprehe A military family housing unit is leveled at Cannon Air Force Base. Sixty-three housing units, some unoccupied for more than 10 years, are being demolished at Cannon. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Demolition crews are working at Cannon Air Force Base to remove 63 substandard housing units, according to […]

At some point, bean-bag chairs must go

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House was planning some interior decorating. “I saw this trim with fish on it at the store,” she said. “We could trim out the bathroom with it. If we did the bathroom in a fish theme we’d have to take the cat paintings out. And we’d […]

Clovis police department goes digital

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Travis Hardin, a radio technician with Yucca Telecom works inside the trunk of a Clovis police cruiser Monday. Hardin is part of a two-man team installing new digital camera systems in 18 patrol units. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Digital camera systems will soon make videotapes a thing of […]

Sheriff voices departmental desires to commission

Compiled by Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray outlined his department’s wish list at Wednesday’s Curry County Commission meeting, which included two patrol units, personal safety equipment and salary increases. Murray, who was elected sheriff in November and took office this month, said the department has 10 patrol units for 12 […]

Tip results in burglary arrests

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A loosely formed theft ring that targeted rural homes went too far when they broke into the home of a state police agent and stole his service gun. An anonymous tip to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department that identified a suspect in the July 18 break-in led to 10 […]

Possible Cannon units ID’d

CNJ staff CNJ staff The 16th Special Operations Wing bound for Cannon Air Force Base will be formed from existing units and new squadrons, Lt. Gen. Michael Wooley told the Air Force Times in an article published in its July edition. A representative of U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici’s office forwarded the Air Force Times article […]

1/31 Business digest

Plateau completes fiber installation Plateau Telecommunications of Clovis recently completed the installation of its latest fiber technology, according to a company press release. Jeff Moore, the company’s chief operating officer, said the company invested more than $5 million to bury fiber optic cable in the main business corridors of Clovis. He said the installation will […]

Officials hoping to book first events for civic center in April

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Javier Madrid Jr. works on the airduct system Thursday at the Clovis Civic Center. Officials said the center is near completion and has already booked events for May. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Civic Center is welcoming the arrival of its air-conditioner units as well as three new […]

Military feature: Guard making changes

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The National Guard units in Clovis and Portales hope to double in size in the next two years. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Plans are in place that would change the duties of Army National Guard units based in Clovis and Portales over the next two years, from air defense […]

Judge sides with Pennsylvania on base closings lawsuit

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — In a blow to the Pentagon’s plan to shake up National Guard units, a judge ruled Friday that the Defense Department does not have the authority to dissolve a Pennsylvania Air National Guard division without the governor’s approval. U.S. District Judge John R. Padova said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should […]

Commission shakes up Pentagon proposal

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — In two setbacks for the Pentagon, the base-closing commission crafted its own shake-up of the Air National Guard on Friday after voting to keep open Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. The nine-member panel endorsed the concept of restructuring the Air Guard but did not accept […]

Justice Department: Pentagon doesn’t need governors’ OK

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is siding with the Pentagon in a dispute with some states, concluding that governors’ consent isn’t needed for the military to move Air National Guard units. The Pentagon’s proposal to close or reduce about 30 Air Guard units has emerged as the most contentious issue facing the […]

Air National Guard hit especially hard in base closings plan

By Philip Dine: St. Louis Post-Dispatch WASHINGTON — As Missouri officials fight to save the 131st Air National Guard Fighter Wing at Lambert Field, and Illinois does the same for its Air National Guard F-16 unit in Springfield, a broader trend is evident: The Air National Guard stands to take a huge hit nationwide in […]

Children evacuated as precaution

CNJ staff reports A child care center in Clovis was briefly evacuated about noon on Wednesday when workers smelled smoke in the building. A burned-out air conditioner motor caused the smell at Barbara Ann’s Child Care Center on West 21st Street, officials said, and there was no fire. Children were outside for about 15 minutes […]

Iraqi violence is behind rare call-up

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The intensity of violence in Iraq, with insurgents attacking roads and bridges and interrupting supply lines, is behind the rare involuntary recall of more than 5,600 soldiers who had completed active duty obligations, says Gen. Richard A. Cody, the Army’s vice chief of staff. Cody told the House Armed Services […]

Scaling ranks challenging for two blacks

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer When 2nd Lt. Ira Pottard left the Army’s veterinary corps after fighting in World War II, he couldn’t arrange the financing to begin a veterinary practice in Clovis and traded his officer’s uniform to become a chauffeur. More than 35 years later when Delores Forrest entered the United […]