Soldiers’ transition top priority

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Vietnam War veterans will nod with understanding over many of Noel Koch’s comments contrasting support for wounded troops and veterans today, from citizenry and government, compared to how it was 40 years ago. During the Vietnam War, he said, “we got very good at saving people’s lives on the battlefield. […]

Treasures meant to be shared

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist On this July 4th weekend, I am reminded of the stories and life experiences surrounding those who fought in World War I and World War II in our world. The flowing is a true story. It is not a story of valor during the war but it is a commentary […]

March 22, 2009 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: The Given Day by Dennis Lehane captures the political and social unrest of a nation caught between past and present in a tale of two Boston families and their battle for survival and power at the end of the First World War. 101 Dog Tricks: […]

Local Bataan death march survivor dies

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Physically, John L. Johnson changed during World War II. He was 119 pounds lighter than his normal 215 pounds and three years older when he returned from his ordeal as a prisoner of war in the Philippines during World War II. But his personality defied the starvation, disease and […]

Long-lasting drug war needs new approach

Freedom New Mexico Americans are addicted to the drug war.

Iraq veteran finds coming home tougher than expected

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Courtesy photo Trevor Lyons, 22, was surprised when he was told he had left over psychological issues from serving with the Marine Corps in Iraq in 2006. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer He thought his reaction to the things he experienced in war was normal and felt like he was pretty well adjusted with […]

Residents at war with weeds

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Tumbleweeds cover a car in the driveway of a home on Circle Drive on Monday. Sabrina Farmer said the tumbleweed problem is the worst she’s seen in the eight years she lived on Circle Drive. In the eight years Sabrina Farmer has lived in northwest Clovis, she has become accustomed […]

Veterans pause to remember service

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist While citizens across the nation pause this month to remember a myriad of individual reasons for Veterans Day, Neil S. Durham (now of Idalou, Texas, outside of Lubbock and formerly of Clovis) may be turning the pages of a diary he kept on Guadalcanal during World War II. Yes, Durham […]

Military feature: Program sends local veteran to visit World War II memorial

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Philip Gillespie said he joined the service in World War II to contribute to the war efforts. Gillespie served as a gunner on a Navy dive bomber aircraft where he hunted submarines and provided ground support for Allied Forces in the Philippines. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Philip Gillespie […]

Candidate Lujan talks war, economics

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Linda Uttaro said Saturday the country’s economic crisis has affected her daughter’s education. Uttaro, a 65-year-old retired school administrator, expressed her frustration to 3rd U.S. Congressional representative candidate Ben Ray Lujan during a town hall meeting at the Memorial Building in Portales. She said her daughter, already $90,000 in […]

Unbelief wall against freedom in faith in Jesus

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist The tiny country of Georgia has been in the news the last two weeks. Seems like all the events there are a difficult reminder to those of us who were raised during the Cold War era. In 1968, a friend I knew during my college days took a summer learning […]

War impact warrants more study

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif., chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, charged Bush administration officials Wednesday with continuing to downplay the mental trauma and brain injuries suffered by veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Filner said an April RAND Corp. study — “Invisible Wounds of War — Psychological and […]

Pioneer Days adds moto-cross event

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CNJ file photo: Andy Delisle The Curry County Mounted Patrol ride horses at the Pioneer Days Parade on Main Street. By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer The annual Pioneer Days will be a fusion of traditional events and new entertainment. The event was started before World War II to give people in the Clovis area […]

Memorial Day time to honor fallen heroes

Freedom New Mexico Robert Green Ingersoll served in the Union army during the Civil War. As a veteran, he knew and appreciated the sacrifice his brothers in arms made for their country. Ingersoll, who died in 1899, had this to say about fallen veterans: “These heroes are dead. They died for liberty — they died […]

Drug war’s body count still rising

Freedom New Mexico The news that at least 15 people were killed in an early morning gunbattle in Tijuana, making it one of that border city’s bloodiest days for violent crime, was shocking enough. The shootings are still mildly mysterious in that Tijuana authorities still haven’t said much. But it appears that two factions of […]

April 13, 2008 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Big Book of Quick Rotary Cutter Quilts produced by Oxmoor House will help make your quilting a faster, more rewarding experience with techniques and tools that ensure accurate cutting for perfect piecing. The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss recreates a bygone time and place […]

In Tribute: Military man remembered as nomad

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Monico Pacheco loved California, and he loved boxing. But he loved his family more. After a life spent halfway across the country, Pacheco returned to

Memories of war

With the traveling memorial to fallen soldiers in town this week, we asked readers if they had memories of Vietnam they’d like to share. Check out the emotional responses on the editor’s Web log: http://fallingwithstyle.freedomblogging.com/ • • • The player of the week, honored for leaving a Web site comment that enlightens, inspires or just […]

Drug war efforts should be re-evaluated

Freedom New Mexico Anyone who has seen the 1936 anti-drug movie “Tell Your Children,” more commonly known as “Reefer Madness,” knows the ridiculous levels the powers that be will go in their attempts to keep Americans from using a product that harms no one but themselves. The movie follows the destructive paths of several young […]

Local veteran seeks to create list of area veterans

By Sarah Meyer, CNJ staff writer A retired U.S. Navy officer believes veterans should get more acknowledgment for their service. To that end, Richard Robertson, a retired chief petty officer and now director of the Retiree Activities Program at Cannon Air Force Base, hopes to compile a list of all veterans in a five-county area. […]