New military commission meeting today in Las Cruces

Darrell Todd Maurina A new commission created by the state Legislature to help New Mexico military installations holds its first meeting today in Las Cruces and will discuss the upcoming federal Base Realignment and Closure process, known as BRAC. The 15-member commission is part of the New Mexico Economic Development Department and includes three Clovis […]

Clovis businesses to show gratitude to Air Force Base

Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis businesses will say “thanks” to Cannon Air Force Base personnel on Friday. Beginning at noon, about 50 representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Committee of 50, and the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation will serve food and host entertainment events for both adults and children in Unity Park next to the Cannon […]

Pilot flies high in eyes of family

By Angela Peacock There isn’t enough time in a day, family members said, to describe everything wonderful about Wallace Cameron. A retired Air Force colonel, Cameron was just short of 30 years of active military service. He was stationed all over the world and received various medals in recognition of his heroism in more than […]

Cannon supports job shadowing program

By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Job shadowing is gaining popularity as more companies give college students the chance to accompany executives or other professional staff for a few weeks during summer vacations to learn by observation what they do each day. That’s a little harder to do in the military. The […]

Locals remember Bob Hope

By Jack King Like millions of other members of the Armed Forces, several Clovis residents remember seeing Bob Hope at different times in his almost 60-year career of entertaining troops. Longtime Clovis resident Len Santi said the comedian, who died on Sunday at age 100, came through the Clovis/Cannon Air Force Base area in the […]

Obituaries, July 27

Imogene Atchley, 70 Imogene Atchley, 70, of Portales, died Saturday afternoon, July 26, 2003, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Billy Barton, 73 Mr. Billy J. Barton, 73, of Portales, a retired telephone lineman, […]

City thanks Cannon troops

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Darrell Todd Maurina Capt. Timothy Jeffries has been at Cannon Air Force Base only three weeks, but he already likes the community of Portales — especially a welcome picnic put on Saturday for the airmen by the Portales community. “I’ve not been to one of these before,” Jeffries said. “It’s a wonderful thing, it’s nice […]

Tale of two patriots

Darrell Todd Maurina On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Darren Eicken followed his normal routine by walking the few blocks from his home to his New York City law office in a building located just three blocks away from the World Trade Center. Eicken had a much longer walk that afternoon after terrorists flew […]

Family believes mold led to Portales man’s death

By Kevin Wilson Marcelino Garcia died in May of 2001. Nearly two years and two months later, his surviving family is still seeking a resolution. Garcia, a longtime Portales resident, died less than two days after a visiting his son at the Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, and the family has filed a claim […]

Celebration welcomes home troops

Darrell Todd Maurina Ken Huey has vivid memories of the public reaction he received while serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam era. “My wife, then my girlfriend, was a student at (the University of New Mexico) and I remember picking her up in my flight suit,” Huey said. “I was booed, hissed, and […]