Pilot inspired by med-evac

Cannon Connections: Tony Bullocks Army Captain Jeff Epps, a Black Hawk helicopter pilot, and his wife Ali Epps stand in front of a “Welcome Home” banner in front of his family home on Jeanie Drive. The Epps have been married for two years and both graduated from Clovis High School. By: Tonjia Rolan Jeff Epps’ […]

Rural refinance program to launch

CNJ staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture will launch a single family housing guaranteed rural refinance pilot program in New Mexico to help rural borrowers refinance their mortgages, according to U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. To be eligible under this pilot, borrowers must have made timely mortgage payments for 12 consecutive months. Rural residents can […]

Club notes — Oct. 16

Pilot Club The Pilot Club of Clovis held their monthly business meeting at Muffley’s Backdoor Room. A report was given on a workshop in Denver by President Sue Rutter. Also attending the workshop were Pilot members Janet Barnhart and Rosie Cox. The Club recently completed their fund raising of selling nuts. Nuts will still be […]

Club notes —

Pilot Club Sue Rutter and Janet Barnhart members of the Pilot Club of Clovis, were two of hundreds of club members from five countries who convened in Dallas July 13 – July 16 for the Pilot International Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference held at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. The presiding officer for the event was […]

Rating system needs improvement

After a three-year effort by the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to improve the process, ill and injured military members still endure a long, complex and often contentious evaluation system when seeking disability ratings and compensation for service-related health conditions. The process has been made more convenient and even shortened by an average six […]

Seniors prepare to embark on new journey

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By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico For Portales High School senior Katie Montiel, 18, the road to graduation has been a long journey. She wants to go on to college and get a business degree of study to become a probation officer. Portales senior Andres Carbajal, 18, is thinking about taking a year off so […]

Portales MainStreet selected for pilot program

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales MainStreet is entering a program to support small business and serve as a model for that program. Portales MainStreet has been selected to serve as a model in creating a New Mexico MainStreet entrepreneur development initiative, according to the Associated Press. “We’re going to be creating an environment […]

Cannon pilot helps students march on

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Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Clovis High School band members play during their morning rehearsal Wednesday. Cannon pilot Jerry Ridgeway has been helping teach the students marching techniques. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections From aircraft in the sky to feet pounding turf … Cannon Air Force Base Predator pilot Jerry Ridgeway has been helping Clovis […]

Pilot’s children inspire him to publish book

Maj. Steve Beattie flies unmanned aircraft for the Air Force and in his spare time, he wrote, illustrated and published a children’s book. And, he’s working on a master’s degree. But Beattie said he and his family always make time for each other in their busy schedules. Put it in writing: For a long time […]

SERE training plays key role in aircrew mission

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Danielle Martin Tech. Sgt. Anthony Proctor demonstrates the first three of five phases of evasion during Code of Conduct Continuation Training. By Senior Airman Thomas Trower: 27th SOW Public Affairs It is a pilot and crewmember’s worst nightmare: their aircraft goes down in unfriendly or unfamiliar territory. Threats could include […]

Cannon selected for pilot program

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base is among five Air Force bases in the country selected for a three-month pilot program designed to market civilian jobs on base. The air base has had a difficult time filling the 50 open civilian positions it has because of its remoteness, according to Cannon […]

Military feature: Clovis native’s novel takes flight

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The struggles of being a fighter pilot, and being the family of one, form the basis for a new novel by a Clovis native married to a former Cannon Air Force Base F-111 pilot. “The Final Salute: Together We Live On” by Kathleen Rodgers tells the story of fictitious […]

Clovis native’s novel takes flight

Courtesy photo Air Force fighter pilot Tom Rodgers, husband of author Kathleen Rodgers, looks out from the cockpit of an A-10. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections The struggles of being a fighter pilot, and being the family of one, form the basis for a new novel by a Clovis native married to a former Cannon […]

Pilot training program provided opportunity for area men

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer In the late 1930s and early 1940s, area residents participated in the Civilian Pilot Training Program in Roosevelt County. Initiated in 1939, the CPTP had a goal to train 20,000 civilian pilots a year, creating a pool of potential military pilots, according to the National Museum of the United […]

Feb. 20, 1963

Walt Disney’s “Moon Pilot” was playing at the Tower Theater and starred Tom Tryon and Brian Keith.

Some big guys I’ve known

By Glenda Price In the old days some people were “fat,” and fat people were jolly. “Obese” wasn’t even a word then, although I guess Big Henry who lived not far from our place would have qualified. He took the front seat out of his car and sat in the back seat to drive. I […]

Faith leads way to safety

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist A pilot in a small plane remembered his instructor had always told him that if he ever found himself in a thick fog to bear in mind this important concept: The pilot’s tendency in a fog is to fly downward, getting dangerously close to the ground. The instructor’s directions were […]

Helicopter based at area hospital

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital now has AeroCare during the day, allowing the facility to transport patients to Lubbock in a timely manner. According to RGH administrator James D’Agostino, the helicopter is based at the hospital on a temporary basis. During the day, Aerocare is on site and at night the […]

Pilots wanted

Photo by Chief Master Sgt. Gary Emery Airmen from the 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron push a T-6A Texan II primary trainer from a hanger at Cannon Air Force Base. By Chief Master Sgt. Gary Emery: 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Cannon Air Force Base — A couple of Texans rode into New Mexico last week, […]

Mothers deserve special thanks

By Joan Clayton: Columnist It’s been said that someone asked Winston Churchill to name the teacher who had the greatest influence upon his life. He simply answered, “My mother.” Mothers see infinite possibilities in their children. Their children accomplish amazing feats because of mothers’ encouragement. Mothers set the tone of the home by loving, protecting, […]