Local Roundup: Former president now hall-of-famer

By CNJ staff

Clovis Community College retired President Emeritus James Turner has been inducted into the University of New Mexico’s Anderson Hall of Fame, according to a UNM news release.

He is one of three alumni of UNM’s Robert O. Anderson School and Graduate School of Management selected as a 2007 inductee. Honorees are chosen for their professional success, contribution to the community and ongoing commitment to education, the release reads.

Turner’s 30-year career with CCC included serving as president and president emeritus. He is a member of the Clovis Cultural Affairs Committee.

Turner graduated from Anderson in 1956, according to the release. He also graduated that year from the UNM Naval Reserve Officers Training as a commissioned ensign and served in the U.S. Navy after graduation. He earned a doctorate of philosophy in educational administration from Walden University in 1980.

The Anderson Hall of Fame inductees will be honored March 20 at a dinner at the UNM Student Union Building.

Bombing range fired extinguished
A small fire at Melrose Bombing Range was stamped out Monday in less than an hour, according to officials.

The fire was reported at 12:45 p.m. and was extinguished at 1:10 p.m., according to Staff Sgt. Brandon Seals, chief of media relations at Cannon Air Force Base.

Personnel from Cannon, Floyd and Melrose fire departments helped extinguish the flames, Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs said.

Seals estimated the fire to be one mile long and a half mile wide.

“They caught it relatively quickly,” Seals said.

The fire was contained on the east end of the bombing range and erupted accidentally by a person using a torch to cut metal, according to Jacobs.

“We lost some grass, and that’s all,” Jacobs said.

The Melrose Bombing Range is approximately 66,000 acres.

The range is used for training of Cannon Base personnel.