Hurt, Theodore

Theodore Hurt Services: 1 p.m. (CDT) Tuesday at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas. Mr. Theodore “Chief Rotten Eagle” Hurt, of Malakoff, Texas, a retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, died Saturday, June 21, 2003. He was born on Aug. 24, 1932, in Bluefield, W. Va., to Robert Griffith and Pansy Hurt. He served in […]

Take politics out of VA health care

By Tom Philpott Moving fast on a key recommendation from a presidential task force, the House Veterans Affairs Committee chairman has introduced a bill to require “full funding’’ of VA health budgets to ensure timely care to almost all enrolled veterans, including many with no service-connected ailments. The Veterans’ Health Care Full Funding Act “would […]

Air Force career gigs sound sweet

By Janet Bresenham For 19 years, Scott Webring has lived a life he considers a musician’s dream. He performs in a band, gets paid for doing what he loves and enjoys a career full of steady gigs. All while serving his country as a master sergeant with the U.S. Air Force band “Pegasus,” a division […]

Diamondbacks force deciding game

CNJ staff Brandon Adkins’ grand slam highlighted a seven-run fifth-inning as the Roosevelt County Diamondbacks stayed alive in the Tri-County Major league tournament with a 12-7 win over the American Yankees on Thursday at Dickenson Field The teams meet again at 7 p.m. at Rotary Park in Portales in the championship game of the double-elimination […]

Changing times for the military

By 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, […]

Spaced-out teacher

Joe Strickland gets a physical examination from Dr. Albert M. Kwan on Wednesday at Kwan’s office in Clovis. Strickland will be one of 75 teachers traveling to NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., for a nine-day stay. By Gary Mitchell Joe Strickland doesn’t care if he wasn’t the first choice to receive an invitation to […]

Star-in-waiting to headline patriotic celebration

By Helena Rodriguez Katrina Elam may not be a household name yet, but she is being poised to become the next Faith Hill or Reba McEntire. She is also poised to headline the welcome home celebration for Cannon Air Force Base troops on Saturday at Greene Acres Park. The 19-year-old recording artist and three-time Oklahoma […]

CAFB volunteers build community ties through schools

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis public school system receives extensive volunteer help from many parents and grandparents of students in the schools, but some of the volunteers come from a group that may not have any family connections to the community — airmen at Cannon Air Force Base. For 2nd Lt. Jay Edison of […]

Question and answer: Ken de los Santos

Ken de los Santos, 39, serves as the city’s emergency management director. Q: How long have you been in this position with the city of Clovis? A: Nearly two years now. I started in October 2002. Q: What was your background prior to this position? A: I’m retired from the Air Force in 2001. My […]

Former Air Force sergeant reminisces about Clovis AFB

By Darrell Todd Maurina Coming to Clovis in 1954 was a major change for New York City native Peter Hendricks. But even five decades later, Hendricks said he enjoyed his time at what was then known as Clovis Air Force Base — quiet was precisely what he wanted after having served during the Korean War. […]

Military Digest

Duran Marine Corps Pfc. Andrew J. Duran Jr. recently graduated from the Marine Corps Basic Combat Engineer Course at Marine Corps Engineer School in Camp Lejeune, N.C. He is the son of Rosemary and Andrew J. Duran of Clovis and a 2002 graduate of Clovis High School. Grosso Air Force Airman Michael A. Del Grosso […]

Cannon airman being held in connection with slaying

By Gary Mitchell A Cannon Air Force Base airman is being held in a Wichita Falls, Texas, jail in connection with the February death of a female airman, a Texas newspaper reported last week. Garry M. Little, commander of the Office of Special Investigations at Sheppard Air Force Base, said authorities detained the man Wednesday […]

Cannon’s Services Squadron named best in Air Combat Command

By Gary Mitchell CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Cannon’s 27th Services Squadron recently was selected as the “best of the best” in Air Combat Command competition, despite being shorthanded throughout the competition year. “Even with a large number of our squadron deployed in support of operations worldwide, we were still able to maintain the level […]

Service with a smile: Cannon wins top award

By Gary Mitchell CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Cannon’s 27th Services Squadron recently was selected as the “best of the best” in Air Combat Command competition, despite being shorthanded throughout the competition year. “Even with a large number of our squadron deployed in support of operations worldwide, we were still able to maintain the level […]