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 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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Air Force: F-16 pilot killed

Staff and wire reports The American pilot whose F-16 fighter jet crashed Nov. 27 in Iraq was listed as killed in action following DNA analysis of remains recovered at the crash site, the Air Force said. Maj. Troy L. Gilbert, 34, was supporting troops fighting about 20 miles northwest of the Iraqi capital. Videotape footage […]

Fund established for pilot’s family

By Freedom Newspapers A memorial fund has been set up for the family of Air Force pilot Troy Gilbert, whose F-16 jet crashed in Iraq last Monday. Donations may be made to the Gilbert Family Memorial Fund, in honor of Maj. Gilbert, whose wife, Ginger, is a Clovis native. The fund was announced Saturday by […]

F-16 pilot identified

Staff and wire reports The American pilot whose F-16 crashed in Iraq earlier this week has close ties to Clovis. Major Troy L. Gilbert, 34, identified by the Air Force on Wednesday, is the son-in-law of Clovis residents Jay and Judi Gurley, according to longtime family friend Martha Hardwick. Jay Gurley is a former Clovis […]

F-16 pilot still missing

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers The pilot of a Cannon Air Force Base F-16 fighter jet that crashed Monday in Iraq is still missing, Air Force officials said. The pilot was not found at the crash site, the Air Force said. The Air Force has not identified the pilot nor said to which base or […]

Cannon F-16 crashes in Iraq

By Sharna Johnson and Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — An F-16 that crashed Monday in Iraq was from Cannon Air Force Base, but base officials said the plane’s pilot was not from Cannon. “All of our Cannon pilots are accounted for,” said Cannon Public Information Officer Capt. Rebecca Garcia. Garcia said […]

World War II bomber revived as ‘living memorial’

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers In a San Antonio junkyard, the B-25 Pacific Prowler idled, bird nests and cobwebs cluttering her insides. That was until Jim Terry rescued her. Three years ago, the retired Air Force pilot restored the famous World War II bomber, built in August 1944. “It was a ghost,” said Terry, a […]