Ticket feature: Nashville gospel group performing in Clovis

Freedom New Mexico The Blackwood Legacy will perform a free gospel concert in Clovis Sunday. Coming from Nashville, the Blackwood Legacy features worship musicians Luke and Jake Yates and Rick Price. Price is a member of the Gospel Hall of Fame and the former lead singer of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet. The performance will take […]

Their view: Attending local colleges provide investment in future

Marv Yates of Tucumcari had the following to say about a recent story published in the Quay County Sun: “The QC Sun headline read, ‘ENMU raises tuition.’ It could have read, ‘ENMU has third lowest tuition of 79 Southwest universities.’ It all depends whether we see the glass as half empty or half full, doesn’t […]

Yates promoted to brigadier general

By Freedom Newspapers Former Cannon Air Force Base commander Robert “Rowdy” Yates was promoted to the rank of brigadier general Wednesday at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. According to Air Combat Command officials, Yates will be taking a post as commander of the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano, Italy. Area community members remember his […]

Col. Yates says leaving Cannon a ‘bittersweet moment’

Darrell Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Military officers rarely cry in public, and commanders crying in front of their troops is even less common. But that didn’t prevent Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates, outgoing commander of the 27th Fighter Wing and Cannon Air Force Base, from choking back tears with a breaking voice during Friday’s […]

Cannon’s Col. Yates stepping down at ceremony today

Darrell Maurina Meeting with local media for a press conference on his last full day commanding Cannon Air Force Base, Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates said the last two years have been the best of his life. That ends at 3 p.m. today with a change of command ceremony at Cannon, after which Yates will leave […]

Air Force promotes Col. Yates to general

Darrell Maurina When Col. Robert Yates leaves Cannon Air Force Base for his new post in Virginia, he’ll carry with him a new title: “brigadier general (select).” Yates’ name was included on the list of promotions to one-star general released Tuesday morning by the Air Force, and while he won’t get to replace the eagle […]

Cannon officials defend airspace proposal

Mike Linn CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A proposal by Cannon Air Force Base officials to expand military airspace is an effort to prepare pilots for war. It will help increase a pilot’s survivability and, Cannon officials say, allow for training that emulates live conflict. Cannon Commander Col. Robert Yates on Monday spoke in detail […]

Col. Yates leaving Cannon

Darrell Maurina Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates, commander of the 27th Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, has announced that he will soon be leaving for Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Langley is the headquarters of Air Combat Command, the major command of the United States Air Force that includes the 27th Fighter Wing. […]

Cannon officials seek expansion of military training air space

Mike Linn Officials with Cannon Air Force Base met with community leaders Friday to discuss a proposed expansion of airspace used for military training. The proposal seeks to expand the airspace an additional 10 miles toward Portales, leaving the boundaries about 20 miles west of Portales and about five miles west of Floyd. Base commander […]

Cannon squadron deploys for training

Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Six pilots and about 155 support personnel are on their way to an undisclosed country in the Arabian Gulf for a special training exercise with local Arab air forces. About 3 a.m. Saturday, 10 jets from Cannon’s 522nd Fighter Squadron, including one piloted by base commander Col. […]