Reporter’s notebook: Business owner donating flags

A Clovis business owner said he is donating about 400 minature American flags to the area effort to keep Cannon Air Force Base open.

Steve Deleon of Sports Angle said he hopes the flags will be used by base supporters during a planned parade rally when members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission holds a regional meeting June 24 in the Marshall Junior High auditorium.

Deleon said he purchased thousands of flags for a Main Street event some time ago and said the leftovers were collecting dust in his store. He said the flags would help illustrate the community’s patriotism and support for Cannon.

“I thought this would be my way of supporting Cannon,” he said. “I don’t want to see Cannon go and I don’t think a lot of other people do either.”

Cannon is on a Pentagon list of bases recommended to be close as part of the BRAC process.

State and community officials will argue the community’s case at the regional hearings.

The plastic flags are 12 inches by 18 inches and are available at Sports Angle, 522 Main St., between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. today through Saturday.

Reporter’s notebook was compiled by CNJ Staff Writer Leslie Radford. Suggested items may be mailed to Managing Editor Rick White at P.O. Box 1689, Clovis 88102. The e-mail address is: rick_white@link.freedom.com