Civilian pilots concerned about new mission

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An association of pilots fears the mission proposed for Cannon Air Force Base will create hazardous flying conditions. Spotty radar coverage, fuzzy radio communications and the type of flying proposed by Air Force Special Operations puts pilots of small, private airplanes, business jets, commuter airplanes and crop dusters at […]

Impact report suggests airspace increase

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Training airspace near Cannon Air Force Base could be expanded by the end of November, according to Air Force officials. A report on the impact of increasing airspace near Cannon was officially released Wednesday. Before the Air Force can make a decision on whether to expand airspace, federal environmental […]

Other viewpoints on Cannon closure

Editor’s note: Here are editorials published recently about Cannon Air Force Base and the Base Realignment and Closure process: Clovis, Curry deserve assistance, support of entire state From the Albuquerque Tribune Albuquerque dodged a bullet Friday, but now it will have to close ranks with New Mexico’s Cannon Air Force Base — targeted in the […]

Senator questions Chief of Staff about future training needs

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Air Force Chief of Staff said Wednesday the future airplanes and weapon systems will need wide open spaces for good training. The testimony came during a U.S. Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee meeting in Washington to review the Air Force’s budget requests for the 2006 fiscal year. “The very […]

Retired officer served on base closure commission in 1995

Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Retired Maj. Gen. Josue “Joe” Robles Jr. served on the eight-member Base Realignment and Closure Commission during the last round of base closures in 1995. The San Antonio, Texas, resident and chief financial officer of USAA Financial Services talked about his experience on the commission and how the BRAC process […]

Reactions mixed at Cannon airspace expansion hearing

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Area ranchers’ dissent toward the Air Force’s proposed air-space expansion surrounding Cannon Air Force Base was countered by support from Clovis residents’ at a town hall meeting Friday evening. About 100 people attended the final of four public forums to discuss concerns or voice support about a proposal to […]

Air Force gathers public reaction to air expansion

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Under the expansion, supersonic operations would be authorized at altitudes of 5,000 to 6,000 feet above ground level in seven counties across eastern New Mexico. (Cannon Air Force Base Public Affairs) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers FORT SUMNER — A Cannon Air Force Base proposal to expand military airspace met resistance and support during a […]

Ranchers raise concerns

By Tara May: Roswell Daily Record ROSWELL — Several ranchers and a non-military pilot brought up concerns at a public meeting here to discuss Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed military airspace expansion. Monday’s meeting at Goddard High School was the first of four public hearings taking place in the communities impacted by the expansion, including […]

Senator wants former governor on BRAC commission

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., plans to push for a “fair and adequate evaluation” of New Mexico’s military bases as the nation heads into another round of base realignments and closures. Domenici said during an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that he wants “objective findings regarding the validity […]

Air Force: Effects of expansion minimal

CNJ staff and wire reports CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — An environmental report on the effects of a proposed military airspace expansion estimates increased noise that could be intrusive but would cause no damage to animals or humans. The 421-page environmental impact statement said the expansion would mean “some airspace and noise consequences” but would […]