Clear skies fitting welcome to Hurlburt folks

Freedom Newspapers Nearly four dozen Florida visitors wind up a whirlwind two-day visit to Clovis and Portales today. We hope they spread the word that their future eastern New Mexico home has: • Friendly people who live in cities and towns whose core values are anchored in their love of family, hard work, patriotism and […]

Hounds split with Wildcats

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ENMU pitcher Evan Courteau makes a pickoff throw to first during Saturday’s game against Abilene Christian. (PNT photo: Karl Terry) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Derrick Kennedy delivered a two-out, two-run double and Justin Gee followed with a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh, lifting the Eastern New Mexico University baseball […]

Hounds’ bats key sweep

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Eastern New Mexico University’s Justin Gee accepts congratulations from teammates after scoring during a 10-run fourth against West Texas A&M on Friday. (Freedom Newspapers: Jesse Wolfersberger) Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team may have been struggling recently, but the Greyhounds certainly broke out on Friday night. Sophomore third baseman Derrick Kennedy led a […]

Cats advance to tourney finals

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Clovis High junior Keaton Howell dives in safely on a pickoff play at first base in the Wildcats’ semifinal game against Levelland Friday in the Clovis Invitational at Bell Park. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Clovis senior Sean Cruce may be too young to ever be on the same baseball […]

Closure list sailing through Congress

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A plan to close and reconfigure hundreds of military bases is sailing through Congress, on track to take effect next month in a blow to communities hoping for an eleventh-hour reprieve. In a long-shot attempt to halt the first round of base closings in a decade, the […]

Base planners say protecting state’s bases not limited to BRAC rounds

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Keystone International data analyst Erin Ward talks about the economic impact that Cannon Air Force Base has on the Clovis-Portales area during the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission meeting Friday at CCC. (Freedom Newspapers: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The importance of protecting not just Cannon Air Force Base, but all New […]

Proposal would convert bases into oil refineries

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A state representative from Pennsylvania is trying to turn BRAC-list military bases into oil refineries. Though Cannon Air Force Base may be an ideal spot for a refinery according to his criteria, he never suggested oil come specifically to Cannon, said Derek Karchner, communication director for Rep. Joe Pitts, […]

Bush endorses plan for closing bases

By Deb Reichmann: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Bush on Thursday endorsed a plan for closing 22 major military bases and reconfiguring 33 others, leaving their fate to Congress. Bush had until Sept. 23 to either accept the entire report from an independent commission and send it to Congress, or return it to the […]

Rumsfeld may not recommend BRAC list

John L. Lumpkin: The Associated Press FORT IRWIN, Calif. — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has reservations about the base closure commission’s decision to spare several high-profile installations, saying the commission focused on the economic impact of some bases instead of their military usefulness. Rumsfeld said he was uncertain whether he would recommend to President […]

Base-closing panel votes to close Walter Reed hospital

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Siding with the Pentagon, the base-closing commission voted Thursday to shut down the Army’s historic Walter Reed hospital and move about 20,000 defense workers miles away from their offices just outside the nation’s capital. The nine-member panel also started deciding which Air Force facilities should be closed […]

BRAC panel bucks Pentagon

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BRAC commissioners review paperwork at Wednesday’s hearing. (AP photo) By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Bucking the Pentagon, a federal commission voted Wednesday to spare a submarine base in Connecticut and a shipyard straddling the Maine-New Hampshire border, preserving a major military presence in New England and 12,000 defense-related jobs. On the first […]

State officials argue savings

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — Defenders of Cannon Air Force Base will learn late this week whether three anxious months of lobbying can reverse the Pentagon’s decision to close the base. Beginning today, the nine-member Base Closure and Realignment Commission is scheduled to take a series of votes to settle the fate of Cannon […]

Rumsfeld predicts approval for much of base-closing plan

Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld predicted Tuesday that a federal commission will endorse “the overwhelming majority” of his proposals to close, shrink or expand hundreds of military bases across the country. For its part, the nine-member panel has promised not to rubber-stamp the Pentagon chief’s plan, and commissioners […]

Pentagon seeks to ease concerns of BRAC panel

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Pentagon officials said Saturday in their final appearance before the commission reviewing their plan to close or scale back military bases that the changes do not overestimate savings and would strengthen national security. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s representatives sought to ease concerns of the nine-member panel […]

Cannon campaign drawing to close

By David Stevens: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base supporters are wrapping up their campaign to keep the base open as Base Realignment and Closure commissioners retreat to consider all the information they’ve gathered in the past three months. Eastern New Mexico’s congressional delegation, along with Gov. Bill Richardson, has been making final calls to […]

CAFB team tuning up for ‘World’

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Cannon Air Force Base left fielder Staff Sgt. Richard Wickenkamp makes a sliding catch during a game against Da Crew of Carlsbad on Saturday during the New Mexico USSSA men’s Class D state tourney at Guy Leeder Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer After a first-round loss early Saturday […]

Top admiral: Oceana has ‘robust’ future

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Navy’s top admiral reiterated the service’s position that Oceana Naval Air Station is the most sensible location for an east coast fighter hub during an appearance before the Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission. “I need now, your Navy needs now, Naval Air Station Oceana,” Adm. Mike Mullen, the […]

Top admiral to testify at naval base hearing

By Sue Lindsey: The Associated Press NORFOLK, Va. — The Navy’s new chief will testify this week at a defense commission hearing on whether Oceana Naval Air Station should be among military bases it recommends for closure. Adm. Michael G. Mullen, who became chief of naval operations July 15, will appear before the Defense Base […]

Two panel members abstaining from vote

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Two Base Realignment and Closure Commissioners who attended a regional hearing last month in Clovis will abstain from a vote on the future of Cannon Air Force Base. Former Reps. James Bilbray of Nevada and James Hansen of Utah will recuse themselves from a vote on Cannon, reducing the […]

Panel reveals more bases it’s considering for closure

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Military bases in Hawaii and California are among several a commission is considering adding to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s list of proposed closures. In a letter sent Friday to the Pentagon chief, commission Chairman Anthony Principi identified additional bases the commission may recommend closing and seeks […]