Area residents look back on BRAC

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Clovis-Carver Public Library’s “Keep Cannon” banner remains in place a year after the base was placed on the BRAC list. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer More than a dozen people huddled around the television, awaiting word from the Department of Defense on the future of Cannon Air Force Base. Diana […]

Year in review: Area recovering from BRAC process

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Gabriel Bryant of Clovis shows his support for Cannon when members of the Brac Commission visited Clovis in June. (Staff photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Remnants of the Base Realignment and Closure process linger around eastern New Mexico. Posted outside several businesses are thick, plastic banners. They were designed months ago in a […]

Cannon’s future holds the promise a present exudes

Freedom Newspapers The news out of Washington, D.C., last week seems to bode well for future military roles coming to Cannon Air Force Base. After the uncertainties this year about whether the base will be closed, the recent announcements that a new mission seems to have been targeted for eastern New Mexico and is being […]

Q&A: Domenici talks Cannon, immigration

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U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici R-N.M. talks about issues concerning eastern New Mexico during an interview Friday at the Clovis News Journal. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., was in the region on Thursday and Friday and was present for a briefing at Clovis Community College with Air Force officials. The Air Force […]

Mission team to visit Cannon

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers They’re not exactly sure where their trip will end, but supporters of Cannon Air Force Base insist they’re making great time. An eight-member mission team from the Air Force is scheduled to visit Cannon today to begin evaluating possible new missions for the base. The Base Closure and Realignment Commission […]

BRAC recommendations take effect

CNJ staff The Base Closure and Realignment Commission’s recommendations for reshaping the Defense Department’s infrastructure and force structure officially took effect Wednesday as expected, Air Force Press Service reported. The nine-member BRAC panel delivered its final report to President Bush on Sept. 8, and he, in turn, sent it to Congress for legislative review Sept. […]

Congress to finalize base closures

Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer The Base Closure and Realignment Commission report will likely be finalized Wednesday by Congress, officially ending the latest BRAC process, according to local base advocates and New Mexico delegation spokespersons. Congress has 45 days from the day it receives the report from the president to enact a joint resolution to […]

House rejects effort to stop base closings

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to allow the first round of U.S. military base closures and consolidations in a decade, clearing the way for facilities across the country to start shutting their doors as early as next month. The head of local Cannon Air Force Base advocate group said […]

Clovis grows despite BRAC

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A summer swoon brought on by the announcement that Cannon Air Force Base was targeted for closure appears to be easing, according to area officials. Gross receipts taxes for the first nine months of this year are up 7.84 percent from 2005 and 36 percent from 2001. Gross receipts […]

Bill would keep base assets in place

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Language approved Wednesday by the Senate Appropriations Committee would assure that personnel and assets are not lost at Cannon Air Force Base while the Secretary of Defense searches for a new mission for the base. The language, developed by U.S. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., in consultation […]