Lack of news concerns Cannon supporters

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Randy Harris recalls being on the steps of the Pentagon, the morning sun on the horizon, as the secretary of the Air Force drove up. Asked what he was doing there, Harris replied: “This is what we’ve been doing for the last 50 years.” As a member of the […]

BRAC could spark small retiree migration

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Sometime between now and May 16, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will release a list of military bases the department wants closed, labeling them unneeded infrastructure that waste billions of dollars annually. Community leaders in affected areas will express shock and anger. Paid lobbyists will begin pumping out reasons why a […]

BRAC or no BRAC, Clovis will survive

By Ray Sullivan: Publisher If you stocked up on antacids recently because you’ll overeat at today’s Mother’s Day feast, save a handful for the rest of the week. You will need them. BRAC week is here. In eight days at the most, by May 16, all the guessing will be done. The world will know […]

Community awaiting word from Washington

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer In a show of solidarity Thursday night, community leaders announced they will aggressively work toward removing Cannon Air Force Base from the Base Realignment and Closure list in the event the base ends up on it. The Department of Defense has until May 16 to submit a list of […]

City OKs $20,000 for civic center

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission on Thursday approved a $20,000 contract to hire a firm to assist in the planning, opening and initial operations of the civic center. The Pennsylvania-based company, Global Spectrum, operates civic centers, arenas and other special events centers across the country. “It’s the feeling of that […]

Cannon backers hire BRAC advisers

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer OK, Randy Harris admits, Cannon Air Force Base supporters are getting nervous. It’s not that news related to the Base Realignment and Closure process is bad … it’s just that no news is being released at all. And so, “just in case,” Cannon’s Committee of Fifty support group has […]

Officials believe Cannon in solid position for BRAC process

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Cannon is home to 80 F-16 figther jets and more than 3,000 military personnel. (Courtesy photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Dozens of United States military bases are expected to be targeted for closure this year. Federal officials have predicted as many as 100 of the nation’s roughly 400 bases will be closed. While […]

Politics, BRAC go hand in hand

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation, local supporters of Cannon Air Force Base and even some independent analysts agree Cannon has strong military value and should survive this year’s Base Realignment and Closure process. But the looming questions are whether BRAC commissioners will focus on military value — and […]

BRAC Q&A, part 4

The Base Realignment and Closure process begins this month with the announcement of BRAC commission members. The committee is charged with recommending military installations for closure or realignment. The Clovis News Journal is publishing a daily Q&A on BRAC-related issues. If you have a question, please submit it to Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com Q […]

BRAC Q&A: part 3

The Base Realignment and Closure process begins this month with the announcement of BRAC commission members. The committee is charged with recommending military installations for closure or realignment. The Clovis News Journal is publishing a daily Q&A on BRAC-related issues. If you have a question, please submit it to Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com Q […]