Attitude first step toward positive results

By Don Reid: Guest Columnist I watched the Base Closure and Realignment hearings with great anticipation and a little anxiety. I was moved by the comments of BRAC commissioners Sue Turner and Lloyd Newton concerning the closure of Cannon Air Force Base. I believe they both spoke from their hearts and did so eloquently. Some […]

Clovis, Cannon deserve support of state

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist It was Clovis against the world. You think the La Cueva Bears are tough? How about the government putting a “closed” sign on Cannon Air Base and choking the town until it gasps for air? It’s a tough bunch, this Clovis gang, whether on the football field, at the coffee […]

New Mexico leaders invite Defense Department to visit Cannon

By Jennifer Talhelm: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — New Mexico leaders are inviting Defense Department officials to visit Cannon Air Force Base, hoping that will help convince the Pentagon the base should stay open. The request comes days after the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission voted to move Cannon’s three F-16 fighter squadrons elsewhere, […]

8/30 BRAC Letters to the editor

Editor’s note: The Base Closure and Realignment Commission voted Friday to move planes and personnel away from Cannon, as recommended by the Department of Defense. But commissioners ordered Cannon “enclaved,” or open in limited fashion, until Dec. 31, 2009, in hopes DoD will find it another mission. Here are excerpts from some e-mailed letters: Removing […]

Ideas flowing for new Cannon mission

By David Stevens: Freedom Newspapers It may be two years or more before the F-16 fighter jets and their crews and support staff leave Cannon Air Force Base, but the ideas for what happens after that are already rolling in. Andrew Schulman, a legislative aide for Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said there’s a potential for […]

Cannon survival gives region time to find new mission

Freedom Newspapers It wasn’t the sonic boom we wanted to hear resounding Friday through the maze of rings that make up the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. But undoubtedly its occupants heard the loud BRAC cheer given to misguided Department of Defense and Air Force leaders who lost their fight to close two key air bases, […]

8/28 BRAC Letters to the editor

Editor’s note: The Base Closure and Realignment Commission voted Friday to move planes and personnel away from Cannon, as recommended by the Department of Defense. But commissioners ordered Cannon “enclaved,” or open in limited fashion, until Dec. 31, 2009, in hopes DoD will find it another mission. Here are excerpts from some of the e-mailed […]

Cannon saved, for now

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New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson watches the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission deliberate on Cannon Air Force Base on Friday in Arlington, Va., outside Washington. (AP photo) By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The federal debate that traced a course for Cannon Air Force Base was like the entire Base Closure and Realignment process — […]

Enclave means Cannon has bought time

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The word rang out over and over during federal deliberations over the fate of Cannon Air Force Base: enclave. It is the word Base Closure and Realignment Commissioner Samuel Skinner used to keep the base open. In his Cannon amendment, Skinner suggested the base enclave — slowly diminish its capacities […]

Clovis citizens’ eyes focused on BRAC hearing

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Clovis City Commissioner Randy Crowder watches the Base Closure and Realignment on Friday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Fellow City Commissioner Cathy Haynes is at right. By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Clovis was silent as federal deliberations over Cannon Air Force Base trudged into the early afternoon Friday. Traffic seem to crawl and faces turned […]