6/28 BRAC letters to the editor

Sen. Harden’s efforts deserve kudos How great it felt Friday morning to participate in Operation: Keep Cannon. We stood on the curb waving flags to communicate with Base Realignment and Closure commissioners how grateful the city is that they were holding a hearing here. The majority of Clovis’ citizens hope that our efforts will prove […]

Clovis shows panel members ‘human side’

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Gabriel Bryant of Clovis shows his support for Cannon Air Force Base as a delegation of New Mexico politicians talk to people outside Marshall Junior High School after the BRAC regional hearing. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer They lined up 5,000 American flags, shoe-polished windows with “We love Cannon,” created […]

Cannon supporters vow to keep fighting

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Hundreds of people stood along Commerce Way, waving and holding signs as BRAC commissioners passed by under police escort. Photo is from a KOB-TV news helicopter. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer By all accounts, supporters of Cannon Air Force Base on Friday made a compelling argument to spare the facility […]

BRAC by quotes

BRAC talk from Clovis this weekend: “I am proud to be a U.S. citizen — to have the freedom to be able to approach the government and the Pentagon and tell them that they might be wrong. A lot of countries would not be so accepting.” — Cathy Haynes, Clovis city commissioner on how the […]

BRAC presenters stellar, but poker hand’s still building

Freedom Newspapers Elation ruled the day after Friday morning’s hearing at Marshall Junior High School before six members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. But those involved in the efforts to get Cannon Air Force Base off the closure list know the hard work will continue for at least two more months. Step 1, […]

Project: Reader Reaction: Case made; Cannon future not clear

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked: “Will Cannon Air Force Base supporters convince BRAC commissioners to spare the base?” Some responses: “ALTHOUGH THE SPEECHES BY the supporters were excellent, I believe the government has (one way or the other) already made up its mind on the issue. Listening to the speeches, I felt really […]

Commissioners: No bad bases

By David Irvin/Freedom Newspapers The top names from New Mexico’s leadership and the eastern New Mexico community walked into Marshall Junior High School auditorium Friday with a singular mission: Convince the Base Realignment and Closure commissioners that Cannon Air Force Base should not be shut down. Judging from the boisterous mood at a press conference […]

Military trimming should be based on fact, not agenda

Freedom Newspapers The message that will resound clearly at this morning’s BRAC regional hearing is straightforward: Keep Cannon Air Force Base in America’s defense lineup. Its uncluttered, soon-to-be supersonic airspace and nearby bombing range fit well with America’s future military base needs. The facts behind the message also will be crystal clear. The presenters of […]

BRAC pass distribution falls short of goal

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George Gilestra, of Clovis, reaches in the box for a ticket to Friday’s BRAC regional hearing during ticket drawing Wednesday at The North Plains Mall. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Pass distribution for Friday’s Base Realignment and Closure hearing shattered expectations of local leaders and organizers — but not in […]

Welcome: You’re about to become part of U.S. history

Freedom Newspapers Welcome, everyone, to the first of two days of regional history that many will recall far into the distant decades of our lives. Welcome to the members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission and their staff. You are the leading players in a unique ritual of freedom: a national hearing conducted in […]

Dignitaries flooding into Clovis

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer While Bill Richardson is usually the center of attention when he visits eastern New Mexico, the state’s governor will be just another face in the crowd of well-known dignitaries at Friday’s Base Realignment and Closure Commission hearing at Clovis’ Marshall Junior High. Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano and Nevada Gov. […]

Some public offices plan skeleton crew

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Essential public services will be available during the Base Realignment and Closure regional hearing on Friday, but many public offices will operate on skeleton crews and others will be shut so employees can participate in the rally and events. “We have so many people who are just essential people, […]

6/22 BRAC letters to the editor

Military families have it good in Clovis I am a military spouse (Army) living in El Paso, Texas, and have no problems putting my name on any comment I make. Growing up in Clovis, I heard Air Force spouses moan about the shopping, restaurants and lack of anything to do. Frankly, I blew it off […]

HIghway department cleaning road between Clovis, Cannon

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer New Mexico’s highway department has been mowing grass and trimming trees along U.S. Highway 60/84 between Clovis and Cannon Air Force Base the last few days. State Highway 523 between Clovis and the municipal airport is also receiving a cleanup. State officials said the cleanup is routine — and […]

Cannon letters cover wide emotional range

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Messages sent to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission and posted on its Web site range from heartfelt and emotional to anecdotal and biting. By and large, those writing in support of Cannon Air Force Base identify themselves in their messages. The reasons they list for keeping Cannon vary […]

BRAC Commissioner says no substitute for talking to those directly affected

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Gary Van Valin, president of Keystone International, in Albuquerque, right, looks at a map of the air space in New Mexico along with Randy Harris Friday in the Operation Keep Cannon planning room. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Philip Coyle expects to learn some things he won’t find in federal […]

Cannon AFB supporters not only ones with plan

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Buses shuttled citizens to and from the Base Realignment and Closure regional hearing held Wednesday in Fairbanks, Alaska. Business owners closed their doors to join base backers in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Red T-shirts labeled “America Needs Eielson,” were donned by area residents, who scooped up bottles of water offered by […]

Base supporters like reception in Washington

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The push to save Cannon Air Force Base moved to Washington this week, as community leaders and paid consultants presented their case to save the air base. Originally scheduled for one hour, the Wednesday meeting with the Base Realignment and Closure staff lasted for more than two hours, said […]

6/16 Letters to the editor

Dairy Farmers officer: Story was wrong We were deeply troubled by your June 7 article about Dairy Farmers of America (DFA). It was completely incorrect and misrepresented DFA’s source, Walter Bradley. We must set the record straight because our relationships with the Southwest’s haulers, dairy farmers, milk cooperatives, trucking firms and the Portales and Clovis […]

Cannon losing Singapore squadron

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A Republic of Singapore Air Force F-16 assigned to the 428th Fighter Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base takes off during a training combat training exercise in Alaska. (USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Matthew Hannen) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer For seven years, the Republic of Singapore’s air force shared the eastern New Mexico skies […]