Base-closing commission takes issue with Pentagon plan

Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A federal commission approved all but 14 percent of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s recommendations for closing or consolidating U.S. military bases — but it also took issue with the Pentagon in a final report sent to President Bush. The nine-member panel said the Defense Department overestimated savings […]

State senators push bill to find Cannon new mission

By Jennifer Talhelm: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — New Mexico Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman said Thursday they hope to require the Pentagon to carry out a federal panel’s recommendation that a new mission be found for Cannon Air Force Base. The Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission last month handed Cannon a reprieve […]

Commission shakes up Pentagon proposal

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — In two setbacks for the Pentagon, the base-closing commission crafted its own shake-up of the Air National Guard on Friday after voting to keep open Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. The nine-member panel endorsed the concept of restructuring the Air Guard but did not accept […]

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 […]

Local business closings its doors

CNJ staff All Ways Travel, a local travel agency, will be closing its doors Friday, but the move isn’t expected to affect other businesses under the same ownership. The closing was confirmed Wednesday afternoon by an employee at the travel agency. Efforts to contact All Ways owner Tammy Garner were unsuccessful. Garner also owns The […]

Showdown on detainees, bases delayed

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist on Tuesday delayed potential showdowns with the White House over terrorism detainees and closing U.S. military bases after the Republican-run chamber failed to sidetrack amendments on the two contentious issues. The Tennessee Republican’s decision to put off until fall further consideration of […]

Bush veto threatened if BRAC delayed

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is threatening to veto a sweeping defense bill if lawmakers try to delay the latest round of military base closures to spare installations back home. In a statement, the administration said it would “strongly oppose any amendment to weaken, delay or repeal” the base-closing […]

Pentagon responds to Senate subpoena

By Lolita C. Baldor: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Defense Department, under subpoena from a Senate committee, has provided enough information on the military base closing process to satisfy Senate leaders, so no further legal action will be taken, senators said Friday. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., in a letter to […]

Letters 6/5

Cannon committee needs to play politics In essence, the Base Realignment and Closure process is a divide-and-conquer scenario. While eastern New Mexico residents rally around Cannon Air Force Base and make our appeals for its worthiness, we must realize that every other affected community in the country is doing the same. This process tacitly pits […]

Roswell closure could hold lessons

The Associated Press ROSWELL — A third of Roswell’s population left in 1967, leaving closed businesses and schools and empty homes. But by most accounts, Roswell eventually recovered from the closing of Walker Air Force Base thanks to the foresight of city leaders, who developed plans to use the base and diversify the city’s economy. […]

Pentagon agrees to release closing data

By Lolita C. Baldor: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Under fire from Congress, the Defense Department has promised to give lawmakers access by next Tuesday to detailed material backing up its recommendations to shut down about 180 military installations across the country. Parts of the report are classified, so the Pentagon said lawmakers and staff […]

State hires lobbying, consulting firms

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — The state has hired a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm and an Albuquerque consulting company to help in the effort to save Cannon Air Force Base from closing. The base at Clovis is one of only two Air Force bases recommended by the Pentagon for closing nationwide under realignments […]

5/20 BRAC letters to the editor

Now is not time for citizens to give up on air base My fellow citizens of Clovis: After careful observation, I have put you into three categories when it comes to the possibility of Cannon closing. • The first category is the ostrich class. You are peoplewho say the base closing will not affect you […]

BRAC panel member warns not to rush

By Dave Montgomery: Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON — A member of the nation’s base-closing commission suggested Wednesday that the military wants to close some bases that could be needed later. “We shouldn’t rush into closing down facilities that we may need in the future,” former congressman James Bilbray said as the Base Realignment and Closure […]

5/18 BRAC letters to the editor

Community can still save Cannon I was one of the first 150 military personnel who arrived at Clovis Army Air Field back in 1942. At that time there were no buildings on the base and the runway was being reconstructed. For the first six months after the base opened, the 150 men were housed in […]

Reaction to BRAC closing ranges from shock to apathy

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Clovis hairstylist Kristal Hailey said “in a way I care, in a way I don’t” about the possibility of Cannon Air Force base closing when asked Saturday at the Clovis Wal-Mart. (Staff photo: Ryn Gargulinski) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Some Saturday Wal-Mart shoppers had more on their minds than hamburger meat and cottage […]

Have you heard the rumors?

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Every day it’s something different: Cannon Air Force Base is expanding. Cannon Air Force Base is closing. Dillard’s is closing. A high-ranking school official has his eyes set on a job at city hall. So goes the gossip that infiltrates coffee shops, beauty salons and government buildings in area […]

Year comes to end as BRAC begins

Tom Philpott For many towns and communities near U.S. military bases, it arrived like the dreaded Ghost of Christmases Yet-to-Come. Last week, Defense Department officials published a short list of criteria they intend to use over the next 17 months to decide what bases to recommend for closure, cutbacks or expansion. So begins the 2005 […]