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 […]

Commission considers closing Wheaton Street

By Jack King Residents from the Wheaton Street area argued heatedly Thursday the City Commission should postpone considering an ordinance that would close a portion of street to make way for a Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad expansion. Charging the expansion will put BNSF’s new tracks near their backyards and Curry County needs more time […]