Community leaders interested in exploring Cannon redevelopment

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Should Cannon Air Force Base close, its F-16s bequeathed to far away places, Mayor David Lansford wants to be prepared. That’s why the mayor invited the government entities of the Clovis-Portales area together for a Wednesday morning, closed-door meeting. The guest speaker is Eric Williams, the executive director of […]

Top admiral to testify at naval base hearing

By Sue Lindsey: The Associated Press NORFOLK, Va. — The Navy’s new chief will testify this week at a defense commission hearing on whether Oceana Naval Air Station should be among military bases it recommends for closure. Adm. Michael G. Mullen, who became chief of naval operations July 15, will appear before the Defense Base […]

7/31 BRAC Letters to the editor

BRAC panel should see process through I can’t believe four Base Realignment and Closure commissioners decided to recuse themselves from voting on issues that pertain to their home state. These commissioners were appointed by the president to perform a task that requires them to be fair and impartial. Here is a quote directly from the […]

Senators want to halt BRAC

The Associated Press New Mexico’s two senators want to halt the base realignment and closure process at least until the Pentagon completes a defense review and most of the major combat units return from deployment in Iraq. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., announced Thursday they are sponsoring an amendment to the fiscal […]

Senate bill includes funds for Cannon

CNJ staff A bill working its way through the U.S. Senate includes $13.2 million earmarked for a project at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. The sum will remain in the bill despite the fact Cannon has been targeted for closure by the Pentagon. Domenici recommended the […]

Cannon supporters cautiously optimistic

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base supporters expressed cautious optimism on Tuesday as Base Realignment and Closure commissioners added military installations to the possible closure list. “I am very encouraged, not only that they chose to put about nine additional bases on the list, but that the Commission is independent in […]

7/10 Letters to the editor

Bush’s speech full of patriotic excuses Once again, the president delivered a well-crafted speech in support of our actions in Iraq, and once again the truth was masked with 9/11 patriotic justifications. Dishonestly or not, they were wrong about weapons of mass destruction, mostly wrong about Americans as liberators and wrong and disingenuously misleading about […]

New Mexico gets funding to help job transitions

Staff and wire reports The U.S. Department of Labor has decided to award the state $1 million in job transition funds since it could be affected by the Pentagon’s plans to close Cannon Air Force Base and transfer jobs from White Sands Missile Range. The funds would be used in eastern New Mexico to support […]

BRAC would have far-reaching impact on businesses, agencies

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Eighteen month old Xander Victor watches Susan Lea, a patients advocate at La Casa Family Health Center, as she checks his heart rate Tuesday afternoon. (Staff writer: Sharna Johnson) By David Irvin and Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writers Four days after a regional Base Realignment and Closure committee hearing in Clovis, eastern New Mexico is […]

Difficult decision ahead for panel

Lions Club

Members of the Lions Club show their support for Cannon Air Force Base as BRAC officials and state politicians travel down Prince Street on their way to the regional meeting on Friday morning at Marshall Junior High School. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The arguments to save Cannon Air Force […]

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 numbers

1 out of 3 jobs Committee of Fifty member Chad Lydick said will be lost to the community if Cannon closes 1 out of 5 jobs the Department Defense estimates will be lost if Cannon closes 6 Base Realignment and Closure commissioners who attended Friday’s regional hearing in Clovis. The Commission consists of nine members. […]

Nevada wins commissioner’s promise to tour depot

By Felicia Fonseca: The Associated Press Nevada’s political leaders got a welcome surprise on their trip to New Mexico: a commissioner’s commitment to visit the Army Ammunition Depot near Hawthorne. Base Realignment and Closure Commissioner Philip Coyle told Gov. Kenny Guinn along with six others that he’d arrange for a visit to the threatened depot […]

Arizona wants AF lab spared

By Arthur H. Rotstein: The Associated Press Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano touted the state’s long and strong defense of its military installations Friday in urging the independent Base Realignment and Closure Commission to reconsider the Defense Department’s proposal to close an Air Force lab in Mesa. Napolitano appeared at the commission hearing in Clovis to […]

BRAC talk: Summaries of Cannon presenters

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BRAC commissioners, foreground, said eastern New Mexico’s arguments for sparing Cannon Air Force Base were strong, but cautioned the nation has many “great bases” on the closure list. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) The nine who testified on behalf of Cannon Air Force Base at Friday’s regional hearing of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission: Sen. […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

6/23 BRAC letters to the editor

Detractors should stand behind words The people who won’t give their names in support of Cannon Air Force Base’s closure are missing what America is all about. As I see it, they are insulting every person who has volunteered, and in many cases given their lives, to defend this country and the freedoms its citizens […]

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 […]