Cannon’s closure would affect budgets of retired military


Robin Montano, left, granddaughter Lauren Reed and John Montano show their support for Cannon Air Force Base on Saturday outside the Montano’s house. Montano spent 32 years in the Army National Guard. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Montanos call Clovis home. The couple was drawn here largely because of […]

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 […]

Clovis plans big reception for BRAC officials

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Roy Seay, vice president of Clovis National Bank, will not be in his office on June 24. He will be on the streets of Clovis. And so will his employees. The bank will be closed until noon because, for Seay, it is important to replace that morning’s normal activities […]

Letter writers take aim at BRAC commissioners


Nick Mondragon runs letters through a postage machine Thursday at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce in Clovis. The letters are being sent to BRAC Commissioners and top U.S. government officials. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Kenneth Realty Inc. agent Maureen Burns said she hunched over mounds of letters for […]

State senators meet with BRAC commissioner

The Associated Press A member of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission assured New Mexico’s two senators Thursday that data behind the Pentagon’s decision to recommend the closure of Cannon Air Force Base would be closely scrutinized before the base’s fate is decided. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said they received the […]

More communities supporting Cannon

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Clovis and Portales are not the only communities trying to keep Cannon Air Force Base open. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Clovis Mayor David Lansford traveled to Amarillo on Monday to talk about efforts to get Cannon off the Base Realignment and Closure list. Ortega said they spoke with Trent […]

Area officials find flaws in BRAC data

CNJ staff The Department of Defense has released information about specific criteria used in the compilation of its Base Realignment and Closure lists. Information, available for download on, includes a system used to calculate cost of base realignment or closure information in regards to COBRA. Committee of Fifty member Randy Harris said a team […]

Lawmaker opposed BRAC from beginning


U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., told a Clovis audience Friday she remains optimistic Cannon will be spared by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. (Staff photo: David Irvin) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Congresswoman Heather Wilson is concerned about the guarded nature of the Pentagon in regard to releasing certain data to communities affected […]

Strategic committee assembles for Cannon

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The strategic team formed to help save Cannon Air Force Base from closure by the Pentagon came together Tuesday for the first time. Comprised of local groups, state groups and three paid lobbying firms, the strategic team set up shop at Clovis Community College and began divvying up responsibilities. […]

Getting Cannon off BRAC list still supercedes ‘Plan B’

Freedom Newspapers So here we are, 14 days into the rollercoaster ride of emotions tied to Cannon Air Force Base being targeted by the Defense Department and the Air Force to close. Now we’re exactly four weeks away from arguing our case against that decision before the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. Let’s take stock […]

BRAC chair coming to Clovis


Anthony Principi chairs a hearing of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission on Tuesday in Washington. (KRT photo: Chuck Kennedy) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer New Mexico’s congressional delegates formally requested all nine members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission attend a regional meeting next month in Clovis because the city tops […]

Portales launches ‘Keep Cannon’ effort

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The city of Portales will soon be decorated with yellow and red signs which say Keep Cannon. Members of the Keep Cannon Portales committee looked over designs and logos for banners and ribbons Tuesday showing support for Cannon Air Force Base, which is being recommended for closure by […]

Ranchvale elementary’s future might hinge on Cannon closure


Ranchvale Elementary kindergarten teacher Tonya Wilson tries to find the heartbeat of her daughter Aliyah Hawkins, 9, Friday as Wilson was cleaning out her classroom for the summer. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Ranchvale Elementary School is nearer to the Cannon Air Force Base than the strip malls of Clovis. […]

Officials: Politics not involved in Cannon being on BRAC list


Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., talks to reporters about issues concerning Cannon Air Force Base at a town hall meeting Saturday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Politics were not involved in the selection of Cannon Air Force Base for the Base Realignment and Closure […]

5/22 BRAC letters to the editor

Editor’s note: Most of the following letters were edited heavily for space considerations. Battle to keep Cannon open not lost When I first heard that Cannon Air Force Base was on the Base Realignment and Closure list, I simply could not believe it. My own 31-year Air Force career ended at Cannon in 1973. As […]

Clovis strong enough to survive Cannon closure

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist Boy, that was a real Friday the 13th kind of thing last week wasn’t it, with our very own Cannon Air Force Base showing up on the federal government’s Base Realignment and Closure list? I was stunned. It’s not like it couldn’t happen, but more like, “Why should it happen?” […]

Other viewpoints on Cannon closure

Editor’s note: Here are editorials published recently about Cannon Air Force Base and the Base Realignment and Closure process: Clovis, Curry deserve assistance, support of entire state From the Albuquerque Tribune Albuquerque dodged a bullet Friday, but now it will have to close ranks with New Mexico’s Cannon Air Force Base — targeted in the […]

Senators co-sponsor bill to halt BRAC

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer New Mexico’s senators co-sponsored a bill Wednesday intended to stop the Base Realignment and Closure process in its tracks. But before it can be enacted, one of BRAC’s biggest supporters — President Bush — would have to sign it. The “postponement of 2005 round of defense base closure and […]

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 […]

Area ranchers willing to support Cannon

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Some eastern New Mexico ranchers are long-standing critics of Cannon Air Force Base. When Cannon announced plans in January to expand its training air space, a handful of ranchers were vocal in their opposition at a meeting with Air Force officials at Eastern New Mexico University. Anticipating some may […]