Earning blue ribbon recognition long process

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Many will have read the Clovis News Journal article last Thursday about Ranchvale Elementary being recognized as a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School. What an achievement to have received such an honor. The Blue Ribbon Award has become a way to assess exemplary practices and establish standards of excellence for public and private […]

Freeze means freeze: Lawmaker’s bill cracks down on state hires

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican A lawmaker upset over the continued hiring of state employees after a Gov. Bill Richardson-imposed hiring halt has introduced a measure that sets out stringent criteria for exemptions to the rule. Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort, R-Sandia Park, is carrying a bill (SB 215) that would only allow the state […]

Obama given Nobel to spur hopes of peace

Freedom New Mexico Well, President Barack Obama is not the first, shall we say, nonobvious and, indeed, rather eccentric choice by the Norwegian Nobel Committee to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Nobody knows exactly what guided the five-member committee selected by the Norwegian Parliament; deliberations are kept secret for 50 years. So, we can […]

Housing authority has evolved: Q&A

Jim Wilkerson, 64, executive director of the Clovis Housing Authority, is retiring after 23 years. He has been working there since he retired from the Air Force. His office is located on the same property as Grand Avenue Homes at 2101 W. Grand Ave. Q: Have you seen changes in the housing authority, they way […]

Base closures may be delayed

David Arkin: CNJ correspondent Cannon Air Force Base and hundreds of other military bases across the country may not face closures until 2007 under legislation that was approved on Thursday. The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness passed a bill on Thursday in Washington, D.C., that would delay the Base Realignment and Closure Commission from […]

Base Planning Commission optimistic about keeping Cannon

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis banker Randy Harris said he’s optimistic going into today’s meeting of the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission, a group established by the New Mexico Economic Development Department to help keep the state’s military installations open. Items on the published agenda for the 2 p.m. meeting in Albuquerque include the […]

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 […]

Base closure criteria raises cheers and concerns for Cannon backers

Eastern New Mexico received an early Christmas present on Monday when the Department of Defense published its criteria for closing and realigning military installations in 2005. The standards suggest Cannon Air Force Base is a strong candidate for surviving the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, and even for expansion. “If anything, we’re pleasantly surprised,” […]

Officials find base closure criteria encouraging news

Mike Linn Criteria set to help determine which military bases will close after 2005 were made public on Monday, and local officials expressed confidence Cannon Air Force Base will remain open. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said he believes New Mexico bases are positioned ‘‘to not only stay off the closure list, but to possibly gain […]