Cannon plans in holding pattern

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A Clovis-Portales team envisioned last August to plan for a possible expansion at Cannon Air Force Base has lain dormant. Since a group of Clovis and Portales city and county representatives agreed to form the team nearly a year ago, the team has done little, besides attend a base […]

Local landowners agree to sell land for base expansion

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Courtesy photo By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Property owners near Cannon Air Force Base have agreed to sell land to enable the base to nearly double in size — an effort aimed at keeping the Pentagon from shutting it down. Gov. Bill Richardson and Clovis Mayor David Lansford announced the agreement Friday, and were faxing […]

Cannon supporters advised to be prepared

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The advice of base redevelopment veteran Eric Williams resonated Tuesday at a meeting of Clovis and Portales jurisdiction representatives. The executive director of Reese Technology Center, a business campus which stands in lieu of Reese Air Force Base, told the same group last Wednesday to, above all, be prepared. […]

Portales citizens celebrate plant, energy bill

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Portales citizens, state politicians and Washington lobbyists came together Tuesday afternoon under a large canopy to celebrate not only the expansion of the city’s Abengoa ethanol plant, but a recently passed energy bill that made such an expansion so relevant in the coming years. The expansion will doubled […]

Q&A: PRMC keeping pace

Wesley White is chief operating and financial officer at Plains Regional Medical Center. He answered questions recently about the hospital expansion. Q. What is capacity now? A.The hospital is licensed for 106 beds. The Intensive Care Unit beds will increase from 8 to 12 in 2007. Q. Is PRMC seeing increase in demand, and how […]

Increases in staff, payroll accompany expansion

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The expansion of Plains Regional Medical Center is showing additional benefits beyond adding in-house services such as a cancer treatment center, a rehab center and cardiac care. Thesix-year, $53.5-million project is also making a significant impact on the local economy and has aided in the recruitment of nearly a […]

Theater expansion nears completion

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Willie Flowers mixes varnish in one of the three new auditoriums in the new addition Monday at the North Plains Cinema 4. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer An expansion project at Allen Theaters in the North Plains Mall that was delayed more than two months by weather is nearing […]

Air Force gathers public reaction to air expansion

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Under the expansion, supersonic operations would be authorized at altitudes of 5,000 to 6,000 feet above ground level in seven counties across eastern New Mexico. (Cannon Air Force Base Public Affairs) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers FORT SUMNER — A Cannon Air Force Base proposal to expand military airspace met resistance and support during a […]

Ranchers raise concerns

By Tara May: Roswell Daily Record ROSWELL — Several ranchers and a non-military pilot brought up concerns at a public meeting here to discuss Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed military airspace expansion. Monday’s meeting at Goddard High School was the first of four public hearings taking place in the communities impacted by the expansion, including […]

Air Force: Effects of expansion minimal

CNJ staff and wire reports CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — An environmental report on the effects of a proposed military airspace expansion estimates increased noise that could be intrusive but would cause no damage to animals or humans. The 421-page environmental impact statement said the expansion would mean “some airspace and noise consequences” but would […]

USAF report released

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Air Force has released a report outlining the environmental consequences of a proposed air space expansion. The 421-page environmental impact statement outlines anticipated effects of Cannon Air Force Base’s New Mexico Training Range Initiative, which would expand military airspace to 3,300 square miles from 2,600 square miles. The […]

Some ranchers against Cannon airspace increase

By Mike Linn Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed military airspace expansion has any number of vocal supporters. Community leaders and economic development officials believe the expansion is important in helping the base remain open after the government’s base realignment and closure process, or BRAC, which should be completed in 2005. “The airspace would make Cannon […]

Cannon discusses expansion

By Mike Linn Officials with Cannon Air Force Base met with community leaders Friday to discuss a proposed expansion of airspace used for military training. The proposal seeks to expand the airspace an additional 10 miles toward Portales, leaving the boundaries about 20 miles west of Portales and about five miles west of Floyd. Base […]

Clovis awarded SWL franchise

CNJ STAFF The Southwestern League, a Class A independent league baseball circuit, has approved Clovis for one of its two expansion franchises for the 2005 season, according to a league press release. The SWL will operate with four teams this summer, three of them in New Mexico — Alamogordo, Las Cruces and Roswell. The other […]

Railway continues expansion

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The Burlington Northern-Santa Fe expansion of the Clovis rail yard has created 60 new conductor positions. Photo by Eric Kluth By Jack King Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway has hired 60 new people as a result of its recent expansion, “90 percent” of whom are from Clovis, a BNSF spokeswoman said. Spokeswoman Lena Kent said […]

Strict regulations spur owners of cheese plant into expansion

By Darrell Todd Maurina Strict milk quotas and government regulations imposed by the European Union fueled expansion into the United States, according to officials of the Irish milk processing company known as Glanbia. Glanbia, whose name means “pure food” in the traditional Irish language of Gaelic, first came to the United States in 1988 and […]

Healthy expansion

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Dave Sikes of Myers Electric works on the new storage facility being built as part of Plains Regional Medical Center expansion project. Photo by Rick White. By Gary Mitchell The Plains Regional Medical Center expansion is gaining momentum — much to the delight of the hospital staff. In fact, the Healthplex building — which will […]