Affordable Housing Plan taking step toward ordinance

Kevin Wilson When Clovis found out that nearby Cannon Air Force Base would receive a bump in personnel for its new Air Force Special Operations Command mission, growth management consultants suggested an affordable housing plan as responsible planning for the city’s future. The last two commanders at Cannon, and some of their officers, have spoken […]

Honors — April 3

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Neikirk [image #2, align=right, size=medium] Airman Andrew M. Neikirk has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Chris Neikirk of Lew Wallace Drive, Clovis, N.M. Neikirk graduated in 2008 from House High School.

First female commander comes to Cannon

CNJ staff The 16th Special Operations Squadron has its first female commander in Lt. Col. Tracy Onufer, according to an announcement on Cannon Air Force Base website. Onufer is only the second woman to command an operational flying squadron in Air Force Special Operations Command. She was promoted to the Cannon position in February. Onufer […]

People can’t be forced to be free

There is no way to force someone to be free. As a libertarian I see the absurdity of that impossible notion. So when I point out the wrong of liberty-destroying laws I am not demanding that those who feel they need them give them up. That would be trying to force them to be free. […]

Air Force events spark flashbacks

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County supports Cannon growth

The current Cannon Air Force Base commander, Col. Stephen Clark, as well as the preceding base commander, has made requests to the county commission for more than two years for assistance with security issues and other obstructions critical to their mission. These issues primarily involve County Road R and the land immediately west of the […]

Weekly update — March 13

Representative trying for impact statement State Rep. Roberto Gonzalez, D-Taos, is trying to force the U.S. Air Force to produce a full environmental impact statement on Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed low-altitude training area. Gonzalez has introduced a joint memorial on the topic to the state legislature. In a Taos News story, Gonzalez says he […]

Night training missions to be held at Cannon

CNJ staff Crews from the U.S. Air Force Weapons School AC-130 Weapons Instructor Course will be performing night training missions at Cannon Air Force Base throughout the month of March, according to a news release. The first mission will take place Monday. The 14th Weapons Squadron from Hurlburt Field, Fla., will be conducting the flights. […]

‘Eagle eyes’ key for staying safe

While the arrest of the Saudi student in Lubbock has raised awareness over the likelihood of an attack against Cannon Air Force Base and the surrounding community, it is important to remember that the threat of terrorism on U.S. military bases still exists since the tragic events of 9/11. Force protection specialists from Cannon agree […]

Group: Petition has enough signatures to force special election

Kevin Wilson The High Plains Patriots said they have enough signatures to force a special election on a .25 percent gross receipts tax hike. The citizens group plans to bring the city signatures on Monday, the deadline day established after the Clovis City Commission approved the GRT increase in its Feb. 3 meeting. The group […]

County will seek bids on paving road near base

Sharna Johnson Curry County will gather bids to surface an alternate route around Curry Road R, which lies along Cannon Air Force Base’s western perimeter — temporarily abandoning plans to improve access to the base’s south gate. The decision was reached in a 4-1 vote Tuesday during a Curry County Commission meeting at the Clovis-Carver […]

Honors — Feb. 20

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Banda [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Air Force Airman Michael J.Banda graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic […]

Airmen adoption list available

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base’s Airmen and Family Readiness Center has collected a list of airmen for the upcoming year of the Adopt-an-Air-Commando program. The overall goal of the program is to strengthen the partnership of the base and surrounding communities, by providing support to military families and single airmen assigned to the […]

Delayed reporting Wednesday for Cannon personnel

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — There is a two-hour delay for non-essential personnel to report to work due to weather conditions.

Base commander returning to Florida

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base’s commander is returning to Florida for his next assignment with the Air Force. The Air Force Times reported Col. Stephen Clark, who was recently selected for promotion to brigadier general, will become director of plans, programs, requirements and assessments for Air Force Special Operations Command headquarters at Hurlburt Field, […]

Farmer says dairy regulations bad for industry

Argen Duncan New dairy regulations recently put on hold by Gov. Susana Martinez were bad for the industry, according to local dairy owner Alva Carter Jr. In the 2009, state lawmakers adopted a bill requiring strict regulations on groundwater pollution prevention for New Mexico dairies. After a lengthy process, the state Water Quality Control Commission […]

Area lawmakers say Cannon unlikely to be impacted by defense cuts

Sharna Johnson Cannon Air Force Base is unlikely to be impacted by proposed cuts to the nation’s defense budget, according to area lawmakers. For the first time in more than a decade defined by costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Pentagon announced plans Thursday to freeze its ballooning budget, forcing the services to shrink […]

Cannon official promoted

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base’s Chief Master Sgt. William H. Turner, Command Chief of the 27th Special Operations Wing, has been chosen as the command chief master sergeant for Air Force Special Operations Command in Hurlburt Field, Fla., according to a news release. Turner’s new position is the top enlisted position at Air Force […]

Language in land use study raises concerns

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Cannon Air Force Base 27th Special Operations Group Commander Col. Steven Kimball talks about the need for two-way communication as a component of the Joint Land Use Study during Monday’s meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Kevin Wilson Four-plus hours of meeting for the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land […]

Residents raise concerns about Joint Land Use consequences

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Courtesy illustration The Joint Land Use Study area covers nearly a million and a half acres around Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose Air Force Range in portions of Roosevelt and Curry counties. Liliana Castillo Some in Curry and Roosevelt counties feel a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is merely a way to begin open […]