Impact report suggests airspace increase

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Training airspace near Cannon Air Force Base could be expanded by the end of November, according to Air Force officials. A report on the impact of increasing airspace near Cannon was officially released Wednesday. Before the Air Force can make a decision on whether to expand airspace, federal environmental […]

Air Force officials encourage feedback

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Proposed special ops aircraft and operations for Cannon Air Force Base were outlined at the Clovis Community College on Monday in the first of three meetings scheduled to gather public input for an Environmental Impact Study of the base’s new mission. By law, the study must be completed before […]

Letters to the Editor: Preservation of rights deserves thanks

On Constitution Day, which is Sunday, we are reminded that the supreme duty of every American citizen is to defend the Constitution and that we do this by having the courage to speak up whenever we see our rights being trampled upon. Therefore, I give thanks for the following organizations, which defended the Constitution this […]

Meeting set for junior high fate

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer School board members will vote today on whether to continue or end research on the reorganization of Clovis junior high schools, according to a school board agenda. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at 1009 Main St. School administrators seek permission from the board to further explore […]

BP miscalculation makes for one costly mistake

By Freedom Newspapers It certainly looks as if BP miscalculated when it came to how often it needed to perform maintenance on a pipeline leading from the oil field at Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope of Alaska. As Severin Borenstein, of the Energy Institute at the University of California-Berkeley said, that’s an internal BP […]

Ag Sense: Dairy industry leads state’s agricultural activity

By Victor E. Cabrera: Guest columnist New Mexico residents not directly involved in the state’s growing dairy industry may not realize the dairy business is now the leading agricultural activity in the state and a top contributor to the national milk market. In fact, New Mexico is the seventh-largest milk-producing state, providing 7.1 (4 percent) […]

Friday area prep football capsules

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Senior Richard Canales of the Fort Sumner Foxes (3-1) is brought down by senior Brent Wells of the Cloudcroft Bears (3-0). (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) CNJ staff Texico 34, Eunice 13 Records: Texico 2-2, Eunice 1-4. Impact: The Wolverines, who went 12-0 en route to Class 1A state championships in 2003 and 2004, snapped a […]

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 […]

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. […]

Commission visit to be strictly business

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer When Base Realignment and Closure commissioners sit down face to face with the community on Friday, it will be strictly business. According to BRAC staff and some of New Mexico’s congressional delegates, the Commission will be acting like umpires, looking for violations of the BRAC criteria as laid out […]

BRAC news has had minimal economic impact — so far

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Michael Encinias of Plains Masonry cuts bricks to put the finishing touches on the facade of a new home Monday in the Raintree subdivision just off of Norris Street. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Yes, Applebee’s is still coming to town and, yes, Fairfield Marriott will soon be opening its […]

United Way officials say closure would hit volunteer agencies hard

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Joyce Davis’ letter underscoring the impact of Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico is currently on a postal trail to the Pentagon. In particular, the coordinator for the Curry and Roosevelt County Habitat for Humanity hoped to point out the volunteer efforts of base personnel in the […]

Portales business owner uneasy about BRAC

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — One Portales business owner said he doubts his company would survive if Cannon Air Force Base closes. George Combs, owner of Combs Electric, said he has 20 employees, and 18 of them are working on the runway lights at Cannon Air Force Base. A retired Korean War veteran, Combs said his […]

Roosevelt County pledges money to base effort

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County commissioners are in, making it all four government entities in Curry and Roosevelt counties donating money towards lobbying efforts to keep Cannon Air Force Base open. Commissioners approved a $50,000 donation into the funding for lobbying and marketing efforts to keep Cannon Air Force Base open. The vote […]

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 […]

5/17 Letters to the editor

Cannon, Clovis had impact on family The news that Cannon Air Force Base was on the Base Realignment and Closure list came just as I was leaving my civil service job at Tinker Air Force Base to attend my son’s graduation at Eastern New Mexico University last weekend. I was numb as I made the […]

Politics, BRAC go hand in hand

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation, local supporters of Cannon Air Force Base and even some independent analysts agree Cannon has strong military value and should survive this year’s Base Realignment and Closure process. But the looming questions are whether BRAC commissioners will focus on military value — and […]

Clovis should plan for BRAC, just in case

By Bob Baker: Guest Columnist What will the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process mean to eastern New Mexico? We won’t know until federal officials finalize it all late this year. Of course we’re all hoping Cannon Air Force Base will survive the cuts, maybe even expand as other bases are closed. But is anyone […]

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 […]

Top leaders see Iraq war’s reality, add more troops

Freedom editorial The announcement that the number of U.S. troops in Iraq will be increased to 150,000 during the prelude to Iraqi elections scheduled for Jan. 30 is a bow to realism. It would probably be too much for this administration to acknowledge what the move tacitly admits: that previous troop levels have been insufficient […]