Joint land use on tap for Monday meeting

Freedom New Mexico Curry and Roosevelt counties will host a policy committee meeting 3 p.m. Monday at the Curry County Courthose commission room. The meeting, which is open to the public, will focus on existing conditions regarding land uses in the counties and Cannon Air Force Base. The purpose of the joint land use study […]

NMAW undermined joint group

By Clint Harden: State senator Clovis’ water supply is not in danger of running dry next month or even next year. Telling the truth, the whole truth, is a fundamental principle of how we conduct ourselves, whether in our personal lives or our businesses. It’s what allows us to look at ourselves in the mirror, […]

Meeting set to inform public about joint land use study

CNJ staff Curry and Roosevelt counties will hold a public information meeting 6-8 p.m. April 8 at Portales City Hall, 100 W. First St. The purpose of the meeting is to inform the public about the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study area and to invite public comment. The study is intended to […]

Empty Stocking Fund surpasses last year’s total

Freedom New Mexico As of noon Friday, the Empty Stocking Fund, a joint effort between Freedom New Mexico and the Salvation Army to feed and clothe the needy, had collected almost $900 more than last season’s drive. Officials said donations thus far total $8,998. Last year donations to the fund totaled $8,100.

March 8 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 11 a.m. Feb. 20 an officer responded to a school in the 100 block of Commerce Street for a report of a drug deal. A staff member said he witnessed two boys doing a drug deal and provided the officer with […]

Rep. Lujan’s Statement on the President’s Address to the Joint Session of Congress

Commission takes lead in Cannon growth study

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to take the lead in a Joint Land Use Study into expansion and a changed mission at Cannon Air Force Base. As community sponsors, the county will act as the lead, local agency and partner with the Office of Economic Adjustment in obtaining grant money […]

Voters speak out on District 5 race

Chandler has experience to back him up Caleb Chandler is obviously the most experienced and qualified candidate for County Commission District 5. Examples: 1. Detention Center problems: Caleb chaired the Joint House and Senate Legislative Committee that investigated the 1980

Reaper drops bomb on anti-Iraqi forces

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USAF photo: Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson An MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft prepares to taxi out of a hangar on Aug. 8 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. By Staff Sgt. Don Branum: 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs Joint Base Balad, Iraq — An MQ-9 Reaper dropped a 500-pound bomb against an anti-Iraqi target on […]

Reaper flies first Iraq mission

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Courtesy photo: USAF A maintenance airman inspects an MQ-9 Reaper in Afghanistan Oct. 1. Capable of striking enemy targets with on-board weapons, the Reaper has conducted close air support and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Staff and Air Force News Joint Base Balad, Iraq — The Air Force flew its first operational MQ-9 Reaper mission […]

Cannon conducting joint exercise

Cannon Air Force Base is conducting a joint exercise with Marine Corps and Army units July 17, according to a news release from Cannon Air Force Base. Called Exercise Joint Lightning, the training exercise is focused on communication procedures between special operations forces in other branches of the service, according to 27th Special Operations Wing […]

Logan bridge closed after RV accident

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Freedom New Mexio: Thomas Garcia A fifth-wheel camper driven by Bill Lange of Wisconsin was damaged Thursday by a joint jutting out of the westbound lane on the U.S. 54 bridge near Logan. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico An recreational vehicle struck a bridge expansion joint Thursday on U.S. 54 near Logan, creating a […]

Airmen thanked for making a difference

General T. Michael Moseley T. Michael Moseley General, USAF Chief of Staff AF Chief of Staff remembers OIF anniversary, sacrifices March 19 marked the 3rd anniversary of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and the removal of an oppressive, dangerous regime. This was the culmination of a joint and coalition intense effort on land, sea, and air. I […]

County grants sheriff purchase of van to transport prisoners

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher is eyeing a new van for transporting prisoners. The van would be purchased in part with about $10,500 from drug assets seized during a joint-drug operation in November that included the sheriff’s office and the Drug Enforcement Agency. Another $17,000 in funds previously allocated […]

Commission chair asks if Cannon can house F35s

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A beacon, for some base supporters, shone through in the early morning hours Thursday when BRAC Commission Chairman Anthony Principi asked if Cannon Air Force Base could house the Joint Strike Fighter, jet of the future. The jet will initially need a sea-level training center, but Cannon, said BRAC […]

Pentagon defends base assessment

by Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Pentagon officials on Monday painted Cannon Air Force Base as one with little to offer in the way of nearby air and testing range space. They said Melrose Bombing Range is “rudimentary” and “basic.” The range, according to Pentagon testimony, holds little joint-use opportunities and could not accommodate live […]

Rumsfeld warns tinkering with list could unravel defense network

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld warned a commission reviewing his proposal to close or downsize military bases that tinkering with even one facility could unravel plans for entire sections of the U.S. defense network. “One must be careful about taking a selective look at individual components or […]

Cannon fighters taking part in joint exercise near El Paso

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A Navy E-2C “Hawkeye” gets clearance to taxi Monday at Cannon Air Force Base. The plane serves as an airborne radar unit for jet fighters. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The skies over eastern New Mexico are carrying more than the rumbling F-16s this month. Through a joint exercise […]

CAFB fighter jets set for deployment

CNJ Staff Cannon Air Force Base has released additional information about the upcoming deployment of the 522nd Fighter Squadron to the Arabian Gulf. Base commander Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates, who heads up the 27th Fighter Wing, will lead the deployment of six F-16 fighters and more than 155 support personnel to a four-week joint allied […]

Area veterans meet need for new memorial

Freedom Newspapers T he Clovis Joint Veterans Council announced last week it plans to build a monument to Curry County veterans who have been killed in war. This is great news. Curry County has a prominent war memorial: six stone tablets outside Clovis/Carver Public Library “Dedicated to Curry County veterans who served their country.” But […]