Oct. 8 Club notes, Birthdays, Weddings, Honors

Club Notes Friendship Rebekah Lodge Friendship Rebekah Lodge met Sept. 27 for its regular business meeting. Vice Grand Serena Goar led the group in the re-obligation ceremony. The officers for next year were elected. Serena Goar was elected noble grand. Mary Dorris was elected vice grand. Evelyn Calder will serve as secretary/treasurer and Mary Dorris […]

Feds: Cannon assessment team not official

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Formation of a federal team to assess future missions for Cannon Air Force Base is not official, a Department of Defense spokesman said on Wednesday. Gov. Bill Richardson said Monday a Pentagon-led team will assess possible missions for Cannon and report the findings to the Pentagon in 180 days. […]

Women want certain things in a man

Bob Huber: Local columnist In these troubled times when we’re smothered by hurricanes, terrorists, tattoos, and bad football seasons, it’s time to probe an even greater baffling question, one that has tormented mankind for thousands of years — “What does a woman want in a man?” I have some answers, because I spent 51 years […]

Small conveniences not always convenient

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist Once in awhile, OK more like often, I get on a soap box and take note of things that really annoy me. Then I see a pattern emerging and presto … I A) Realize I have better things to do and move on or B) Ignore my conscience and write […]

Facts prove Cannon should remain open

Freedom Newspapers Fittingly, the fate of Cannon Air Force Base started with numbers and they will greatly impact the outcome. The numbers are clearer now than they were last spring because we know more about the numbers behind our national defense leaders’ plan to close the base. Not all the numbers are pretty and many […]

7/31 BRAC Letters to the editor

BRAC panel should see process through I can’t believe four Base Realignment and Closure commissioners decided to recuse themselves from voting on issues that pertain to their home state. These commissioners were appointed by the president to perform a task that requires them to be fair and impartial. Here is a quote directly from the […]

Cannon supporters cautiously optimistic

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base supporters expressed cautious optimism on Tuesday as Base Realignment and Closure commissioners added military installations to the possible closure list. “I am very encouraged, not only that they chose to put about nine additional bases on the list, but that the Commission is independent in […]

BRAC recusals endanger validity of entire process

Freedom Newspapers Our nation’s military structure is about to undergo major realignments, some that are probably needed. However, some changes could weaken America’s ability to defend itself in the face of enemy attack. Now, just a few months before that Base Realignment and Closure process is complete, we learn two of the most-important decision makers […]

DoD: Keeping Cannon scenario not considered

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Defense Department, in a letter to the commission reviewing Pentagon’s list of recommended base closings, defended its decision to close Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico. Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England said in his letter Thursday that Cannon, near Clovis, was too limited in space and […]

7/14 BRAC Letters to the editor

Civilians can’t change military’s mind I have spent 15 years of my life at Cannon Air Force Base. I’m not from here, but in 1990 the Department of Defense assigned my Air Force spouse and family here; a mandatory assignment, due to a higher TAC (Tactical Air Command) need. I’ve seen it all as far […]

7/10 Engagements, Weddings, Birthdays, Artist of the Month

Engagements James/Hodgen Louis and Elaine James of Nara Visa announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Jennie Marie James of Nara Visa, to Paul James Hodgen, of Roachdale, Ind., son of Abe and Shirley Hodgen of Roachdale, Ind. The couple will exchange vows at 4 p.m. July 30, 2005, at the United Methodist […]

Cannon supporters vow to keep fighting

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Hundreds of people stood along Commerce Way, waving and holding signs as BRAC commissioners passed by under police escort. Photo is from a KOB-TV news helicopter. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer By all accounts, supporters of Cannon Air Force Base on Friday made a compelling argument to spare the facility […]

Cannon letters cover wide emotional range

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Messages sent to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission and posted on its Web site range from heartfelt and emotional to anecdotal and biting. By and large, those writing in support of Cannon Air Force Base identify themselves in their messages. The reasons they list for keeping Cannon vary […]

Letter writers take aim at BRAC commissioners

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Nick Mondragon runs letters through a postage machine Thursday at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce in Clovis. The letters are being sent to BRAC Commissioners and top U.S. government officials. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Kenneth Realty Inc. agent Maureen Burns said she hunched over mounds of letters for […]

State senators meet with BRAC commissioner

The Associated Press A member of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission assured New Mexico’s two senators Thursday that data behind the Pentagon’s decision to recommend the closure of Cannon Air Force Base would be closely scrutinized before the base’s fate is decided. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said they received the […]

BRAC documents still under review

The Associated Press Aides for New Mexico’s congressional delegation and others concerned with the Pentagon’s plans to close Cannon Air Force Base say it may be next week before they’re able to tell much about documents released to justify the recommendation. “The materials from the Pentagon are very complex and it’s going to take a […]

State reps going over released documents

The Associated Press Military aides for New Mexico’s U.S. senators and Rep. Tom Udall were analyzing information released Tuesday by the Pentagon to back up its recommendations to close military installations across the nation, including Cannon Air Force Base near Clovis. Glen Loveland, spokesman for Udall, D-N.M., said he didn’t expect comments on the documents […]

Getting Cannon off BRAC list still supercedes ‘Plan B’

Freedom Newspapers So here we are, 14 days into the rollercoaster ride of emotions tied to Cannon Air Force Base being targeted by the Defense Department and the Air Force to close. Now we’re exactly four weeks away from arguing our case against that decision before the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. Let’s take stock […]

5/27 BRAC letters to the editor

Clovis’ future economically sound I worked 38 years at Cannon Air Force Base, first as the Coca Cola man and later as a civil servant. I retired in 2002 as deputy chief of civil engineer operations. I saw Cannon transform from a base of vintage buildings to the modern, highly sophisticated base it is today. […]

BRAC chair coming to Clovis

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Anthony Principi chairs a hearing of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission on Tuesday in Washington. (KRT photo: Chuck Kennedy) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer New Mexico’s congressional delegates formally requested all nine members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission attend a regional meeting next month in Clovis because the city tops […]