Domenici: Cannon to benefit from Army contract

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Pete Domenici today announced that a $12.1 million contract has been approved to renovate a fuel storage and loading facility at Cannon Air Force Base, a project first funded before the base was targeted by the 2005 base closure process.             Domenici, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, was […]

“Air Force Roadmap” under review

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman today reviewed the mission impact of a new Air Force “Roadmap” that indicates the types of missions and aircraft that could be deployed at Air Force bases in New Mexico. The release of the Air Force Roadmap shows future potential impacts at Kirtland, Holloman and Cannon […]

Lighthouse Mission celebrates with annual Christmas party

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Klaudette Benavidez, 5, was wide-eyed with excitement Saturday as she and her siblings were given gifts for Christmas at the Lighthouse Mission Christmas Party. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Seven Doran jumped in excitement Saturday as she left the Lighthouse Mission Christmas party with her family. The 4-year-old had […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Winner donating convertible

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer One lucky man will use his good fortune to help others. Brent Armstrong of Broadview won a 1989 Mustang convertible in a raffle sponsored by the Desert Cruzers Car Club at their 11th annual Run to Hillcrest Rod Run. He donated the car back to the club, said Carl […]

It’s Their Business: Junk Be Gone

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Junk Be Gone By Dianna Hernandez: CNJ administrative assistant Name: Junk Be Gone What they do: They haul away unwanted items. Items that are still capable of being used are donated to the Lighthouse Mission or Salvation Army. Who’s in charge: Tony Bogusz Employees: One How long in business: Six months Hours: By appointment Contact: […]

Group fulfills holiday mission

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Nelda Ridgell came to the Lighthouse Mission Thursday for Thanksgiving dinner for the third year. “It’s a blessing,” she said. “First from God, second from (the mission).” By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Lighthouse Mission cooked up 38 turkeys and 20 gallons of green beans to feed 289 people […]

Military must adjust to battle modern enemies

By Freedom New Mexico Several developments during recent days add to the impression, voiced by former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell, among others, that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have stretched the U.S. military to the breaking point. Fixing it will require a period of surcease from active combat — time to absorb […]

Consultant hired to help area adjust to base changes

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico After nearly a year of meetings and preparation, community transition efforts related to Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission are about jump into high gear, according to members of the Local Growth Management Organization. Lonnie Leslie, LGMO president, said Keystone International of Albuquerque has been selected as consultant to […]

Mission accomplished

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Air Force photo: Greg Allen A CV-22 Osprey with its rotors folded sits in a hangar at Cannon Air Force Base during a hangar clearance test. Ospreys are among the aircraft to be assigned to the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The final step in a nerve-racking 2 […]

Officials preparing for Cannon growth

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The impact Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission will have on the local community is still unknown. Everett Frost, vice chairman for the Local Growth Management Org-anization, said his group plans to use Defense Depart-ment funds to hire a consulting firm to study plans for Cannon and make projections […]

Business owners anticipate Cannon change of command

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Ashley Torres of Clovis takes orders Saturday at the Foxy Drive-In. Owner Chris Bryant said they’re looking forward to the new people the base change will bring. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer For as long as the Foxy Drive-In has been in Clovis, airmen of the 27th Fighter Wing […]

Officials: Base shift going smoothly

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle A C-130 drops a payload at the Melrose Bombing Range. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base’s transition from a fighter wing to a special operations wing is moving along without issues, officials said. However, until the Secretary of the Air Force signs off on moving the […]

Parting ways

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Donna Gomez is the finance director for the Beacon of Light mission. Disciples call her Momma Donna By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Randy and Donna Gomez have left the Lighthouse Mission after 19 years to start their own drug and rehabilitation program. Randy Gomez said the couple left over […]

Concert to benefit tornado victims

CNJ Staff More than 20 R&B, hip-hop, rap and Latin artists will perform tonight at the Clovis Civic Center. According to event organizer Joe Sena, the concert will benefit those affected by the March 23 tornado. “All the money raised will go to Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico or the Lighthouse Mission,” Sena said. […]

Easter reminder of ultimate sacrifice

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist The Easter season is near. For some, Easter is about new clothes, a visit to church and Easter egg hunts. Yet, the message of the resurrection is about sacrifice and hope — Christ’s sacrifice and then, as a result, the hope and assurance for Christians of eternal life. But what […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Base donates furniture to center

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer MATT 25 HOPE CENTER Executive Director Steve Reshetar likened a recent donation to throwing a stone into a pond. The donation created a ripple effect. The ripple began when Reshetar received a phone call from Cannon Air Force Base personnel. Reshetar said furniture from 70 dorm rooms — including […]

Economic office will provide growth advice

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The Office of Economic Adjustment will fill a mostly advisory role in addressing growth issues associated with Cannon Air Force Base’s new Special Operations mission, according to OEA project manager David Witschi. In Wednesday’s joint meeting between the Local Growth Management Organization and its parent group, the Local Growth Management […]

Military budget includes Cannon construction

By CNJ staff WASHINGTON — New Mexico’s Congressional delegates are optimistic about the $9.2 million in military construction funding for Cannon Air Force Base included in the Bush administration’s budget proposal. The budget plan for the Department of Defense recommends two separate military construction projects for Cannon: —$7.5 million for an MC-130 Flight Simulator facility […]

Growth groups focus on future

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer An infant organization formed to ease the transition to a new mission at Cannon Air Force Base met for the first time Thursday. The Local Growth Management Organization — consisting of hand-picked community members — discussed the road ahead with their governing body, the Local Growth Management Committee. “We’ve […]

F-16 personnel moving

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base airmen with positions specific to F-16s will be given new assignments by a relocation team in February, according to a Cannon Air Force Base spokesperson. A team from Randolph Air Force Base in Texas will assign approximately 300 airmen permanent changes of station Feb. 5-9, […]