Press release: Lease to expand Melrose bombing range signed

(SANTA FE, New Mexico) – A lease signing ceremony took place today in Santa Fe, New Mexico resulting in the lease of a large parcel of state trust land – about 11,000 acres in Roosevelt County – to the U.S. Air Force. Officials present for the signing ceremony included: New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, State […]

Bombing range lease signing ceremony Wednesday

Freedom New Mexico A signing ceremony is set for Wednesday in Santa Fe to pave the way for an expansion of the Melrose Air Force Range. A two-part process will lease about 11,000 acres of state trust land in Roosevelt County to the U.S. Air Force. The range currently includes about 66,000 acres in northwestern […]

Officials hope to expand Melrose range

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File photo The state, working with the Department of Defense, has set aside $5 million towards the expansion of the approximate 66,000-acre Melrose Air Force Range in northwestern Roosevelt County. Kevin Wilson Representatives from the State Land Office and the state military base planning commission held a pair of informational meetings Thursday on what they […]

Air Force range meetings scheduled

CNJ staff The State of New Mexico Office of Military Planning and Support will host two meetings Thursday regarding the proposed expansion of Melrose Air Force Range. The purpose of the meetings is to provide general information to community members. Representative from the Air Force and the New Mexico State Land Office will be present. […]

Prescribed burns to be conducted at Melrose range

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will conduct a series of prescribed burns at Melrose Air Force Range April 30-May 3. The burns are intended to clear the amount of vegetation in targeted areas and help reduce the risk of wildfires caused by training or by natural causes such […]

Press release: Prescribed burn by Cannon at Melrose range

The 27th Special Operations Wing will conduct a series of prescribed burns at Melrose Air Force Range April 30 – May 3. These scheduled fires clear the amount of vegetation in targeted areas and help reduce the risk of wildfires caused by training or by natural causes such as lightning. If weather conditions are not […]

State planning to lease range land to Air Force

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File photo The state has switched gears in an Air Force land project for expansion of its Melrose Range and is now working on a long-term lease agreement rather than a purchase arrangement. Sharna Johnson The state has determined it would rather be a landlord than a seller when it comes to use of state […]

Bombing range deal under scrutiny

Sharna Johnson Recently elected state officials are taking a new look at the expansion of Melrose Bombing Range and it’s making some involved in the project a little nervous. For four years, state, local and Air Force officials have been working on a deal to use $5 million capital outlay to purchase approximately 30,000 acres […]

Press release: World War II-era munition safely transported to Melrose Air Force Range

WW II-ERA MUNITION SAFELY TRANSPORTED TO MELROSE AIR FORCE RANGE

Local officials laud land gift for Melrose bombing range expansion

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File photo By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico News that the Melrose Bombing Range is a go for expansion was hailed Tuesday by local officials as a positive for Cannon Air Force Base and eastern New Mexico. Gov. Bill Richardson announced a waiver from Defense officials late Monday which approved the state’s gift of $5 […]

Officials: Bombing range expansion money safe for now

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The $5 million for expansion at the Melrose Bombing Range has escaped cuts in the Legislature. State Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, said the money is there for now, although he doesn’t know what the governor will propose. Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said the project has been around since the […]

Curry ups ante on jail chief search

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County commissioners approved a higher salary range for the jail administrator Tuesday, saying they hoped it would attract high caliber candidates. County Manager Lance Pyle told commissioners jail administrators are hard to come by and in order to compete in national job search, Curry County needs more to […]

Local newspaper should keep on rolling

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian The first newspaper in Clovis was the Clovis News, a weekly, published by Arthur E. Curren, who was born in New Mexico and whose father, James E. Curren, probably started more newspapers in New Mexico than any other person. Among those publications pioneered by Mr. Curren were the Raton Range, […]

$10.7 Million slated for White Sands Missile Range, National Guard Training Complex through Recovery Act

Today, U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall joined U.S. Representatives Harry Teague and Ben Ray Luj

Senator Udall announces New Mexico state director

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today proudly announced that Bianca Ortiz Wertheim will serve as his state director. A native New Mexican, Ortiz Wertheim has a wide range of public service and government experience on the state and local level. “Throughout her career, Bianca has demonstrated a strong commitment to improving the lives of the […]

Bombing range being retooled for new aircraft

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U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez An MC-130W Combat Spear drops a Container Release System load at Melrose Air Force Range during a training exercise in September. The drops are done at least once a week to prepare aircrews for resupply missions in areas that have no airfields. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ […]

Landowners wonder about future for bombing range

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Map courtesy of the New Mexico State Land Office gabe_monte@link.freedom.com MELROSE — A State Land Office official said Wednesday the future is uncertain for more than 20,000 acres of state land used for ranching and farming near the Melrose Bombing Range. Larry Kehoe told farmers and ranchers who lease state lands they should continue their […]

Bombing range meeting scheduled

CNJ staff The State Land office will hold an open meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Melrose public school regarding the expansion of the Melrose Bombing Range. Retired Brig. Gen. Hanson Scott said the meeting will inform area land owners about the status of the land acquisition for the expansion. Cannon Air Force Base […]

Gov. Richardson and U.S. Air Force agree to expand the Melrose Bombing Range

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File photo Gov. Bill Richardson and U.S. Air Force Assistant Secretary William C. Anderson agreed to an expansion of the Melrsoe Bombing Range. Freedom New Mexico staff SANTA FE — The state and the Air Force agreed during a meeting this week to move forward with the expansion of Cannon Air Force Base. The proposed […]

Governor and USAF Agree to Expand the Melrose Air Force Range