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 […]

Melrose Bombing Range spared from legislative cuts

By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections The $5 million for expansion at the Melrose Bombing Range has escaped cuts in the Legislature. State Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-District 27, 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 […]

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 […]

Vietnam-era tanks continue to meet military need

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Staff Sgt. Geraldo Valdez, foreground, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, and Airman Basic Jake Jordan, 27 SOLRS, unchain an M-42 Duster tank at the Melrose Air Force Range on Feb. 18. By Airman 1st Class James Bell: 27th SOW Public Affairs Two M-42 Duster tanks moved from […]

Bombing range being retooled for new aircraft

U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez An MC-130W Combat Spear drops a container release system load at the Melrose Air Force Range during a training exercise on Sept. 23. The drops are done at least once a week and prepare the aircrews for resupply missions in areas without airfields. By Kevin Wilson: […]

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 […]

Airmen clear Melrose Range

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Staff Sgt. David Hewitt, 27th SOCES Explosive Ordnance Flight, hands C-4 explosive to Airman 1st Class Nathan Baloga, also with EOD on Nov. 6. The airmen were planting demolition charges at Melrose Air Force Range as part of its annual range clearance. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: […]

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

Reserve, Guard demonstrate military skills

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Liliana Moreno An Army National Guard medical evacuation company simulates a search and rescue mission with a pair of UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters during the 2008 Boss Lift on May 3. By Airman 1st Class Liliana Moreno, 27th SOW Public Affairs Office MELROSE BOMBING RANGE — More than 60 New Mexico […]

Online literary journal provides creative outlet

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Gina Hochhalter, English instructor at CCC, began Palabras in 2002. She currently designs Palabras at home and relies on six volunteers to help her edit and post the publication. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A literary journal designed to give undergraduates a chance to publish their work is blossoming, […]

AFSOC freefall jump planned for Melrose Bombing Range

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M.–Members the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron from Standiford Field, Ky., will be the first Air Force Special Operations Command unit to conduct a military freefall jump at Melrose Range on February 19. Airmen from the 123 STS will parachute into Melrose range from a MC-130W Combat Spear assigned to the 73rd […]

AFSOC aircraft, part one

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Courtesy photo: www.afsoc.af.mil CV-22 Osprey The 27th Special Operations Wing will assume ownership of Cannon Air Force Base on Monday. By 2011, four types of aircraft will be assigned to Cannon. CV-22 Osprey Produced to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for Special Ops, the CV-22 Osprey combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical […]

National Guardsman dies at White Sands

The Associated Press WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE — Army officials are looking into what caused the death of a sergeant with the New Mexico Army National Guard who was conducting range operations here. Benjamin Griego, 26, died unexpectedly Friday morning at his residence on the missile range, said a spokesman for the National Guard, Maj. […]