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Jim Lee: Local Columnist Since childhood I have been fascinated with politics. As a high school sophomore I worked on John Kennedy’s campaign. I was only a kid, of course, and I just did whatever the local organization needed me to do. I learned a lot. I saw our presidential candidate in person when he […]

BRAC Reactions

What they’re saying “For the majority of people, it’s just a slow death.” — Gene Weber, an Air Force retiree, on BRAC’s decision to keep Cannon open, but move its planes and personnel “I graduated from Eastern New Mexico University 20 years ago. I hope and pray Cannon is not closed. I have not forgotten […]

Prep Capsule

Muleshoe 35, Friona 0 Records: Muleshoe 1-0, Friona 0-1 Difference: Brady Black scored twice for Muleshoe in a 21-point second quarter. Difference makers: Junior Brant Hamilton threw for 171 yards and a touchdown and senior Brady Black rushed for 130 yards and three scores. By the numbers: Nine Mules caught passes, led by Caleb Heinrich […]

Saved – for now

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Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The federal debate that traced a course for Cannon Air Force Base was like the entire Base Closure and Realignment process — a lesson in patience and pendulation. The Commission early Friday afternoon did settle on a plan to spare Cannon from the BRAC list for closure — sort of. The […]

Rapid City jubilant over Ellsworth vote

Chet Brokaw: The Associated Press RAPID CITY, S.D. — Two dozen people leaped to their feet, cheered and applauded early Friday when a federal commission voted to save Ellsworth Air Force Base from closure. “That’s a load off,” Pennington County Commissioner Ken Davis said. “This is about the most fantastic day for South Dakota in […]

Commission shakes up Pentagon proposal

Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — In two setbacks for the Pentagon, the base-closing commission crafted its own shake-up of the Air National Guard on Friday after voting to keep open Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. The nine-member panel endorsed the concept of restructuring the Air Guard but did not accept Defense […]

Clovis citizens’ eyes focused on BRAC hearing

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Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Clovis was silent as federal deliberations over Cannon Air Force Base trudged into the early afternoon Friday. Traffic seem to crawl and faces turned blank as the town awaited the fate of its base, the only link to the Virginia proceedings, for many, television. “This is like Super Bowl Sunday,” […]

Enclave means Cannon has bought time

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The word rang out over and over during federal deliberations over the fate of Cannon Air Force Base: enclave. It is the word Base Closure and Realignment Commissioner Samuel Skinner used to keep the base open. In his Cannon amendment, Skinner suggested the base enclave — slowly diminish its capacities […]

Saved for Now

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Marlena Hartz :Freedom Newspapers The federal debate that traced a course for Cannon Air Force Base was like the entire Base Closure and Realignment process — a lesson in patience and pendulation. The Commission early Friday afternoon did settle on a plan to spare Cannon from the BRAC list for closure — sort of. The […]

Cats lose home opener on the road

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Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers LAS CRUCES — The Clovis Wildcats bent — a lot — on Friday night, and they finally broke. Playing with their backs to the wall much of the way, the Cats hung tough before Mayfield broke though in the final moments for a season-opening 7-0 victory at the Field of Dreams. […]