State delegation urges more time for flyover debate

The Associated Press

CLOVIS — Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation are asking the commander of Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico to allow the public more time to comment on planned low-altitude training flights in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.

U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, all Democrats, have sent a letter to Col. Stephen Clark asking that he continue the Air Force’s community outreach efforts.

The letter follows concerns raised by Democratic Colorado Rep. John Salazar. He says the Air Force needs to spend more time listening to residents before moving ahead with the training.

The training would involve C-130 and CV-22 aircraft flying as low as 200 feet above the ground.

The proposal has sparked opposition from residents who fear flights could disrupt wildlife and ranching.