BRAC Talk: What the presenters said

The nine who testified on behalf of Cannon Air Force Base at Friday’s regional hearing of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission: Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. — The senator introduced the entire case for Cannon supporters. He said the Air Force and Department of Defense are making a mistake in recommending Cannon for closure. He […]

Cannon supporters make their case

CNJ Staff Nine supporters of Cannon Air Force Base spent 90 minutes Friday trying to convince Base Realignment and Closure commissioners to remove Cannon from a proposed closure list. Most argued that Defense Department information was flawed and incomplete and emotions ran high with an audience of about 1,400 applauding the speakers on more than […]

Commissioners “impressed” with Cannon tour

By Marlena Hartz/Freedom Newspapers Four members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, including Chairman Anthony Principi, toured Cannon Air Force Base on Thursday. Officials said the commissioners, who will ultimately decide the fate of the base targeted for closure by the Department of Defense, spent about three hours at Cannon and spent time with […]

Governor plans to stick to facts

By Marlena Hartz/Freedom Newspapers For Gov. Bill Richardson, today’s Base Realignment and Closure hearing is symbolic of chance. It is the Clovis-Portales area’s chance — Richardson has been handed the task of giving closing arguments — to help save Cannon Air Force Base from closure, as recommended by the Department of Defense. In a telephone […]

Cannon supporters to focus on facts

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers For Gov. Bill Richardson, today’s Base Realignment and Closure hearing is symbolic of chance. It is the Clovis-Portales area’s chance — Richardson has been handed the task of giving closing arguments — to help save Cannon Air Force Base from closure, as recommended by the Department of Defense. In a […]

Commissioners ‘impressed’ by tour of Cannon

By Marlena Hartz and David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers Four members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, including Chairman Anthony Principi, toured Cannon Air Force Base on Thursday. Officials said the commissioners, who will ultimately decide the fate of the base targeted for closure by the Department of Defense, spent about three hours at Cannon […]

Base closure was punch that sent Selma’s economy to mat

By Mike Linn: Freedom Newspapers SELMA, Ala. — For-sale signs and empty parking spaces are the norm on this city’s historic Water Avenue, where rotted wood hangs from second-story balconies and paint flakes from the buildings of long-forgotten businesses. It didn’t used to be that way, but much has changed in Selma since 1976, the […]

Base supporters take fight to Washington

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The push to save Cannon Air Force Base moved to Washington this week, as community leaders and paid consultants presented their case to save the air base. Originally scheduled for one hour, the Wednesday meeting with the Base Realignment and Closure staff lasted for more than two hours, said Committee […]

No other closure would have its economy hit harder

By Heather Wilson: PNT guest columnist Editor’s note: During her June 3 visit to Clovis to discuss Cannon Air Force Base being on the Base Realignment and Closure list, U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., made the following points about the situation, including what little data the Pentagon had released at the time that supported its […]

Cannon says goodbye to squadron

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers For seven years, the Republic of Singapore’s air force shared the eastern New Mexico skies with Cannon Air Force Base. That relationship is coming to an end next month. On July 6, the 428th Singaporean Fighter Squadron will be deactivated. “The decision to move was made by the Republic of […]

Other bases await Cannon’s fate

By Marlena Hartz The future of Cannon Air Force Base is being watched closely even beyond eastern New Mexico and West Texas. Six Air Force bases across the United States stand to inherit F-16 fighter jets if Cannon is closed, including Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah. “I can’t say there is a direct […]

Residents share their history of Cannon

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The air base that would become Cannon Air Force Base had been closed for four years when Alan Jolly arrived in 1952. What he and his fellow airmen found was a surprise: Cattle and rattlesnakes in the barracks. “It had gone back to nature,” said Jolly, who was assigned as […]

Wilson calls BRAC round

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers Congresswoman Heather Wilson is concerned about the guarded nature of the Pentagon in regard to releasing certain data to communities affected by Base Realignment and Closure act. She believes it is hamstringing eastern New Mexico’s effort to get Cannon Air Force Base removed from the closure list. “The data they’ve […]

BRAC team meets

By David Irvin CLOVIS — The strategic team formed to help save Cannon Air Force Base from closure by the Pentagon came together Tuesday for the first time. Comprised of local groups, state groups and three paid lobbying firms, the strategic team set up shop at Clovis Community College and began divvying up responsibilities. “That […]

BRAC: Be optimistic, but prepared

By Jim Lee I planned on writing about car battery recycling this week, as sort of a follow-up to last week’s bit about my car battery’s demise, but recent events have me thinking about Air Force base recycling instead. I wonder why. We may view the situation with denial, determination, or despair, but we have […]

Yates promoted to brigadier general

By Freedom Newspapers Former Cannon Air Force Base commander Robert “Rowdy” Yates was promoted to the rank of brigadier general Wednesday at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. According to Air Combat Command officials, Yates will be taking a post as commander of the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano, Italy. Area community members remember his […]

Delegation wants base closing details

By Staff and Wire reports SANTA FE — The state has hired a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm and an Albuquerque consulting company to help in the effort to save Cannon Air Force Base from closing. The base at Clovis is one of only two Air Force bases recommended by the Pentagon for closing nationwide under […]

Communities enter into mutual aid agreement

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The City of Portales and surrounding communities mapped out a system of accountability for donations pledged in support of “Operation Keep Cannon.” A mutual aid agreement was signed Friday by key entities and will be in place in a matter of days, officials said. The agreement, drafted between the […]

Delegates talk BRAC in Clovis

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers Politics were not involved in the selection of Cannon Air Force Base for the Base Realignment and Closure list, according to members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., all stood strong on this point at a meeting with […]

Community working to save Cannon

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales aspect of the Operation Keep Cannon campaign is well under way with city officials and community leaders wanting as many people from Roosevelt County to be at the regional public hearing where Base Realignment and Closure committee members will be present. The hearing is scheduled to take […]