LATN environmental assessment results expected within month

Kevin Wilson Cannon Air Force Base expects to know within a month results of an environmental assessment on its proposal for a Low Altitude Tactical Navigation (LATN) area over Colorado and New Mexico. According to an email from the public affairs office for the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon, the base expects to release […]

Cannon Air Force Base gate closed briefly Saturday

CNJ staff The Cannon Air Force Base gate was closed to incoming traffic for about 35 minutes Saturday when an Explosive Ordnance Disposal dog locked onto something in a car attempting to gain access to the base. Lt. Stephanie Strine with Cannon Public Affairs said cars are chosen at random for security checks. A car […]

Vet care funding alarms shoppers

Advocates for military commissaries are optimistic they can sideline a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee plan that would end subsidies of base grocery stores so the same money could pay for health care of veterans and families exposed years ago to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, N.C. But as momentum builds on Capitol Hill to protect […]

Cannon command changes in emotional ceremony

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Liliana Castillo Col. Stephen Clark paused during his outgoing speech to quell a rush of emotion Friday as he bid farewell to the airmen of Cannon Air Force Base during a change of command ceremony. Clark turned command of the base over to incoming commander Col. Albert Elton II, ending his two years in charge […]

Thursday morning briefing: Change of command and one big dam

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Big change Cannon Air Force Base Commander Col. Stephen Clark will pass leadership of the 27th Special Operations Wing to Col. Albert Elton II during a change of command ceremony 9 a.m. Friday morning at the base. Website of the day A schedule and […]

Committee recounts regional growth

Argen Duncan Housing, quality of life and health care are top priorities for regional growth management, the regional growth planner has said. At the Local Growth Management Committee meeting Wednesday in Portales, Rick Draker of RM Draker and Associates gave a close-out report on the first year of regional growth planning work. Draker said the […]

Honoring the fallen

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Argen Duncan A Cannon Air Force Base senior master sergeant told a Memorial Day audience Monday that the day is a time to honor those who gave their lives to make America a better nation and to remember that freedom isn’t free. Lora D. Aples, superintendent of the deployment and distribution flight at Cannon, gave […]

Cannon hosting Industry Day

The 27th Special Operations Contracting Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base will host its second annual industry day April 29, according to a news release. The event will be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Landing Zone. United States Small Business Administration District Director John Woosley will present how his organization supports firms […]

Cannon planning open house

Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing has set the date for its next open house, according to a news release. The open house will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 and is free and open to the public. The open house will feature 27th SOW and Air Force Special Operations […]

Shoutouts — March 27

Visit to Foxy Drive In brings back memories I was raised in Clovis, married Jerry W. Butts who was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base. We got transferred to Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz., in 1965. We moved to Virginia in 2002. So now we go back in the winter where our family […]

Census shows increases in Portales

Kevin Wilson Local leaders expressed optimism Tuesday, as growth at Cannon Air Force Base and Eastern New Mexico University helped fuel double-digit percentage growth between the 2000 U.S. Census numbers and the 2010 numbers. The Portales population jumped 10.3 percent from 11,131 to 12,280, according to figures available at census.gov. “It was a little above […]

Land use study unifies community

The Joint Land Use Study (JLUS), commissioned by the Curry County commissioners and funded by the Department of Defense, is an opportunity for the surrounding communities and Cannon Air Force Base to work together to identify and begin to address areas of common interest. Getting Cannon off of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) turned what […]

Portales past: March 6, 1944

March 6, 1944: The Portales Daily News: The base commandant of Clovis Army Air Base presented to Rayford Young, 15, and Charles K. Young, 12, of White Star Route of Portales the Distinguished Flying Cross awarded to their father, Staff Sgt. Frank Young, a tail gunner for a B-24, reported missing in action.

Clovis MainStreet to host wind festival

Clovis MainStreet will be hosting a new Downtown Wind Festival April 30 on Main Street, according to a news release. The event will be held in conjunction with Cannon Air Force Base’s Kite Karnival, which will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Doc Stewart Park. The main event at the festival will be […]

Airmen adoption list available

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base’s Airmen and Family Readiness Center has collected a list of airmen for the upcoming year of the Adopt-an-Air-Commando program. The overall goal of the program is to strengthen the partnership of the base and surrounding communities, by providing support to military families and single airmen assigned to the […]

Base commander returning to Florida

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base’s commander is returning to Florida for his next assignment with the Air Force. The Air Force Times reported Col. Stephen Clark, who was recently selected for promotion to brigadier general, will become director of plans, programs, requirements and assessments for Air Force Special Operations Command headquarters at Hurlburt […]

Base growth highlighted at Clovis chamber banquet

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Kevin Wilson The Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the growth of Cannon Air Force Base, and itself, Friday night in its annual banquet. Chamber Executive Director Ernie Kos said at last count, 362 tickets were sold to the banquet at the Clovis Civic Center, which honored some of the area’s top citizens […]

Year in review: Base normalizes in 2010

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Kevin Wilson As far as years go for Cannon Air Force Base, 2010 was a pretty abnormal year, in that it was actually pretty normal. With no threats to close the base like five years ago, no enclave status like four years ago, no new mission like three years ago and smaller squadron movements than […]

U.S. set to expand base in Korea

Tom Philpott Two deadly incidents instigated by North Korea in 2010, most recently the shelling of South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island Nov. 23, have raised military tension on the peninsula to its highest level in many years. But the provocations, said the commander of U.S. Forces in Korea, haven’t weaken a commitment by the United States […]

Residents raise concerns about Joint Land Use consequences

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Some in Curry and Roosevelt counties feel a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is merely a way to begin open communication with Cannon Air Force Base about compatibility issues between communities and the base. But others worry recommendations in the JLUS are the beginning of something bigger and more severe, effectively creating a form of […]