Cannon supporters relieved by Rumsfeld statement

By Marlena Hartz Far fewer military bases are likely to be closed and realigned than originally foreseen, in part because of the planned shift of tens of thousands of troops from bases in Asia and Europe to the United States, according to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. Rumsfeld said surplus base capacity is not as [...]

Supporters rally for N.M. bases

By Sue Major Holmes: The Associated Press KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE — On either side of the green rectangle Obee’s sandwich shop sign hang red, white and blue banners: “We support our troops” and “God Bless America.” Obee’s offers members of the military a 10-percent discount on its sandwiches, soups and sodas. Manager Dana Barbee [...]

Lady Rams keep rolling by sweeping past Loving

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By Dave Wagner Jessica Adkins didn’t come to bat every time with the bases loaded in Tuesday’s doubleheader against Loving, although it may have seemed that way. The Portales High sophomore delivered six RBIs with three hits and a bases-loaded walk, helping the Lady Rams sweep past Loving 10-0 and 12-4 at PHS’ windswept softball [...]

Many bases targeted for closure

By David Irvin Dozens of United States military bases are expected to be targeted for closure this year. Federal officials have predicted as many as 100 of the nation’s roughly 400 bases will be closed. While state and local officials and federal lawmakers have expressed hope that Cannon Air Force Base will expand as a [...]

Supporters: Cannon will survive BRAC

By David Irvin Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation, local supporters of Cannon Air Force Base and even some independent analysts agree Cannon has strong military value and should survive this year’s Base Realignment and Closure process. But the looming questions are whether BRAC commissioners will focus on military value — and what is military [...]

E-mail on Cannon, BRAC a hoax, officials say

By Mike Linn A group of e-mails that list military bases likely scheduled for retirement in the upcoming base realignment and closure (BRAC) process are nothing more than a hoax, officials say. A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici said Tuesday that information regarding base closures won’t be available until after the BRAC Commission has [...]

Committee to tour state bases

By Darrell Todd Maurina State officials learned Friday that their team of hired consultants will tour New Mexico’s military bases this week to determine which ones may be in danger of closure. At Friday afternoon’s meeting of the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission in Portales, representatives of the Whitney, Bradley & Brown defense consulting [...]

Bill will prevent base closings for at least two years

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Cannon Air Force Base and hundreds of other military bases across the country may not face closures until 2007 under legislation that was approved on Thursday. The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness passed a bill on Thursday in Washington, D.C., that would delay the Base Realignment and Closure Commission [...]

Bill aimed at helping prevent base closings

David Arkin Those worried that New Mexico’s military bases could be shut down or realigned in the coming years can sleep a little easier now. The state’s top boss has signed a bill that he and his backers say will help prevent bases from being closed. On Friday, Gov. Bill Richardson signed a bill that [...]

Cannon bill moves to Senate

David Arkin Several Eastern New Mexico lawmakers have said funding for Cannon Air Force Base is among their top priorities this Legislative session. The goal is almost accomplished. Money has been approved for a variety of projects at the base, including funds for a special commission. The fate of funding for an overpass leading to [...]