Survey: Cannon support continues

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers More than a dozen people huddled around the television, awaiting word from the Department of Defense on the future of Cannon Air Force Base. Diana Wike, a civilian employee of Cannon, had paused from her daily routine along with the group, assembled inside the base’s dining hall. Her job, […]

BRAC one year later, and the sun is out

Editorial The jolting news arrived one year ago: Department of Defense officials had targeted Cannon Air Force Base for closure. The impact on our economy would be severe — more than 30 percent, many agreed. We’ve fought hard since to save Cannon. Along the way, we’ve learned a lot of lessons — mostly about perseverance […]

Residents continue support for Cannon

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Remnants of the Base Realignment and Closure process linger around eastern New Mexico. Posted outside several businesses are thick, plastic banners. They were designed months ago in a campaign to overturn a Department of Defense proposal to shut Cannon Air Force Base. The banner hanging outside Napa Auto Parts on […]

BRAC process engulfs local area during summer

Editor’s note: The following is a brief look at the stories that made news locally in 2005. The PNT will run the year-in-review in each of the coming issues through at least Jan. 1. May 1 • Softball squad wins first district title – For the Portales softball team, it was a Saturday like no […]

Chamber honors businesses, volunteers

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Honors were dished out to business owners for their dedication to their businesses and community volunteers for dedication in helping others during the annual Roosevelt County Chamber Banquet. Meanwhile T.J. Casey, a singer/poet cowboy from Billings, Mont., dished out the jokes to entertain the crowd. Casey has been a singing […]

BRAC report to be finalized on Wednesday

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The Base Closure and Realignment Commission report will likely be finalized Wednesday by Congress, officially ending the latest BRAC process, according to local base advocates and New Mexico delegation spokespersons. Congress has 45 days from the day it receives the report from the president to enact a joint resolution to reject […]

House rejects effort to stop military base closings

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to allow the first round of U.S. military base closures and consolidations in a decade, clearing the way for facilities across the country to start shutting their doors as early as next month. The head of local Cannon Air Force Base advocate group said […]

Senators want bill passed to guarantee mission for Cannon

Jennifer Talhelm: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — New Mexico Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman said Thursday they hope to require the Pentagon to carry out a federal panel’s recommendation that a new mission be found for Cannon Air Force Base. The Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission last month handed Cannon a reprieve of […]

New Mexico leaders invite Defense Department to visit Cannon AFB

Jennifer Talhelm: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — New Mexico leaders are inviting Defense Department officials to visit Cannon Air Force Base, hoping that will help convince the Pentagon the base should stay open. The request comes days after the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission voted to move Cannon’s three F-16 fighter squadrons elsewhere, reducing […]

Keeping Cannon now means finding new mission

David Stevens: Freedom Newspapers It may be two years or more before the F-16 fighter jets and their crews and support staff leave Cannon Air Force Base, but the ideas for what happens after that are already rolling in. Andrew Schulman, a legislative aide for Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said there’s a potential for the […]