High Portales turnout sought for hearing

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By Tony Parra The city of Portales will soon be decorated with yellow and red signs which say Keep Cannon. Members of the Keep Cannon Portales committee looked over designs and logos for banners and ribbons showing support for Cannon Air Force Base on Tuesday. Committee members are trying to create a push of support […]

Full commission requested

By David Irvin New Mexico’s congressional delegates formally requested all nine members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission attend a regional meeting next month in Clovis because the city tops the list of communities that would be hardest hit by a base closure. At this point, only three of the nine commission members are […]

Community has task at hand

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers In the face of staggering statistics — 85 percent of bases recommended for closure by the Department of Defense are indeed shuttered — area leaders are holding tightly to the idea that Cannon Air Force Base can beat the odds. Many are unwilling to even discuss a contingency plan. “Frankly,” […]

Volunteer, write letters to help save Cannon

By Freedom Newspapers The past week has shown again that the communities of Portales and Clovis, and Roosevelt and Curry counties, can respond quickly and fully in a time of crisis. After all, in rural areas neighbors are used to being called upon and helping out wherever they are needed. We’ve done this many times, […]

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 […]

BRAC commissioners to hold hearing in June

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico residents will have the opportunity to square off face-to-face with Base Realignment and Closure commissioners in June. On June 24, between one and three commissioners are scheduled to visit Clovis for a regional hearing, according to officials at the commission. The meeting is slated for 8:30 a.m., […]

Legislators making effort to delay BRAC process

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers New Mexico’s senators co-sponsored a bill Wednesday intended to stop the Base Realignment and Closure process in its tracks. But before it can be enacted, one of BRAC’s biggest supporters — President Bush — would have to sign it. The “postponement of 2005 round of defense base closure and realignment […]

May 18 Letters to the Editor

We should have braced ourselves for BRAC Everyone on the Committee of Fifty and on the local commissions just didn’t believe Cannon Air Force Base would be on the closure list. Yet here it is — Cannon is the only base in New Mexico to make the closure list. Kirtland will gain personnel and both […]

Kirtland fought its way off closure list

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Albuquerque officials had to scurry 10 years ago when Kirtland Air Force Base landed on the Department of Defense’s list of bases proposed for realignment. A committee was quickly formed in response to the threat of realignment, with six businessmen calling themselves the Kirtland Retention Task Force at its core. […]