Lawmakers: Cuts likely won’t impact Cannon

Sharna Johnson Cannon Air Force Base is unlikely to be impacted by proposed cuts to the nation’s defense budget, according to area lawmakers. For the first time in more than a decade defined by costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Pentagon announced plans Thursday to freeze its ballooning budget, forcing the services to shrink […]

Language in land use study raises concerns

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Four-plus hours of meeting for the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study revealed at least one bit of information — four-plus hours is not enough time to hammer out everything. The technical and policy committees for the JLUS will meet again — chair Sid Strebeck said sometime […]

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 […]

Cannon base commander nominated for promotion to brigadier general

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Col. Stephen Clark sees his nomination for his first star as an opportunity to apply his experience in an area that he can help. Clark was among a group of 41 Air Force officers whose nominations were announced Tuesday. Among the group are former Cannon command staff Col. Jeffrey […]

Residents sought to sponsor airmen

Freedom New Mexico Local organizations are asking residents to invite a guest to Christmas Day dinner from Cannon Air Force Base. Ernie Kos, executive director of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, said response was overwhelming after the “Invite an Airman to Christmas Day Dinner” project was announced Friday afternoon. “It was surprising how many […]

Ex-Cannon NCO challenging half-pay for discharged gays

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the government on behalf of a gay former Air Force sergeant denied full separation pay after he was forced out under the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Former Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard Collins says he only wants what is given to […]

Commissioners direct federal money to Cannon gate road

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners voted Tuesday to direct federal road money toward Cannon Air Force Base’s south gate instead of closing Curry Road R as previously planned. Voting 3-2 — with Caleb Chandler and Dan Stoddard in opposition — the commission will seek bids to improve access from State Road 467 to Cannon Air […]

Portales past: Nov. 15, 1961

Nov. 15, 1961: Portales News-Tribune: The West Gate of Cannon Air Force Base will be closed starting Monday, according to an order revealed by officials at the base.

Press release: Cannon AFB to Conduct Exercise Oct. 20 – 29

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M.– Cannon will be conducting an Operational Readiness Exercise October 20 through October 29 and residents on or near the installation may notice increased activity, use of the public address system, and may hear sirens and/or simulated explosions. These types of exercises are vital to hone the skills of its Airmen […]

Friday morning briefing: Black eyes, free food and cash for a cause

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. School business Monday is parent-teacher conference day for Portales Municipal Schools from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no school that day. Information: Call the administration office at 356-7000 or call your child’s school. Black eyes for Cannon Airmen of all ranks will […]

Air Force extends comment period

Freedom New Mexico The Air Force is extending the public comment period on the proposal to establish a low altitude tactical navigation area for Special Operation Forces, according to a news release. The Air Force first requested comments on the program be received by Oct. 4 and due to tremendous public response, the comment period […]

Joint Land Use committee addresses wind turbines

Freedom New Mexico The company conducting the Cannon Air Force Base joint land use study, and its policy committee tried to clear up concerns Monday at a Portales meeting about restrictions on wind turbines and how much authority Cannon will have about structures that stand over 75 feet high. Rudy Bauer, who supervises the study, […]

Former Cannon operations commander promoted to Air Force vice chief of staff

Freedom New Mexico A lieutenant general who served as operations commander of Cannon Air Force Base in the late 1990s is being promoted to vice chief of staff of the Air Force. Lt. Gen. Philip M. Breedlove will assume the position in March, replacing Gen. Howie Chandler, who is slated to retire, according to an […]

Ticket feature: Cannon, ethnic fair hosting car shows

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It’s a weekend for auto lovers with two auto shows in Clovis Saturday. The first show will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Main Street between Fourth and Sixth Streets in conjunction with the Ethnic Fair. Then at 10 a.m., Cannon Thunder will begin at Doc Stewart Park on the west side State Road 311, across […]

Governor believes Cannon in ‘good shape’ for next BRAC

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Kevin Wilson Gov. Bill Richardson believes New Mexico always needs to be ready to defend itself for a Base Realignment and Closure round, but Cannon Air Force Base is in good shape. Richardson visited Eastern New Mexico University on Thursday afternoon to award $125,000 to the college’s digital cinema arts program, but mixed in his […]

Press release: USAF proposes low altitude tactical training area

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – The United States Air Force is seeking input regarding its intent to prepare an Environmental Assessment to evaluate the potential environmental consequences of establishing a Low Altitude Tactical Navigation area in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. The LATN would provide airspace to operate C-130 and CV-22 aircraft for […]

Thursday morning briefing: Cannon, water fights and who’s on first

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing. Ideas sought The Joint Land Use Study Committee is hosting a public meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Melrose Senior Center. Members of the public will be asked to offer ideas on land used by both Cannon Air Force Base and the civilian community. You […]

Cannon land use study meeting Monday

Curry and Roosevelt counties will hold a policy committee meeting 1:30 p.m. Monday in Portales as part of the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study. The public meeting will be held at the Portales City Hall. For information or to get an agenda visit currycounty.org or call 763-6016.

Community celebrates Cannon

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Argen Duncan Whether it was an assault on pastry during a pie-eating contest, or thousands of hot dogs served or thousands more dollars in prizes, the community found ways Friday to tell Cannon Air Force Base families thanks. At the 21st annual Cannon Appreciation Day at Unity Park on Friday, the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of […]

Military feature: Base, Clovis firefighters train in joint exercise at Cannon

Jared Tucker Cannon Air Force Base and Clovis fire departments teamed up July 26 for their annual airplane fire response training at the base. The two-hour training exercise is a Federal Aviation Administration requirement for fire departments that serve airports, according to Clovis Fire Department Training Officer Rick Potter. “The easiest and the cheapest and […]