Cannon survives … for now

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A federal panel voted Friday to accept the Pentagon’s recommendation to send Cannon Air Force Base’s three F-16 fighter squadrons elsewhere — but stopped short of closing Cannon. Instead, the commission voted 6-1, with two abstentions, to turn it into an enclave, keeping the eastern New Mexico base open in [...]

Numbers are clear, and in Cannon’s corner

Fittingly, the fate of Cannon Air Force Base started with numbers and they will greatly impact the outcome. The numbers are clearer now than they were last spring because we know more about the numbers behind our national defense leaders’ plan to close the base. Not all the numbers are pretty and many Air Force [...]

Survey says: Close skate park

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By Tony Parra:PNT Staff Writer Portales residents have spoken and they want the Portales Skate Park at Rotary Park to be closed because it’s a safety hazard. The Portales Recreational Board recommended the closure of the skate park after receiving results of nearly 500 surveys. Many of those surveys, Portales City Manager Debi Lee said, [...]

Some want base closed

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers “Keep Cannon” signs can be seen just about anywhere in eastern New Mexico, from front yards to business windows to billboards, as residents seek to publicly make known their opinion of the Department of Defense plans to close the Air Force base west of Clovis. But not everyone is in [...]

5/27 Local Briefs

DWI checkpoint Friday On Friday, the Elida Police Department, in joint operation with other area law enforcement agencies, will be conducting a DWI check point in the town of Elida from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. This operation is part of a continuing effort to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roadways of [...]

Air Force officials praise ‘bold’ plans iwth BRAC

Wire Reports WASHINGTON — Top Air Force officials told Base Realignment and Closure commissioners on Tuesday their “bold” proposals will reshape the Air Force, improving its ability to defend the nation. Acting Air Force Secretary Michael Dominguez and Air Force Chief of Staff John Jumper said they considered four major factors in their decision to [...]

Region should plan for worst

By Bob Baker What will the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process mean to eastern New Mexico? We won’t know until federal officials finalize it all late this year. Of course we’re all hoping Cannon Air Force Base will survive the cuts, maybe even expand as other bases are closed. But is anyone even thinking [...]

Roosevelt backs Bush

By Mike Linn In a nip-and-tuck race for the presidency, Democrats and Republicans in Portales were still waiting late into the evening for a victor — even though Roosevelt County resoundingly favored President Bush. Nationwide, CNN reported 246 electoral votes for Bush and 188 for John Kerry at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night. It takes 270 [...]

Oct. 17 Dora School News

By Charlie Carmichael Things at the Dora School are moving along as usual and preparations are being made for our annual family fun night. This will be on Oct. 29 in the Rogers Gym. Booths and Bingo opens at 7 p.m. and the booth and ticket sales will close at 9 p.m. The bingo games [...]

Kernan maintains lead over Palmer

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Hobbs lawmaker Gay Kernan late Tuesday looked as if she may hold onto her Senate seat. Kernan held a 59-41 percent lead over opponent William Palmer for the Senate District 42 Republican seat, according to Palmer and the Secretary of State’s Web site. Kernan had received 1,136 votes and Palmer [...]