County peanut acreage in decline

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By Blake Downs: PNT Correspondent Roosevelt County is losing significant peanut acreage to West Texas and the growth of the dairy industry, according to local farmers and agricultural officials. The number of acres of peanuts planted in Roosevelt County has dropped from 17,000 in 2000 to 5,700 in 2007, according to New Mexico Department of […]

Raise, ‘Wellness’ plan get OK

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Military members will get a 3.9 percent pay raise in January. But the fiscal 2009 defense authorization approved by Congress on Saturday does not include a House-passed plan to set military pay raises through 2013 a half percentage point higher than private sector wage growth. The new defense bill will […]

Growth committee told base personnel numbers have bottomed out

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Local Growth Management Committee learned Wednesday that personnel levels at Cannon Air Force Base have bottomed out and numbers will begin to increase. Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas said he learned from base officials during a Clovis Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday that the trough in personnel […]

Gap widening between active and retired pay

By Tom Philpott Older military retirees like Marine Corps Master Sgt. Lanny Bauer, 68, of Stockton, Calif., do not begrudge current service members for a string of annual pay raises that have exceeded wage growth in the private sector. Every dollar they get is deserved and likely is needed to keep quality volunteers in wartime, […]

Fed drops key rate for third time this year

Staff and Wire Reports WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve dropped its most important interest rate to a nearly two-year low on Tuesday and left the door open to additional cuts to prevent a housing and credit meltdown from pushing the economy into a recession. A disappointed Wall Street took a nosedive. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke […]

Company selected to head transition study

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After nearly a year of meetings and preparation, community transition efforts related to Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission are about jump into high gear, according to members of the Local Growth Management Organization. Lonnie Leslie, LGMO president, said Keystone International of Albuquerque has been selected as consultant to […]

Local Growth Committee OKs consultant search

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Local Growth Management Committee members say they’re impressed with the efficiency of their sister organization, the Local Growth Management Organization. They say planning for the transition at Cannon Air Force Base to Special Operations is falling in place right on cue. “It’s amazing the people they have surrounded themselves […]

Air Force releases impact statement

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Plummet. Spike. Drop. Level out. The next few years of Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed transition to a Special Operations base look like a chart of the stock market. Over the next six to seven years, Cannon population numbers will drop significantly when the F-16s leave and the base prepares […]

General added to growth team

Freedom Newspapers Retired Gen. Hanson Scott of Albuquerque has been appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson to a subcommittee formed to explore growth issues that may arise with the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a city of Clovis press release. Hanson will serve as one of two state representatives on the Local […]

Local committee gains advisor

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Office of Economic Adjustment will fill a mostly advisory role in addressing growth issues associated with Cannon Air Force Base’s new Special Operations mission, according to OEA project manager David Witschi. In Wednesday’s joint meeting between the Local Growth Management Organization and its parent group, the Local Growth […]

Gross receipts delight city officials

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If the measure is gross receipts tax collection — business has been good in Portales for the last six months. Collections have outperformed the amount budgeted by the city of Portales by 23 percent or $244,058. That was a rosy enough figure to prompt city staff to ask for […]

Guv appoints local realtor to growth organization

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Coldwell Banker Colonial Real Estate broker Gayla Brumfield of Clovis was chosen by the governor last month to serve on a volunteer organization to consider growth issues that may arise with the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a spokesperson for the governor, Jon Goldstein. The […]

Growth committee solidifies procedures

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A fledgling eastern New Mexico committee that deals with growth issues related to the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base solidified its operational procedures Wednesday. New Cannon tenants, the Air Force Special Operations 16th Wing, assume ownership of Cannon in October 2007. In anticipation, the Local Growth Management […]

Growth committee adopts bylaws

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers An advisory panel for growth issues related to the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base will be governed by disclosure and ethics bylaws, its overseeing committee decided Wednesday. To mitigate conflicts of interest, the Local Growth Management Committee unanimously agreed to adopt the by-laws for its subcommittee — the […]

Committee committed to local growth

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A local committee formed to address growth issues associated with Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission hammered out bylaws and organization framework Wednesday. Comprised of representatives of the cities of Clovis and Portales and Curry and Roosevelt counties, the Local Growth Management Committee also agreed to advertise for members […]

Rapidly growing population not biggest problem

Editorial America hit a milestone this week: 300 million residents. So many of the discussions about this growth make the assumption that a rapidly growing population is necessarily a bad thing. Regional discussions of growth tend to focus on increasing congestion, crowding and other problems. There is another side of this debate. Granted, more people […]

Local Growth Management Committee sets framework for volunteer organization

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Framework for a volunteer organization and its oversight group was sketched Wednesday at a Local Growth Management Committee meeting. The yet-to-be-formed volunteer organization will advise the Local Growth Management Committee regarding growth development and the availability of federal funding for the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base. The […]

Officials: Cannon personnel dip little threat to economy

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers An impending personnel dip at Cannon Air Force Base carries little economic threat, according to officials. Drawdown of assets and personnel at Cannon will coincide with the establishment of the base’s new mission, buffering the effects of the dip, according to Air Force officials. The Air Force 16th Special […]

Officials come together today for Cannon expansion meeting

Freedom Newspapers What: Federal officials from the Office of Economic Development will meet with local officials. When: Today at 9 a.m. in the Clovis City Hall, 321 N. Connelly St. Why: The meeting is being held to discuss potential growth issues with the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, officials said. “Fundamentally, this is […]

Group forming to tackle Cannon growth issues

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The framework will soon be laid for a volunteer group that will consider growth challenges that may arise with the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, according to officials. As Cannon transitions into the home of the 16th Air Force Special Operations Wing, issues of infrastructure will likely […]