Portales Junior High School News

Qualified teachers The state of New Mexico certified every teacher at Portales Junior High School to teach their respective classes. Some teachers were certified in one field, i.e., math, language arts, science, or social studies to teach K-12. Some teachers were certified to teach any subject K-8. Now the state of New Mexico changed the […]

Domenici talks BRAC with subcommittee chair

Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., on Tuesday received key support for ensuring the future of Cannon Air Force Base and set sights on finding federal legislation that can be used to bring a new mission to the base, a news release from his office said. Domenici met Tuesday with Sen. Ted […]

Base supporters view enclave as a positive

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Members of a Cannon Air Force Base advocate group urged the public Tuesday morning to regard the federal decision to enclave the base as positive. “Now we have a definite opportunity. I don’t feel like we are in limbo. I feel like we have a known,” said Clovis banker and […]

Cannon advocates prepare for future endeavors of base

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The window of opportunity for Cannon Air Force is ever-growing. That’s the message Randy Harris, one of Cannon’s most loyal supporters, walked away with Monday after participating in two separate telephone conferences. “The bottom line is excitement,” said Harris, member of a subgroup nominated by the Cannon advocate group Committee of […]

Enclave means Cannon has bought time

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The word rang out over and over during federal deliberations over the fate of Cannon Air Force Base: enclave. It is the word Base Closure and Realignment Commissioner Samuel Skinner used to keep the base open. In his Cannon amendment, Skinner suggested the base enclave — slowly diminish its capacities […]

David Stevens and Rick White: Freedom Newspapers

Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday he’s pitched one final idea to the Base Closure and Realignment Commission in hopes of saving Cannon Air Force Base, but he would not say what that plan involves. Commissioners could decide Cannon’s fate as early as this afternoon. Richardson, in a telephone interview with the Clovis News Journal, said […]

Gov. Richardson strategizes with base supporters

David Stevens and Rick White: Freedom Newspapers Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday he’s pitched one final idea to the Base Closure and Realignment Commission in hopes of saving Cannon Air Force Base, but he would not say what that plan involves. Commissioners could decide Cannon’s fate as early as this afternoon. Richardson, in a telephone […]

Cautious optimism takes hold with local base supporters

By David Stevens: FNNM Editor Randy Harris said he has every reason to believe Base Closure and Realignment commissioners will spare Cannon Air Force Base when they hold hearings this week in Washington. “When the commissioners were here (at Cannon in June), they saw unencroached air space, an unencroached (bombing) range, the ability to expand,” […]

Students prepare for classes at open house

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Marc Schoder: PNT Staff Writer Portales schools Superintendent Randy Fowler has set expectations for teachers in his district: “I expect the teachers to be dedicated to the profession that they chose and be proud of it,” Fowler said. Portales students return to school today. Fowler, who said he’s had a chance to visit with most […]

Progress test put pressure on schools

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers When La Casita Elementary did not make Adequate Yearly Progress last year, school officials had to change the way they taught. According to AYP scores, a federal measure of math and language arts proficiency and a part of the president’s No Child Left Behind push for accountability, La Casita fourth graders […]

Cannon supporters unfazed by GAO report

By Marlena Hartz A report recently submitted to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission provides a peek into the 2005 Department of Defense BRAC process. The in-depth analysis, however, left local base supporters generally unfazed. Ret. Brig. Gen. Hanson Scott said the report, generated by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, reflects information previously presented at […]

In letter to Rumsfeld, BRAC chairman questions Cannon

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — A letter from the military base closing commission chairman to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld asks whether the Pentagon considered a plan that would keep Cannon Air Force Base open. In the letter, Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission Chairman Anthony Principi asks whether Rumsfeld considered moving the assets […]

BRAC Talk: What the presenters said

The nine who testified on behalf of Cannon Air Force Base at Friday’s regional hearing of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission: Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. — The senator introduced the entire case for Cannon supporters. He said the Air Force and Department of Defense are making a mistake in recommending Cannon for closure. He […]

Cannon supporters make their case

CNJ Staff Nine supporters of Cannon Air Force Base spent 90 minutes Friday trying to convince Base Realignment and Closure commissioners to remove Cannon from a proposed closure list. Most argued that Defense Department information was flawed and incomplete and emotions ran high with an audience of about 1,400 applauding the speakers on more than […]

Base supporters take fight to Washington

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The push to save Cannon Air Force Base moved to Washington this week, as community leaders and paid consultants presented their case to save the air base. Originally scheduled for one hour, the Wednesday meeting with the Base Realignment and Closure staff lasted for more than two hours, said Committee […]

Area officials find flaws in BRAC reports

CNJ Staff The Department of Defense has released information about specific criteria used in the compilation of its Base Realignment and Closure lists. Information, available for download on www.brac.gov, includes a system used to calculate cost of base realignment or closure information in regards to COBRA. Committee of Fifty member Randy Harris said a team […]

BRAC team meets

By David Irvin CLOVIS — The strategic team formed to help save Cannon Air Force Base from closure by the Pentagon came together Tuesday for the first time. Comprised of local groups, state groups and three paid lobbying firms, the strategic team set up shop at Clovis Community College and began divvying up responsibilities. “That […]

Morning to arrive with BRAC list

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Local Cannon Air Force Base supporters are reacting positively to details released in Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld’s press briefing Thursday on Base Realignments and Closures, more commonly known as BRAC. As specifics of the release circled through his dedicated community, Washington Committee member Randy Harris’ hope that Cannon […]

Committee hopes for BRAC’s best, but prepared for its worst

By Marlena Hartz Randy Harris recalls being on the steps of the Pentagon, the morning sun on the horizon, as the secretary of the Air Force drove up. Asked what he was doing there, Harris replied: “This is what we’ve been doing for the last 50 years.” As a member of the Washington Committee, a […]

Cannon supporters relieved by Rumsfeld statement

By Marlena Hartz Far fewer military bases are likely to be closed and realigned than originally foreseen, in part because of the planned shift of tens of thousands of troops from bases in Asia and Europe to the United States, according to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. Rumsfeld said surplus base capacity is not as […]