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 […]