Air Force asks for correspondence

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Proposed special ops aircraft and operations for Cannon Air Force Base were outlined at the Clovis Community College on Monday in the first of three meetings scheduled to gather public input for an Environmental Impact Study of the base’s new mission. By law, the study must be completed before any [...]

Town set for military boost

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers For the mountain community of Colorado Springs, Colo., change is certain. In the next few years, the size of nearby Fort Carson will more than double. As overseas assignments in Germany, Europe and Asia shrink to create a more mobile military, more than 10,000 troops will be assigned to the [...]

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 [...]

Commission to look at data, hard facts

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers When Base Realignment and Closure commissioners sit down face to face with the community on Friday, it will be strictly business. According to BRAC staff and some of New Mexico’s congressional delegates, the Commission will be acting like umpires, looking for violations of the BRAC criteria as laid out by [...]

Economist wants community assistance for impact study

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Erin Ward, New Mexico State University economist, wants to pinpoint the economic effect the closure of Cannon Air Force Base will have on Portales and she needs help from Portales business owners. Ward is putting together an economic impact study on the effect to Portales to be presented to [...]

Commission joins mutual aid agreement

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County commissioners are in, making it all four government entities in Curry and Roosevelt County which are donating money for the lobbying efforts to keep Cannon Air Force Base open. Commissioners approved to donate $50,000 fro the county’s general fund into the funding for the cost of the [...]

Base has huge economic impact

The Associated Press Southeastern New Mexico suffered a body blow with the Pentagon’s announcement that it intended to close Cannon Air Force Base, part of the Clovis community for more than 60 years. Supporters have vowed an all-out lobbying effort to save the base. “It makes no sense to close Cannon. … To pick our [...]

Cannon Timeline

Freedom Newspapers Timeline 2003 — Idea for airspace expansion and initial gathering of information. January 2004 — Air Force officials present airspace expansion proposal to public. Four public meetings held in areas affected by proposed expansion. Spring 2004 — Air Force gathers information from public meetings, begins analysis of proposal’s impact to environment. Summer of [...]

Economy at risk if Cannon goes down

By Darrell Todd Maurina Shutting down Cannon Air Force Base would cost the state of New Mexico at least $122 million each year in value-added income, according to a new study by a research team at New Mexico State University — and that’s on top of $111 million in lost payroll from Cannon and $52 [...]

Cannon officials seek expansion of military training air space

Mike Linn Officials with Cannon Air Force Base met with community leaders Friday to discuss a proposed expansion of airspace used for military training. The proposal seeks to expand the airspace an additional 10 miles toward Portales, leaving the boundaries about 20 miles west of Portales and about five miles west of Floyd. Base commander [...]