To-do lists: powerful tools to accomplish mission

Lt. Col. Raymond Lopez How often have you gone home at the end of a day feeling frustrated because you had accomplished far less than you had planned? How many times has your to-do list grown by more items in one day than you marked off in a whole week? For most of us, this […]

Feds: Cannon team not official

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Formation of a federal team to assess future missions for Cannon Air Force Base is not official, a Department of Defense spokesman said on Wednesday. Gov. Bill Richardson said Monday a Pentagon-led team will assess possible missions for Cannon and report the findings to the Pentagon in 180 days. But […]

Priorities become simpler with age

Bob Huber: Local Columnist In these troubled times when we’re smothered by hurricanes, terrorists, tattoos, and bad football seasons, it’s time to probe an even greater baffling question, one that has tormented mankind for thousands of years — “What does a woman want in a man?” I have some answers, because I spent 51 years […]

“Keep Cannon” reception held

PNT Staff The City of Portales held a reception Tuesday to show appreciation for efforts in “Operation: Keep Cannon” at the Memorial Building. The Portales committee worked with a Clovis committee on promoting the campaign to remove Cannon Air Force Base from the Base Realignment and Closure list. The Portales committee had not met since […]

BRAC list additions spur cautious optimism for Cannon supporters

By Marlena Hartz Cannon Air Force Base supporters expressed cautious optimism on Tuesday as Base Realignment and Closure commissioners added military installations to the possible closure list. “I am very encouraged, not only that they chose to put about nine additional bases on the list, but that the Commission is independent in their thinking,” said […]

Recusals put legitimacy of BRAC process in doubt

Our nation’s military structure is about to undergo major realignments, some that are probably needed. However, some changes could weaken America’s ability to defend itself in the face of enemy attack. Now, just a few months before that Base Realignment and Closure process is complete, we learn two of the most-important decision makers are said […]

Officials to keep up efforts after hearing

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By David Irvin By all accounts, supporters of Cannon Air Force Base on Friday made a compelling argument to spare the facility from closure. Now what? Keep arguing is the advice of Clovis’ Walter Bradley, who was New Mexico’s lieutenant governor when Kirtland Air Force Base was removed from the Base Realignment and Closure list […]

Senators meet with BRAC official

The Associated Press A member of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission assured New Mexico’s two senators Thursday that data behind the Pentagon’s decision to recommend the closure of Cannon Air Force Base would be closely scrutinized before the base’s fate is decided. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said they received the […]

Area hopeful letters help stop closure

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Kenneth Realty Inc. agent Maureen Burns said she hunched over mounds of letters for three consecutive days last week. She wrote the names of the nine Base Realignment and Closure commissioners in blue ink over countless envelopes, addressing letters written by fellow community members to the Virginia-based Commission that will […]

June 1 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Unsettled weather has been around most of the week, but so far sprinkles to light showers is about all our area has received. However, on over west on the Elida/Dora state road, around the Harding Burris place, they received a lot of damage from hail and some rain. Several of our local […]

It’s still not time to think about a plan B

Freedom Newspapers So here we are, 14 days into the rollercoaster ride of emotions tied to Cannon Air Force Base being targeted by the Defense Department and the Air Force to close. Now we’re exactly four weeks away from arguing our case against that decision before the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. Let’s take stock […]

Full commission requested

By David Irvin New Mexico’s congressional delegates formally requested all nine members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission attend a regional meeting next month in Clovis because the city tops the list of communities that would be hardest hit by a base closure. At this point, only three of the nine commission members are […]

Community has task at hand

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers In the face of staggering statistics — 85 percent of bases recommended for closure by the Department of Defense are indeed shuttered — area leaders are holding tightly to the idea that Cannon Air Force Base can beat the odds. Many are unwilling to even discuss a contingency plan. “Frankly,” […]

Delegates talk BRAC in Clovis

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers Politics were not involved in the selection of Cannon Air Force Base for the Base Realignment and Closure list, according to members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., all stood strong on this point at a meeting with […]

BRAC commissioners to hold hearing in June

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico residents will have the opportunity to square off face-to-face with Base Realignment and Closure commissioners in June. On June 24, between one and three commissioners are scheduled to visit Clovis for a regional hearing, according to officials at the commission. The meeting is slated for 8:30 a.m., […]

Agreement proposed to align abilities and resources

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor When Orlando Ortega is asked about the upcoming meeting regarding Cannon Air Force Base’s place on the Base Realignments and Closures list, his standard response is, “Which one?” From steering committees to letter-writing committees to finance committees to Washington committees, Portales’ mayor said that numerous meetings have taken place […]

Legislators making effort to delay BRAC process

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers New Mexico’s senators co-sponsored a bill Wednesday intended to stop the Base Realignment and Closure process in its tracks. But before it can be enacted, one of BRAC’s biggest supporters — President Bush — would have to sign it. The “postponement of 2005 round of defense base closure and realignment […]

Kirtland fought its way off closure list

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Albuquerque officials had to scurry 10 years ago when Kirtland Air Force Base landed on the Department of Defense’s list of bases proposed for realignment. A committee was quickly formed in response to the threat of realignment, with six businessmen calling themselves the Kirtland Retention Task Force at its core. […]

Community rallies to save Cannon

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Rounds of applause rippled through the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library Monday as Gov. Bill Richardson encouraged residents to be vocal in their support of Cannon Air Force Base. An eastern New Mexico staple for more than 50 years, Cannon is one of two Air Force […]

Portales hit hard by Cannon’s spot on BRAC list

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Friday the 13th of May was certainly a horror story for supporters of Cannon Air Force Base, as Portales residents learned that CAFB is one of 33 bases on the Base Realignment and Closure Commission list. While some were shocked and imagining worst-case scenarios, others hope the story can […]