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 […]

What comes next for Cannon?

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Chad Lydick’s spring was characterized by a string of sleepless nights. As a member of the Washington Committee, a subgroup of the Committee of Fifty that supports Cannon Air Force Base, Lydick spent countless hours working to ensure the base would not be included on the Department of Defense’s Base […]

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 […]

Clovis city council prepares in case of BRAC

By David Irvin In a show of solidarity Thursday night, community leaders announced they will aggressively work toward removing Cannon Air Force Base from the Base Realignment and Closure list in the event the base ends up on it. The Department of Defense has until May 16 to submit a list of military installations to […]

Many bases targeted for closure

By David Irvin Dozens of United States military bases are expected to be targeted for closure this year. Federal officials have predicted as many as 100 of the nation’s roughly 400 bases will be closed. While state and local officials and federal lawmakers have expressed hope that Cannon Air Force Base will expand as a […]

Supporters: Cannon will survive BRAC

By David Irvin Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation, local supporters of Cannon Air Force Base and even some independent analysts agree Cannon has strong military value and should survive this year’s Base Realignment and Closure process. But the looming questions are whether BRAC commissioners will focus on military value — and what is military […]

Movie watching has peaks, and plenty of valleys

By Kevin Wilson One of my friends and I have a long-standing agreement that we do holiday gifts after the holidays have passed, so we don’t repeat gifts and we have time to find the best deals. A request I put in to her was for a movie poster of Citizen Kane, The Usual Suspects […]