Cannon awarded first for safety

Darrell Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Cannon’s 27th Fighter Wing added another award in February to its increasing stack: the Colombian trophy, given each year to the base rated best in the Air Force for safety. The nomination documentation submitted by Cannon Air Force Base cited a long list of accomplishments, including flying 15,239 […]

Bill aimed at helping prevent base closings

David Arkin Those worried that New Mexico’s military bases could be shut down or realigned in the coming years can sleep a little easier now. The state’s top boss has signed a bill that he and his backers say will help prevent bases from being closed. On Friday, Gov. Bill Richardson signed a bill that […]

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 defend airspace proposal

Mike Linn CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A proposal by Cannon Air Force Base officials to expand military airspace is an effort to prepare pilots for war. It will help increase a pilot’s survivability and, Cannon officials say, allow for training that emulates live conflict. Cannon Commander Col. Robert Yates on Monday spoke in detail […]

Officials seek funding from Legislature

David Arkin Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, said he expected a huge funding bill that included numerous capital outlay requests to be voted on sometime during the next few days. Harden, who headed for Clovis on Thursday to attend to family matters, said he submitted his priorities for capital outlay before he left. There’s expected to […]

State, local officials against base closings

David Arkin New Mexico military bases, including Cannon Air Force Base, received the support of the state’s top boss on Wednesday to develop projects that would help keep the bases thriving. Lawmakers from across the state and local leaders also pitched their support for plans to improve roads and projects at the Clovis base. The […]

Bush pushes tax cuts at Roswell visit

Jack King ROSWELL — President Bush on Thursday drove home points from his State of the Union address as he enjoyed a friendly southeastern New Mexico crowd. Bush spoke to an audience the Secret Service estimated at 1,800 in Roswell’s Convention and Civic Center, a talk billed as remarks on the war on terrorism, but […]

2003 a year of shock and awe for Cannon

Darrell Maurina For those serving in the military, 2003 will go down as the year America went to war. Day after day in late 2002 and early 2003, television screens and newspaper front pages were filled with scenes of spouses, parents, and sometimes children waving goodbye to departing service members. More often than not, those […]

Local officials confident Cannon Air Force base will stay open

Staff and Wire Reports Criteria set to help determine which military bases will close after 2005 was made public on Monday, and local officials expressed confidence Cannon Air Force Base will remain open. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said he believes New Mexico bases are positioned ‘‘to not only stay off the closure list, but to […]

Officials optimistic bases will stay open

Darrell Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com New Mexico’s military bases have a good shot at remaining open despite an upcoming Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process in 2005, according to officials of the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission. However, members asked the commission chair, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, to meet with […]