Press release: Lease to expand Melrose bombing range signed

Press release: Lease to expand Melrose bombing range signed (SANTA FE, New Mexico) – A lease signing ceremony took place today in Santa Fe, New Mexico resulting in the lease of a large parcel of state trust land – about 11,000 acres in Roosevelt County – to the U.S. Air Force. Officials present for the […]

Bombing range lease signing ceremony Wednesday

Freedom New Mexico A signing ceremony is set for Wednesday in Santa Fe to pave the way for an expansion of the Melrose Air Force Range. A two-part process will lease about 11,000 acres of state trust land in Roosevelt County to the U.S. Air Force. The range currently includes about 66,000 acres in northwestern […]

Military officials planning Melrose range expansion

Kevin Wilson Representatives from the State Land Office and the state military base planning commission held a pair of informational meetings Thursday on what they hope will expand the Melrose Air Force Range by nearly one-sixth of its current size. The state, working with the Department of Defense, has set aside $5 million towards the […]

Prescribed burns to be conducted at Melrose range

Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will conduct a series of prescribed burns at Melrose Air Force Range April 30 through May 3. The burns are intended to clear vegetation in targeted areas and help reduce the risk of wildfires caused by training or by natural causes such […]

State planning to lease land to Air Force

Sharna Johnson The state has determined it would rather be a landlord than a seller when it comes to use of state lands for expansion of the Melrose Range for the Air Force, citing more revenue for education and surplus money for Cannon Air Force Base projects. A long-term leasing arrangement to get the Air […]

WWII-era ordnance placed at Melrose Bombing Range

Freedom New Mexico A joint team of U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialists, with an escort from the New Mexico State Police, transported a World War II-era ordnance from Hobbs to Melrose Air Force Range Sunday. Found the week prior in White City, the ordnance was transported to a field just […]

Fire consumes 70 acres of range land

Freedom New Mexico An estimated 70 acres of range land burned Tuesday from a fire officials say was touched off by sparks from a cutting torch. The Portales Fire Department was called to the fire in the 400 block of Blackwater Road at 10:29 a.m. Battalion Chief Shannon Lee said workers were using the torch […]

Local officials laud land gift for Melrose bombing range expansion

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico News that the Melrose Bombing Range is a go for expansion was hailed Tuesday by local officials as a positive for Cannon Air Force Base and eastern New Mexico. Gov. Bill Richardson announced a waiver from Defense officials late Monday which approved the state’s gift of $5 million in […]

Melrose Bombing Range spared from cuts

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The $5 million for expansion at the Melrose Bombing Range has escaped cuts in the Legislature. State Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, said the money is there for now, although he doesn’t know what the governor will propose. Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said the project has been around since the […]

Offcials: State bombing range money safe for now

By Argen Buncan: PNT senior writer The $5 million for expansion at the Melrose Bombing Range has escaped cuts in the Legislature. State Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-District 27, said the money is there for now, although he doesn’t know what the governor will propose. Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said the project has been around since […]

New senior center director also leading transit system

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Dawn Kryder has had a wide range of experience trying to aid people through government service. The newest project for Kryder, 48, is her role as the new director for the Portales Senior Citizens Center. Kryder succeeds James “Jim” Good at the director’s job, since he retired to “enjoy […]

It’s their job: Range land manager helps conserve resources

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Sean Lewis has worked as a range land management specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service for six years, with about eight months of that time in Portales. Lewis grew up on a ranch north of Mosquero and finished high school in Roy. He earned a degree in range land management […]

Bombing range being retooled for new aircraft

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By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico It’s 25 miles from Cannon Air Force Base, but the Melrose Air Force Range is never out of sight or out of mind for the future of the base and Air Force Special Operations Command. “It’s not just a bombing range,” said Lt. Col. Paul Caltagirone, deputy group commander […]

Winter weather could be on way

Freedom New Mexico A winter weather advisory will be issued between 11 p.m. tonight until 5 p.m. Tuesday for snowfall along and behind a strong cold front pushes through eastern New Mexico, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. Confidence is moderate that amounts in the plains will range from 2 inches to 4 […]

Landowners wonder about future for bombing range

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico MELROSE — A State Land Office official said Wednesday the future is uncertain for more than 20,000 acres of state land used for ranching and farming near the Melrose Bombing Range. Larry Kehoe told farmers and ranchers who lease state lands they should continue their operations until the Air […]

Meeting on Melrose Bombing Range set

Freedom New Mexico The State Land office will hold an open meeting at 10 a.m. today at the Melrose public school regarding the expansion of the Melrose Bombing Range. Retired Brig. Gen. Hanson Scott said the meeting will inform area land owners about the status of the land acquisition for the expansion. Cannon Air Force […]

State, Air Force agree to bombing range expansion

Freedom New Mexico SANTA FE — The state and the Air Force agreed during a meeting this week to move forward with the expansion of Cannon Air Force Base.The proposed expansion will transfer land from the State Land Office to the U.S. Air Force to expand the Melrose Bombing Range, according to a press release […]

Special Operations: CV-22 Osprey, MQ-1 Predator

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MQ-1 Predator In operation since 1995, the Predator has been used in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Iraq and Yemen. While the Predator will remain in the desert, the unmanned aerial vehicle’s crew is expected to arrive at Cannon Air Force Base in June according to Col. J.D. Clem, director of plans and programs for the 3rd […]

Sept. 6, 1958

• A special meeting of the Roosevelt County Commissioners was held to discuss issues concerning the expansion of the Melrose Bombing Range. • The local chapter of the Rainbow for Girls held officer elections for the year. • The Law and Jake Wade, starring Robert Taylor and Richard Widmark was showing at the Tower. • […]

Housing proposal questions crop up

By Karl Terry, PNT managing editor Opinions on the idea of an affordable housing project in Portales appear to be mixed among builders and real estate professionals with some saluting the idea and others favoring a free-market approach. Led by Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr., city of Portales officials have been studying an affordable housing project […]