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 […]

Vietnam-era tanks continue to meet military need

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Staff Sgt. Geraldo Valdez, foreground, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, and Airman Basic Jake Jordan, 27 SOLRS, unchain an M-42 Duster tank at the Melrose Air Force Range on Feb. 18. By Airman 1st Class James Bell: 27th SOW Public Affairs Two M-42 Duster tanks moved from […]

Bombing range being retooled for new aircraft

U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez An MC-130W Combat Spear drops a container release system load at the Melrose Air Force Range during a training exercise on Sept. 23. The drops are done at least once a week and prepare the aircrews for resupply missions in areas without airfields. By Kevin Wilson: […]

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 […]

Airmen clear Melrose Range

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Staff Sgt. David Hewitt, 27th SOCES Explosive Ordnance Flight, hands C-4 explosive to Airman 1st Class Nathan Baloga, also with EOD on Nov. 6. The airmen were planting demolition charges at Melrose Air Force Range as part of its annual range clearance. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: […]

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 […]

Reserve, Guard demonstrate military skills

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Liliana Moreno An Army National Guard medical evacuation company simulates a search and rescue mission with a pair of UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters during the 2008 Boss Lift on May 3. By Airman 1st Class Liliana Moreno, 27th SOW Public Affairs Office MELROSE BOMBING RANGE — More than 60 New Mexico […]

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 […]

Bombing range fire knocked out quickly

Freedom Newspapers A small fire at Melrose Bombing Range was stamped out Monday in less than an hour, according to officials. The fire was reported at 12:45 p.m. and was extinguished at 1:10 p.m., according to Staff Sgt. Brandon Seals, chief of media relations at Cannon Air Force Base. Personnel from Cannon, Floyd and Melrose […]

Unmanned aerial vehicle takes flight

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers In descent, the graceful, little plane — No. 05-134 — spirals in the sky, flickering in and out of sight in the sun. No pilot guides elusive No. 05-134, but the unmanned aerial vehicle glides obediently to the end of its pre-programmed flight. The plane is snagged out of […]

Clear skies fitting welcome to Hurlburt folks

Editorial Nearly four dozen Florida visitors wind up a whirlwind two-day visit to Clovis and Portales today. We hope they spread the word that their future eastern New Mexico home has: • Friendly people who live in cities and towns whose core values are anchored in their love of family, hard work, patriotism and service […]

Comparing the training ground to the battle ground

Freedom Newspapers When the congressional delegation announced last week Air Force Special Operations Command had selected Cannon as the home for expansion, one of the factors named for the choice was the similarity in terrain between eastern New Mexico and the Middle East, specifically Iraq and Afghanistan. Special Ops will begin the transition to the […]