Boeing to share bombing range

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The soon-to-be occupants of Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose Bombing Range say plans to test Boeing drones at the bombing range won’t interfere with their operations. Both parties are keeping the possibility of working together alive, although their missions are not related, military and Boeing officials said. “We are […]

Air Force completes Floyd fire probe

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers There is no vegetation to hold the dusty land in place after a fire burned about 27,000 acres of rangeland in southeastern New Mexico. A heavy coat of dirt sticks to the windows and covers the floors of Jeff Essary’s home. Reminders of the fire that devoured more than […]

Boeing plan doesn’t impact Cannon search

Freedom Newspapers Boeing’s plans to use the Melrose Bombing Range for robotic airplane training flights are unrelated to the search for a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base, according to an Air Force spokeswoman. It has “no impact on the (Base Realignment and Closure) recommendation regarding Cannon (Air Force Base),” Air Force spokeswoman Shirley […]

Roosevelt County kids learn hunting safety and competition

By Tony Parra Some may be asking, if a 10-year-old can abide by the hunting safety rules and not harm anyone then why can’t Vice President Dick Cheney? Too bad Cheney is too old to enroll in the Roosevelt Youth Hunter Educational Challenge which is for the Roosevelt County youth between the ages of 10-18. […]

Texas Woman’s beats Zias with treys

Freedom Newspapers DENTON, Texas — Things certainly aren’t going favorably of late for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team. Coach Dan Buzard says it’s not for lack of effort. The Zias overcame a five-point deficit with a 17-5 run to end the half and led virtually all the way in the second half. […]

Cannon, local firefighters contain 35,000-acre fire

Cannon and local area firefighters worked together to contain the 35,000 blaze that erupted Wednesday. Capt. André Kok At approximately 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Cannon Air Force Base fire protection personnel responded to a brush fire on Melrose Bombing Range which is located approximately 22 miles west of the base. At the time of this incident […]

Officials: Blaze began at bombing range

Staff Reports Air Force officials said Thursday that training was taking place at the Melrose Bombing Range when a monstrous grass fire broke out, but they said the cause of the blaze has still not been determined. A news release from Cannon Air Force Base reported the range was “being used for normal training sorties […]

Daytime inferno relentless

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Dozens of Roosevelt County residents were evacuated from their homes on Wednesday as a grass fire swept across the Melrose Bombing Range then south to Floyd, destroying an estimated 35,000 acres, officials said. There were no reports of major injuries, though at least one individual was treated for respiratory problems. […]

Pentagon says Cannon has little to offer Air Force

By Marlena Hartz Pentagon officials on Monday painted Cannon Air Force Base as one with little to offer in the way of nearby air and testing range space. They said Melrose Bombing Range is “rudimentary” and “basic.” The range, according to Pentagon testimony, holds little joint-use opportunities and could not accommodate live ordnance. Defense Department […]

Base has huge economic impact

The Associated Press Southeastern New Mexico suffered a body blow with the Pentagon’s announcement that it intended to close Cannon Air Force Base, part of the Clovis community for more than 60 years. Supporters have vowed an all-out lobbying effort to save the base. “It makes no sense to close Cannon. … To pick our […]

Cannon on Friday’s BRAC recommendations

By Sue Major Holmes: The Associated Press Southeastern New Mexico suffered a body blow with the Pentagon’s announcement that it intended to close Cannon Air Force Base, part of the Clovis community for more than 60 years. Supporters have vowed an all-out lobbying effort to save the base. “It makes no sense to close Cannon. […]

Festival attracts U.S. bird watchers

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers MILNESAND — More than 100 people flocked from as far as Massachusetts and as close as Portales this weekend to attend the fourth annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival. The highlight of the weekend is the lesser prairie chicken’s mating ritual. Right before the springtime sunrise, male prairie chickens congregate […]

Farmers upset with tumbleweed problem

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By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — Sharon Russell and her mother don’t come out to the family house northwest of Floyd much anymore. But they still love the small group of farmers that live near the Melrose Bombing Range. “This is a good community,” Russell said. “We stick together.” Today, those community members are bonded by […]

Realistic training is the best chance for survival

Ray Sullivan As a Marine combat veteran, I know the best chance of surviving war for any serviceman or woman is to train hard, train realistically and train often. That’s why I support the New Mexico Training Range Initiative to expand the airspace for Cannon Air Force Base and the nearby Melrose Bombing Range. It […]