A sigh of relief, as Cannon mission uncertainty ends

Editorial The longest stretch of never-ending uncertainty in the economic history of this eastern New Mexico area — from May 13, 2005, to June 20, 2006 — is finally over. That noise emanating from this region wasn’t the wind, just a combination of sighs of relief and thankful prayers at the news that Cannon Air […]

Cannon ceremony marks changing of command

By Andy Jackson Military and community members filled hundreds of folding chairs inside a massive aircraft hangar at Cannon Air Force Base Monday. They were there to witness Col. John D. Posner relay command of the base to Col. Scott D. West. Posner told the crowd that serving as the base’s commander has been the […]

Cannon dedicates memorial

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — With golden-tipped shovels in their hands, six survivors of the Bataan Death March stood at the Cannon Air Force Base POW/MIA Park on Friday. The men, their faces weathered, some sporting caps and cowboy hats, dug into the Earth, breaking ground for a new granite […]

Brown Elementary receives kindergarten funds

By Tony Parra A New Mexico legislative committee approved a $2.5 million boost for the construction additions to the Brown Early Childhood Center in Portales, according to a press release on Tuesday. Rep. Jose Campos made the announcement on Tuesday in the form of a press release. The $2.5 million will go to create a […]

Col. Yates says leaving Cannon a ‘bittersweet moment’

Darrell Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Military officers rarely cry in public, and commanders crying in front of their troops is even less common. But that didn’t prevent Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates, outgoing commander of the 27th Fighter Wing and Cannon Air Force Base, from choking back tears with a breaking voice during Friday’s […]

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 […]