Survey: Cannon support continues

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers More than a dozen people huddled around the television, awaiting word from the Department of Defense on the future of Cannon Air Force Base. Diana Wike, a civilian employee of Cannon, had paused from her daily routine along with the group, assembled inside the base’s dining hall. Her job, […]

BRAC one year later, and the sun is out

Editorial The jolting news arrived one year ago: Department of Defense officials had targeted Cannon Air Force Base for closure. The impact on our economy would be severe — more than 30 percent, many agreed. We’ve fought hard since to save Cannon. Along the way, we’ve learned a lot of lessons — mostly about perseverance […]

Residents continue support for Cannon

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Remnants of the Base Realignment and Closure process linger around eastern New Mexico. Posted outside several businesses are thick, plastic banners. They were designed months ago in a campaign to overturn a Department of Defense proposal to shut Cannon Air Force Base. The banner hanging outside Napa Auto Parts on […]

BRAC process engulfs local area during summer

Editor’s note: The following is a brief look at the stories that made news locally in 2005. The PNT will run the year-in-review in each of the coming issues through at least Jan. 1. May 1 • Softball squad wins first district title – For the Portales softball team, it was a Saturday like no […]

Chamber honors businesses, volunteers

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Honors were dished out to business owners for their dedication to their businesses and community volunteers for dedication in helping others during the annual Roosevelt County Chamber Banquet. Meanwhile T.J. Casey, a singer/poet cowboy from Billings, Mont., dished out the jokes to entertain the crowd. Casey has been a singing […]

BRAC report to be finalized on Wednesday

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The Base Closure and Realignment Commission report will likely be finalized Wednesday by Congress, officially ending the latest BRAC process, according to local base advocates and New Mexico delegation spokespersons. Congress has 45 days from the day it receives the report from the president to enact a joint resolution to reject […]

House rejects effort to stop military base closings

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to allow the first round of U.S. military base closures and consolidations in a decade, clearing the way for facilities across the country to start shutting their doors as early as next month. The head of local Cannon Air Force Base advocate group said […]

Senators want bill passed to guarantee mission for Cannon

Jennifer Talhelm: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — New Mexico Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman said Thursday they hope to require the Pentagon to carry out a federal panel’s recommendation that a new mission be found for Cannon Air Force Base. The Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission last month handed Cannon a reprieve of […]

New Mexico leaders invite Defense Department to visit Cannon AFB

Jennifer Talhelm: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — New Mexico leaders are inviting Defense Department officials to visit Cannon Air Force Base, hoping that will help convince the Pentagon the base should stay open. The request comes days after the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission voted to move Cannon’s three F-16 fighter squadrons elsewhere, reducing […]

Keeping Cannon now means finding new mission

David Stevens: Freedom Newspapers It may be two years or more before the F-16 fighter jets and their crews and support staff leave Cannon Air Force Base, but the ideas for what happens after that are already rolling in. Andrew Schulman, a legislative aide for Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said there’s a potential for the […]

Cannon survival gives region time to find new mission

Freedom Newspapers It wasn’t the sonic boom we wanted to hear resounding Friday through the maze of rings that make up the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. But undoubtedly its occupants heard the loud BRAC cheer given to misguided Department of Defense and Air Force leaders who lost their fight to close two key airbases, our […]

BRAC Reactions

What they’re saying “For the majority of people, it’s just a slow death.” — Gene Weber, an Air Force retiree, on BRAC’s decision to keep Cannon open, but move its planes and personnel “I graduated from Eastern New Mexico University 20 years ago. I hope and pray Cannon is not closed. I have not forgotten […]

Saved – for now

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Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The federal debate that traced a course for Cannon Air Force Base was like the entire Base Closure and Realignment process — a lesson in patience and pendulation. The Commission early Friday afternoon did settle on a plan to spare Cannon from the BRAC list for closure — sort of. The […]

Clovis citizens’ eyes focused on BRAC hearing

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Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Clovis was silent as federal deliberations over Cannon Air Force Base trudged into the early afternoon Friday. Traffic seem to crawl and faces turned blank as the town awaited the fate of its base, the only link to the Virginia proceedings, for many, television. “This is like Super Bowl Sunday,” […]

Enclave means Cannon has bought time

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The word rang out over and over during federal deliberations over the fate of Cannon Air Force Base: enclave. It is the word Base Closure and Realignment Commissioner Samuel Skinner used to keep the base open. In his Cannon amendment, Skinner suggested the base enclave — slowly diminish its capacities […]

Saved for Now

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Marlena Hartz :Freedom Newspapers The federal debate that traced a course for Cannon Air Force Base was like the entire Base Closure and Realignment process — a lesson in patience and pendulation. The Commission early Friday afternoon did settle on a plan to spare Cannon from the BRAC list for closure — sort of. The […]

Governor pleads to save Cannon

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Shortly after the end of Thursday’s Base Closure and Realignment deliberations, with the empty chairs of nine BRAC commissioners as a backdrop, Gov. Bill Richardson called the fate of Cannon Air Force Base fluid. The Commission moved a Cannon vote, scheduled initially for Thursday, to this morning. In an interview with […]

Cannon called ideal for Joint Striker Fighter jet

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A beacon, for some base supporters, shone through in the early morning hours Thursday when BRAC Commission Chairman Anthony Principi asked if Cannon Air Force Base could house the Joint Strike Fighter, jet of the future. The jet will initially need a sea-level training center, but Cannon, said BRAC Commissioner […]

Cannon’s future still up in the air

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Innovation may prove to be the key in the fight to save Cannon Air Force Base. It is a word, and a spirit, that New Mexico lawmakers, and some eastern New Mexico civilians, have kept in mind since Cannon was announced May 13 as one of 33 major bases slated for […]

Commission set to make final deliberations

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The stage is set and, in a matter of days, so will be the fate of Cannon Air Force Base. The nine members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission will enter into final BRAC deliberations on Wednesday. The nine-member team is expected to complete their work — deciding which military […]