E-mail on Cannon, BRAC a hoax, officials say

By Mike Linn A group of e-mails that list military bases likely scheduled for retirement in the upcoming base realignment and closure (BRAC) process are nothing more than a hoax, officials say. A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici said Tuesday that information regarding base closures won’t be available until after the BRAC Commission has [...]

Domenici promotes CAFB

By Mike Linn Congressman Pete Domenici on Tuesday lauded the importance of Cannon Air Force Base to America’s military operations and provided a short yet strong list of reasons the base should fare well in the upcoming Base Closure and Realignment process. The proximity of Melrose Bombing Range, good weather for flying, and quality airspace [...]

Q&A, Jeff Bingaman

Freedom Newspapers U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., was in Portales last week. He sat down with Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico staff for about 30 minutes. Q: What are the chances the Ute Water Project will receive 80 percent funding from the federal government, with 10 percent from the state and 10 percent from local [...]

Base closures would be a concern to Portales

Darrell Maurina Longtime Portales businessman Marshall Stinnett said the Base Realignment and Closure process needs to concern Portales leaders, not just those in Clovis who are closer to Cannon Air Force Base. “We have 150 Air Force housing units down here,” Stinnett said. “If we have any economic expansion in the Clovis area it helps [...]

Officials: Cannon closure unlikely

Darrell Todd Maurina A special committee of business and government leaders appointed to help keep New Mexico’s military bases is coming to Clovis today. The group’s chair, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, said she’s optimistic the state will present enough incentives to keep not only Cannon Air Force Base but also the state’s other three bases [...]