What they are saying about BRAC

The Associated Press More reaction to the Base Closure and Realignment Commission’s decision on Cannon Air Force Base: “It will be interesting to see how it all shakes out. It is a partial win and it appears to be a big loss, but we don’t know what’s coming.” — Marshall Stinnett of Portales, a member […]

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 […]

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 […]

Base supporters continue efforts to save Cannon

David Stevens: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base supporters are wrapping up their campaign to keep the base open as Base Realignment and Closure commissioners retreat to consider all the information they’ve gathered in the past three months. Eastern New Mexico’s congressional delegation, along with Gov. Bill Richardson, has been making final calls to commissioners […]

Lawmakers say Cannon would be good home for F-35

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers State legislators say Cannon Air Force Base, targeted for closure by the Department of Defense, makes economic sense as a future home for the Joint Strike Fighter. The fighter, also known as the F-35, is in the development stage and is expected to replace many of the jet fighters in […]

Cannon redevelopment committee being explored

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Should Cannon Air Force Base close, its F-16s bequeathed to far away places, Mayor David Lansford wants to be prepared. That’s why the mayor invited the government entities of the Clovis-Portales area together for a Wednesday morning, closed-door meeting. The guest speaker is Eric Williams, the executive director of Reese Technology […]

Navy’s top admiral to testify at BRAC hearing on Oceana

The Associated Press NORFOLK, Va. — The Navy’s new chief will testify this week at a defense commission hearing on whether Oceana Naval Air Station should be among military bases it recommends for closure. Adm. Michael G. Mullen, who became chief of naval operations July 15, will appear before the Defense Base Realignment and Closure […]

Congressmen want to slow down BRAC process

The Associated Press New Mexico’s two senators want to halt the base realignment and closure process at least until the Pentagon completes a defense review and most of the major combat units return from deployment in Iraq. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., announced Thursday they are sponsoring an amendment to the fiscal […]

Funds set aside for Cannon construction

Freedom Newspapers A bill working its way through the U.S. Senate includes $13.2 million earmarked for a project at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. The sum will remain in the bill despite the fact Cannon has been targeted for closure by the Pentagon. Domenici recommended the […]

BRAC list additions spur cautious optimism for Cannon supporters

By Marlena Hartz Cannon Air Force Base supporters expressed cautious optimism on Tuesday as Base Realignment and Closure commissioners added military installations to the possible closure list. “I am very encouraged, not only that they chose to put about nine additional bases on the list, but that the Commission is independent in their thinking,” said […]

In letter to Rumsfeld, BRAC chairman questions Cannon

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — A letter from the military base closing commission chairman to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld asks whether the Pentagon considered a plan that would keep Cannon Air Force Base open. In the letter, Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission Chairman Anthony Principi asks whether Rumsfeld considered moving the assets […]

State gets funding to help job transitions

Staff and Wire Reports The U.S. Department of Labor has decided to award the state $1 million in job transition funds since it could be affected by the Pentagon’s plans to close Cannon Air Force Base and transfer jobs from White Sands Missile Range. The funds would be used in eastern New Mexico to support […]

Eastern New Mexico strikes BRAC

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By David Irvin The arguments to save Cannon Air Force Base were compelling. And the base itself is impressive. So said Base Realignment and Closure commissioners in Clovis on Friday for a regional hearing. But commissioners also had words of caution for Cannon supporters: The nation has many outstanding bases, they said, and the decision […]

Officials to keep up efforts after hearing

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By David Irvin By all accounts, supporters of Cannon Air Force Base on Friday made a compelling argument to spare the facility from closure. Now what? Keep arguing is the advice of Clovis’ Walter Bradley, who was New Mexico’s lieutenant governor when Kirtland Air Force Base was removed from the Base Realignment and Closure list […]

BRAC Talk: What the presenters said

The nine who testified on behalf of Cannon Air Force Base at Friday’s regional hearing of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission: Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. — The senator introduced the entire case for Cannon supporters. He said the Air Force and Department of Defense are making a mistake in recommending Cannon for closure. He […]

Commissioners “impressed” with Cannon tour

By Marlena Hartz/Freedom Newspapers Four members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, including Chairman Anthony Principi, toured Cannon Air Force Base on Thursday. Officials said the commissioners, who will ultimately decide the fate of the base targeted for closure by the Department of Defense, spent about three hours at Cannon and spent time with […]

Cannon supporters to focus on facts

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers For Gov. Bill Richardson, today’s Base Realignment and Closure hearing is symbolic of chance. It is the Clovis-Portales area’s chance — Richardson has been handed the task of giving closing arguments — to help save Cannon Air Force Base from closure, as recommended by the Department of Defense. In a […]

Commissioners ‘impressed’ by tour of Cannon

By Marlena Hartz and David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers Four members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, including Chairman Anthony Principi, toured Cannon Air Force Base on Thursday. Officials said the commissioners, who will ultimately decide the fate of the base targeted for closure by the Department of Defense, spent about three hours at Cannon […]

Welcome: You’re about to become part of U.S. history

Freedom Newspapers Welcome, everyone, to the first of two days of regional history that many will recall far into the distant decades of our lives. Welcome to the members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission and their staff. You are the leading players in a unique ritual of freedom: a national hearing conducted in […]

6/22 Letters to the Editor

Thank Bush for BRAC situation On behalf of the hundreds of businesses and the thousands of residents whose economic future are now at risk due to the Base Realignment and Closure process, I want to thank those Curry and Roosevelt county citizens who voted for George W. Bush. It’s really working out well for our […]