Growth committee proposes executive director hire

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico An office for an executive director/planner for the Local Growth Management Committee will be in Portales if the committee is awarded a federal grant. The decision during a Tuesday meeting of the committee, made up of Clovis and Portales representatives, at Clovis City Hall. The committee is composed of […]

Economic development director sees progress in local economies

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Although Roosevelt County felt national economic problems, the local economy also saw progress in the past year, said the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation director. Director Greg Fisher told commissioners Tuesday that Portales, Clovis, Lubbock and Amarillo have some of the strongest economic indicators in the nation and show […]

Military update: Money lacking for disabled retirees

By Tom Philpott Active duty and reserve component members are closer to landing a 3.4 percent basic pay raise next January, which would be the 11th consecutive annual increase set higher than private sector wage growth. But in approving a $550.4 billion fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill and $130 billion for wartime operations last week, […]

Editorial: Proposed laws threat to growth of Internet

Thousands of revenue-hungry, budget-poor taxing agencies are turning their appetites to the Internet, where new business models generate big bucks, much of it beyond tax collectors’ reach. A host of proposals in statehouses and Congress to tax and regulate the Internet threaten to unleash a multitude of unintended, unpleasant consequences. These government intrusions, ranging from […]

Growth plan highlights housing, mental health challenges

CNJ staff Housing, mental health services, public transportation, future water availability and recreation are among items in the area that need improvement, according to a growth management plan released Monday. The Regional Growth Management Plan is aimed at evaluating the communities within Curry and Roosevelt counties and their needed responses to growth at Cannon Air […]

Survey: Majority of potential Cannon airmen have families

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The majority of airmen who could call Cannon Air Force Base home in the future are married and have more than one child, and almost 30 percent plan to buy another home if they relocate to Cannon, according to a survey conducted to plan for a growing military community. […]

Cannon growth plan implementation discussed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A plan for how the community should respond to potential growth at Cannon Air Force Base was approved Monday morning at a joint meeting of the Local Growth Management Organization and Local Growth Management Committee at Clovis City Hall. Members also agreed to discuss implementation further and to consult […]

Bracing for growth

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties are well positioned to take on growth, but will need to expand in health care, education and housing sectors, according to planners. Albuquerque-based Keystone International consultants are finishing the Local Growth Management Plan, which the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment […]

Cannon growth presents challenges

By Eric Butler: FNM correspondent In 2005, Clovis residents gathered in the north meeting room at the library and fretted about their community’s existence. On Tuesday night, a much different tune was being whistled in the same room. Instead of worry about an impeding closure of Cannon Air Force Base, which did not happen, audience […]

Public invited to Cannon growth meetings

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Clovis schools planning growth meetings

Freedom New Mexico Clovis Municipal Schools is planning three meetings to address plans for dealing with the expected growth from Cannon Air Force Base, according to a news release. Current recommendations from the Facilities Master Plan and Growth Committee include building a third middle school and moving sixth grade students into the middle schools. The […]

Parent company of North Plains Mall struggling

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Freedom New Mexico Severe financial difficulties and the looming possibility of bankruptcy for the corporation that owns North Plains Mall is unlikely to cause noticeable changes at the mall for customers, a General Growth Properties spokesman said Monday. GGP, the nation’s second-largest mall owner, is struggling to refinance billions in debt it took on during […]

County peanut acreage in decline

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By Blake Downs: PNT Correspondent Roosevelt County is losing significant peanut acreage to West Texas and the growth of the dairy industry, according to local farmers and agricultural officials. The number of acres of peanuts planted in Roosevelt County has dropped from 17,000 in 2000 to 5,700 in 2007, according to New Mexico Department of […]

Raise, ‘Wellness’ plan get OK

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Military members will get a 3.9 percent pay raise in January. But the fiscal 2009 defense authorization approved by Congress on Saturday does not include a House-passed plan to set military pay raises through 2013 a half percentage point higher than private sector wage growth. The new defense bill will […]

Growth committee told base personnel numbers have bottomed out

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Local Growth Management Committee learned Wednesday that personnel levels at Cannon Air Force Base have bottomed out and numbers will begin to increase. Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas said he learned from base officials during a Clovis Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday that the trough in personnel […]

Gap widening between active and retired pay

By Tom Philpott Older military retirees like Marine Corps Master Sgt. Lanny Bauer, 68, of Stockton, Calif., do not begrudge current service members for a string of annual pay raises that have exceeded wage growth in the private sector. Every dollar they get is deserved and likely is needed to keep quality volunteers in wartime, […]

Fed drops key rate for third time this year

Staff and Wire Reports WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve dropped its most important interest rate to a nearly two-year low on Tuesday and left the door open to additional cuts to prevent a housing and credit meltdown from pushing the economy into a recession. A disappointed Wall Street took a nosedive. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke […]

Company selected to head transition study

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After nearly a year of meetings and preparation, community transition efforts related to Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission are about jump into high gear, according to members of the Local Growth Management Organization. Lonnie Leslie, LGMO president, said Keystone International of Albuquerque has been selected as consultant to […]

Local Growth Committee OKs consultant search

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Local Growth Management Committee members say they’re impressed with the efficiency of their sister organization, the Local Growth Management Organization. They say planning for the transition at Cannon Air Force Base to Special Operations is falling in place right on cue. “It’s amazing the people they have surrounded themselves […]

Air Force releases impact statement

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Plummet. Spike. Drop. Level out. The next few years of Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed transition to a Special Operations base look like a chart of the stock market. Over the next six to seven years, Cannon population numbers will drop significantly when the F-16s leave and the base prepares […]