Commissioners: No bad bases

By David Irvin/Freedom Newspapers The top names from New Mexico’s leadership and the eastern New Mexico community walked into Marshall Junior High School auditorium Friday with a singular mission: Convince the Base Realignment and Closure commissioners that Cannon Air Force Base should not be shut down. Judging from the boisterous mood at a press conference […]

Thousands show support for Cannon

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Janice Brown was up at 3 a.m. Friday, peeking through the blinds at her home off of Commerce and Pile streets to see what the commotion was going on outside her window. “There were already people out walking around,” she said. “I was looking for media, mostly, but I […]

Governor plans to stick to 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 telephone […]

Officials: Get to Clovis early

Freedom Newspapers About 1,400 passes have been distributed for today’s Base Realignment and Closure Commission hearing, which begins at 8:30 a.m. at Marshall Junior High. Space is available for those who wish to attend four overflow venues broadcasting video feed, said Stacey Martin, president of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce. No passes will be […]

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 […]

Skeleton crews expected during BRAC hearing

Freedom Newspapers Essential public services will be available during the Base Realignment and Closure regional hearing on Friday, but many public offices will operate on skeleton crews and others will be shut so employees can participate in the rally and events. “We have so many people who are just essential people, that we can’t let […]

Crowds sparse for BRAC tickets

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Officials expected crowds throughout Wednesday night at the ticket giveaway for Friday’s Base Realignment and Closure hearing. They left the Roosevelt County Courthouse with about 75 percent of the tickets unclaimed — with less than 50 tickets still available for the auditorium where the hearing will take place. Portales […]

Governors, senators, lawmakers to attend hearing

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers While Bill Richardson is usually the center of attention when he visits eastern New Mexico, the state’s governor will be just another face in the crowd of well-known dignitaries at Friday’s Base Realignment and Closure Commission hearing at Clovis’ Marshall Junior High. Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano and Nevada Gov. Kenny […]

BRAC radio, television schedule

Freedom Newspapers Anyone unable to attend Friday’s Base Realignment and Closure Commission hearing at Marshall Junior High need not despair. The hearing will be broadcast live on TV and radio as well as streamlined over the Internet, according to KENW-TV representative Rena Garrett. Broadcasts will start at 8:30 a.m. on Friday. Garrett said Clovis and […]

BRAC hearing tickets available tonight

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Ticket distribution is tonight in Portales for the Base Realignment and Closure hearing set for Friday in Clovis. The tickets are available at 5:30 tonight in the lobby of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Tickets are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of one ticket […]

Commissioner learns from BRAC visits

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers Philip Coyle expects to learn some things he won’t find in federal government reports when he visits Clovis this week. The Base Realignment and Closure commissioner said there is no substitute for talking to those most directly impacted by plans to close their military installations. “What we’ve found both from […]

Residents prepare for BRAC hearing

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor At least 16 buses will be on hand June 24 to take Portales residents to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission hearing in Clovis, according to the Portales “Operation Keep Cannon” committee. Members also discussed Tuesday plans for distributing tickets to the hearing, set for 8:30 a.m. at Marshall […]

Area plans for hearing

By Marlena Hartz Roy Seay, vice president of Clovis National Bank, will not be in his office on June 24. He will be on the streets of Clovis. And so will his employees. The bank will be closed until noon because, for Seay, it is important to replace that morning’s normal activities with flag waving […]

Association shows support

By PNT Staff The New Mexico Association of Counties unanimously passed a resolution, 33-0, in support of the Curry and Roosevelt County government entities’ efforts to keep Cannon Air Force Base open. The NMAC members passed the resolution on Friday morning during the Annual Conference of the NMAC in Hobbs. Dennis Lopez, Roosevelt county commissioner, […]

High Portales turnout sought for hearing

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By Tony Parra The city of Portales will soon be decorated with yellow and red signs which say Keep Cannon. Members of the Keep Cannon Portales committee looked over designs and logos for banners and ribbons showing support for Cannon Air Force Base on Tuesday. Committee members are trying to create a push of support […]

Full commission requested

By David Irvin New Mexico’s congressional delegates formally requested all nine members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission attend a regional meeting next month in Clovis because the city tops the list of communities that would be hardest hit by a base closure. At this point, only three of the nine commission members are […]

BRAC commissioners to hold hearing in June

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico residents will have the opportunity to square off face-to-face with Base Realignment and Closure commissioners in June. On June 24, between one and three commissioners are scheduled to visit Clovis for a regional hearing, according to officials at the commission. The meeting is slated for 8:30 a.m., […]

Clovis among 16 cities for BRAC hearings

By Mary Clare Jalonick: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The commission reviewing the Pentagon’s recommended base closings will travel to 16 cities this summer to hear from communities potentially affected. Between June 7 and July 14, commissioners will hold hearings in Salt Lake City; St. Louis; Dallas; Atlanta; Boston; Los Angeles; Fairbanks, Alaska; Portland, Ore.; […]

Suspects await grand jury hearing

PNT Staff Jerry Fuller, one of two Portales residents accused of killing Odis and Doris Newman, is back in Portales and awaits a grand jury hearing today. Fuller, 32, had been hospitalized since March 8, when he was shot by police during his arrest. He was airlifted to Covenant Hospital in Lubbock for treatment after […]

Baca pre-trial postponed due to evidence delays

By Tony Parra A pre-trial hearing for a Portales murder suspect has been postponed after defense attorneys and prosecutors met with 9th Judicial District Court Judge Stephen Quinn on Friday morning in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The pre-trial hearing for Richard Baca was originally set for Friday. The delay was granted because the prosecuting attorney […]