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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pair of BRAC commissioners to abstain from vote on Cannon

By David Irvin Two Base Realignment and Closure Commissioners who attended a regional hearing last month in Clovis will abstain from a vote on the future of Cannon Air Force Base. Former Reps. James Bilbray of Nevada and James Hansen of Utah will recuse themselves from a vote on Cannon, reducing the number of participating […]

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 […]

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 […]

Yates promoted to brigadier general

By Freedom Newspapers Former Cannon Air Force Base commander Robert “Rowdy” Yates was promoted to the rank of brigadier general Wednesday at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. According to Air Combat Command officials, Yates will be taking a post as commander of the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano, Italy. Area community members remember his […]

What comes next for Cannon?

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Chad Lydick’s spring was characterized by a string of sleepless nights. As a member of the Washington Committee, a subgroup of the Committee of Fifty that supports Cannon Air Force Base, Lydick spent countless hours working to ensure the base would not be included on the Department of Defense’s Base […]

Commission approves land for housing

By Tony Parra County commissioners approved a preliminary plat of territorial estates for the development of a housing development in the southeast part of Portales. The proposed development will be located on the eastern side of Kilgore Avenue alongside East University Drive, according to Chad Lydick, surveyor for Lydick Engineers and Surveyors of Clovis. Lydick […]

Runoff water spells trouble for Clovis

By Mike Linn Budget cuts, developments sprouting like mushrooms, and a year of heavy rain have exacerbated drainage problems in Clovis. Tack on an all-but-flat terrain and the flooding of homes this summer and city officials are somewhat torn — between the advice of their public works director and that of area developers. At a […]