Special Operations coming to Cannon

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The mission to save Cannon Air Force Base has been accomplished. Cannon will soon become home to the Air Force Special Operations 16th Wing, New Mexico’s congressional delegation announced this morning. The base is expected to expand in aircraft, and possibly in personnel, within the next two years, officials announced […]

Cannon mission search inching along slowly

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers As spring marches onward, so does the eight-step federal process established to find a mission for Cannon Air Force Base. By mid-June, the Air Force hopes to have analyzed compatible, conflicting and overlapping proposed uses for Cannon. This is the seventh step in the process that will end with […]

Survey: Cannon support continues

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers More than a dozen people huddled around the television, awaiting word from the Department of Defense on the future of Cannon Air Force Base. Diana Wike, a civilian employee of Cannon, had paused from her daily routine along with the group, assembled inside the base’s dining hall. Her job, […]

BRAC one year later, and the sun is out

Editorial The jolting news arrived one year ago: Department of Defense officials had targeted Cannon Air Force Base for closure. The impact on our economy would be severe — more than 30 percent, many agreed. We’ve fought hard since to save Cannon. Along the way, we’ve learned a lot of lessons — mostly about perseverance […]

CAFB under consideration for special forces base

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers An in-depth report examining Cannon Air Force Base as a potential site for Air Force special forces has been submitted to the Pentagon, a spokesman for Air Force Special Operations Command told the Clovis News Journal on Monday. Cannon and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., are two bases […]

Wind farm powering region with electricity

By Tony Parra, Freedom Newspapers Some aspects of operating the 120-megawatt wind farm can be as easy as doing it from a personal computer at home, that is if you are authorized and have a password from Edison Mission Group. Members of the Edison Mission Group held an open house at the San Juan Mesa […]

Officials push for CAFB decision by June or July

By Marlena Hartz The Air Force is on a limited list of parties interested in Cannon Air Force Base, according to a local base advocate. The Air Force conducted a workshop Tuesday in Washington, D.C., for government parties interested in occupying the base. Though the Air Force expressed interest in occupying the base, few other […]

Officials say search for Cannon mission at midway point

By Marlena Hartz A glossy brochure peddling the assets of Cannon Air Force Base was issued to government agencies Thursday, according to the office of Sen. Pete Domenici, R.-N.M. The release marks the midway point in the search to find a new mission for Cannon. It is the fourth step in an eight-step process set […]

Budget proposal tightens things for Cannon mission search

By Marlena Hartz The 2007 military budget proposal sent Monday to Congress by the Pentagon calls for increased investments in technology, but scales back personnel and aging inventory. The Air Force has been urged by New Mexico senators to cork the void that will likely be left by a proposal to retire F-117s at Holloman […]

Bush mulls $439.3 billion defense budget

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — The Pentagon Friday announced plans to significantly increase special operations forces, expand psychological warfare and develop a program to counter biological terrorism as part of a new broadbased military strategy for the 21st century. The plan comes three days before President Bush sends Congress a 2007 budget that seeks […]

Elida wind farm has smooth sailing

By Tony Parra The Elida Wind Power Plant operators are completing their first month since flipping the switch sending electricity from the plant to homes in eastern New Mexico, west Texas, Oklahoma and southern Kansas. Wind farm operators have been using the Roosevelt and Chavez county winds to generate electricity for the homes of Xcel […]

All parties agree: Cannon ‘high priority’

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Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Has the Air Force identified a “promising candidate mission” for Cannon Air Force Base or not? Apparently not, Air Force officials said this week. Last month’s reference to the “promising candidate mission” for Cannon was part of a draft letter from Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley. However, […]

Cannon AFB receiving contradicting reports

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A candidate mission for Cannon Air Force Base has not been identified, despite contrary indications, a newly appointed Air Force assistant secretary said Wednesday. “When there is an emotional issue, as this is, people often times read into statements,” William Anderson said Wednesday before he toured Cannon. Local Cannon supporters […]

Hope for Cannon’s mission to top headlines in 2006

Freedom Newspapers One year from now, the top regional story of 2006 could well be a repeat of 2005: BRAC. We hope it will be No. 1 again, but for a different reason. Instead of ’05’s uncertainty over the future of Cannon Air Force Base, we want the 2006 reason to be a certain future […]

Air Force official to tour Cannon early next month

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A high-ranking Air Force official is to visit the region next week, according to Air Force officials. Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics William Anderson will tour Cannon and the surrounding area on Jan. 4, said Air Force spokeswoman Shirley Curry. It will be his […]

Air Force Chief idenitifes possible Cannon mission

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley has identified a potential new mission for Cannon Air Force Base, but its nature isn’t yet public, according to a press release from the offices of New Mexico’s U.S. senators. “My staff is actively exploring options and has already identified one promising […]

Q&A: Domenici talks about Cannon, Iraq, and water

Freedom Newspapers U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., was in the region on Thursday and Friday and was present for a briefing at Clovis Community College with Air Force officials. The Air Force visited the area for four days to begin the process of finding a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base. Domenici has been […]

Committee sets new timeline for Cannon

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Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Initial evaluations of the region by an Air Force team ended Friday with a debriefing at Cannon Air Force Base and a pledged timeline for a new base mission. Air Force officials assigned to assess Cannon and its surrounding communities said their task should be complete by January. They said […]

Air Force team on Cannon infrastructure assessments

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Fingers that have been crossed tightly for months are slowly loosening, due to this week’s Air Force team visit to eastern New Mexico. As infrastructure assessments of Cannon Air Force Base will bleed into civilian areas today, Plains Regional Medical Center Administrator Brian Bentley said he is feeling relief. Members of […]

Team arrives at CAFB

Freeedom Newspapers An eight-member mission team from the Air Force arrived Tuesday at Cannon Air Force Base to begin evaluating possible missions for the base. Randy Harris of the base support group Committee of Fifty said the Air Force team spent the day collecting data, which will help determine Cannon’s future. Community leaders have said […]