Cannon to have more people, quieter planes

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers When the new tenants of Cannon Air Force Base — the Air Force Special Operations 16th Wing — arrive, the face of Clovis will alter, according to an administrator at Hurlburt Field, a Florida Panhandle installation where the wing and Air Force Special Operations Command are housed. “There will […]

Mission accomplished

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By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The departure from moods that once reigned was evident. Squeezing into a small room adjacent to the Clovis-Carver Public Library, community members and leaders shook hands, patted one another on the back, and flashed the kinds of smiles that seem almost involuntary, willed by joy. Thirteen months ago, in […]

A sigh of relief, as Cannon mission uncertainty ends

Editorial The longest stretch of never-ending uncertainty in the economic history of this eastern New Mexico area — from May 13, 2005, to June 20, 2006 — is finally over. That noise emanating from this region wasn’t the wind, just a combination of sighs of relief and thankful prayers at the news that Cannon Air […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cab company to discontinue operations in eastern N.M.

Freedom Newspapers City Cab has ceased operations. But a competitor is picking up the fares and may soon take over the business. In an e-mail to the Clovis News Journal, City Cab owner Christian K. Heller said, “Constantly increasing costs of daily operations and related expenses have forced me to hang up the taxi cab […]

CAFB official says special operations still eyeing base

By Marlena Hartz A major Air Force operation headquartered in the Florida Panhandle is seeking to expand its operations, and is considering Cannon Air Force Base as a new home. The Air Force Special Operations Command has made two official visits to Cannon, one late last year and another in January, according to Capt. Andre […]

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 […]

Local man kept Saddam capture under wraps

Darrell Todd Maurina Like many Americans, Mary Cline of Portales woke up on Dec. 14 to the news that American troops had captured Saddam Hussein. What she didn’t yet know was that her son Larry Davis, a civilian communications specialist working with Army forces near Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, had known about the capture many […]