Cannon schedules public input meetings

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The Air Force has planned a series of public meetings to gather input for an environmental impact study of the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base. “These meetings will give the public an opportunity to learn about the proposal and voice their questions and concerns,” said Capt. Rebecca Garcia […]

Rams preparing new offense

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Its back to the future for 2006 Portales High School football, but there aren’t any winged time machines, instead, its the wing-T offense. This year’s version of the red and white gridiron warriors have a new head coach, who’s actually a former assistant coach, and a fresh new offense […]

Air Force numbers show gradual base growth

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The Air Force Special Operations Command released preliminary information Friday about the number of personnel who will transition to Cannon Air Force Base over the next few years with the 16th Special Operations Wing. The Wing assumes ownership of Cannon on Oct. 1, 2007, according to Air Force officials. In […]

Deactivation of 27th Wing tough pill for some

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers The sleeves of his stiffly starched camouflage uniform are adorned with two stripes. The navy blue double lines identify Coty Miller as an Airman first class in the U.S. Air Force. Miller, 20, who enlisted in the Air Force shortly after graduating from high school in Florida two years ago, […]

Hurlburt: We’re full

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Picture a full parking lot with nary an empty space. That is Hurlburt Field, current home of Air Force Special Operations Command and its 16th Wing in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. On this steamy July day, the ramp at Hurlburt is at 30 percent capacity, according […]

Hurlburt personnel feel uneasy about move to Cannon

Freedom Newspapers A fine alabaster sand cradles the edges of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., where teal pockets of shallow ocean give way to deep, navy expanses. In this paradise in Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, tourism and the military have jockeyed for space. “Fort Walton is bound on the south by coastal waters, bound on the […]

Officials from 16th Special Operations Wing to visit

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A cross section of individuals from the Air Force 16th Special Operations Wing will visit eastern New Mexico in late July, chiefly to experience the resources of the region, according to local officials. Twenty to 30 members of the 16th Wing will visit with area officials July 20-21, according […]

27th still has work to be done

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The 27th Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will not sit idle waiting to be decommissioned, according to the base’s commander. Col. Scott West said the 27th Wing still must focus on training and missions as the base transitions in the next year from serving the 27th Fighter […]

Past week was one filled with economic euphoria for area

Editorial The past week started with 13 months of uncertainty. It ended with three doses of euphoria in five days. When people reminisce years from now about what was the best single week of good news, the past seven days will rank near the top. First, on Sunday and Monday, we carried the palpable uncertainty […]

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 […]