Press release: Lease to expand Melrose bombing range signed

(SANTA FE, New Mexico) – A lease signing ceremony took place today in Santa Fe, New Mexico resulting in the lease of a large parcel of state trust land – about 11,000 acres in Roosevelt County – to the U.S. Air Force. Officials present for the signing ceremony included: New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, State […]

Bombing range deal under scrutiny

Sharna Johnson Recently elected state officials are taking a new look at the expansion of Melrose Bombing Range and it’s making some involved in the project a little nervous. For four years, state, local and Air Force officials have been working on a deal to use $5 million capital outlay to purchase approximately 30,000 acres […]

Russia should reconsider security policies

Freedom New Mexico The suicide bombing Monday in Moscow’s busy Domodedovo Airport is a reminder that terrorists of various stripes are still active and that societies with only a few open areas can be assaulted readily. Sadly, there is no such thing as 100 percent security in this or any feasible world. Our hearts are […]

Iraqis ready to handle own problems

Freedom New Mexico A coordinated suicide bombing that killed at least 14 people and wounded 53 in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, is a reminder that the country the U.S. has tried so hard to pacify, through military action and nation-building advice and subsidies, is still plenty turbulent. While this fact might tempt […]

Land use meeting postponed

CNJ staff A Joint Land Use Study public meeting scheduled for Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library has been postponed. It has not yet been rescheduled. The study is being conducted by Curry and Roosevelt counties to ensure operational effectiveness of Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose Bombing Range and protect interests of residents and […]

Local officials laud land gift for Melrose bombing range expansion

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File photo By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico News that the Melrose Bombing Range is a go for expansion was hailed Tuesday by local officials as a positive for Cannon Air Force Base and eastern New Mexico. Gov. Bill Richardson announced a waiver from Defense officials late Monday which approved the state’s gift of $5 […]

Officials: Bombing range expansion money safe for now

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The $5 million for expansion at the Melrose Bombing Range has escaped cuts in the Legislature. State Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, said the money is there for now, although he doesn’t know what the governor will propose. Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said the project has been around since the […]

Bombing range being retooled for new aircraft

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U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez An MC-130W Combat Spear drops a Container Release System load at Melrose Air Force Range during a training exercise in September. The drops are done at least once a week to prepare aircrews for resupply missions in areas that have no airfields. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ […]

Landowners wonder about future for bombing range

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Map courtesy of the New Mexico State Land Office gabe_monte@link.freedom.com MELROSE — A State Land Office official said Wednesday the future is uncertain for more than 20,000 acres of state land used for ranching and farming near the Melrose Bombing Range. Larry Kehoe told farmers and ranchers who lease state lands they should continue their […]

Bombing range meeting scheduled

CNJ staff The State Land office will hold an open meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Melrose public school regarding the expansion of the Melrose Bombing Range. Retired Brig. Gen. Hanson Scott said the meeting will inform area land owners about the status of the land acquisition for the expansion. Cannon Air Force Base […]