Tickets available for honorary dinner

By CNJ Staff The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is selling tickets for an appreciation dinner to honor retired Gen. Lloyd “Fig” Newton. Newton served on the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission and proposed sparing Cannon Air Force Base from closure. About 50 tickets remain for the dinner, and about 160 people already are […]

Airmen’s center to go forward

CNJ Staff Plans to build a new airmen’s center at Cannon Air Force Base will move forward now that the Pentagon has announced that the base will be home to an Air Force Special Operations wing, according to a press release from the offices of Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The […]

Year in review: Area recovering from BRAC process

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Gabriel Bryant of Clovis shows his support for Cannon when members of the Brac Commission visited Clovis in June. (Staff photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Remnants of the Base Realignment and Closure process linger around eastern New Mexico. Posted outside several businesses are thick, plastic banners. They were designed months ago in a […]

9/22 Education Calendar

Today: From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., school officials will host a community discussion at Ranchvale Elementary about the proposed closure of this school. Monday: From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Parent-Teacher Conference Day will be held at all elementary and secondary schools. Teachers will not be available from noon to 1 p.m. Monday: From […]

Rumsfeld may not recommend BRAC list

John L. Lumpkin: The Associated Press FORT IRWIN, Calif. — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has reservations about the base closure commission’s decision to spare several high-profile installations, saying the commission focused on the economic impact of some bases instead of their military usefulness. Rumsfeld said he was uncertain whether he would recommend to President […]

More BRAC reactions:

More reaction to the Base Closure and Realignment Commission’s decision on Cannon Air Force Base: “We all would have preferred a clear and decisive vote from the Commission to keep Cannon open. It is, however, a victory that the Pentagon was not able to convince the Commission to close Cannon. … We will now turn […]

Cannon saved, for now

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New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson watches the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission deliberate on Cannon Air Force Base on Friday in Arlington, Va., outside Washington. (AP photo) By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The federal debate that traced a course for Cannon Air Force Base was like the entire Base Closure and Realignment process — […]

Cannon campaign drawing to close

By 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 […]

Regent says CCC’s future tied to base

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The appointment of Clovis Community College President Beverlee McClure as the state’s secretary of higher education last week clouded the short-term future of the school, officials said. But there’s a potentially bigger storm cloud hovering on the horizon — the fate of Cannon Air Force Base. The Department of […]

Lawmakers say Cannon would be good home for F-35

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers State legislators say Cannon Air Force Base, targeted for closure by the Department of Defense, makes economic sense as a future home for the Joint Strike Fighter. The fighter, also known as the F-35, is in the development stage and is expected to replace many of the jet fighters in […]