BRAC chair coming to Clovis


Anthony Principi chairs a hearing of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission on Tuesday in Washington. (KRT photo: Chuck Kennedy) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer New Mexico’s congressional delegates formally requested all nine members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission attend a regional meeting next month in Clovis because the city tops […]

Portales launches ‘Keep Cannon’ effort

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The city of Portales will soon be decorated with yellow and red signs which say Keep Cannon. Members of the Keep Cannon Portales committee looked over designs and logos for banners and ribbons Tuesday showing support for Cannon Air Force Base, which is being recommended for closure by […]

Ranchvale elementary’s future might hinge on Cannon closure


Ranchvale Elementary kindergarten teacher Tonya Wilson tries to find the heartbeat of her daughter Aliyah Hawkins, 9, Friday as Wilson was cleaning out her classroom for the summer. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Ranchvale Elementary School is nearer to the Cannon Air Force Base than the strip malls of Clovis. […]

Officials: Politics not involved in Cannon being on BRAC list


Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., talks to reporters about issues concerning Cannon Air Force Base at a town hall meeting Saturday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Politics were not involved in the selection of Cannon Air Force Base for the Base Realignment and Closure […]

5/22 BRAC letters to the editor

Editor’s note: Most of the following letters were edited heavily for space considerations. Battle to keep Cannon open not lost When I first heard that Cannon Air Force Base was on the Base Realignment and Closure list, I simply could not believe it. My own 31-year Air Force career ended at Cannon in 1973. As […]

Clovis strong enough to survive Cannon closure

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist Boy, that was a real Friday the 13th kind of thing last week wasn’t it, with our very own Cannon Air Force Base showing up on the federal government’s Base Realignment and Closure list? I was stunned. It’s not like it couldn’t happen, but more like, “Why should it happen?” […]

Other viewpoints on Cannon closure

Editor’s note: Here are editorials published recently about Cannon Air Force Base and the Base Realignment and Closure process: Clovis, Curry deserve assistance, support of entire state From the Albuquerque Tribune Albuquerque dodged a bullet Friday, but now it will have to close ranks with New Mexico’s Cannon Air Force Base — targeted in the […]

Senators co-sponsor bill to halt BRAC

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer New Mexico’s senators co-sponsored a bill Wednesday intended to stop the Base Realignment and Closure process in its tracks. But before it can be enacted, one of BRAC’s biggest supporters — President Bush — would have to sign it. The “postponement of 2005 round of defense base closure and […]

BRAC panel member warns not to rush

By Dave Montgomery: Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON — A member of the nation’s base-closing commission suggested Wednesday that the military wants to close some bases that could be needed later. “We shouldn’t rush into closing down facilities that we may need in the future,” former congressman James Bilbray said as the Base Realignment and Closure […]

Area ranchers willing to support Cannon

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Some eastern New Mexico ranchers are long-standing critics of Cannon Air Force Base. When Cannon announced plans in January to expand its training air space, a handful of ranchers were vocal in their opposition at a meeting with Air Force officials at Eastern New Mexico University. Anticipating some may […]