Cannon name weathered many changes during 50 year history

June 8 marked 50 years since Clovis Air Force Base became Cannon, named in honor of the late Gen. John K. Cannon. United States Senator Pete Domenici noted the 50th anniversary of Cannon Air Force Base getting its name, and took the occasion to remark on the future of the eastern New Mexico military outpost. […]

Cannon funding frustrates Domenici

CNJ staff WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates told U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., Wednesday he supports establishing a special operations mission at Cannon Air Force Base and has asked Secretary of the Air Force Mike Wynne to follow up on infrastructure funding, according to information from Domenici’s office. Domenici expressed frustration with the Defense […]

Domenici says no to MILC amendment

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Senator asks for aid in bovine TB fight

By Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici has asked Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns for help as New Mexico grapples with the containment of bovine tuberculosis cases discovered in eastern counties of the state, according to a press release from the senator’s office. Domenici, R-N.M., asked Johanns in a letter Tuesday to work with […]

Senator: Cannon funding lacking

By CNJ staff The transition to a new mission at Cannon Air Force Base is woefully underfunded in a proposed 2008 military budget, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. The approximately $72.5 million Domenici said is needed to establish Air Force Special Operations at Cannon is not included in President Bush’s […]

Development group grants housing funds

By CNJ staff Eastern Plains Council of Goverments and La Casa have been awarded grant funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Eastern Plains Council of Goverments has received a total of $235,660, while La Casa has received $221,655 of the grant money. Awarded under HUD’s Continuum of Care grant program, the funds […]

Education digest: Domenici accepting intern applications

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., is accepting applications for his summer internship program in Washington, D.C., according to a press release from his office. Applicants must have completed at least one year of study at an institution of higher learning. The internship will take place in six-week sessions, with the […]

Domenici’s fashion faux pas makes waves

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Here’s the deal. You go to the Vatican and expect to find Pete Domenici holding forth in St. Peter’s Square and Pope Benedict taking notes. When Pete Domenici walks into a building, doors open before him, rooms grow quiet in his presence. You wonder when is the last time Pete […]

Pipeline officials seek support

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer MELROSE — The communities of eastern New Mexico took a mobilized, aggressive approach in keeping Cannon Air Force Base alive. Members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority are starting to feel they’ll need a similar effort for the proposed Ute Water Project. As a bill to authorize […]

Ute Water Project goes to Senate

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority members expect an uphill battle in their latest attempt to gain federal approval on the Ute Water Project. Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman introduced a bill two weeks ago authorizing the Bureau of Reclamation to provide financial assistance to the Eastern New […]

ENMU receives broadcast grant

CNJ Staff Eastern New Mexico University has been awarded a $629,898 grant from the USDA to bring digital broadcasting to the rural areas of eastern New Mexico, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici’s office. The grant will be used to construct digital and high definition television transmitters in Artesia, Fort Sumner, Ruidoso […]

Bills would benefit ENMU

Freedom Newspapers A series of bills, including two proposed by U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) that will provide a total of $1.385 million in federal educational funding to Eastern New Mexico University, was approved by a U.S. Senate Committee on Thursday, according to a news release from Domenici’s office. The Senate Appropriations Committee, of which […]

July 2, 2006 Letters to the Editor

Politicians to thank for new mission Moaning about politicians is as American as apple pie, and with the partisanship in Washington, that makes sense. The salvation of Cannon Air Force Base, however, showed us that New Mexico’s leaders deserve our respect and our gratitude for their service. When Cannon appeared on the Base Realignment and […]

Cannon mission kept below public radar

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ Staff Writer The Air Force Special Operations 16th Wing emerged as a good fit for Cannon Air Force Base quickly after Cannon was placed in enclave status last August, its three F-16 squadrons assigned elsewhere. The base would have closed if a mission had not been found by 2010, under […]

Air Force pushing to have Cannon’s fate decided by June or July

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Air Force is on a limited list of parties interested in Cannon Air Force Base, according to a local base advocate. The Air Force conducted a workshop Tuesday in Washington, D.C., for government parties interested in occupying the base. Though the Air Force expressed interest in occupying the […]

Local civic leader honored by Pentagon

Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — Longtime Clovis civic leader Doc Stewart on Monday received the 2005 Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award in a ceremony at the Pentagon. Stewart, who has been a community leader in Clovis for almost 40 years, was selected for the Air Force award for his contributions and support for […]

Cannon’s future holds the promise a present exudes

Freedom Newspapers The news out of Washington, D.C., last week seems to bode well for future military roles coming to Cannon Air Force Base. After the uncertainties this year about whether the base will be closed, the recent announcements that a new mission seems to have been targeted for eastern New Mexico and is being […]

Cannon being evaluated

CNJ staff An eight-member mission team from the Air Force arrived Tuesday at Cannon Air Force Base to begin evaluating possible missions for the base. Randy Harris of the base support group Committee of Fifty said the Air Force team spent the day collecting data, which will help determine Cannon’s future. Community leaders have said […]

State no longer political nonentity

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist It didn’t used to be like this. Not in the old days. Not way back when New Mexico was a simple place with simple tastes and simple folks and the notion you couldn’t visit here without a passport. No one much noticed us, and that was OK. Those days are […]

Signs surface that Cannon review for real

Freedom Newspapers Two events this past week focused the picture on the future of Cannon Air Force Base once again. The bottom line is they indicate the fight to keep the base open won’t be a sham affair directed by military and Department of Defense officials who had wanted it closed. For the forward movement […]