Portales citizens celebrate plant, energy bill

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Portales citizens, state politicians and Washington lobbyists came together Tuesday afternoon under a large canopy to celebrate not only the expansion of the city’s Abengoa ethanol plant, but a recently passed energy bill that made such an expansion so relevant in the coming years. The expansion will doubled […]

Q&A: PRMC keeping pace

Wesley White is chief operating and financial officer at Plains Regional Medical Center. He answered questions recently about the hospital expansion. Q. What is capacity now? A.The hospital is licensed for 106 beds. The Intensive Care Unit beds will increase from 8 to 12 in 2007. Q. Is PRMC seeing increase in demand, and how […]

Increases in staff, payroll accompany expansion

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The expansion of Plains Regional Medical Center is showing additional benefits beyond adding in-house services such as a cancer treatment center, a rehab center and cardiac care. Thesix-year, $53.5-million project is also making a significant impact on the local economy and has aided in the recruitment of nearly a […]

Theater expansion nears completion

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Willie Flowers mixes varnish in one of the three new auditoriums in the new addition Monday at the North Plains Cinema 4. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer An expansion project at Allen Theaters in the North Plains Mall that was delayed more than two months by weather is nearing […]

Air Force gathers public reaction to air expansion

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Under the expansion, supersonic operations would be authorized at altitudes of 5,000 to 6,000 feet above ground level in seven counties across eastern New Mexico. (Cannon Air Force Base Public Affairs) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers FORT SUMNER — A Cannon Air Force Base proposal to expand military airspace met resistance and support during a […]

Ranchers raise concerns

By Tara May: Roswell Daily Record ROSWELL — Several ranchers and a non-military pilot brought up concerns at a public meeting here to discuss Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed military airspace expansion. Monday’s meeting at Goddard High School was the first of four public hearings taking place in the communities impacted by the expansion, including […]

Air Force: Effects of expansion minimal

CNJ staff and wire reports CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — An environmental report on the effects of a proposed military airspace expansion estimates increased noise that could be intrusive but would cause no damage to animals or humans. The 421-page environmental impact statement said the expansion would mean “some airspace and noise consequences” but would […]

USAF report released

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Air Force has released a report outlining the environmental consequences of a proposed air space expansion. The 421-page environmental impact statement outlines anticipated effects of Cannon Air Force Base’s New Mexico Training Range Initiative, which would expand military airspace to 3,300 square miles from 2,600 square miles. The […]

Some ranchers against Cannon airspace increase

By Mike Linn Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed military airspace expansion has any number of vocal supporters. Community leaders and economic development officials believe the expansion is important in helping the base remain open after the government’s base realignment and closure process, or BRAC, which should be completed in 2005. “The airspace would make Cannon […]

Cannon discusses expansion

By Mike Linn Officials with Cannon Air Force Base met with community leaders Friday to discuss a proposed expansion of airspace used for military training. The proposal seeks to expand the airspace an additional 10 miles toward Portales, leaving the boundaries about 20 miles west of Portales and about five miles west of Floyd. Base […]