Portales officials invited to Zambia

Alisa Boswell Portales city leaders may be headed for Zambia, Africa, next summer for further meetings with Zambian kings Nzamane and Mukunis. The kings have offered to pay all costs except for flights to and from Zambia. “Next July, we would like to expect some people to come to Zambia,” said Patrick Mapalo, an ambassador […]

Air Force cuts some training flights in new plan

The Associated Press CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The Air Force says it determined that its controversial proposal for low-level night-time training flights over New Mexico and Colorado would have no significant impact on the environment, but still made adjustments to proposed fly-zones. A map released with an updated proposal last week cut out planned […]

LATN environmental assessment results expected within month

Kevin Wilson Cannon Air Force Base expects to know within a month results of an environmental assessment on its proposal for a Low Altitude Tactical Navigation (LATN) area over Colorado and New Mexico. According to an email from the public affairs office for the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon, the base expects to release […]

Airline service would offer more flights at higher cost

Kevin Wilson A new airline that aims to serve Clovis says it can do more with less — provided customers pick up some of the tab. New Mexico Airlines, a division of Hawaii-based Pacific Wings, is proposing to offer three Albuquerque-Clovis round trips. Unlike previous airlines to serve the Clovis Municipal Airport, NMA plans to […]

New airline service starting in May

CNJ staff Clovis is getting a new airline service to Albuquerque starting May 1. New Mexico Airlines will offer three daily nonstop flights, according to a press release issued late Saturday. Flights will depart Albuquerque for Clovis every day at 8 a.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Duration of all flights is about one hour. […]

Reports due on low-altitude Air Force flights

The Associated Press DURANGO, Colo. — Colorado and New Mexico residents worried about an Air Force proposal to start low-altitude training flights are putting finishing touches on their arguments against the plan. The Air Force has extended until Monday a deadline to submit concerns about its proposal to start the training out of Cannon Air […]

Press release: NM officials say more time needed for public comments on low altitude training flights

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Public input sought on LATN training

By Jared Tucker: Cannon Connections The Air Force is seeking input from Clovis, Portales and other local communities about a proposed training area that will be used for low-altitude training flights. Officials say communities shouldn’t be dramatically affected. The training is vital for the Air Force, especially in mountainous terrain, because it supports the development […]

Feb. 19, 2009 Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

What: Clovis City Commission meeting When: 5:15 p.m. today Where: Clovis-Carver Library North Annex Commissioners will decide Thursday on a proposal from Great Lakes Airlines to continue flights from Clovis to Albuquerque. A two-year Department of Transportation program that awards subsidies to airlines that serve rural communities expires in May. Cheyenne, Wyo., based Great Lakes […]

Managing fuel prices not feds’ job

By Tibor Machan: CNJ columnist In genuinely free markets, prices reflect the overall intersection between supply and demand. No prices are too high or too low. Such notions express personal expectations and nothing objectively true. An exorbitant price is one someone finds beyond his budget, a good deal something well within it. In particular, if […]

Shuffling good for passing time

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist For cross country trips, I usually like to fly. But I think everybody should, at least one time in their lives, take a cross country trip by car because the memories always beat short flights. There are so many indescribable feelings. Try to put into words that moment when you’re […]

City airport expansion on horizon

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Officials plan to extend the runway at the Clovis Municipal Airport to the north. The city bought the land for the planned expansion in 1988. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) CNJ staff Plans to extend the Clovis Municipal Airport’s runway to accommodate larger planes is waiting for the completion of an environmental assessment, according to airport […]

Terrorist plot thwarted

LONDON (AP) — British authorities said Thursday they thwarted a terrorist plot to simultaneously blow up several aircraft heading to the U.S. using explosives smuggled in hand luggage, averting what police described as “mass murder on an unimaginable scale.” Police arrested 21 people, saying they were confident they captured the main suspects in what U.S. […]

Shuttle program needs modernization

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist NASA’s deliberations about when to resume flights by the space shuttle bring to mind the New Yorker cartoon of an executive on the phone, looking at his calendar and saying, “How about never? Does never work for you?” After spending 2 1/2 years and huge amounts of money to prevent […]

Flight delays need innovative ideas from FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration last week went through three frustrating days of headbanging and jawboning that failed to yield an agreement among airlines to cut back on flights at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, which has more takeoffs and landings per year than any airport in the world. Now we’ll see if the FAA makes good on […]

Clovis mayor to take flight with USAF

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis Mayor David Lansford will take flight on Tuesday, courtesy of the United States Air Force. The mayor’s flight will be in a two-seater F-16 jet normally used for training purposes at Cannon Air Force Base but also used for orientation flights. The most recent mayor to receive an orientation flight […]