Government aid will make housing problems worse

By Freedom New Mexico No one can now deny the obvious: The housing bubble, especially in high-priced real estate markets, has popped. New home sales are projected to fall nationwide to 805,000 this year, down 23 percent from 1.05 million last year, the National Association of Realtors has reported. If that happens, it would be […]

State court wants judge suspended

By The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Supreme Court has rejected a proposed formal reprimand of an Albuquerque judge, saying it isn’t sufficient punishment. Instead, the justices said Bernalillo County Metropolitan Judge Theresa Gomez should be suspended without pay for two weeks. Last month, Gomez — who lived rent-free for nearly two years […]

Officials preparing for Cannon growth

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The impact Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission will have on the local community is still unknown. Everett Frost, vice chairman for the Local Growth Management Org-anization, said his group plans to use Defense Depart-ment funds to hire a consulting firm to study plans for Cannon and make projections […]

Bailing borrowers out of trouble not government’s job

By Freedom New Mexico You just knew this was coming, given the Pavlovian way politicians react to headlines. The push is officially on for a legislative response to the subprime mortgage mess, led by a couple of congressman from Colorado. In the first of what undoubtedly will be a wave of bills aimed at pandering […]

Substandard base housing demolished

By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections Demolition crews are working at Cannon Air Force Base to remove 63 substandard housing units, according to base officials. The houses, most of which are located in the area near the base hospital, were built in the 1950s and would require major repairs to meet military housing standards, Housing Management […]

Military Feature: Base housing torn down

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Courtesy photo: Airman Elliott Sprehe A military family housing unit is leveled at Cannon Air Force Base. Sixty-three housing units, some unoccupied for more than 10 years, are being demolished at Cannon. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Demolition crews are working at Cannon Air Force Base to remove 63 substandard housing units, according to […]

Number of elderly, disabled facilities growing in Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Construction continues Thursday on the Wheatfields Senior Living Community on North Prince Street. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis looks like prime real estate for developers hoping to build living facilities for senior citizens and the disabled. Six housing development projects for the elderly and the disabled have either […]

Cannon asbestos testing to begin soon

Cannon Air Force Base A recent change to Air Force Instruction 32-6001, “Family Housing Management” calls for educating the base populace on the potential risks associated with lead-based paint, mold, radon and asbestos in military family housing (MFH). The possible presence of these environmental hazards was disclosed in writing to each MFH occupant last month, […]

Report: Cannon in for bumpy ride

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Plummet. Spike. Drop. Level out. The next few years of Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed transition to a Special Operations base look like a chart of the stock market. Over the next six to seven years, Cannon population numbers will drop significantly when the F-16s leave and the base […]

Q & A:

Compiled by the 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office Cannon leadership will meet with military housing residents from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at The Landing for an InfoFair. The following questions and answers are provided about asbestos. Q:What is asbestos? Answer: Asbestos is a naturally occurring, fibrous silicate minerals used for thermal insulation, […]

Community InfoFair Thursday

27th Fighter Wing staff report Cannon leadership will host an Information Fair for military housing residents from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at The Landing to answer questions and address concerns in response to a letter provided to First Sergeants Wednesday for distribution to their Airmen. The letter, signed by Col. Scott West, 27th Fighter […]

Cannon asbestos testing planned

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base is testing its military housing units for asbestos following the discovery of the potentially hazardous material in two unoccupied military houses, according to Cannon spokesperson Capt. Rebecca Garcia. Approximately 30 homes will be tested and test results will be released in June, Garcia said Thursday. […]

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 […]

Airmen receive allowance in error

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff A Department of Defense audit released last month concluded 10 Cannon Air Force Base airmen received housing allowances worth approximately $79,000 in error, according to a base official. According to a December article in Air Force Times, more than 100 airmen at multiple bases received more than $900,000 in allowances […]

Base Allowance for Housing rising effective Monday

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) will increase an average of 3.5 percent next year for the nearly 950,000 service members who live off-base stateside. Some BAH recipients will see their housing allowance rise two to three times the average percentage increase while others will see no BAH raise in the […]

Web survey to enhance, improve Cannon military family housing

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Courtesy of Cannon Housing Office With the recent announcement that Cannon will be the home of the 16th Special Operations Wing, preparations to house the influx of Airman has begun. The Cannon housing privatization project was almost a done deal last year when the base was put on the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) list, […]

Former Clovis legislator accused of diverting money

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A former Clovis state representative received about $870,000 in state money that was supposed to benefit a housing program for low- and moderate-income residents, according to a report by the State Investment Council says. Vincent “Smiley” Gallegos, who resigned Aug. 1 as the executive director of the Albuquerque-based Region III […]

Nine inmates utilize ankle bracelets

CNJ staff There are nine Curry County inmates being monitored on an ankle bracelet program designed to reduce jail overcrowding and cut the cost of housing inmates. Only one inmate has violated the program in which inmates are released from the detention center and wear an ankle bracelet that tracks their movements 24 hours a […]

Killing unnecessary kilowatts a quality of life issue

Janet-Taylor Birkey One of the “bennies” of living in base housing is that Airmen don’t see utility bills in their mailbox or deduct them from their bank accounts. So why should Airmen care what it costs to cool, heat and light their homes? Why should Cannon’s annual $6.2 million utility bill even faze them? Simply […]

Wives gets taste of potential new home

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleSpouses of Air Force officers and airmen who visited Clovis and Portales with the Hurlburt delegation talked to the news media Friday. They are, from left, Tricia Bauernfeind, Brandy Hewins and Lisa Dunaway. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Having a special needs child, Lisa Dunaway was most concerned with the […]