Dry conditions fuel grass fires

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Blackened rangeland near Floyd on Thursday shows how close Wednesday’s 35,000-acre fire came to the eastern New Mexico town. The Air Force is investigating to determine the cause of the blaze, which began on the Melrose Bombing Range. (AP photo) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales Fire Chief Darwin Chenault said Wednesday’s massive grass fire […]

Fire scorches grassland

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A Portales Fire Department brush truck fights a wildfire off N.M. 267 about four miles northwest of Floyd. The fire, fanned by high winds, was believed to have started at the Melrose Bombing Range, officials said. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Dozens of Roosevelt County residents were evacuated from their homes […]

Fire destroys 35,000 acres

By Tony Parra Dozens of Roosevelt County residents were evacuated from their homes on Wednesday as a grass fire swept across the Melrose Bombing Range then south to Floyd, destroying an estimated 35,000 acres, officials said. There were no reports of major injuries, though at least one individual was treated for respiratory problems. Some structures […]

10/21 Local Roundup

Base contracting security company Cannon Air Force Base is contracting a private company to provide security at the base gates starting Dec. 1, according to Capt. Andre Kok of Cannon’s public affairs. Non-military security will be employed due to the high deployment rate of Air Force security forces and increased 911 security requirements, Kok said. […]

10/15 Local Briefs

Staff reports Cannon, Arizona bases finalists for award Cannon Air Force Base and the Davis-Mothan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., are the finalists for the Commander-in-Chief’s Installation Excellence Award for Air Combat Command, according to Capt. Andre Kok, of Cannon’s public affairs. The award recognizes efforts of airmen at Department of Defense installations who […]

Base civilians’ jobs also hinge on BRAC call

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer His posture told a story. Leo Dudley sat in a front pew at the 16th and Pile Church of Christ, leaning forward, his hands perched on his chin for nearly 90 minutes Friday morning as two local base supporters and a New Mexico delegation argued to have Cannon Air […]

Plane carrying illegal immigrants lands at Cannon

Staff and wire reports CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A small plane carrying six illegal immigrants was forced to make an emergency landing Monday at Cannon Air Force Base before running out of fuel, according to base officials. Military controllers offered the pilot a choice of landing at Cannon or Clovis Municipal Airport and the […]

Cannon airman died of hereditary heart disease

By CNJ staff A Cannon Air Force Base airman who died Oct. 23 after playing soccer on base had a hereditary heart disease, Capt. Andre Kok of Cannon Public Affairs said Wednesday. Airman 1st Class Brian Kane, 29, of Ireland, died from heart failure and suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy, Kok said. Dilated cardiomyopathy is a […]