Lighthouse Mission moves to new location

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A lighthouse greets visitors as they enter the new Clovis Lighthouse Mission. The mission offers clothing, food and shelter to people in need. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer A lighthouse symbolizes hope. Its purpose is to guide ships to safety on dark, stormy nights. A small replica of a lighthouse […]

Jimmy James Garza

Jimmy James Garza Services: Have been held. Jimmy James Garza, 40, of Clovis died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005, at his home. He was born May 14, 1965, in San Miguel to Enrique and Priscilla Garza. Garza graduated from Mission High School in Mission, Texas. He was preceded in death by his father; and his grandparents, […]

Base planners say protecting state’s bases not limited to BRAC rounds

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Keystone International data analyst Erin Ward talks about the economic impact that Cannon Air Force Base has on the Clovis-Portales area during the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission meeting Friday at CCC. (Freedom Newspapers: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The importance of protecting not just Cannon Air Force Base, but all New […]

Cannon language remains in Senate bill

Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate approved a Defense Appropriations Bill on Friday with language favorable to keep Cannon Air Force Base intact until the Pentagon looks for a new mission for the base. The a final defense budget bill now awaits House input. The language introduced into the bill by U.S. Sens. Pete […]

Governor says Cannon getting closer look

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Born Monday in the nation’s capital was a Cannon Air Force Base assessment team. Though in its infancy, the team will assess possible missions for Cannon and report the findings to the Pentagon in 180 days, Gov. Bill Richardson said. A federal commission voted to remove Cannon’s F-16 squadrons […]

Airmen must not compromise integrity for loyalty

Maj. Kurt Conklin, 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron “Loyalty cannot be blueprinted. It cannot be produced on an assembly line. In fact, it cannot be manufactured at all, for its origin is the human heart … the center of self-respect and human dignity. It is a force which leaps into being only when conditions are exactly […]

Proposal would convert bases into oil refineries

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A state representative from Pennsylvania is trying to turn BRAC-list military bases into oil refineries. Though Cannon Air Force Base may be an ideal spot for a refinery according to his criteria, he never suggested oil come specifically to Cannon, said Derek Karchner, communication director for Rep. Joe Pitts, […]

Bill would keep base assets in place

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Language approved Wednesday by the Senate Appropriations Committee would assure that personnel and assets are not lost at Cannon Air Force Base while the Secretary of Defense searches for a new mission for the base. The language, developed by U.S. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., in consultation […]

Senators commit to finding new mission for Cannon AFB

Staff and wire reports Clovis Mayor David Lansford and Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega met Wednesday with New Mexico’s two U.S. senators to talk about ongoing efforts to find a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base. The Base Realignment and Closure Commission last month handed the eastern New Mexico base a reprieve of sorts. Instead […]

Former Clovis firefighter at forefront of rescue effort

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Donald A’mour (red helmet) spent 10 days in New Orleans with a Texas rescue team. (Courtesy photo) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer As America watched in horror news footage of Hurricane Katrina devastate historical New Orleans, Clovis resident Linda D’Amour sat at the edge of her seat. Her son Donald was there on screen, […]

State senators push bill to find Cannon new mission

By Jennifer Talhelm: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — New Mexico Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman said Thursday they hope to require the Pentagon to carry out a federal panel’s recommendation that a new mission be found for Cannon Air Force Base. The Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission last month handed Cannon a reprieve […]

Lessons underscore our kids’ games

Dale Fullerton The lessons for our students don’t end with the final bell of the day if they’re involved in co-curricular activities. In fact, the learning experiences that come from participation in drama, music, speech, athletics and the like promote lifetime values that cannot always be learned in the classroom. Responsibility, respect, fairness, caring, trustworthiness […]

Domenici says key support for Cannon available

THE FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., on Tuesday received key support for ensuring the future of Cannon Air Force Base and set sights on finding federal legislation that can be used to bring a new mission to the base, a news release from his office said. Domenici met Tuesday with Sen. […]

Suspicious package product of complacency

Master Sgt. Richard Waters The recent terror attacks against our British brethren in the war against terrorism are a stark and unfortunate reminder that modern terrorists have the ability and fortitude to strike anywhere, at anytime. Everyone, regardless of whether they are military or civilian, can be a target or a sensor in the war […]

Mission: Not impossible

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Committee of Fifty member Randy Harris speaks about what might be next for Cannon Air Force Base during a public briefing Tuesday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Members of a Cannon Air Force Base advocate group urged the public Tuesday morning to regard the federal decision to […]

Base supporters optimistic

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The window of opportunity for Cannon Air Force is ever-growing. That’s the message Randy Harris, one of Cannon’s most loyal supporters, walked away with Monday after participating in two separate telephone conferences. “The bottom line is excitement,” said Harris, member of a subgroup nominated by the Cannon advocate group […]

Ideas flowing for new Cannon mission

By David Stevens: Freedom Newspapers It may be two years or more before the F-16 fighter jets and their crews and support staff leave Cannon Air Force Base, but the ideas for what happens after that are already rolling in. Andrew Schulman, a legislative aide for Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said there’s a potential for […]

8/28 BRAC Letters to the editor

Editor’s note: The Base Closure and Realignment Commission voted Friday to move planes and personnel away from Cannon, as recommended by the Department of Defense. But commissioners ordered Cannon “enclaved,” or open in limited fashion, until Dec. 31, 2009, in hopes DoD will find it another mission. Here are excerpts from some of the e-mailed […]

Cannon saved, for now

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New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson watches the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission deliberate on Cannon Air Force Base on Friday in Arlington, Va., outside Washington. (AP photo) By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The federal debate that traced a course for Cannon Air Force Base was like the entire Base Closure and Realignment process — […]

Base backers “distressed”

By Marlena Hartz/Freedom Newspapers By Marlena Hartz CNJ STAFF WRITER marlena_hartz@link.freedom.com Clovis-Portales citizens, city commissioners and other government officials, perched on the edge of their seats, many with cell phones in hand, watched intently Friday morning from the Clovis-Carver Public Library as the nine-member military-base closure panel debated, and continuously postponed, the fate of Cannon […]