Mission status inching along

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer As spring marches onward, so does the eight-step federal process established to find a mission for Cannon Air Force Base. By mid-June, the Air Force hopes to have analyzed compatible, conflicting and overlapping proposed uses for Cannon. This is the seventh step in the process that will end with […]

Cannon on Air Force special ops short list

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An in-depth report examining Cannon Air Force Base as a potential site for Air Force special forces has been submitted to the Pentagon, a spokesman for Air Force Special Operations Command told the Clovis News Journal on Monday. Cannon and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., are two […]

Cab service ceasing operations

CNJ staff Clovis Transportation and Delivery — City Cab has ceased operations. But a competitor is picking up the fares and may soon take over the business. In an e-mail to the Clovis News Journal, City Cab owner Christian K. Heller said, “Constantly increasing costs of daily operations and related expenses have forced me to […]

Legacy of change continues with Cannon Smart Operations 21

Staff Sgt. Christopher Craig, 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, checks an M61A1 20mm gun. Cannon has implemented the Golden Gun maintenance operations which decreases downtime for aircraft. Col. Robert West During my 24 years of service, I have witnessed people wearing the blue uniform adapt to numerous changes in our Air Force. Simple changes that ranged […]

Cannon considered for special ops mission

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A major Air Force operation headquartered in the Florida Panhandle is seeking to expand its operations, and is considering Cannon Air Force Base as a new home. The Air Force Special Operations Command has made two official visits to Cannon, one late last year and another in January, according […]

Winning war on terror could mean fighting dirty

Freedom Newspapers We need more aggressive, less risk-averse spy agencies. This was the mantra we heard in the wake of our being blindsided by Osama bin Laden on Sept. 11, 2001. The CIA’s emphasis on high-tech, spy-in-the-sky gadgetry has led to a withering of the nation’s human intelligence capabilities, critics (ourselves included) said. We must […]

Cooperative efforts good for environmentalists

Freedom Newspapers The past two fire seasons have shown the devastating consequences of letting our Southwestern forests become overgrown. Now we’re about to see the fiscal impact of this legacy of mismanagement, including a reduction of services and facilities that the public has come to expect on our national forests. Harv Forsgren, Southwest regional forester […]

Clovis shows Cannon loyalty

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer While some communities have invested heavily in recent months in hopes of keeping their military installation off the closure list, eastern New Mexico is hoping that years of planning and anticipation will accomplish the same goal. The region has long taken an active role in promoting community support for […]

Singapore operations under review

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The entire Singapore Air Force training operations in America are under review, officials from the Singapore Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Air Force said Wednesday. But no decision has been made about what will happen to the 428th Fighter Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, which is comprised […]

Too many believed winning, building Iraq would be easy

Freedom Newspapers Reports released last week on two inquiries into the abuse of prisoners by U.S. military personnel at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad dealt only briefly with what might have been the most shocking confirmation of policy failure: the apparent failure to plan for anything but the most rosy possible scenario in the […]

SWL suspends operations for another year

CNJ STAFF The Southwestern League, a Class A independent minor league baseball circuit which suspended operations for this summer hoping to field at least six to eight teams in 2005, won’t resume its operations now for at least another year. League president Bob Lipp said the league has only about four teams ready to go […]

Cheese waste could feed pigs

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer A manufacturer of animal food is one of two companies that have indicated an interest in moving to Clovis, thanks to the Southwest Cheese Co. plant, said Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. International Ingredients is in discussions with Clovis city officials to build a […]

Cannon commander to receive promotion

By Darrell Todd Maurina When Col. Robert Yates leaves Cannon Air Force Base for his new post in Virginia, he’ll carry with him a new title: “brigadier general (select).” Yates’ name was included on the list of promotions to one-star general released Tuesday morning by the Air Force, and while he won’t get to replace […]

Cannon wing commander leaving for Virginia

By Darrell Todd Maurina Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates, commander of the 27th Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, has announced he will soon be leaving for Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Langley is the headquarters of Air Combat Command, the major command of the United States Air Force that includes the 27th Fighter […]

Portales man protected info on Saddam capture

By Darrell Todd Maurina Like many Americans, Mary Cline of Portales woke up on Dec. 14 to the news that American troops had captured Saddam Hussein. What she didn’t yet know was that her son Larry Davis, a civilian communications specialist working with Army forces near Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, had known about the capture […]

Change is important for Clovis’ growth

Letters to the editor I’m not sure just who has been complaining about the recent spurt in the Clovis economy, but in real estate, growth means a healthy increase in the value of property, an improved appearance of properties, and an increase in the ability to sell residential and commercial property. So many families have […]

New Mexico makes case for bases

By Darrell Todd Maurina Randy Harris, a Clovis banker and member of the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission, said he’s optimistic New Mexico won’t lose any of its four bases in an upcoming process of military cost-cutting. In fact, Harris said he hopes the state will gain from the federal process known as Base […]