Space travel means one pricey ticket

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist George Bush, the first and arguably the brighter George Bush, first spoke in 1987 about “the vision thing.” The vision thing. It’s the concept of looking past my tiny world and dreaming of what could be. I don’t have the vision thing. Noting my inability to project beyond current reality […]

Land of Enchantment has much to offer

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist When TV Honeymooner Ralph Kramden always joked about sending his wife to the moon, he could have done it easier than his proposed punching her hard enough in the head. He could have simply sent her to New Mexico. Yes, it is cool that the Land of Enchantment is on the […]

Winning the global war still our number one priority

Gen. T. Michael Moseley To the Airmen of the United States Air Force We’re at a critical juncture for the united States Air Force and the Department of Defense – a transition period that will shape the Nation’s security for a generation or more. Tomorrow’s Air Force must be and will be more agile, more […]

Space program innovation needs privatization

Freedom Newspapers The space shuttle Discovery made a safe re-entry landing Monday in only the second shuttle mission since the 2003 destruction during re-entry of the shuttle Columbia. The successful landing is a good time to discuss the independence of future space missions from government control and the federal treasury. Current Bush administration plans are […]

Lt. Gen. Seip new 12th AF commander

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs staff report Lt. Gen. Norman Seip assumed command of the 12th Air Force and Air Force Southern today at Davis-Monathan Air Force Base, Arizona. He replaces outgoing commander Lt. General Mark Schmidt who will officially retire Sept. 1. General Seip will command seven active-duty wings that include the 27th Fighter […]

District attorney’s office moving

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The lack of sufficient office space at the Curry County Courthouse will soon be alleviated as the District Attorney’s office prepares to move to a new location. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler said the relocation was necessary because his staff has outgrown their current office. The prosecutor’s office […]

Some lawmakers skeptical spaceport plans

By Deboarh Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Richardson administration on Wednesday urged lawmakers to support a state-built spaceport in southern New Mexico as skeptics questioned the risk of investing in what one called a “chancy venture.” The state could be “the birthplace of the second space age” if it built the proposed […]

Science Spectrum offers education, variety of exhibits

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Courtesy Photo Science of Sports is one of the many different exhibits offered at tehe Science Spectrum in Lubbock. Compiled by Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Ever wanted to hang-glide? Or see a space suit? Now you can do that, or many other things, less than two hours away from the Clovis/Portales area. The Science Spectrum […]

Alien ships will never be landing in Portales

Bob Huber: Local Columnist If you’re a distinguished UFO-ologist emeritus like I am, you know that New Mexico holds the record for the most ballyhooed assaults from outer space. In fact, the coveted Black Hole Cup has been won by so many communities in this state that Rush Limbaugh has labeled them prime examples of […]

Let the willing pay for space conquests

CNJ Editorial Way back in January 2004, as almost a throwaway line in his State of the Union speech, President Bush proposed returning humans to the moon and eventually to Mars. Many commentators noted that this grandiose public-works proposal seemed to sink like a stone in the sea of public opinion, and the president has […]

Day trips: Alamogordo makes for spontaneous day

By Mike Jimenez: Freedom Newspapers Where in New Mexico can you surf the pristine white sand dunes in the morning, stroll the New Mexico Museum of Space History in the afternoon, and save that show at the IMAX theater for last? Where else, but in Alamogordo. Located in the Tularosa basin and surrounded by the […]

Shuttle program successor should be outsourced

Freedom Newspapers Along with people all across America — and the world — we’re excited and relieved that the Space Shuttle Discovery landed safely Tuesday morning. It was a safe ending to the first flight of the shuttle fleet since the February 2003 explosion of the shuttle Columbia as it re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, killing […]

Discovery home safely

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) – Discovery and its crew of seven glided safely back to Earth on Tuesday, ending a riveting, at times agonizing, 14-day test of space shuttle safety that was shadowed by the ghosts of Columbia. Discovery swooped through the darkness of the Mojave Desert and landed on the Edwards Air […]

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 […]

Flights to space ultimately domain of private business

Freedom Newspapers It was exhilarating to watch the space shuttle Discovery lift off on what looks to be a successful flight into space Tuesday morning. Despite setbacks and stagnation, the idea of venturing into space still appeals to something similar to the human impulse that launched sea voyages of discovery hundreds of years ago and […]

Flying objects a sign of spring

By Bob Huber: CNJ Columnist It’s spring again — daffodils are blooming, pollen dust is up your nostrils, and folks all over New Mexico are getting stiff necks from gazing at Unidentified Flying Objects. That’s because this state holds the record for the most melodramatic assaults from outer space. In fact, New Mexicans have won […]

Senator questions Chief of Staff about future training needs

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Air Force Chief of Staff said Wednesday the future airplanes and weapon systems will need wide open spaces for good training. The testimony came during a U.S. Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee meeting in Washington to review the Air Force’s budget requests for the 2006 fiscal year. “The very […]

Space act puts regulation before innovation

Freedom Newspapers In a reasonably sane world, there would have been no perceived need for House Resolution 5382, the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004, which passed the Senate during the final minutes of the recent lame-duck session and awaits President Bush’s signature. Given the world we live in, however, it offers a fairly […]

President lost in space-time continuum

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Evidently, there are two Iraqs. One exists here on our Earth, the other occupies a parallel space-time continuum perceivable only by a select few individuals, one of whom is the president of the United States. If you’ve got a better theory, I’m open to it. All I know is that in […]

SpaceShipOne launches new era of space flight

Freedom Newspapers Judging by the thousands of spectators who made the trek to the Mojave Desert to watch SpaceShipOne fly early Monday morning, a lot of people are still interested in space flight. The excitement in the crowd as the craft took off was palpable. Each milestone in the flight brought cheers from the throngs […]