11/5 Local roundup

Base commander nominated for promotion
Col. John D. Posner, 27th Fighter Wing commander at Cannon Air Force Base, has been nominated by President Bush to the Senate for appointment to the grade of brigadier general.

The promotion is subject to Senate approval.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman said Posner is deserving of the promotion.

“I wish him well as he continues to serve our nation,” Bingaman said.

Posner has been the wing commander at Cannon since April 2004. He is responsible for the mission-ready status of 27th Fighter Wing Airmen and units to ensure they are capable of supporting combatant commanders, as directed — providing on-call airpower for contingency operations worldwide.

He has flown more than 3,800 hours, including more than 200 hours of combat time.

The colonel was commissioned in 1980 upon graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

He has served in various operational and training assignments in the F-16, F-15 and T-37. He completed a tour on the Air Staff, serving in numerous positions.

Community questions addressed on Web site
The Clovis Schools administration addressed questions raised by community members in relation to Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm’s proposal to consolidate area elementary schools on its Web site, www.cms.k12.nm.us.

The information was posted Friday afternoon, according to school officials. School board members will vote Nov. 15 on proposals to close Ranchvale Elementary and merge Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy with Bella Vista Elementary.

La Casa center awarded 3-year accreditation
La Casa Family Health Care was awarded a three-year accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations Tuesday for complying with the commission’s standards on outpatient ambulatory care, according to a press release from La Casa.

The Joint Commission is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body for health care organizations, the release said.

La Casa is a 30-year-old non-profit, healthcare organization, servicing Roosevelt, Curry, Chaves and Lincoln counties, according to the release.