Iran negotiations sign of strength, confidence

Freedom Newspapers May you live in interesting times, goes the old Chinese curse. Judging by the sophomoric letter apparently sent by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to President Bush, we certainly live in interesting times. Iran and the United States — backed to some degree by most of Western Europe — are involved in a potentially […]

Avoiding scandal takes follow-through

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist For the most part, I get it. Juicy scandal rocks New Mexico. Wannabe mob guys playing Monopoly with treasury office tax money. Forget the dimly lit back room of a New Jersey tavern. This drama takes place in the Land of Enchantment where, prosecutors say, if you wanted to do […]

God’s gift of writing came through painful times

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I talked to a young mother the other day with sick children, and it reminded me of those days when our three were small. Specifically I think back to 1977, a few months after Buffy was born. It was the time that Annie and John Scott had chicken pox, and […]

Assessment letter

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office Airmen, spouses, reservists and reserve spouses at Cannon and Air Force bases worldwide will be randomly selected to participate in the 2006 Community Assessment Survey. A letter that includes a link to the Web-based survey will be sent to the work e-mail address of each active duty member selected […]

Commercializing love obscures meaning

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Tuesday is V-Day, a holiday like Christmas that started out as a religious observation but has been turned into a commercial campaign in which we’re told to buy our affection from others. Know what I mean? Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Say “I love you” with roses, but keep […]

All parties agree: Cannon ‘high priority’

CNJ Staff Photo: Eric Kluth Despite confusing information, Cannon Air Force Base supporters are still optimistic about a new mission being located in the coming months. Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Has the Air Force identified a “promising candidate mission” for Cannon Air Force Base or not? Apparently not, Air Force officials said this week. Last […]

Possible Cannon mission located

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley has identified a potential new mission for Cannon Air Force Base, but its nature isn’t yet public, according to a press release from the offices of New Mexico’s U.S. senators. “My staff is actively exploring options and has already identified one […]

Multiple choice simplifies holiday letters

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist Time again for my annual Christmas letter, a tradition dating all the way back to last year when I had nothing better to do than pretend I had a better year than you. When I adopted this ancient ritual, I decided traditional Christmas letters are too pretentious. So I developed […]

Web poll down until security improved

By David Stevens: Editor Yes, the Clovis News Journal’s Web poll is down again. That’s because we’ve been hacked again. Voters seemed evenly divided on the issue of closing Ranchvale school last week, until sometime on Thanksgiving when the number who wanted to keep the school open went from 60-something to 800-something in the time […]

De Baca sheriff leaves office

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer FORT SUMNER — Swept out of office in a recall election, De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves handed over the keys Thursday to the office he ran for nearly three years. The request came in the form of a letter from the De Baca County Commission on Thursday morning […]

Local landowners agree to sell land for base expansion

Courtesy photo By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Property owners near Cannon Air Force Base have agreed to sell land to enable the base to nearly double in size — an effort aimed at keeping the Pentagon from shutting it down. Gov. Bill Richardson and Clovis Mayor David Lansford announced the agreement Friday, and were faxing […]

7/24 Letters to the Editor

Contrasting opinions healthy for town First of all, I would like to comment on the broader diversity of opinion that has been expressed in the letters to the editor section of your paper in the past year. Thank you. All Americans take very seriously the importance of a free press and the freedom to state […]

Panel reveals more bases it’s considering for closure

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Military bases in Hawaii and California are among several a commission is considering adding to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s list of proposed closures. In a letter sent Friday to the Pentagon chief, commission Chairman Anthony Principi identified additional bases the commission may recommend closing and seeks […]

BRAC chairman questions Cannon AFB closure

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — A letter from the military base closing commission chairman to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld asks whether the Pentagon considered a plan that would keep Cannon Air Force Base open. In the letter, Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission Chairman Anthony Principi asks whether Rumsfeld considered moving the assets […]

Pentagon responds to Senate subpoena

By Lolita C. Baldor: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Defense Department, under subpoena from a Senate committee, has provided enough information on the military base closing process to satisfy Senate leaders, so no further legal action will be taken, senators said Friday. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., in a letter to […]

Commissioner wants Cannon land if closed

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The state’s land commissioner said Monday he would take action to regain state trust lands in eastern New Mexico if Cannon Air Force Base is closed. State Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons said in a letter to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission that he will seek the return of […]

Letter writers take aim at BRAC commissioners

Nick Mondragon runs letters through a postage machine Thursday at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce in Clovis. The letters are being sent to BRAC Commissioners and top U.S. government officials. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Kenneth Realty Inc. agent Maureen Burns said she hunched over mounds of letters for […]

Events center plan up for vote

By Marlena Hartz An impassioned two-page letter arrived in the hands of the Curry County Commissioner Kathryn Tate in March 2004. The letter, written by director for Miss Rodeo New Mexico Wilma Fulgham, outlined concerns over the construction of the Curry County Fairground Special Events Center. Issues presented in the letter are likely to resurface […]

Senators demand base closing data

By Lolita C. Baldor: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senators scrambling to head off proposed military base closings in their states are pressing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to release all the data used to decide which facilities to shut down. Nearly two dozen senators from Maine to Nevada signed a letter to Rumsfeld, saying […]

Editorial: You can help keep Cannon from closing

Freedom Newspapers The past week has shown again that the communities of Portales and Clovis, and Roosevelt and Curry counties, can respond quickly and fully in a time of crisis. After all, in rural areas neighbors are used to being called upon and helping out wherever they are needed. We’ve done this many times, of […]