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Meeting slated over Air Force flyovers near Silver City Web Staff
March 07, 2018 06:18 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A dogfight has emerged in southern New Mexico over a proposal expand the training area for U.S. Air Force pilots.


The Air Force wants to fly F-16s from Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo over the Gila National Forest, but some residents in areas like Silver City claim all the benefits will go to Alamogordo while they'll have to deal with noise and an increased risk of wildfires.

A public meeting will be held Thursday on the possible impact. State Sen. Howie Morales, D-Silver City, said he's gotten some help from Lt. Gov. John Sanchez to set up the meeting, but even that was a tough thing to get.

"He did say it looks like a done deal. I'm here to push back and say it's not a done deal," Morales said. "The process hasn't been followed. The NIPA process specifically asks that there be public input. They came one time for a listening session. They didn't give any answers."

Morales urges people from the area and across the state to show up at the meeting and contact lawmakers at the federal level, including U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.

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