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Air Force seeks to explain airspace expansion

“We are here more or less to encourage comments,” says Edward Chupein, deputy chief of operational training systems and infrastructure with Air Force Headquarters, as he presents information to the Roswell City Council Thursday night about possible expansions of military training airspace in the Roswell-Artesia-Carlsbad area. City Manager Joe Neeb is seen in the background. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

U.S. Air Force officials have spent the past two days telling local pilots, businesses and government leaders that concepts about expanding military training airspace in southeastern New Mexico are just that — concepts — with nothing set in stone and with compromises and new ideas still possible in the months and years ahead.