KNCO airs town hall about Beale |

KNCO airs town hall about Beale

KNCO-AM (830) and its sister station in Yuba City, KUBA-AM (1600), will simulcast a town hall on the future of Beale Air Force Base from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Elected leaders, economic development officials, retired military and other community representatives will discuss the ramifications of potentially closing Beale or altering its mission. The panel also will answer questions from the public.

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is preparing a list of military bases that should be closed or realigned, and Sutter and Yuba county officials have mounted a campaign to keep Beale off the list. The preliminary list is due May 16, with a final decision by Nov. 7.

“The program is for public awareness,” said Bob Breck, CEO/general manager of KNCO. “We’re not going to ask people to do anything, but we will have a lot of people who have been involved in the negotiations talking about … what we can watch out for.”

Officials appearing during the first hour include Tim Johnson, executive director of the Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Fund; Supervisor John Nicolletti of Yuba County; and Tony Bevacqua, a retired Air Force colonel who is chair of the Beale Military Liaison Committee.

They will be followed by O.K. Steele, a retired Marine Corps general who serves on the California Council on Base Support and Retention; Larry Burkhardt, president of the Nevada County Economic Resource Council; and U.S. Rep. Wally Herger, R-Chico, whose district includes Beale.

Residents with questions about Beale can submit them online at before and during the broadcast, Breck said. KNCO also plans to stream the program worldwide on the Internet.

The first hour of the program will originate from KUBA’s studio in Yuba City, with the second hour broadcast from KNCO.

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