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COURTESY BARNES AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE
Members of the 104th Fighter Wing stand during a memorial service Sunday at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield for Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot, who was killed Aug. 27 in a plane crash in Virginia.

Guard colleagues at Barnes recall ‘Moose’ Fontenot as natural leader

Sunday, September 7, 2014

WESTFIELD — Just seven months into his tenure at the Barnes Air National Guard Base, Lt. Col. Morris M. Fontenot Jr. already made an impact on those around him by inviting members of the fighter squadron to his Longmeadow home one at a time, starting with the juniormost members. There, Fontenot could make more personal connections with his colleagues, said …

Fighter jet crash victim Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr., seasoned F-15 pilot, decorated combat veteran

Friday, August 29, 2014

The pilot who died in an F-15C fighter jet crash Wednesday was a seasoned pilot and decorated combat veteran who moved to western Massachusetts earlier this year to join the 104th Fighter Wing. Officials at the Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield on Friday identified Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr. as the …

Wednesday crash sobering for tightly knit community at Barnes

Thursday, August 28, 2014

WESTFIELD — Several hours before officials at the Barnes Air National Guard confirmed that the pilot whose F-15C Eagle fighter jet crashed in a remote area of Virginia had died, talk at the regional airport next door centered around the pilot and his family. “We all feel for the family, I think that …

Westfield State President Dobelle threatens trustees with legal action if he's suspended

Monday, October 14, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — An attorney representing Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle says legal action in federal court may be necessary if trustees suspend him Wednesday. Hartford lawyer Ross H. Garber said Monday that he is prepared to …

State Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Freeland blasts president Evan Dobelle in letter to Westfield State University trustees

Friday, October 11, 2013

The state commissioner of higher education Friday night issued a letter blasting Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle for “repeated and uncontroverted examples of inappropriate behavior” which make it “highly questionable” whether he “can or should continue …

Bartley, Humason win primary contests for state Senate seat

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

David K. Bartley and Donald F. Humason will face off in a special election Nov. 5 to fill the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District Senate seat after the two came out on top in Democratic and Republican primaries … 1

Westfield State President Dobelle files spending report, raps critics amid investigation

Monday, October 7, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Firing back at his critics Monday, Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle issued a 20-page accounting of his travel expenditures and credit card use to the state’s higher education commissioner and, in an online video, …

Westfield State president faces no-confidence vote from faculty over spending probe

Sunday, October 6, 2013

WESTFIELD (AP) — Faculty members and librarians at Westfield State University are planning a no-confidence vote in school President Evan Dobelle later this month. The Oct. 16 vote was scheduled after Dobelle missed a Thursday deadline to explain …

Higher education commissioner freezes $197,000 for Westfield State after President Evan Dobelle fails to provide report

Friday, October 4, 2013

WESTFIELD (AP) — State Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland froze $197,000 in funding for Westfield State University late Friday after its president missed a deadline to explain travel spending criticized by its outside auditor and the state inspector general. Freeland also announced he’s recommending withholding another $2 million …

Westfield State president seeks extension for report

Friday, October 4, 2013

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle is asking state education officials for more time to provide detailed explanations of his travel expenses amid an inquiry about his spending. The Springfield Republican reported that Dobelle’s lawyer Ross …

Primary election Tuesday for special election to fill former state senator Knapik’s seat

Friday, October 4, 2013

With primary elections on the horizon Tuesday, the four candidates for 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District senator are campaigning hard to be their party’s candidate in the Nov. 5 special election to fill the seat. Democratic voters will … 1

Westfield State president seeks extension for report

Thursday, October 3, 2013

WESTFIELD (AP) — Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle is asking state education officials for more time to provide detailed explanations of his travel expenses amid an inquiry about his spending while on school business. The Republican reports Dobelle’s lawyer Ross Garber asked state Higher Education Commissioner Richard …

Westfield State University faculty, students want answers from president Evan S. Dobelle

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University’s faculty union wants to see President Evan S. Dobelle’s explanations about his spending habits before taking a vote on whether to back the embattled president, whose use of public money has come under …