Texas Tech practice report: Day 5

By Britton Drown: Texas Tech Athletics Communications Just two days after strapping on shoulder pads for the first time in fall camp, Texas Tech switched to full pads on Wednesday morning for their first full-contact practice. The practice marked the first time the Red Raiders unveiled their new, full Under Armour uniform combinations. The offense […]

Cannon bid awarded

CNJ staff A bid was awarded for a C-130 parking apron at Cannon Air Force Base, and announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense. The $23.7 million contract was awarded to Sundt Construction of Tempe, Ariz. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Albuquerque received 11 bids through the Internet. The estimated date of completion […]

Shifting to revised index offers savings

Defense Secretary Robert Gates last week delivered his “last major policy speech” and, in it, suggested that politicians show courage in the fiscal crisis by making the military compensation system more efficient. Gates has the department preparing such a set of recommendations to be part of a $400 billion defense savings package over the next […]

Less incentives for troops this year

The fiscal 2012 defense budget taking shape in Congress could have the fewest significant initiatives for military personnel, retirees and their families in a generation. Blame the ballooning debt crisis, which has left Republicans and Democrats alike looking for ways to curb federal spending, including for defense. And credit a long list of pay and […]

Portales company selected as semifinalist for award

Freedom New Mexico Dairiconcepts of Portales is among three New Mexico employers selected as semifinalists for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve, according to a press release. […]

Montoya jury still deliberating

Freedom New Mexico Both sides rested their cases this afternoon and the fate of 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya of Portales was handed over to the jury about 5 p.m. The jury was still deliberating as of 7:30 p.m.We will update with the verdict just as soon as it is rendered. Earlier today, attorney Fred Reese started […]

Rating system needs improvement

After a three-year effort by the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to improve the process, ill and injured military members still endure a long, complex and often contentious evaluation system when seeking disability ratings and compensation for service-related health conditions. The process has been made more convenient and even shortened by an average six […]

Shaky defense costs Zias in opener; Javs sweep

By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team hung in for six innings against Texas A&M-Kingsville in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader. Then the Zias’ shaky infield defense caught up with them. The Javelinas, who came into the twin bill tied with ENMU for last place in the Lone Star […]

Budget delays harming readiness

Defense officials are shaking their heads in disbelief as congressional leaders continue to delay passing a wartime defense appropriations bill for fiscal year 2011, which began last October. With the military spending bill now more than five months overdue, lawmakers last week passed a new stopgap “continuing resolution,” this “CR” to last two weeks, so […]

Clovis man convicted in stabbing

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Luciano Guerra, 20, was convicted of first-degree murder Thursday in the March stabbing death of Andrew Gama. Sharna Johnson While the family of Andrew Gama sobbed, defendant Luciano Guerra bowed his head in his hands and cried, reaching for a tissue while a jury’s guilty verdicts were read. Thursday, after […]