Laws don’t put end to problems

It seems a certain violent Arizona resident would have done well to have read my column last week. The message that right and wrong are universal rather than subjective is something he apparently needed. Of course, he may not have understood. If he is simply willing to commit evil acts without regard to right or […]

Area lawmakers say Cannon unlikely to be impacted by defense cuts

Sharna Johnson Cannon Air Force Base is unlikely to be impacted by proposed cuts to the nation’s defense budget, according to area lawmakers. For the first time in more than a decade defined by costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Pentagon announced plans Thursday to freeze its ballooning budget, forcing the services to shrink […]

Defense secretary announcing military cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates is announcing the latest round of cost-cutting measures for the military, including a plan to do away with a new amphibious vehicle that can ferry troops to shore while under fire. The plan is aimed at staving off potentially deeper cuts by the White House or Congress by […]

Entities prep for legislative session, play defense

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, speaks during Thursday morning’s legislative breakfast as Wells Fargo Bank. The meeting brings together state legislators from the area with entities looking for funding. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer New Mexicans can’t expect smart budget building without smart prioritization. With that in mind, Sen. Clint […]

Students participate in cyber defense competition

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School’s CyberPatriot team is made up of Cadet Staff Sgt. Jeremy Scales, Cadet Staff Sgt. Justin Jaquez, Cadet Airmen 1st Class Alex Smith, Airmen 1st Class David Tshudy, Cadet Tech Sgt. Paelan Dober and Cadet Capt. Daniel Gearhart. Liliana Castillo Six Clovis High School Junior Reserve Officers Training […]

Hounds ride defense past WT

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo ENMU midfielders Edgar Bear, left, and Diego Santos fight for possession of the ball with West Texas A&M forward Ben Everson during the first half of Friday’s Lone Star Conference men’s soccer match at the ENMU pitch. Dave Wagner PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s defense proved to be more […]

Ribaudo defends Hounds’ defense

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s offense continued to move the ball on Saturday at Angelo State. Even though the stats don’t reflect it, Greyhounds coach Mark Ribaudo said the defense also played well in a last-minute, 41-38 Lone Star Conference crossover loss to the Rams. “It might not […]

Pigskin Preview: Hounds need defense to step up

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Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Senior defensive back Tillman Stevens tries to bring down receiver Noelin Henry during the opening drive of Saturday’s scrimmage at Greyhound Stadium. Tillman, of Baytown, Texas, had 45 tackles and three interceptions in 2009. He is one of nine returning starters on defense for the Hounds. Dave Wagner Last season, […]

Budget proposal raises premiums

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has signaled that the department’s fiscal 2012 budget request to be sent to Congress early next year will include recommendations to raise TRICARE premiums for some beneficiaries. If past proposals are a reliable guide, the target of higher fees is likely to be military retirees rather than active duty families. The […]

Advisory panels: Military benefits unsustainable

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A consensus is building among current and former military leaders and defense industry executives that rising military personnel costs threaten the viability of the all-volunteer force. In July, two separate advisory groups reached the same general conclusions regarding what needs to be done to sustain the force. In the nearer […]