Santa Fe law partner running for Udall’s seat

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By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer Republican Marco Gonzales, a partner in a Santa Fe law firm, is running for the 3rd Congressional District. He worked as a defense aide to Sen. Pete Domenici, R-NM, for 10 years. He said this experience, along with his education, will serve him well in the office being vacated […]

New study suggests pay changes

By Tom Philpott: CNJ Columnist A new Department of Defense study of military compensation finds no pay gap exists today between service members and civilian peers. But the study, conducted over the last two years, advises Defense leaders to adopt a new tool for comparing military and private sector compensation so that service members learn […]

Troop retention affected by GI Bill

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Defense officials are alarmed by the very real prospect that Congress this year will enact the robust GI Bill education plan designed by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va. One Defense official, who declined to be named, described the bill as a “retention killer” for the all-volunteer military. Webb reintroduced his bill, […]

Prosecution witness rebutts defense’s alternative death theory

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A state forensic pathologist said Friday he stood by his opinion in the first-degree murder trial of a Cannon airman that Kimberly Novak died from blunt force trauma and strangulation. Returning to the stand at the request of the jury, Dr. Russell Alexander disagreed […]

Doctor called back to testify in Novak case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A state forensic pathologist who testified for the prosecution in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II will retake the stand and offer further testimony. Dr. Russell Alexander is expected to testify Friday morning. In a hearing Thursday morning outside the […]

Novak verdict paused pending more testimony

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jurors in the Novak case continue deliberations while awaiting additional expert testimony. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A state forensic pathologist who testified for the prosecution in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II will retake the stand and offer further […]

Pioneers whip Zias

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s women had matchup problems Thursday night. Big time. Concerned with Texas Woman’s inside game, led by 6-foot junior post Renee Renz, the Zias opted for a 2-3 zone defense. The Pioneers, shooting just under 30 percent for the season from long range, torched […]

Domenici responds to GAO

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman today asserted that a new Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) report affirms that the Air Force used the correct analysis and made the right decision to locate an Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) mission at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico           The GAO-initiated report, […]

Bingaman: Bill supporting N.M. bases headed back to President

            WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today reported that the Senate has once again given final passage to a bill that authorizes spending at New Mexico’s two national laboratories and defense installations.              The bill, called the fiscal year 2008 Defense Authorization Bill, sets funding levels for the Waste Isolation Pilot Project, Los Alamos […]

Defense bill sets aside $9 million for Cannon

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday passed a defense policy bill that would offer more help to troops returning from combat and set conditions on contractors and pricey weapons programs. The bill will make approximately $9 million available to Cannon Air Force Base and also sets funding for the Waste Isolation […]

Co-defendant breaks plea agreement

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Dr. Ross Reichard of the Office of the Medical Examiner points where a bullet entered the head of Carlos Perez while giving testimony Thursday in Portales. By Karl Terry and Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A co-defendant in a first-degree murder case backed out on his deal to testify Thursday […]

ENMU seeking 4-0 start

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks ENMU senior running back Jason Walker, center, rushed for 76 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s 49-13 Lone Star Conference crossover victory over East Central at Greyhound Stadium. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Eastern New Mexico University’s option offense, potent through its first three games this season, should […]

Hounds host East Central

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Greyhounds sophomore quarterback J.T. Thompson has rushed for 227 yards and four touchdowns this season as a backup to senior starter Michael Benton By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Mark Ribaudo expected Eastern New Mexico University’s secondary to be challenged last week by Northeastern State’s air attack. The Greyhounds passed that test, winning 14-10, but […]

Cats set for scrimmage with Cruces

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CNJ staff photo: Rick White Senior strong safety Josh Bryan meets senior running back Derrick Phillips in the hole. By Rick White: CNJ managing editor What: Clovis vs. Las Cruces High in a controlled scrimmage. The teams have been scrimmaging each other for more than a decade. When: 4 p.m. today Where: Wool Bowl, Roswell […]

Sens. Bingaman, Domenici push for Cannon funding

CNJ Staff U.S. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said Wednesday they continue to seek up to $68 million in funding for military construction at Cannon Air Force Base to support the new Air Force Special Operations Command mission. The senators offered three amendments to a defense policy bill on Wednesday intended to […]

Mental capacity focus of testimony

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The defense team for Stanley Bedford finished its mitigation argument Monday, as jurors heard a long day of testimony from family members and a psychiatrist on Bedford’s past and still undecided future. The jury convicted Bedford, 43, nearly two weeks ago of murder, kidnapping and other charges in […]

Week in Review: Judge could limit character witnesses

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The jury that will determine Stanley Bedford’s fate has seen nearly 300 pieces of evidence and heard testimony from nearly 40 witnesses. There’s plenty they haven’t seen as well. The instances are more frequent during the current death penalty phase, during which the jury will decide whether Bedford […]

Bedford’s family takes stand

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Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson Defense attorney Gary Mitchell, left, and Stanley Bedford smile during testimony by Bedford’s niece. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Nine members of Stanley Bedford’s family testified Wednesday as his defense team began the mitigation period of Bedford’s death-penalty hearing for the March 2005 deaths of Odis and Doris […]

Death penalty phase of Bedford trial set to begin

CNJ staff An Albuquerque jury will reconvene today to begin the penalty phase for Stanley Bedford, convicted last week of killing Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. The jury on June 14 handed down a guilty verdict for eight charges against Bedford, including two counts each of first-degree murder and kidnapping in connection with the […]

Novak defense probes agents

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Defense counsel for a Cannon Air Force Base airman charged with murder spent Thursday grilling agents from the Office of Special Investigations about their investigation into the death of Kimberly Novak. Special Agent Mark Brashears testified during the second day of Airman Basic Edward Novak II’s Article 32 hearing […]