Base-closing commission takes issue with Pentagon plan

Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A federal commission approved all but 14 percent of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s recommendations for closing or consolidating U.S. military bases — but it also took issue with the Pentagon in a final report sent to President Bush. The nine-member panel said the Defense Department overestimated savings […]

Clovis citizens’ eyes focused on BRAC hearing

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Clovis City Commissioner Randy Crowder watches the Base Closure and Realignment on Friday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Fellow City Commissioner Cathy Haynes is at right. By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Clovis was silent as federal deliberations over Cannon Air Force Base trudged into the early afternoon Friday. Traffic seem to crawl and faces turned […]

Commission shakes up Pentagon proposal

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — In two setbacks for the Pentagon, the base-closing commission crafted its own shake-up of the Air National Guard on Friday after voting to keep open Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. The nine-member panel endorsed the concept of restructuring the Air Guard but did not accept […]

Base-closing panel votes to close Walter Reed hospital

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Siding with the Pentagon, the base-closing commission voted Thursday to shut down the Army’s historic Walter Reed hospital and move about 20,000 defense workers miles away from their offices just outside the nation’s capital. The nine-member panel also started deciding which Air Force facilities should be closed […]

Plan adopted to study retirement changes

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Defense Advisory Committee on Military Compensation has adopted an “action plan” to study private-sector-like changes to military pay and retirement, the kind that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has endorsed for several years. The committee of seven “eminent authorities in the fields of compensation,” as described by the department, adopted […]

Cost-efficient drugs stressed with health plans

By Tom Philpott: Military Digest Congress five years ago approved a Defense Department plan to slow pharmacy cost growth by creating a uniform drug formulary for the military, and by imposing higher co-payments on drugs knocked off the list as too expensive and no more effective than other medicines. Finally, the process of identifying these […]

Sci-fi lectureship set for Thursday

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Jack Williamson, who turns 97 in March, still works to pique sci-fi readers’ interests. While he usually does this through his writing, Williamson also is part of a lectureship series in its 29th year at Eastern New Mexico University. “I enjoy the lectureship,” Williamson said. “It gives me […]

CBS fires 4 after report is released on National Guard story

By David Bauder NEW YORK — Four CBS News staffers were fired Monday following the release of an independent investigation involving a Portales native’s release of documents to the broadcast news organization this fall. The investigation said a “myopic zeal” led to the airing of a discredited story about President Bush’s military service, and that […]

More than cattle on display at ag expo

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Last year’s 11th annual New Mexico Ag Expo at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Portales featured a dairy heifer auction. Freedom Newspapers: Lisa Sonnenschein. By Michelle Seeber PORTALES — About 400 exhibitors from across the United States and Canada are expected to display their wares Feb. 24-25 at the 12th Annual New Mexico Agricultural Expo […]

Local Air Force officer picked for court-martial panel

A Cannon Air Force Base lieutenant colonel has been named to a court martial jury panel that will determine the future of an Illinois National Guard pilot who mistakenly dropped a bomb that killed four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan on April 17, 2002. According to the Air Force news service, on June 30 Maj. Harry […]