Defense department makes small increase to housing allowance

Sharna Johnson New military housing allowance rates set to take effect Jan. 1 won’t offer much comfort to Cannon airmen struggling to meet their housing needs in Clovis. According to a new Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rate chart released Wednesday by the Defense Department, airmen in Clovis will receive little to no increase in […]

Portales past: Nov. 19, 1942

Nov. 19, 1942: The Portales Daily News: Plans for the national observance of Pearl Harbor Day on Dec. 7 were made. Plans were being made by the Roosevelt County Defense Council to have a simulated air raid and blackout that night. Planes from the Roswell Air Base were secured for the “bombing.”

Hounds’ defense garners rest

Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Saturday’s 49-31 Lone Star Conference North Division win over Central Oklahoma at Greyhound Stadium provided Eastern New Mexico University’s defense with something it hasn’t had often had this season — rest on the sidelines. The Greyhounds (3-3, 2-1 North), averaging around 23 minutes a game in time of possession, controlled […]

Hounds ride defense past WT

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s defense proved to be more than formidable on Friday against West Texas A&M. The Greyhounds got just enough offense to get the job done. ENMU’s “English connection” of sophomore midfielder Kal Herbert and freshman midfielder Andy Wilkinson worked a play off a penalty kick for the deciding goal […]

Ribaudo defends Hounds’ defense

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico 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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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Last season, its second with a fast-paced spread offense, Eastern New Mexico University began to make the adjustment after years of running the triple option. This fall, Greyhounds coach Mark Ribaudo is hoping to shore up a defense which, often having little time to catch its breath between series, […]

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 […]

Press release: Bingaman helps write defense bill that supports Cannon

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman is helping to write key defense legislation that strongly supports New Mexico’s military installations and Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories. At Bingaman’s urging, the bill also contains a provision requiring the Air Force to report to Congress on the magnitude of the fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force […]

Chunn slaying became tale of conspiracy

Freedom New Mexico When Jimmy Bo Chunn’s body was found in his rural Causey home, no one could have guessed the story of the rancher’s shooting would turn into a twisted tale of conspiracy, a white supremacy group and murder for hire. Five years later, Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson — accused of […]

Special interests keep expanding defense budget

Freedom New Mexico One thing you can say about the defense budget presented as part of President Barack Obama’s $3.8 trillion federal budget — it’s marginally more honest than some previous budgets. In years past Defense secretaries have pretended the costs of waging active wars are separate from the “baseline” military budget and have not […]

PTSD disability ratings increased

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist More than 4300 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who were diagnosed in service as suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but got low military disability ratings, have won an agreement with the Department of Defense to upgrade those ratings retroactively to 50 percent. The higher rating will represent an important win […]

Three Hounds make all-region football team

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University junior cornerback Rodney Mitchell was a first-team defense selection on Don Hansen’s 2009 Football Gazette All-Super Region Four squad. Greyhounds earning second-team honors were sophomore quarterback J.J. Harp and junior linebacker Nathan Uland. Mitchell tied for seventh in Division II and first in the Lone Star Conference South […]

Poor economy boosting recruitment

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Middle-class American youth are entering the military in significant numbers today, drawn by more competitive pay, a battered civilian job market and the buzz surrounding an improved GI Bill education benefit. The Department of Defense announced earlier this month that for the first time since the draft ended and the […]

News release: Senate approves key defense legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today reported that the Senate has approved key defense legislation that gives strong support to New Mexico’s military installations and the state’s two national laboratories. The bill, called the fiscal year 2010 Defense Authorization Bill, passed the Senate 68-29. The House of Representatives passed it earlier this month, so […]

TRICARE fee increases blocked

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The last decision made by House-Senate conferees negotiating final details on a fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill was to insert language that will rollback an announced Oct. 1 increase in fees charged to TRICARE Standard beneficiaries for stays in civilian hospitals. The surprise fee increases, reported here last week, gave […]

TRICARE increase stuns retirees

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Defense health officials didn’t do the Obama administration any favor last week when they announced a “small” increase in the daily fee that military retirees under 65, their families and covered survivors must pay for inpatient care in civilian hospitals under TRICARE Standard starting Oct. 1. The jump, in fact, […]

Former Melrose chief cleared in traffic case

Freedom New Mexico Former Melrose Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling was found not guilty Friday for a citation she received in March when she crashed her patrol unit. Dreiling was charged with improper turning after police said she cut across traffic to follow a motorist she had stopped. She was struck by a car when she […]

Senate doesn’t need to stop with F-22 cut

The 58-40 Senate vote last week to stop production of more F-22 fighter planes was a welcome bit of sanity applied to Pentagon spending. Whether it will lead to less wasteful Pentagon procurement policies in the future or go down as simply a symbolic gesture is a more complicated question. The F-22 was developed in […]

Congress limited in helping military

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist For the last eight years, lawmakers have loaded annual defense authorization bills with new pay and benefit initiatives to support troops and their families and to show the nation’s appreciation. This year’s defense bills — both the version passed by the House, and the Senate bill to be debated on […]

Gates’ proposed defense reforms highly unlikely

Staff and wire reports General Motors on Friday told about 1,100 of its dealers — one in five — they would be dropped by late next year, adding to the economic pain radiating from the beleaguered Detroit automakers to cities and towns across the country. Clovis GM dealership owner Bryce Bender said he did not […]