Jury selection to resume Tuesday in death penalty case

Freedom Newspapers Jury selection won’t be completed until at least Tuesday in the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering, and one count of possession of stolen property. The […]

Floyd student chosen for national conference

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Floyd High School senior Adriana Abaraca will represent New Mexico at a Hispanic student conference to be held this weekend in Albuquerque. She was chosen from 10 applicants to participate on a panel during the Celebrating Educational Opportunities for Hispanic Students Conference, according to Elizabeth Egelhoff, programs director for […]

United Way seeks volunteers

Freedom Newspapers The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is seeking volunteers to serve on a fund distribution panel. The panel will be responsible for reviewing applications submitted by area programs and recommending funding levels, According to Executive Director Erinn Burch, according to Executive Director Erinn Burch. “We (United Way) need people to help us […]

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 […]

Commission shakes up Pentagon proposal

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 Defense […]

Cannon backers “distressed”

By Marlena Hartz/Freedom Newspapers Clovis-Portales citizens, city commissioners and other government officials, perched on the edge of their seats, many with cell phones in hand, watched intently Friday morning from the Clovis-Carver Public Library as the nine-member military-base closure panel debated, and continuously postponed, the fate of Cannon Air Force Base. Reserved shouts of glee, […]

June 14 Military Update

By Tom Philpott 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 an agenda […]

Panel seems generally receptive to Pentagon’s closure proposals

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A commission charged with reviewing the Pentagon’s proposal to close or downsize 62 major domestic military facilities sounded largely receptive as Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld testified Monday that the sweeping reorganization was vital to U.S. success in the war on terrorism. “The changes are essential in […]

CBS fires four after report released

Staff and Wire Reports 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 […]