Officials say lengthy investigation not necessarily sign of foul play

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer More than four months after she was found dead at Cannon Air Force Base, Kimberly Susan Novak’s death remains a mystery. State and Air Force officials said the length of time the investigation is taking doesn’t necessarily indicate foul play is involved. Cannon Air Force Base Public Affairs officials […]

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 […]

Fort Sumner’s Billy the Kid back in news

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Billy the Kid’s grave in Fort Sumner is the area’s top tourist attraction. By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Western legend Billy the Kid has been dead for more than a century, but you wouldn’t know that from the headlines the legendary gunslinger made in 2004. An investigation spearheaded by a group of New Mexicans […]

Cannon not releasing information on spouse’s death

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base officials are still not releasing information surrounding the death of an Air Force dependent nearly two weeks ago. Capt. Andre Kok of Cannon Public Affairs said no information can be made available to the public until after the investigation into Kimberly Susan Novak’s death is complete. Novak, 20, died […]

Billy the Kid can rest, probe dismissed

The Associated Press FORT SUMNER — Three southeastern New Mexico officials looking for answers about the death of Western legend Billy the Kid have dropped their request to exhume what are believed to be the outlaw’s remains. Lincoln County Sheriff Tom Sullivan, joined by deputy and Capitan Mayor Steve Sederwall and DeBaca County Sheriff Gary […]

Army report’s timing, contents are questionable

Freedom Editorial On the same day the 9/11 Commission released its long-anticipated report, another government commission quietly released the results of its study. Whereas the 9/11 report is widely praised for its openness and fairness, the U.S. Army’s investigation of military treatment of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan appears to be a whitewash. Critics rightly […]

Officials have China Star fire set for investigation

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Clovis firefighters work to put out a fire Sunday at the China Star restaurant on Main Street. Fire officials said the building was a total loss. (Courtesy photo: John Bourne) By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis firefighters have secured the premises of the China Star restaurant, which burned Sunday morning, and don’t plan […]

Early morning fire destroys trailer home, called suspicious

Darrell Todd Maurina An early morning fire drove a mother and four children out of their trailer home about 3 a.m. Saturday morning. Fire officials said the cause of the fire was suspicious but declined to specify the reasons for their investigation. “(It was) just the way everything was this morning when we went in […]

Killing of local business owner remains unsolved

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer While Curry County has seen more and more homicides over the last few years, Sheriff Roger Hatcher said one sticks in his mind — that of J.C. Tucker, who was shot to death at his business on Sept. 4. “In the last 12 years we have only one […]

Accusations get more attention than retractions

Freedom Newspapers Army Capt. James “Yousef” Yee and former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill might seem to have little in common. But both have recently felt the sting of high-profile accusations from high government officials — only to have the accusations turn out to be nothing but hot air or headline-hunting. Unfortunately, while the accusations generally […]