16th SOS Cannon transfer official

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, speaks Friday during the ceremony transferring the 16th Special Operations Squadron from Hurlburt Air Field in Florida to Cannon Air Force Base. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The “game changers” officially belong to Cannon Air Force Base. […]

Film official admits meddling with bill

By Robert Nott: The New Mexican A doctored version of an official Legislative Finance Committee document introduced in a House Committee session last week may cause more confusion and controversy about the merit of the state’s popular film incentive program. Jon Hendry, business agent of the local film technicians union, the International Alliance of Theatrical […]

Stimulus bill under veil of secrecy

Lee H. Hamilton: Guest columnist In the official record, you’ll find the economic stimulus package recently passed by Congress was drawn up by a conference committee — a bipartisan group of House members and senators who sat down together to wrangle over its fine print. In truth, nothing like this took place. To be sure, […]

Official: “Cow tax” reports unfounded

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Cows wait in the milking barn on Monday to get milked at Rajen Dairy in Curry County. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Livestock officials are concerned the federal government is considering charging fees for air-polluting animals. They contend the “cow tax” is a possible consequence of a highly technical Environmental Protection Agency report released […]

Official: Weapons costly, too few

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The military must end its quest for “exquisite” weapon systems that are too costly, take years to design and build, and don’t reach troops fast enough, or in quantities large enough, to address ever-changing threats. The critic here isn’t a Washington think tank or a beltway consultant but Marine Corps […]

Official: 2-year-old killed in collision

CNJ staff A 2-year-old Muleshoe girl was killed in a head-on collision Wednesday morning in Bailey County, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety official. The accident occurred about 8:30 a.m. (CST) on Farm-to-Market Road 1760 south of Muleshoe, according to Lanny Hooper, supervisor of communications for the DPS in Lubbock. • Mariksa Yadira […]

Official: AC-130 faces adjustments at Cannon

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The operations officer for an AC-130 gunship squadron said last week the unit will have to adjust its training profile to operate at Cannon Air Force Base due to the base’s elevation, temperature and air density. The 16th Special Operations Squadron and its fleet of AC-130 Spectre gunships are […]

Curry County clerk: ‘We have a problem’

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sammie Smith looks over her ballot before inserting it into the voting machine Tuesday at Sandia Elementary School. CNJ Staff Hold off on those victory parties. Curry County officials said this morning they’re unsure of vote numbers tabulated after the polls closed in Tuesday’s primary election. “At this point we’re […]

Zoo keeper bitten by Gila Monster

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MCT photo Gila Monsters’ venom is not dangerous to humans, according to Clovis Parks and Recreation Director Rob Carter. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A Clovis zookeeper was in stable condition at the Plains Regional Medical Center on Thursday one day after being bitten by a venomous lizard, according to a city official. Clovis […]

Official: Funds audit still in planning

CNJ staff Completion of an audit of 2007 county fair funds is likely still weeks away, according to New Mexico State Auditor Hector Balderas.