Special Ops officer killed in Kabul shooting

American Forces Press Service HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — An officer assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command died Feb. 25 of wounds suffered from a gunshot in Kabul, Afghanistan. Lt. Col. John Darin Loftis, 866th Air Expeditionary Squadron, was deployed in support of OPERATION Enduring Freedom and working in the Government of the Islamic Republic […]

My turn: Hermit killed for $.13

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Old Josh Blocher’s supposed wealth got him killed in 1951. Lester Stevens heard rumors the Bailey County hermit was rich in 1947, when he was working on a Bailey County road project. By 1951, Stevens was working at an Amarillo lead smelter, where he became acquainted with co-worker Thomas Livesay, the Amarillo Daily News reported. […]

Sweet Home New Mexico: Remembering fallen hero

Courtesy photo Senior Airman Mark Forester A few columns back, I mentioned a family friend of ours that was an Air Force combat controller who was killed in Afghanistan while conducting combat operations in September 2010. The country needs to know of its many fallen heroes. Today, you will learn about one. Senior Airman Mark […]

Family, friends remember Elida teen killed in crash

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Christina Calloway An Elida teenager killed in a crash Friday is remembered as a beautiful and bubbly girl with a big heart. Britt’ny Mowell, 17, died at a Lubbock hospital from injuries suffered in a single vehicle rollover crash outside Elida. “She loved everybody, everyone became her friend,” said Mowell’s sister, Mollie Crow. “She was […]

Former Cannon airman killed in Afghanistan

Staff and wire reports Tech. Sgt. Matthew Schwartz, 34, of Cheyenne, Wyo., was among three servicemen killed Jan. 5 when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in Helmand Province’s Shir Ghazi, the Defense Department said Saturday in a news release. Schwartz was an explosive ordnance disposal specialist assigned to the 90th Civil […]

Names of Monday crash victims released

Officials on Tuesday morning released the names of four people killed Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash four miles east of Melrose. The four who died on the scene, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller: • John Kline, 53, of Mansfield, Texas, the driver of a four-door Toyota sedan. • Aminta Kline, 61, of […]

Texas man killed in crash

A 37-year-old Plains, Texas, man was killed Thursday evening in a single-vehicle crash about 20 miles northeast of Elida. Jason Thomas died at the scene around 6:30 p.m. when he was partially ejected from the semi truck he was driving, State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said. Thomas was driving east on South Roosevelt Road 35, […]

Proud American: Bin Laden’s death inspired youth minister to sing national anthem

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Sharna Johnson Sunday night one Clovis man was so excited to hear Osama bin Laden had been killed, he ran into his yard and sang the national anthem while waving a flag. “We had just turned on the news and caught it right before they actually confirmed the reports (and) I thought of a flag […]

Ex-ENMU coach still bears pain of ex-player’s death

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When Earl Diddle saw the news Sunday night that Osama bin Laden had been killed, his first thought was of his daughter Colby. She was doing a fashion shoot in Manhattan when two planes hit the World Trade Center nearby. “They didn’t realize what happened until the second plane hit,” said Diddle, women’s basketball coach […]

Inside the raid that killed bin Laden

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Helicopters descended out of darkness on the most important counterterrorism mission in U.S. history. It was an operation so secret, only a select few U.S. officials knew what was about to happen. The location was a fortified compound in an affluent Pakistani town two hours outside Islamabad. The target was […]

Osama bin Laden dead; Obama: "Justice has been done."

WASHINGTON (AP) — Osama bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was killed in a firefight with elite American forces Monday, then quickly buried at sea in a stunning finale to a furtive decade on the run. Long believed to be hiding in caves, bin Laden was […]

Osama bin Laden dead; Obama: “Justice has been done.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — Osama bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was killed in a firefight with elite American forces Monday, then quickly buried at sea in a stunning finale to a furtive decade on the run. Long believed to be hiding in caves, bin Laden was […]

Tornado season right around corner

Each year approximately 1,000 tornadoes touch down in the U.S. Only a small percentage actually strike occupied buildings, but every year a number of people are killed or injured. There is a very small chance a tornado will strike a building you are in however, you can greatly reduce the chance of injury from a […]

My turn: Grilled cheese gamble pays off

Grilled cheese and grape jelly sandwiches are a favorite of ENMU Assistant Professor of Communication Patti Dobson. When she told me about the sandwich via Facebook, it sounded so wacky I had to try it. (Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it’s yet to damage this cook.) “I’m not sure where the idea came […]

Two U.S. airmen killed in Frankfurt airport shooting

The Associated Press FRANKFURT, Germany — A man armed with a handgun attacked a bus carrying U.S. Air Force troops at Frankfurt airport Wednesday, killing two airmen and wounding two others before being taken into custody, authorities said. Boris Rhein, the top security official in the German state of Hesse where the shooting took place, […]

Two U.S. airmen killed in Frankfurt airport shooting

The Associated Press FRANKFURT, Germany — A man armed with a handgun attacked a bus carrying U.S. Air Force troops at Frankfurt airport Wednesday, killing two airmen and wounding two others before being taken into custody, authorities said. Boris Rhein, the top security official in the German state of Hesse where the shooting took place, […]

Clovis-born Marine killed in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico Flags were flown at half-staff over the weekend in honor of a Clovis-born Marine sergeant. Sgt. Garrett A. Misener, 25, was killed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 27. He was born Aug. 19, 1985, in Clovis, and his family moved to Utah a few months later. He was laid to rest Friday […]

Iraqis ready to take control of own problems

Freedom New Mexico A coordinated suicide bombing that killed at least 14 people and wounded 53 in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, is a reminder that the country the U.S. has tried so hard to pacify, through military action and nation-building advice and subsidies, is still plenty turbulent. While this fact might tempt […]

Press Release: Two killed in Portales crash

Portales – Rochelle A. Pettigrew, 33, and Charles J. Paiz, 39, of Portales were killed in a single vehicle crash. State Police were called to the scene of a single vehicle roll-over crash just before 11:00 AM this morning (Sunday) near the intersection of South Roosevelt Rd 2 and Roosevelt Rd. X (near Portales). Through […]

Portales past: Aug. 7, 1945

Aug. 7, 1945: The Army announced that confirmed casualties of the Korean War through Aug. 6 totaled 2,616. A spokesman said 153 were killed, 1,590 were wounded in action and 873 were missing.