Mark Bunker

 

Newkirk Herald Journal

From 1989 to 1992, a weekly newspaper in the small town of Newkirk, Oklahoma chronicled Scientology's tactics as they opened a Narconon facilty on an Indian reservation.

 

 

Scientology used of one of their front groups (the Association for Better Living and Education) to make a "donation" to Narconon and praise it's effectiveness. When the editor of the Newkirk Herald Journal, Bob Lobsinger, discovered this initial deception he started to ask questions. In response, Scientology sent their private investigator, Eugene Ingram, to start doing a noisy investigation.

The weekly pages of the Herald Journal told the whole story. Bob Lobsinger's coverage earned him praise and awards including the Leo J. Ryan Award from the original Cult Awareness Network.

"Narconon-Chilocco Drug Treatment Plant May Be Part Of Notorious Religious Cult" - April 27, 1989

"Harold's Journal - Backwater Cowboys" - April 27, 1989

"State Boys Say Chilocco Is A Done Deal" - May 11, 1989

"Harold's Journal" - May 11, 1989

"Planned Newkirk Drug Clinic May Be World's Biggest" - May 18, 1989

"Letters To The Editor- Narconon Official speaks Out" - May 11, 1989

"Harold's Journal - We're Pretty 'Clear' On That!" - May 11, 1989

"Renovation Underway At Chilocco Indian School" - June 8, 1989

"Changing Strategy - Scientology Now Steps Right Up To Controversy" - July 13, 1989

"Mayor Bilger...
'They Totally Misrepresented What They Are Doing'"
- July 13, 1989

"Scientology Faces New Charges Of Harassment" - July 6, 1989

"Narconon One Of Many Scientology Organizations" - July 6, 1989

"Scientology Cosmology..." - July 6, 1989

"Mayor Launches Narconon Inquiry After Receiving Adverse Reports From At Least Five Other States" - July 27, 1989

"City Leaders Call For State Review Of Narconon Program" - August 17, 1989

"Scientific And Medical Accuracy Of Narconon Program Questioned" - August 17, 1989

"Scientology Group Hires Investigator, Buys Ad" - August 31, 1989

"Open Letter To Kay County Residents About Narconon" - August 25, 1989

"Bellmon Advised Against Signing Narconon Support Document" - September 7, 1989

"State Worker Linked To Narconon Promoter" - September 14, 1989

"Harold's Journal - When Hell Freezes Over" - September 14, 1989

"Harold's Journal - They're Shooting Themselves In The Foot...Again!" - October 5, 1989

"Letters To The Editor" - October 5, 1989

"Poncans Question Legality Of Chilocco Lease Agreement" - November 2, 1989

"Harold's Journal - Oklahoma 'Cult'-ural Center Of Universe?" - December 7, 1989

"Essay On Destructive Cults" - December 7, 1989

"Harold's Journal - God Didn't Quite Get It Right..." - January 4, 1990

"Harold's Journal" - January 11, 1990

"Harold's Journal" - March 8, 1990

"Harold's Journal - New Law Will Help" - May 24, 1990

"Harold's Journal" - June 7, 1990

"Grand Opening Set This Weekend..." - June 28, 1990

"Narconon Patient Says Center Treating Mostly Non-Indians" - July 5, 1990

"Letters To The Editor" - July 19, 1990

"The Scientology Story - L.A. Times Series" - July, 1990

"State Asks Court For Injunction To Halt Narconon Operation At Chilocco" - August 2, 1990

"Harold's Journal" - August 9, 1990

"Harold's Journal - Shifting Into Their 'Delay Game'" - August 16, 1990

"Judge Gives Narconon 30 Days To Comply With State Law" - September 13, 1990

"Commissioners Request Public Hearing In Newkirk On Narconon Certification" - September 13, 1990

"Harold's Journal" - September 13, 1990

"Harold's Journal" - September 20, 1990

"New City Fire Response Policy Excludes Chilocco Indian Lands" - September 27, 1990

"Announcement of Hearing Cancellation" - October 4, 1990

"Harold's Journal" - October 4, 1990

"Narconon Friends, Foes Voice Views On Certification" - October 11, 1990

"State Mental Health And Substance Abuse Board To Consider Narconon Certification At Today's Meeting" - November 8, 1990

"Harold's Journal - Justice Should Be Blind, But Not Ignorant" - November 15, 1990

"Tulsa Psychiatrist To Review Narconon Program For Board" - December 20, 1990

"Harold's Journal - Kaws Want Narconon Out" - February 14, 1991

"Harold's Journal" - May 9, 1991

"Harold's Journal - Caught It In The Wringer, Again" - August 1, 1991

"Narconon Granted Further Licensing Delay By State Board Of Mental Health" - October 24, 1991

"Harold's Journal - The Guru Of Gubblebum" - October 24, 1991

"Publisher to Speak at National Cult Awareness Conference Friday" - October 1991

"Harold's Journal - That 'Anti-Religious Hate Group'" - October 31, 1991

"Here's How Germany Views Its Narconon" - October 21, 1001

"Harold's Journal - 'Deaths In Dianetics/Scientology Institutions Spur Inquiry'" - November 7, 1991

"Harold's Journal" - November 14, 1991

"Good Inspection Won't Ensure Narconon Permit" - December 10, 1991

"Announcement - Narconon Certification Hearing" - December 13, 1991

"State Mental Health Board Denies Narconon Certification Bid" - December 19, 1991

"Harold's Journal" - December 19, 1991

"Freeman Gets Narconon Appeal" - December 26, 1991

"Narconon Denied Request to Accept Former Patient" - January 9, 1992

"Narconon Files Appeal To Operate Center" - January 16, 1992

"Board Reply Opposes Narconon" - January 23, 1992

"Narconon Loses Bid To Stay" - February 2, 1992

"Narconon Ordered To Move Patients, End Treatments" - February 6, 1992

"Narconon Tries Defense On Indian Sovereignty" - March 5, 1992

"Narconon To Ignore BIA Order To Close Chilocco Facility" - March 12, 1992

"Harold's Journal" - March 12, 1992

"Harold's Journal" - April 2, 1992

"Narconon, Critics Spar as Hearing Nears" - April 9, 1992

"Harold's Journal" - April 9, 1992

"Commission Ignores Narconon Request For Newkirk Fire, Ambulance Protection" - June 11, 1992

"In The Meantime..."

"Harold's Journal" - June 25, 1992

"Letters To The Editor" - July 2, 1992

"Editor Risks Jail Rather Than Pay Narconon Court Costs" - July 4, 1992

"Letters To The Editor" - July 2, 1992

"Letters To The Editor" - July 9, 1992

"Harold's Journal" - July 9, 1992

"Harold's Journal" - July 16, 1992

"State Board OKs Exemption For Narconon" - August 20, 1992

"Narconon Granted Health Department License From State Health Agency" - October 27, 1992

"Meanwhile..."

"Late Narconon Pay, Tie to Scientology Hit" - October 29, 1992

"Department of Labor Investigation" - December 1, 1992

"Narconon's State Taxes Overdue; Warrant Filed" - February 25, 1993

"Narconon Chilocco Pays Taxes" - February 27, 1993

"Harold's Journal" - November 12, 1992

"Lobsinger Wins Beachy Musselman Award For Research Of Narconon Facility Near Newkirk" - February 1993

"Narconon's Trash Service Halted" - March 6, 1993

"Indian Leaders Want Narconon Chilocco Audit" - March 25, 1993

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