Clerk’s office temporarily relocated

CNJ staff The 9th Judicial District Court clerk’s office has temporarily relocated because of an air conditioning leak, Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said Thursday. The leak in the clerk’s second-floor office of the Curry County courthouse was discovered and fixed Monday, Pyle said, adding carpet was cleaned on Tuesday in the area affected by […]

Man sought for illness may have been spotted

CNJ staff A Clovis man sought in a statewide manhunt may have been spotted Monday near West Seventh and Thornton streets. Clovis police and Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller confirmed responding to a report of someone spotting Robert J. Gutierrez, 45, who officials say has active pulmonary tuberculosis and is considered infectious. Both departments responded […]

Court comes close but no cigar

Kevin Wilson When the Supreme Court delivered a 5-4 decision on Citizens United, changing the rules for how corporations can get involved in political campaigns, Justice Anthony Kennedy said a divided decision means that clearly, “Somebody made a mistake.” So why do I feel the same way about a unanimous decision I agree with? And […]

High praise for Supreme Court ruling

Freedom New Mexico The Supreme Court last week delivered a resounding victory for religious freedom, made all the more impressive by its unanimity. In a 9-0 decision, the court ruled that government cannot dictate to religious institutions whom they can hire or fire for leadership positions. That represented a convincing rejection of the Obama administration’s […]

High court should repeal Obamacare

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of Obamacare, the administration’s massive overhaul of the nation’s health system. Arguments will be heard in March, with a ruling in June in the midst of the 2012 presidential election campaign. The court has set aside an extraordinary five and a half […]

Clovis prosecutor wants chief justice out of case

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File photo Special prosecutor Matt Chandler has asked the state’s chief justice to be disqualified from hearing anything related to the matter, saying that — among other things — Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Daniels publicly disparaged his case. Mike Gallagher A special prosecutor has asked that State Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Daniels be […]

Youngsters put 113 animals up for sale at livestock show

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Dylan Valentine of Melrose 4-H shows his reserve champion steer Friday night at the Curry County Fair Junior Livestock Sale. Valentine’s steer sold for $3,700. Kevin Wilson Somewhere at the Curry County Fair, a food court customer might have noted some sticker shock when they paid $8 for that once-a-year […]

Mowrer selected as new district judge

Governor Susana Martinez announced today that she has appointed Donna Mowrer of Portales to serve as a judge for the Ninth Judicial District Court. Mowrer currently serves as Deputy District Attorney for the Ninth Judicial District and has held a number of roles as a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s office since joining in 2001.

Tucumcari man faces murder charge

Thomas Garcia A 20-year-old Tucumcari man was bound over to district court Wednesday and will face a murder charge in connection with the homicide of Shirley Pacheco, 33. Quay County Magistrate Court Judge Joel Garnett’s order sending Randall Jones to trial followed a five-hour preliminary hearing. No date was set for trial. “We were able […]

Police looking for mistakenly released Clovis woman

Area law enforcement are looking for a 25-year-old Clovis woman who was mistakenly released Tuesday from the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Catalina Ortiz was released on her own recognizance Tuesday after being arrested July 28 for failing to appear in Clovis Municipal Court on a misdemeanor charge, court records show. However, she still has […]

Ruling puts end to states’ power grab

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a sensible ruling concerning the regulation of pollution and the supposed threat of global warming. The ruling directly affects eight states that sued four electric power companies, the main one being American Electric Power Co. of Ohio, for causing global warming. The court’s summary of Monday’s […]

Supreme Court chipping away at freedoms

The next time police knock at your door, be careful what you do next. Any sound you make inside could grant police the authority to search your home without a warrant. That’s the result of last week’s misguided Supreme Court decision expanding the definition of an exigent circumstance under which police can conduct a warrantless […]

Press release: Murder charges filed in district court

Clovis, NM — Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that charges were filed in District Court on May 20, 2011 on Louis Guerra and Desiree Rodriquez in connection with the shooting death of Daniel Perez occurring on April 13, 2011. Probable cause has been found to charge Louis Guerra with one (1) count of […]

Tucumcari sexual harassment complaint settled out of court

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Public Schools has awarded employee Diane Trujillo $28,000 in an out-of-court settlement stemming from her sexual harassment complaint against former school principal David Castillo and her allegations that school district officials retaliated against her for filing the complaint. According to court records released by Tucumcari Public Schools at the request of […]

Magistrate Court offering chance to get arrest warrants canceled

CNJ staff Through Friday, Curry County Magistrate Court is offering people a chance to get arrest warrants canceled with its “keep your tail out of jail” program. People with outstanding warrants for failing to pay court costs or failing to appear for proceedings can have their warrants canceled by paying $100 and rescheduling payments or […]

Honors — May 8

Buxman-Davis Nicole M. Buxman-Davis has been promoted to the rank of major in the Air National Guard, a reserve component of the U.S. Air Force. Buxman-Davis is an electrical engineer assigned to the 165th Civil Engineering Squadron at Savannah International Airport, Garden City, Ga. Her in-laws are Roy and Charlene Davis of Mesa Vista Court, […]

Tucumcari suspect arraigned

Freedom New Mexico A man accused of killing two men in a Tucumcari hotel was arraigned Tuesday in the Quay County Magistrate Court. Muziwokuthula Madonda appeared before Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett via closed circuit television from the Quay County Detention Center. Madonda is charged with for two open counts of murder and one count of […]

Court addresses different kind of cold case

Freedom New Mexico The scientific standard for statistical significance and the legal standard for material misrepresentation in a federal securities case aren’t the kinds of topics that typically inspire lively dinner conversation. Nevertheless, a recent Supreme Court decision involving these issues deserves greater public attention and will affect consumers’ choices in their stock portfolios and […]

High court should toss elections act

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court seems to be rolling back the restrictions on free speech, especially as it relates to political campaigns, which had begun to be imposed in 1974 after the Watergate scandal. The new development occurred Monday, when the court heard arguments concerning Arizona’s so-called Clean Elections Act, passed by the […]

Warrants for unpaid fines up by more than 50 percent

Sharna Johnson The number of warrants for unpaid fines issued by Curry County Magistrate Court has increased by more than 50 percent over last year. As of Friday, there were 948 outstanding warrants for cases where fines have not been paid to the courts, according to a list of warrants provided by the courts. Totaling […]