Prosecutors receive awards

CNJ staff A pair of prosecutors in the 9th Judicial District won two of the six annual awards at the Tuesday night awards ceremony for the Prosecutors Section of the New Mexico Bar Association in Albuquerque. Deputy District Attorney Ben Cross was recognized in the drug category, while Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover was awarded […]

Redistricting plan would split Roosevelt County

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune he state senate passed a redistricting proposal Monday that would separate parts of Portales, including a stretch of 18th Street, into the 2nd and 3rd Congressional Districts. Roosevelt County currently belongs to the 3rd District, but the plan would move Causey, Dora, Floyd and Elida to the more conservative 2nd District. […]

Club notes — Sept. 18

Altrusa of Clovis Altrusa International of Clovis met for their monthly evening meeting on Sept. 12. Guests attending: Donna Herman, Annie Depre, Gwenda Alexander, and Emily Crowe. Members attending: Kathy Travis, Mary Weigl, Leslie McCloud, Glenda Hileman, Nancy Taylor, Margaret Blazek, Carolyn Muffley, Narcie Tucker, Pat McCollough, and Sylvia Bean. Donna Herman, Altrusa District 10 […]

DA: Katie’s Law aided in rape conviction

CNJ staff Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler is praising Katie’s Law for helping convict an illegal immigrant of the 2010 rape of a Clovis woman. Chandler said Jesus Oscar Dominguez was convicted by a jury Friday and faces up to 27 years in prison. He said Dominguez was convicted largely on DNA evidence police […]

Tucumcari woman sentenced for bank robbery

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Juana Griego and three others were charged with robbing the American Heritage Bank near Melrose of almost $30,000 shortly after it opened for business the morning of April 12, 2010. CNJ staff A Tucumcari woman convicted in a 2010 daylight robbery of American Heritage Bank in Melrose was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison. […]

Residents share teacher memories

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Terri Damron, a sixth-grade teacher at Zia Elementary in Clovis, helps student Jace Piepkorn, 12, with an assignment in an empty classroom Friday afternoon. Damron is Piepkorn’s favorite teacher because she is “always happy and really nice.” Alisa Boswell With school back in session, Freedom New Mexico decided to ask […]

Education column: Superintendent looks forward to upcoming year

After the district’s incredible kick-off convocation last Friday, keynoted by Mike Moses, retired superintendent and commissioner of education, the doors are open, and students have arrived and crossed the threshold of school year 2011-2012. That first-day-of-school excitement is in the air; new school clothes are still crisp; and brand new school supplies barely used. Moses […]

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.

Education column: Music teacher organizes art gallery

A sense of anticipation is being felt throughout the district, meaning that school is about start. Our operations department is wrapping up summer projects or reorganizing ongoing projects. Our administrative and support staff have returned, and teachers will return full-force next week to finish preparations for this fall’s students, arriving Aug. 22. We’ll continue reporting […]

Affordable Housing Plan defeated

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Brad Heath of Clovis signs in to vote at Precinct 18 while precinct clerk Pat Moody assists at Zia Elementary School during the affordable housing referendum Tuesday. Heath brought along his son, Brad Heath, 8, to provide him a lesson on his civic duty to vote. Sharna Johnson The mood […]

Little League state meets ready to start

Dave Wagner Four area teams are ready to represent District 3 in state Little League competition this weekend. Clovis will host the 11-12-year-old Majors state tournament at Dickenson Field and Beachum Field. Clovis Zia won the district tournament and opens play at 7 p.m. Sunday at Dickenson against either Roswell Noon Optimist or Los Lunas […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Junior rodeo, FFA and JFK

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Junior rodeo The High Plains Junior Rodeo Finals next week are sponsored entirely by local businesses and individuals and the Clovis Curry County Chamber says contributions are still needed. The finals are July 20-24 at the Curry County Events Center. For more information on […]

Four apply for judgeship

Freedom New Mexico Four local lawyers have applied for a 9th Judicial District judgeship vacant due to the death of Robert S. Orlik on May 28, the state Judicial Nominating Commission announced Friday. Applicants are Donna Mowrer of Portales and Wesley Pool, Andrea Reeb and Brian Stover, all of Clovis. Reeb is also chief deputy […]

School board passes budget with $11 million increase

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education approved a budget with an increase of more than $11 million Tuesday, despite budget cuts to education across New Mexico. The 2011-2012 budget was approved at $115,633,295. The 2010-2011 budget totaled $104,492,504. CMS Chief Financial Officer Jose Cano said the increase is due largely to the […]

School board to discuss budget

CNJ staff Clovis Municipal Schools board of education will be meeting Tuesday to discuss the budget. The meeting will be held at noon in the district’s administration building board room. The board plans to approve the budget after a review of various budget documents. The board will also look ahead at a five-year budget summary.

District Judge Robert Orlik dies at 64

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File photo Ninth Judicial District Judge Robert Orlik, shown during arguments in the homicide trial of Anthony Casillas, died Saturday at Lubbock Heart Hospital. He was 64. CNJ staff District Judge Robert Orlik, who first practiced law in New Mexico in 1977, died Saturday night at the Lubbock Heart Hospital. He was 64. Further information […]

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 […]

Club notes — May 15

Altrusa International Altrusa International of Clovis held their monthly evening meeting May 9. Hostesses Sylvia Bean, Glenda Hileman, and Narcy Tucker, prepared a wonderful meal. President Kathy Travis, Recording Secretary-Mary Weigl, and past Governor Nancy Taylor updated us on their recent trip to District 10 Conference in Montrose, Colo. Also in attendance were: Judith Glikas, […]

Teens arraigned in Portales shooting

Freedom New Mexico The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office is reviewing whether to file a notice of intent to seek adult sanctions against two juveniles charged in connection with the April 17 shooting death of 25-year-old Jose Alfredo Charize Montoya. Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer said 16-year-old Erick Pina, who police say pulled the trigger, […]

Club notes — April 10

Epsilon Sigma Alpha Six members and one guest attended the regular meeting of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha at 4:30 p.m. on April 4 Collene Baldwin was the hostess. Bev Miller corresponding secretary read several thank you letters from Ninth Judicial District Family and Children’s Court for our donation. Members of Epsilion Sigma Alpha have supported […]