Pioneer Days Parade includes 65 floats

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The New Mexico Army National Guard 717th Brigade Support Battalion’s float was a crowd favorite. The large vehicle on the left automatically unloaded and loaded the Humvee on its back. Liliana Castillo Parade organizers raved about the weather for the 41st annual Pioneer Days Parade held Saturday morning on Main […]

Renewing vows — Aug. 8

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Bonney Jane and Ronnie Bonney Jr. of Clovis will be renewing their vows at Sacred Heart Church on Aug. 14, 2010, with a reception and dance to follow. The bride is the daughter of Nadine Armijo of Clovis and Eddy Gallegos of Santa Fe. She is the granddaughter of Sereriano and Mary Armijo of Clovis […]

Portales man pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Issac Montano Jr., 48, of Portales, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and armed robbery. He was accused in the July 2008 death of Donald Chapman of Portales. “The credit for this conviction goes to the quick response and investigation by the Portales Police Department,” 9th Judicial […]

Homicide suspect to undergo mental evaluation

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The case against a Portales man charged with an open count of murder in the death of a 69-year-old man is on hold pending psychological evaluations. District Judge Drew Tatum ordered Thursday that Isaac Montano II, 46, undergoes a psychological evaluation, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Montano’s case […]

Suspect in Portales man’s death had a history of mental competency issues

Sharna Johnson A Portales man charged this week with murder has a history of mental competency issues, court records show. Isaac Montano II had been jailed since 2007 on drug and alcohol charges. He was released June 25 on bond reduced by District Judge Teddy Hartley while defense attorneys argued he was legally incompetent to […]

Portales man charged in Monday’s homicide

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Freedom New Mexico staff photo: Karl Terry Isaac Montano II was charged Tuesday with robbery and an open count of murder in connection with the stabbing death of 69-year-old Don Chapman. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 46-year-old Portales man has been arrested in connection with the Monday stabbing death of a 69-year-old man. […]

Business Feature: Goodwill coming to Clovis

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A nonprofit organization that uses proceeds from its retail operations to fund workforce development training programs plans to open a branch in Clovis. Goodwill Industries of New Mexico will open a facility Dec. 6 at 2005 N. Prince St. (the old Hancock Fabric location), according to Shauna O’Cleireachain, marketing […]

Education Feature: Tutors advise college-bound Hispanic pupils

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Luis Campoz of Clovis tutors Olivia Wilson, a Clovis junior, in geometry Wednesday at the Lincoln-Jackson Family Center after school. Campoz has tutored for three years with the Engaging Latino Communities in Education program. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Alexandra Garcia was working through a math problem, but the […]

Aug. 2, 2007 Local Briefs

Man sentenced for five burglaries A 41-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for burglarizing five homes and businesses, according to a news release from the9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Joe Anthony Montano was caught by police carrying items from a home on Thornton Street in April, the release said. After his […]

Past central in parade

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CNJ file photo Parade chairman John Montano says that this year’s parade will be one of the longest. First-, second- and third-place trophies will be awarded in each parade category. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Expect to see a 1963 Coca-Cola Cadillac, a three-star general and a record amount of entries in Saturday’s Pioneer […]

Vet clubs open doors

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Airmen, soldiers and sailors, both past and present, will be honored Saturday in commemoration of Veterans Day. Clovis veteran John Montano, who served in the Army National Guard from 1967 through 1999, said activities began Monday and will continue through Saturday. “We’re (Clovis veterans organizations) trying to honor the […]

American wins 10-11 division

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Clovis American won the state District 3 Little League 10-11-year-old division over Roosevelt County on Friday night at Rotary Park. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Clovis American didn’t get much in the way of offense during the 10 and 11-year-old all-star district tournament Friday in Portales, but the squad got […]

South takes third game from North

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South All-Stars Kat Crawley (left) and Kayleigh Montano, both of Mayfield, give a high-five after defeating the North 5-0 in the North/South All-stars softball game on Saturday. (Staff photo: Andy DeLislie) By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent The North/South All-Star Softball Series came to a close on Saturday and the South players went home with some […]

Jose Padilla

Jose Padilla, 76, of Portales died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, at Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis. He was born May 5, 1929, in Ecuandure, Michoacan, Mexico, to Estanislada Ayala and Diego Padilla. He lived a large part of his life in Portales and had been a member of Los Abuelitos Senior Center. Burial is in […]

1/20 Public Record

The following marriages licenses were compiled from court records from Jan. 11 through Wednesday: • Vincent Antonio, 23, to Lee Stella Hutchins, 25, both of Clovis • Jeremy Roger Shonkwiler, 28, to Jennifer Lynn Vigil, 24, both of Clovis • Victor Pules Rojas , 23, to Selena Marie Saiz, 26, both of Clovis • Jesus […]

Montano, Andruw

Andruw Montano, 11-day-old infant, died Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005 at the University Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Aug. 19, 2005, in Clovis to Delilah Zamora and T. J. Montano. Survivors include his parents, Delilah and T. J.; two sisters, Daejriana and Deandre Haney of Portales; three aunts, Chris Ontiveros of Portales, Tina Moore […]

Montano, Elfigo

Elfigo Montano Services: Have been held. Mr. Elfigo Montano, 56, of Portales, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2005 in Portales. Mr. Montano was born June 21, 1949, in Portales to Rosa and Juan F. Montano. He lived in Portales all of his live. He served in the New Mexico National Guard for several years, and was […]

Clovis team headed for nationals

By John Eisel: CNj sports writer While many of their peers were sleeping off nights of PlayStation2 and television, a group of elementary schools boys were counting off as they put up layups last week at Marshall Junior High School. When they stopped counting, coach David Dawson would add to the total. By the time […]

Maldonado, Ella

Ella Maldonado Services: 2 p.m. Sunday, July 10 at Trinity Baptist Church in Tucumcari. Ella Montano Maldonado, 76, of Glendale, Ariz., died Tuesday, June 14, 2005. She was born on Dec. 23, 1928, in Trementina, to Felipe and Fetilde Valverde Montano. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Albino Montano and […]

Cannon’s closure would affect budgets of retired military

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Robin Montano, left, granddaughter Lauren Reed and John Montano show their support for Cannon Air Force Base on Saturday outside the Montano’s house. Montano spent 32 years in the Army National Guard. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Montanos call Clovis home. The couple was drawn here largely because of […]