Weddings — June 27

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Montiel [image #2, align= right, size= medium] Hannah Montiel of Portales and John A. Montiel of Portales were joined in marriage May 23, 2010 at The Memorial Building. The Rev. Brad Morgan performed the wedding ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Cynthia and Mike Etchepareborde of Portales. She is the granddaughter of Elvin T. […]

Quay woman sentenced in child drowning case

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — A Tucumcari woman convicted of giving alcohol to a 12-year-old boy who drowned a few hours later has been sentenced to five years probation. Crystal Cochran, during Thursday’s sentencing hearing, was also ordered to participate in a drug-abuse recovery program and undergo mental health counseling. Cochran pleaded […]

General-Lee fun project

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Robert Montiel admires the engine of his newly restored General Lee Friday afternoon. “There’s nothing like getting in that car. You forget yourself, your problems and you just go,” he said. (CNJ Staff Photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer He’s not a bootlegger, he’s not running from the law and he doesn’t […]

Two die in county road crash

CNJ Staff Two children died late Saturday afternoon in an two-vehicle accident along the intersection of Curry County Road 10 and Curry County Road G, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Joe Gutierrez, 33, of Clovis, was driving a 1996 Chevy Lumina. In the front seat of the car were Gutierrez, Jennifer Montiel and […]

Two charged in relation to Tucumcari drowning

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Two Tucumcari residents have been accused of supplying alcohol to minors in connection with the May 19 drowning death of 12-year-old Augustine “Augie” Montiel. Crystal L. Cochran, 18, and Fred Jaramillo III, 23, both of Tucumcari, were arraigned Tuesday in the Quay County Magistrate Court. Both face a […]

Boy’s death raises concerns about canal safety

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — On the city block adjacent to First Street and Charles Avenue lies a fence enclosing an irrigation canal. Many in Tucumcari now think of it as the place where they came to hope and pray Agustin “Augie” Montiel would survive. In the place of those people are now […]

Tucumcari boy dies after being swept into irrigation canal

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State and local officials search a Tucumari irrigation canal for Agustin Montiel, 12, who was swimming before the currents swept him away. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMACARI — Dive teams found the body of a 12-year-old boy Friday night after nearly 24 hours of searching in a Tucumcari irrigation canal. […]