Clovis man receives sentencing

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years for two counts of kidnapping and five counts of criminal sexual penetration. The charges against Alex Montoya, 53, stem from a January report of rape to the Clovis Police Department, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. According to the […]

Convicted sex offender arrested on second rape charge

CNJ staff A 42-year-old Clovis man was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with kidnapping and rape after holding a Clovis woman against her will and raping her repeatedly, according to an arrest affidavit filed Tuesday in Curry County Magistrate Court. Alex Montoya turned himself into police Monday afternoon and is being held on a $75,000 […]

Santa Fe Democrat makes campaign stop in Portales

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico Harry Montoya, a Democrat from Santa Fe who has declared his candidacy for New Mexico’s Third Congressional seat, hosted a meet-and-greet event Saturday morning at Mark’s Restaurant in Portales. Montoya served two terms on the Pojoaque Valley School Board before winning a seat on the Santa Fe County Commission […]

Citizens remember those who served

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ronie and Kathy Wall ride a motorcycle Saturday in the Veterans Day Parade on Main Street. Ronie Wall is a Vietnam veteran who was in the Navy for 20 years, he said. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Wanda Montoya watched her grandchildren run around Saturday on a sidewalk near […]

Judicial court employees promoted

CNJ staff The 9th Judicial District Court has announced the promotions of three personnel. Orlando Ulibarri has been promoted to the position of deputy court administrator. A 15-year employee with the court, Ulibarri formerly managed the domestic violence program. He will now oversee the domestic violence program, computer and network information technology, digital recording and […]

Siblings have ‘Idol’ dreams

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ correspondent Siblings J.T. Montoya and Tiffany Montoya Welsh aim to leap from the side stage to center stage by attracting 30 million “American Idol” viewers. “They’ve always been in music — it’s natural,” Ray Montoya said about his children. Welsh, 23, and J.T. Montoya, 21, have grown up around music. Their […]

Hip hop hits Clovis

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Famous rap artists rarely use their given names, preferring instead to adopt stage names to reflect their personal style. Such is the case for locally grown rap artist J.T. Montoya, who is known by his musical fans and peers as “Keize” (pronounced keys). Montoya, a self-described singer, rapper, producer […]

Estranged in her own world

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Andrew Montoya says he has worn bare spots in the grass form swinging so often with his daughter. CNJ staff photos: Andy DeLisle By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Her knees drawn to her chest, Darian Montoya, 11, crouches in the bathtub and bangs her head against the faucet, over and over and over. A […]

Montoya, Alice Kaye

Alice Kaye Montoya, 59, of Clovis died Wednesday, May 3, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. Born May 4, 1946, in Nebraska City, Neb., to Herbert and Wilma Leffler Bolte, she had been a Clovis resident for the past 11 years. She served in the U.S. Air Force. She was preceded in death by her parents […]

4/23 Honors

Montoya Jessica Montoya of Clovis has been named a United States National Award Winner in mathematics by the United States Achievement Academy, it was announced by the organization. The daughter of Jaime and Debbie Montoya of Clovis, she attends Yucca Junior High. Her grandparents are Pedro and Manuelita Montoya of San Antonio, Texas, and Alma […]