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.

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, […]

Press release: Melrose bank robber sentenced

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Santos Preciado, age 19, was sentenced to serve twelve (12) years in prison for one (1) count of Armed Robbery, one (1) count of Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, and one (1) count of Tampering with Evidence. The charges stem from April 12, 2010 when Curry […]

ENMU men seventh, women ninth at WT rodeo

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s men took four of the top five spots in team roping and finished seventh in team standings over the weekend in the West Texas A&M rodeo. Junior Clinton Hiett of El Paso and sophomore Christian Pettigrew of Fort Sumner won the event, followed by sophomore Billy […]

Habitat for Humanity holding groundbreaking ceremony

CNJ staff report Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties has scheduled the groundbreaking ceremony for its ninth house for 8:30 a.m. Saturday at 310 E. Kaywood St. The ceremony is open to the public, and attendees can meet the family who is to help build and receive the home. The house is the […]

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Daulton Hatley, 13, helps tidy up the soap box car he won in at the ninth annual Clovis Soap Box Derby. Hatley never raced in a soap box derby before this year and will be competing in the international All-American Soap Box Derby on July 25 in Akron, Ohio. Liliana […]

Press release: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler Presented with “Seven Seals Award”

Clovis, NM: The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office announced today that Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler is a recipient of the elite Seven Seals Award from the Washington Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESRG). The ESRG is a branch of the Department of Defense that was originally created to promote […]

Clovis AYSO to host ninth annual tournament

Clovis’ American Youth Soccer Organization is hosting its ninth annual Clovis Festival touranment this weekend throughout the city. Registrar Lisa Houfek said 43 teams are playing from 6-and-under to 14-and-under in boys, girls and coed divisions. The teams come from as far as El Paso, Houfek said. The tournament gets underway 8 a.m. Saturday at […]

Press Release: Chandler to announce for attorney general

Republican Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler will be making a campaign announcement for New Mexico Attorney General today at the Metropolitan Courthouse in Albuquerque. WHEN: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 1:15 PM WHERE: Metropolitan Courthouse 401 Lomas Boulevard Northwest Albuquerque, NM 87102

Prairie chicken art contest accepting entries

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File photo The ninth annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival in Milnesand is scheduled for April 16-18, and the affiliated art contest is ongoing, with a March 1 deadline. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The lesser prairie chickens will be strutting their stuff again this year in Milnesand, and artists have a chance to […]

Religion feature: Family adopts ninth child

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Patricia Gartner answers a question for the newest addition to the family, 10-year-old Alexis Victorie, whom the family adopted in Russia 13 days ago. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A Clovis couple returned from Russia the day after Christmas with their ninth adopted child. Patricia and Duane Gartner began […]

Hounds ninth in South Central Regional

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Junior Richard Kogo and freshman Jacob Lozano led the Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team to a ninth-place finish in Saturday’s South Central Regional, hosted by Abilene Christian. Kogo, from Kenya, finished 34th in the 8-kilometer race with a time of 32 minutes, 54.01 seconds while Lozano, from […]

Clovis man sentenced for drug trafficking

CNJ staff A Clovis man has been sentenced to nine years imprisonment for drug trafficking, according to a press release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office. Larry Viera, 40, was convicted by a jury on two counts of possession with intent to distribute an illegal narcotic. Judge Stephen Quinn sentenced him immediately following the […]

Curry jail escapee sentenced

A Clovis man who escaped from the Curry County jail last August was sentenced Friday to more than nine years in prison. As part of a plea agreement, Michael England, 30, was sentenced to four years in prison for escaping from the jail and got another five and a half years for tampering with evidence […]

Press release: Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s truancy program awards students

Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Abolish Chronic Truancy Program kicked off this morning with awarding students from Roosevelt and Curry counties with perfect attendance over the 2008 – 2009 school year.

Press release: Clovis man sentenced 15 years in prison for assisting in jail escape

nth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that a Clovis man that assisted two inmates escape during the 2008 Curry County jailbreak was sentenced today to 15 years in prison.

News release: Portales man sentenced to maximum for home invasion

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Joel Zertuche, age 19, was sentenced to 12 years in the Department of Corrections.

Press release: Two Clovis men convicted of 2008 summer home invasions

Clovis, NM ~ Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced that Jeremy Enriquez, age 20, and Oscar Hernandez, age 17, was found guilty by a Clovis jury today. Enriquez and Hernandez are the first of seven total defendants charged with the Clovis and Portales Home Invasion spree that spanned over eight (8) days in July […]

Two Clovis men convicted of 2008 summer home invasions

Freedom New Mexico Two of seven people accused of participating in a home invasion spree in Clovis and Portales last summer have been convicted of charges. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Jeremy Enriquez, 20, and Oscar Hernandez, 17, were found guilty by a Clovis jury Tuesday of charges stemming from their crime spree. They were […]

Four-run ninth lifts Angelo St.

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team came close to pulling out another come-from-behind win over ninth-ranked Angelo State on Sunday. The Greyhounds, who had already won twice in their final at-bat in the series, pulled even 5-5 on catcher Freddy Carmona’s three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth. But the […]