Two drown at Ute Lake

By Angela Peacock Two Portales men drowned in a boating accident at Ute Lake on Thursday night. One victim was Frank Davis, who gained national attention when he paid comedian Jay Leno more than $360,000 for a celebrity-autographed motorcycle soon after Sept. 11, 2001. The money went to the Twin Towers Fund for the victims […]

Warrants issued for suspects in Portales shooting

By Mike Linn A local judge has signed warrants against a father-son duo suspected in the shooting of two men at the Valle del Solle apartments late Sunday night, police said. Police are searching for Jamie Banda Sr., 45, and Jaime Banda Jr., 22, on charges of aggravated battery, accessory to aggravated battery and conspiracy […]

Police searching for suspects in Portales shooting

By Mike Linn Police are searching for suspects involved in a Sunday night shooting that injured two men, one critically, in what police and witnesses say was provoked by arguments at a horse race earlier that day a few miles east of Portales. Ernesto Sanchez, 39, received bullet wounds in the abdomen and upper thigh […]

Applications sought for vacant judge position

Now that Judge Robert Brack is on his way to his new federal judgeship in Las Cruces, the University of New Mexico School of Law has issued a formal announcement soliciting applications from lawyers who would like to fill the newly-vacant state district court seat serving Clovis and Portales. Attorneys who are at least 35 […]

Zia downs Roosevelt Co.

By Dave Wagner The Clovis Zia League All-Stars broke open a close game with a seven-run sixth inning and defeated Roosevelt County 9-2 Monday night at Beachum Field, advancing to the championship round of the District 3 Major League All-Star tournament. Ricky Sanchez drove in four runs for Zia, including three on a bases-loaded double […]