Tire shop operator ‘shocked’ at raid

Freedom New Mexico An operator of Victor’s Tire Shop on Wednesday expressed “shock” about Tuesday’s Portales drug raid and wants customers to know the shop and attached La Paz restaurant remain open for business. The three men arrested, including tire shop owner Victor Olguin, are the only ones accused of being involved with the drugs, […]

Three arrested in raid on Portales tire shop

Christina Calloway The owner of Victor’s Tire Shop and two other men were arrested Tuesday afternoon on drug charges during after police raided his shop on North Chicago Street. Victor Olguin, 50, of Portales arranged for cocaine to be delivered to his shop Tuesday with the intention to distribute it out of his shop, according […]

One family’s home saved by inches; another consumed in fire

Brian Victor, who lives off Highway 467 just before the Roosevelt County line, said the fire came within inches of his home. Victor said he and most of his family were in Clovis around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, preparing to go to the movies when he received a phone call telling him his home area was […]

Two of four jail escapees arraigned

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Javier Zapata, one of the Curry County Detention Center escapees, is arraigned Thursday in district court. Zapata is facing more than four years imprisonment for charges stemming from the escape attempt. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Two of four captured Clovis escapees were arraigned Thursday in district court. Javier […]

Criminal complaint: Victor Apodaca escape

To read a copy of a criminal complaint filed against Victor Apodaca, the first escaped inmate to be captured after eight cut a hole in the roof at the Curry County Adult Detention Center and escaped Sunday, click the link below. • Criminal complaint against Victor Apodaca

Military Feature: Going the distance

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Her husband’s decision to enter the military was a choice they made together, Christina Moreno said. The high school sweethearts knew it would likely mean time apart; however, it was a choice they made for their future, she explained. While Army Spc. Victor Moreno serves his country in Iraq, […]

Martinez-Villarreal, Federico

Federico Martinez-Villarreal, 19, of Clovis, died Saturday, June 3, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. Born Sept. 18, 1986, to Geraldo and Maria Martinez-Villarreal in Durango, Mexico, he married Noehmi Sanchez in October of 2005 in Clovis. He was employed as a dairy laborer and was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe […]

Betancourt, Victor

Victor Betancourt, 86, of Clovis died Sunday, March 26, 2006, at Laurel Plains Healthcare. Born March 20, 1920, to Felix and Josefia Gonzalez Betancourt in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico, he married Tillie Sandoval in 1944. After her death, he married Celina “Sally” Marquez Anaya in 1988. He served in the Mexican Army during the Mexican Revolutionary […]

Leal, Christopher

Christopher Leal, 36, of Abilene, Texas, died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas. He was born Jan. 21, 1969, in Friona to Benita (Lopez) and Joe Leal. He attended Portales public schools since the third grade and graduated from Portales High School in 1986. He moved to Abilene in 1999 […]

Virgil Blakley

Virgil Blakley, 92, of the Rogers community, died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born Oct. 8, 1913, in Dickens, Texas. His family moved by covered wagon to Capitan in 1919. They moved to the Rogers community in 1921. He graduated from Rogers High School in 1932. He […]

W. G. Victor

Mr. W.G. “Bill” Victor, 87, of Rogers, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, at his home. He was born Sept. 19, 1917, near Dora to Emma and Vain Victor. He quit school in the eighth grade to help support his family. He drove a truck for several years, carrying any kind of freight he could. He […]

Defendant in slaying takes stand

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Joel Cordova testifies Thursday in his trial for the slaying of 19-year-old Victor Estrada. Cordova is charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence stemming from the July 26 incident. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man accused of stabbing to death an acquaintance last year took the witness […]

Salazar, Julia

Julia Salazar Services: Have been held. Mrs. Julia Salazar, 84, of Portales, died Sunday, April 24, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born on Nov. 27, 1921, in Juan de Dios, to Antonia and Victor Chavez. She married Emilio Salazar on June 22, 1942, in Puerta de Luna. They lived in various […]

Lady Wildcats’ hopes hinge on sweep of Cibola

By John Eisel It’s all or nothing for Cibola and Clovis this weekend at the Lady Wildcat Softball Complex. Both teams likely need a sweep in the District 4-5A softball three-game series to have any chance of catching Sandia for second place and a spot in the Class 5A state tournament. “It’s huge, obviously. Clovis […]

Armijo, Victor

Victor Armijo Services: Have been held. Mr. Victor Ray Armijo, 52, of Clovis, died Friday, April 15, 2005, Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on Oct. 24, 1952, in Albuquerque. Armijo had been a longtime resident of Clovis, and graduated from Clovis High School in 1971. He excelled in gymnastics and loved to […]

Rawls, Iola

Iola Rawls Services: Have been held. Mrs. Iola V. Rawls, 84, of Clovis, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004, at the Retirement Ranch in Clovis. She was born on Sept. 3, 1919, in Dora, to Vane and Dee Victor. She was a member of Sandia Baptist Church and a Pink Lady at Plains Regional Medical Center. […]

Estrada, Victor

Victor Estrada Services: Have been held. Mr. Victor Eric Montoya Estrada, 19, of Clovis, a carpenter, died Monday, July 26, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on April 3, 1985, in Clovis, to Tommy Montoya and Victoria Estrada. Family members said he loved basketball, football, and camping. He was preceded […]

Stabbing suspect says he acted in self defense

By Mike Linn, CNJ news editor A Clovis man accused of stabbing an acquaintance to death Monday afternoon told police in interviews he was acting in self defense, a detective with the Clovis Police Department said. Joel Cordova, 24, of Clovis, is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on an open count […]

Stabbing city’s sixth homicide of 2004

By Darrell Todd Maurina A 19-year-old Clovis man was stabbed to death at 201 Pinon Street about 12:45 p.m. Monday, Clovis police said. Victor Estrada, father of a 5-week-old daughter, died after being transported by private vehicle to Plains Regional Medical Center, his relatives said. “All that I know at this point is we had […]

Outlying communities hit hardest by cluster of thunderstorms

By Mike Linn: CNJ NEWS EDITOR A cluster of thunderstorms swept through Curry and Roosevelt counties Wednesday, dumping more rain in a few hours than had fallen in at least a month in some places. Clovis received about a half an inch of rain and Portales received about .40 of an inch, according to unofficial […]