Four apply for judgeship

Freedom New Mexico Four local lawyers have applied for a 9th Judicial District judgeship vacant due to the death of Robert S. Orlik on May 28, the state Judicial Nominating Commission announced Friday. Applicants are Donna Mowrer of Portales and Wesley Pool, Andrea Reeb and Brian Stover, all of Clovis. Reeb is also chief deputy […]

Portales schools seeking international accreditation

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Alisa Boswell The Portales Municipal School district is working toward international accreditation through AdvancED New Mexico of Albuquerque, an organization which is accredits school districts in 66 countries, including public, private, charter schools. According to AdvancED New Mexico Director Priscilla Fernandez, the Portales district has already completed the application process, which includes a self-evaluation by […]

District Judge Robert Orlik dies at 64

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CNJ staff District Judge Robert Orlik, who first practiced law in New Mexico in 1977, died Saturday night at the Lubbock Heart Hospital. He was 64. Further information about the cause of death was unavailable at press time. Orlik had served nearly six years as the fourth judge for the 9th Judicial District, which covers […]

Press release: Murder charges filed in district court

Clovis, NM — Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that charges were filed in District Court on May 20, 2011 on Louis Guerra and Desiree Rodriquez in connection with the shooting death of Daniel Perez occurring on April 13, 2011. Probable cause has been found to charge Louis Guerra with one (1) count of […]

Club notes — May 15

Altrusa International Altrusa International of Clovis held their monthly evening meeting May 9. Hostesses Sylvia Bean, Glenda Hileman, and Narcy Tucker, prepared a wonderful meal. President Kathy Travis, Recording Secretary-Mary Weigl, and past Governor Nancy Taylor updated us on their recent trip to District 10 Conference in Montrose, Colo. Also in attendance were: Judith Glikas, […]

Governor to speak at National Crime Victims’ Week breakfast

Gov. Susana Martinez, area law enforcement and civic leaders are expected to gather today to honor crime victims at the seventh annual breakfast held in honor of National Crime Victims Week. Hosted by the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, District Attorney Matt Chandler said the event is part of an effort to increase awareness for […]

Cities meet for legislative update

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Argen Duncan City officials from four counties met for a legislative update Monday in Portales. The New Mexico Municipal League held a district meeting at the Memorial Building. District 4 encompasses municipalities in Roosevelt, Curry, Quay and De Baca counties, and Portales City Manager Tom Howell estimated 50 people attended from all four counties. Portales […]

Feb. 13 — Weekly update

Manslaughter trial rescheduled The manslaughter trial of Leroy Salas, charged in the 2009 stabbing death of Marco Bonilla, is waiting to be rescheduled, according to the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. The original trial was set for January but postponed.

Press release: Portales man gets 12 years

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Epigmenio (Pete) Baltazar, age 36, was sentenced to serve twelve (12) years in prison for one (1) count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The charges stem from July of 2009 when Portales Police Department and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office received tips regarding the sale […]

Portales past: Feb. 27, 1959

Feb. 27, 1959: Portales News-Tribune: Voters in Causey School District gave an overwhelming approval on Feb. 26 to becoming a municipal school district. Causey was the last remaining school under the county school supervision.

Thursday morning briefing: Civic call, Souper Saturday and the day the music died

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Call to duty Clovis is looking to fill the District 2 and District 3 citizen positions on the Public Works Committee. The committee meets every fourth Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. If interested call 769-7828 no later than Monday. Question of the day How cold […]

School board election profiles

School board elections for Portales, Dora, Elida and Floyd schools systems are scheduled to be held 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. In Portales, voters can only cast ballots for candidates in their district. However, in the three small school districts, board members are elected at large. The Portales News-Tribune asked candidates in all four […]

Martinez names Bob Wooley as District 66 representative

Alisa Boswell Gov. Susana Martinez on Friday appointed Bob Wooley of Roswell to represent District 66, which covers Chaves, Eddy, Lea and Roosevelt counties. Gardner, a Roswell Republican, vacated the position to become Martinez’ chief of staff. Commissions for every county within the district were allowed to send Martinez a nomination to replace Gardner. Martinez […]

Country club cited for gambling

Freedom New Mexico State officials have cited the Portales County Club for gambling and a Department of Public Safety spokesman said Wednesday that investigators plan to meet with the district attorney to determine if criminal charges will be filed. State Police Lt. Eric Garcia said a DPS Special Investigations Division agent issued the citation after […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Report cards, sports stars and the Polish Prince

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. School notes Floyd Municipal School District has a schedule change in January. According to the district website, there will be no school Friday, but students will make up the day Jan. 17. Question of the day Barry Bonds, Brett Favre….Tiger Woods. If you could […]

Their view: Funeral procession ban extreme measure

Funeral procession ban extreme measure A district attorney in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley is proposing outlawing funeral processions in his county. The Brownsville Herald newspaper opposed the idea in an editorial. Here’s a snippet:

Press release: Max sentence given in 1993 murder

Portales, NM: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that Arnoldo Navarette, age 40, was sentenced to the maximum time allowed by law today for his convictions of First Degree Murder and Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. The charges stem from the 1993 shooting death of Portales resident, Reynaldo Ornelas, Sr. Navarette was found […]

Former ENMU student sentenced on child porn charges

Freedom New Mexico A former Eastern New Mexico University student was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison for possession of child pornography, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Christopher Kelley, 41, was convicted of eight counts of child pornography, and will be required to serve four years of probation and […]

Lawmakers re-elected to caucus positions

Two local Republican legislators were re-elected to their caucus positions Saturday, according to information from the House Republican Caucus. Keith Gardner of District 66 was re-elected as Republican whip, and Anna Crook of District 64 was again chosen as caucus chairwoman. The House Republican Caucus held the leadership elections Saturday at the Albuquerque Hilton.

Prep football scoreboard — Nov. 5

District 4-5A Carlsbad 14, Clovis 13 District 4-3A Ruidoso 27, Portales 26 6-man playoffs Quarterfinals Clovis Christian 62, Hondo 12