Jan 3, 1977

Fred Hensley and Reuben Nieves took oath as the two new judges of the Ninth Judicial District, comprising Roosevelt and Curry counties. Hensley, of Portales, came from a lineage of judges, as his father, the late Turner Hensley, served as district judge as well.

George defeats Paternoster for probate judge

By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer Approximately 67 percent of the registered voters in Roosevelt County voted for Republican Barbara A. George as the probate judge. George defeated Democratic opponent Mark B. Paternoster by 2,274 votes. “I feel that I can be of a great help to the residents of Roosevelt County,” George said after […]

Judge: Casillas considering surrender

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Double-homicide suspect Anthony Ray Casillas wants to surrender, according to a Texas judge who said he has been in contact with the suspect’s mother. Moore County Judge Rowdy Rhoades, whose office until three weeks ago was monitoring Casillas twice weekly as part of a pre-trial release agreement, said he […]

Homicide suspect to undergo mental evaluation

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The case against a Portales man charged with an open count of murder in the death of a 69-year-old man is on hold pending psychological evaluations. District Judge Drew Tatum ordered Thursday that Isaac Montano II, 46, undergoes a psychological evaluation, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Montano’s […]

Third brother sentenced in shooting

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By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Tears flowed freely in District Judge Teddy Hartley’s courtroom Tuesday as child killer Edward Salas was sentenced to prison for at least 68 years. “Ultimately, it’s senseless — the most senseless thing I’ve seen in the time I’ve been on this bench. … When I learned that you guys […]

Judge adds eight years to murder conviction

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Freedom New Mexico A man convicted of second-degree murder for the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy will serve 24 years in prison after a judge added eight years to his sentence Wednesday, according to the district attorney’s office. During a bench trial to evaluate sentencing, District Judge Teddy Hartley enhanced the sentence of […]

Sample ballot

Democrat U.S. Senator Tom Udall U.S. Representative District 3 Ben R. Lujan Donald H. Wiviott Benny J. Shendo Jr. Harry B. Montoya Jon Adams Rudy Martin Justice of the Supreme Court Charles W. Daniels State RepresentativeDistrict 63 Jose A. Campos II District 67 Van Robertson Craig L. Cosner District Judge Drew Tatum Public Education Commission […]

Probate judge describes position

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Probate judge is one of the positions up for election this year in Roosevelt County, with one Democrat and three Republicans vying for the office.Current Probate Judge Nancy Gentry has held the office for 10 years — a partial term plus two full four-year terms — and is not […]

Probate Judge Candidate: Mark Paternoster

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Name: Mark Paternoster Age: 61 Occupation: District court bailiff Running for: Probate judge Party affiliation: Democrat Elected offices held: none What is your background? After living and working in Albuquerque for over 20 years, my wife and I moved our family to Portales in 1988. Here, I have worked at a local title company and […]

Probate Judge Candidate: Laverne Standifer

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Name: C. Laverne Standifer Age: 63 Occupation: Retired Running for: Probate judge Party affiliation: Republican Elected offices held: none What is your background? I was born and raised in Roosevelt County, Elida area. I am retired from the USDA, Farm Service Agency. Mother of three children, Leslie Addison, Steve Standifer and Cade Standifer. I have […]

Probate Judge Candidate: Mitchell “Mickey” Morgan

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Name: Mitchell “Mickey” Morgan Age: 56 Occupation: Semi-retired, working as a consultant at KENW-TV under Duane Ryan Running for: Probate Judge Party affiliation: Republican Elected offices held: None What is your background? I was born and raised in Roosevelt County. My family has been in the real estate business here for three generations. I am […]

Probate Judge Candidate: Barbara George

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Name: Barbara A. George Age: 67 Occupation: Teen Court Coordinator Running for: Probate judge Party affiliation: Republican Elected offices held: I have been elected to various positions including: church clerk, NM HPER secretary, Delta Kappa Gamma, President; Teen Court State Quadrant Representative. What is your background? I graduated from Texas Tech University and had my […]

Boan/West Wedding

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Olivia Lorraine Boan and Casey B. West, both of Clovis, were joined in marriage January 26, 2008 in Fort Sumner. Judge Buddy Hall performed the outdoor ceremony at the groom’s parents house. The bride is the daughter of Katherine and Gary Riedel of Portales, and Andy Boan of Leesville, S.C. The bridegroom is the son […]

It’s Their Job: Drew Tatum

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By Chris Romero, PNT Correspondent Name: Drew Tatum Job: District Judge, Division II of the 9th Judicial District Background: Tatum grew up in the area and graduated from University of New Mexico with a degree in political science and psychology, then went to law school at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. Afterwards he joined […]

Governor added as judge to High Plains Film Festival

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Governor Bill Richardson is the newest celebrity to be added to an already distinguished panel of judges for the inaugural High Plains Film Festival in Portales on May 4. Other judges for this Eastern New Mexico University-sponsored film festival include actress Joan Leslie of “High Sierra” fame with Humphrey […]

Governor to judge film festival

Freedom New Mexico staff Gov. Bill Richardson will serve as a judge in the Eastern New Mexico University High Plains Film Festival, according to a press release from ENMU. Richardson joins a panel of award winning and established actors, directors and screenwriters, the release said. As a result of Richardson’s addition to the panel, the […]

Former senator to join race

Staff and wire reports A former state senator and magistrate judge is planning to run for a county commission seat. Caleb Chandler, a 12-year state senator and and 12-year magistrate judge said he will be running for District 5 Commissioner Tim Ashley’s seat in the Curry County Commission. “I think it’s going to be a […]

Judge to allow re-enactment photos in Novak trial

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The judge in a murder trial of a Cannon Air Force Base airman said Tuesday she will allow re-enactment photos of the crime scene as evidence. Chief Trial Judge for the Air Force Dawn Eflein said she believes the photos depicting how the body of victim Kimberly Novak, 20, […]

Novak judge throws out previous conviction

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Monday amounted to a day of housekeeping as attorneys argued motions before the judge in the first day of the first-degree murder trial of a Cannon Air Force Base airman accused of slaying his wife more than three years ago. Edward Novak II faces […]

Supreme Court rejects proposed punishment

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Supreme Court has rejected a proposed formal reprimand of an Albuquerque judge, saying it isn’t sufficient punishment. Instead, the justices said Bernalillo County Metropolitan Judge Theresa Gomez should be suspended without pay for two weeks. Last month, Gomez — who lived rent-free for nearly two years in […]