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Woman charged with arson, attempted murder

FORT SUMNER — A woman was charged Monday with arson and two counts of attempted murder in De Baca County and meanwhile arrested in Curry County on dozens of felony forgery accounts. Carlene Prado-Espinosa, 32, is one of “a lot of people...

 

City pay issues culminate in demonstration by employees

CLOVIS - Months-long issues with a new city payroll system came to a head on Friday the 13th as dozens of employees packed into the Clovis City Hall that morning and said they weren't going home...

 

Crowd gathers to remember 9/11

Speaking to a crowd of first-responders and area residents, David Stone asked those gathered to reflect on the 18 years that have passed since the deadly terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. "Can you...

 

Man accused in stabbing pleads not guilty

FARWELL — The man accused of stabbing a woman to death last month in Bovina entered a plea of not guilty on Tuesday in Parmer County Court. Michael Orozco, 41, waived his arraignment appearance and pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder, for...

 

Jail boss back after year abroad

CLOVIS - Working counter-terrorism efforts from a Navy base in Africa and operating a jail in rural New Mexico may not seem to have much in common. But "leadership doesn't change," Mark Gallegos told...

 

Portales approves alternative grading format

PORTALES — An alternative grading format, touted as more comprehensive and revealing, was approved Monday for implementation among the first- and second-grade students at James Elementary School in Portales. Instead of a single numerical grade per...

 

NM Supreme Court abolishes 'spousal communication privilege'

SANTA FE — In upholding the murder conviction of a Clovis man, the state’s Supreme Court has abolished the “spousal communication privilege” for subsequent cases. The ruling came in regard to an appeal for David Gutierrez II’s first-degree...

 

Studio reunion

CLOVIS - The most famous alumni of the Norman and Vi Petty Recording Studios are known world-round, but there are many others who recorded in the now-iconic space or worked with the producing couple....

 

Operation results in 23 arrests

ALBUQUERQUE — The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office and various local law enforcement agencies took part in an operation last week resulting in 23 arrests of alleged violent offenders with outstanding warrants in Curry, Roosevelt and...

 

Smoke shop owner fought assailants

CLOVIS — With fresh staples in her skull and stitches in her hand, Savanah Sena said Tuesday that she had been determined to fight the armed men posing as police that broke into her home and place of business the day before. “I was pissed...

 

Church robbery suspects still at large

CLOVIS — Three suspects in the armed robbery last month of an elderly woman outside a Clovis church were still at large on Tuesday, officials said. Arrest warrants were issued Aug. 21 on Jamie Vega (AKA Jamie Cadena), 36, and Cherry Anaya, 43, on...

 

Police ID officer involved in April crash

CLOVIS — Crash reports released last week identified the Clovis police officer who "failed to yield" in an April 14 collision with a civilian vehicle during a motor vehicle pursuit. CPD Sgt. Travis Loomis and two civilians were seen at a hospital...

 

U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small visits Roosevelt

PORTALES - Affording healthcare is one thing, accessing it another. In a visit Wednesday to Roosevelt General Hospital, U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small emphasized the importance of both for...

 

Two milk truck accidents Thursday

No serious injuries were reported Thursday when a Western Dairy Transport milk truck collided with a train near the intersection of U.S. 70 and South Roosevelt Road 3. Several train cars were...

 

Police name suspects in church robbery

CLOVIS — Police last week named suspects in the armed robbery of an elderly woman who was waiting in her church’s parking lot for Sunday school to start. Arrest warrants were issued for Cherry Anaya, 43, and Jamie Vega, 36, both of Clovis, on fel...

 

Rancher pleads not guilty to charges

PORTALES — Elida rancher Greg Smith on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to 18 felony charges and was approved for release on personal recognizance. Smith, 56, was indicted Aug. 8 on racketeering and multiple counts of fraud, embezzlement, issuing a...

 

Community hears groundwater contamination presentation

CLOVIS — State and local representatives, area farmers and other stakeholders in the Clovis groundwater contamination stemming from Cannon Air Force Base met Tuesday to hear ideas for addressing...

 

Officials hope for 'accelerated' pipeline proposal

CLOVIS — It will take roughly $90 million more to complete much of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority’s Interim Ground Water Pipeline, officials said Thursday. How many years that will take is another question, but board members in th...

 

ENMU trying to obtain license to serve liquor

PORTALES — Start drafting your toasts, because Eastern New Mexico University is in the process of obtaining a license to serve liquor for events at select locations on campus. It’s not for selling beer at football games, nor is there a pub or...

 

Woman charged in arson apprehended

CLOVIS — A woman charged with felony arson for a July 27 structure fire in Portales was apprehended Friday after more than two weeks at large. Patricia Villanueva, 38, of Portales, was booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Friday...

 

Law repeals Compulsory School Attendance act

CLOVIS — School attendance legislation signed this year by the governor came as a surprise and disappointment last week to the 9th Judicial District Attorney, whose office has campaigned over past semesters to meet problem truancy cases with...

 

Portales man faces federal child pornography charge

LBUQUERQUE — A Portales man pleaded not guilty yesterday on a federal charge of production of child pornography. Augustin Gallegos, 34, was indicted last month in U.S. District Court on the charge of "production of a visual depiction of a minor eng...

 

A contest with some spice to it

CLOVIS - Far from a starter, chips and salsa took center stage Friday night during the annual contest at the Curry County Fair. Made with a base of core ingredients - tomato, onion, garlic, salt and p...

 

Some pig controversy

CLOVIS - Timo Rosenthal wanted to try the "Bacon King" sandwich his rookie coworker had recommended. Instead, he encountered what he called "one of the darkest moments" of his law-enforcement career....

 

Roosevelt alcohol questions approved

PORTALES — Commissioners on Tuesday approved three questions for the November ballot concerning alcohol sales in Roosevelt County. The move mirrors that of Curry County commissioners, who last week approved submitting the same three questions to...

 

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