Their view: Corruption needs to be stopped

Matt Chandler, Republican candidate for New Mexico attorney general, is concerned about corruption in government. Here’s a snippet from a recent guest column Chandler wrote for nmpolitics.net:

Press release: Portales auction owner arrested for embezzling

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that the District Attorney’s Office arrested Randy Bouldin, age 39, on one (1) count of Embezzlement over $20,000. The incident stems from December 2008, when Randy Bouldin, owner of Portales Livestock Auction, was commissioned to auction approximately 1,000 head of dairy cattle for a Portales dairy. After […]

Attorney general unable to determine open meetings violation

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The Attorney General’s Office says it was unable to determine if three Curry County commissioners held an illegal meeting in November, but admonished commissioners to exercise caution when gathering in a quorum, according to an opinion issued Friday. In February, the Clovis News Journal filed a formal complaint with […]

District attorney recognized for support of National Guard and Reserve

Cannon Connections staff District Attorney Matt Chandler was recently recognized for his support of employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve military services. The Seven Seals Award is the highest award given by the Washington Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, according to a press release. Since taking office in 2004, […]

Candidate profiles: Attorney general

The following are candidates for state Attorney General in the June 1 primary election. Incumbent Gary King is running unopposed for the Democrat nomination. Matt Chandler is running unopposed for the Republican nomination. Both were asked the same set of questions. Matt Chandler Republican Q: What are your specific goals for this position if elected? […]

Crime Victim’s Rights Week starts

Freedom New Mexico The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office is kicking off national Crime Victim’s Rights Week with its Sixth Annual Community Breakfast Tuesday. Scheduled for 7 a.m. at the Clovis Civic Center, the breakfast is held to honor crime victims and their families and those who serve them, according to a press release. Crime […]

Volunteer profile: Stephen Doerr

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Name: Stephen Doerr Residence: Portales Occupation: Attorney Volunteer work: He serves on the board of directors and a committee with Portales MainStreet, as well as helping with manual labor on the organization’s various projects. He is also on the board of the Eastern New Mexico University Foundation. Why he does it: “I like Portales MainStreet […]

Gubernatorial candidate talks top issues

Freedom New Mexico While on a swing through eastern New Mexico last week, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Susana Martinez stopped by the Freedom New Mexico offices to discuss her candidacy. Martinez, 50, was elected as the district attorney in New Mexico’s 3rd Judicial District in Dona Ana County in 1997, a position in which she still […]

Attorney general race draws two candidates

Incumbent Gary King and Clovis native Matt Chandler were the only candidates to file Tuesday for the New Mexico attorney general’s office. Nominating petitions were filed for the primary election, making official the races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and other state positions. Chandler, 34, is a Republican and two-term 9th District attorney. Democratic […]

Chandler, King only state AG candidates

Incumbent Gary King and Clovis native Matt Chandler were the only candidates to file Tuesday for the New Mexico Attorney General’s office. Nominating petitions were filed for the primary election, making official the races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and other state positions. Chandler, 34, is a Republican and two-term 9th District Attorney. The […]

Chandler vows to prosecute state corruption cases

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Surrounded by his family, District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday he intends to do the job Attorney General Gary King has failed to do. Chandler, a Republican and Clovis native, announced his bid for attorney general Wednesday in Santa Fe but a similar gathering in Clovis was postponed until […]

Matt Chandler running for state attorney general

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico prosecutor Matt Chandler on Wednesday officially announced his candidacy for New Mexico attorney general. Chandler, a Republican in his second term as 9th Judicial District attorney, said in a telephone interview he wants to bring more accountability to the AG’s office. Specifically, he criticized former AG Patricia Madrid and […]

District Attorney Matt Chandler mulls attorney general run

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico District Attorney Matt Chandler says he plans to decide this week if he will be a candidate for New Mexico Attorney General. Chandler, 34, a Republican in his second term as the 9th Judicial District Attorney, said he is going over the decision with his family. “Over the past […]

District attorney reviewing fatal wreck case

PNT staff reports District Attorney Matt Chandler is still reviewing information turned over by the Portales Police in the case of a 71-year-old Portales woman who died after being struck by a vehicle on Oct. 30. Chandler said Monday his staff is still reading through a huge file submitted by Portales police concernign the death […]

Drug awareness presentation scheduled

PNT staff report Patricia Rael from the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office is scheduled to give presentations today on methamphetamine to local junior high and high school students, teachers and parents. Rael’s presentation aims to explain and help youth make good decisions about methamphetamine, according to information from Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry. Tips […]

Police: Five people may have been involved in fight

The Portales Police Department is presenting information to the district attorney office from statements given by witnesses to Monday’s homicide, according to Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry. No arrests have been made, but Berry said there are suspects in mind in the death of 25-year-old Marco Bonilla. “It is kind of hard to tell right […]

DA mum on arrest of fugitive’s brother

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The district attorney won’t say if this week’s arrest of Noe Torres’ brother could bring law enforcement any closer to the fugitive. Lucio “Chano” Torres, 34, is being held without bond at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on narcotics, assault and weapons charges. For nearly four years, Lucio […]

Clovis man sentenced to 18 years on drug charges

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man is facing 18 years in prison on drug dealing charges. James Sneed Jr., 43, of Clovis was found guilty Thursday by a Curry County jury of one count of trafficking cocaine and one count of marijuana possession. The charges stem from a search warrant served last March. According to […]

Attorney wins award

PNT Staff Report Randy Knudson of Doerr & Knudson PA in Portales has been chosen to receive the Distinguished Bar Service Award-Lawyer from the State Bar of New Mexico.The award recognizes valuable service and contributions to the legal profession over a significant period of time, according to a news release from the State Bar. Knudson […]

DNA process should become routine in court

Freedom New Mexico It is possible to see both sides in the difficult case of District Attorney’s Office v. Osborne, in which a divided U.S. Supreme Court recently decided this particular defendant did not have a post-conviction constitutional right to get access to evidence in the state’s possession so he could conduct his own DNA […]