DA: Torres captured after six days of surveillance

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Robin Fornoff Noe Torres, one of Clovis’ and the nation’s most wanted fugitives since a 2005 shooting killed a sleeping 10-year-old boy, is in police custody. Clovis District Attorney Matt Chandler confirmed Torres was arrested at 2 p.m. on Jan. 25 near a religious compound in Chihuahua, Mexico. A man claiming to be Torres telephoned [...]

Severe storms expected tonight

Sharna Johnson Severe thunderstorms with dangerously high winds and large hail could move through Curry and Roosevelt counties by tonight, according to the National Weather Service. The storm front, which is expected to begin west of Clovis, will start moving through the area in the afternoon, said Tim Shy, NOAA senior forecaster. Shy said rain [...]

Grass fire consumes 5,000 acres

Sharna Johnson A grass fire east of Melrose Tuesday burned about 5,000 acres before firefighters were able to gain control of it. Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said after about three hours, fire crews were able to stop the fire that started about 11 a.m. east of Melrose along U.S. 60/84. Melrose Mayor Tuck Monk [...]

Teen found guilty of murder (updated)

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Argen Duncan A Roosevelt County jury late Friday found 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya guilty of fatally shooting 21-year-old Angel Vale last summer. After almost four hours of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of guilty on all counts against Montoya, including second-degree murder, aggravated burglary, two counts of tampering with evidence and larceny. District Judge Drew [...]

Record-setting cold

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Temperatures fell below 10 degrees and schools were delayed Wednesday, but law enforcement officials reported few traffic problems. National Weather Service meteorologist Annette Mokry said the high in the Portales area Wednesday was 8 degrees, breaking the record for Feb. 2 lowest maximum temperature, 21 degrees, set in 1996. Mokry said Wednesday night was expected [...]

Our people: Driven by music

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J.T. Montoya lived in Clovis for 8 years until breaking out on his own in Phoenix to be a musician. His artist name is Keize which is a derivative of keys and seize. It originates from being known locally as a keyboard player. Montoya has been involved in music since the age of 11. Now [...]

Martinez elected first female governor

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Susana Martinez won the election Tuesday as governor of New Mexico, making history as the first Hispanic woman to become a state’s chief executive. Martinez, 51, defeated Democrat Diane Denish to also be elected New Mexico’s first female governor. There was no incumbent in the race, [...]

Predator crashes at Cannon AFB

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Sharna Johnson Officials at Cannon Air Force Base said they’re not sure why they lost the link from ground control to an MQ-1 Predator, but that’s why the $4.5 million aircraft turned off the runway and plowed through a fence Wednesday morning. Col. James C. Slife, 27th Special Operations Group commander, said all personnel involved [...]

Reader submitted: Portales’ Brown wins taekwon-do gold medal

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Eastern New Mexico Taekwon-Do competed at the world level for the third time. Audra Brown, Joshua Bullard, Keane Brown, Marv Lutnesky, all of Portales, and Joshua Tredway of Texico all competed in Cheongju, South Korea in the Taekwon-Do World Championships held every other year. This is the equivalent of the Olympics in our style of [...]

Record-breaking Greyhounds QB dismissed from team

Freedom New Mexico Record-breaking sophomore quarterback Eastern New Mexico University J.J. Harp has been dismissed from the football team, according to Greyhounds coach Mark Ribaudo. Ribaudo declined to discuss the reason Harp was dismissed. He said he was let go Tuesday. ENMU sports information director Adam Pitterman said Harp was dismissed for violating university policy. [...]