Primary races shaping up

Robin Fornoff Candidates for Curry County offices have from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday to file for three seat commission seats and the offices of treasurer and county clerk in the June 5 primary election. Up for grabs on the commission are the District 2 position held by Dan Stoddard, the District 4 seat […]

Martinez picks Chandler for Canadian River Commission

CMI staff Gov. Susana Martinez on Friday appointed Curry County Commissioner Caleb Chandler to the Canadian River Compact Commission, according to a news release from the office of the governor. Chandler, who is the chairman of the Curry County Commission, was one of 14 individuals to be appointed to a state office Friday.

Inmate escape attempt thwarted

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CMI Staff An out-of-state fugitive in Roosevelt County Detention Center custody was caught trying to escape from Roosevelt County General Hospital Saturday afternoon, according to Roosevelt County Detention Center officials. Officials said Cody Chandler, 22, of Washington state was in the hospital due to a complaint of pains, when he attempted to flee the building […]

D.A.: Portales police probe expected to be completed by end of week

Freedom New Mexico An investigation into undisclosed allegations at the Portales Police Department is expected to conclude by the end of this week, District Attorney Matt Chandler said Tuesday. The investigation was launched Nov. 30, the same day Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry was placed on paid administrative leave. Chandler said investigators from his office and […]

DA: Katie’s Law aided in rape conviction

CNJ staff Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler is praising Katie’s Law for helping convict an illegal immigrant of the 2010 rape of a Clovis woman. Chandler said Jesus Oscar Dominguez was convicted by a jury Friday and faces up to 27 years in prison. He said Dominguez was convicted largely on DNA evidence police […]

Teen’s family takes stand

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Argen Duncan During the first day of trial, prosecutors portrayed a 13-year-old accused of murdering a 21-year-old college student last summer as a loner and critical thinker who shot the young woman three times. Defense attorney Chris Christensen reserved the right to make his opening argument later. DeAngelo Montoya of Portales is charged with murdering […]

Governor recounts lessons learned to Clovis crowd

Kevin Wilson District Attorney Matt Chandler surveyed the audience of about 350 at the Clovis Civic Center Tuesday morning. “This is our biggest crowd,” Chandler said of the seventh annual area breakfast to mark National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, “and I’m glad everybody came to hear me speak.”Chandler and the audience laughed, knowing full well […]

Convicted robber sentenced to prison

Freedom New Mexico One of four men police say was chased down by a daring bank executive is facing 12 years in prison for robbing the American Heritage Bank in Melrose. Santos Preciado, 19, pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony counts of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and tampering with evidence, according to Ninth […]

Chandlers tapped to help with Martinez transition

Freedom New Mexico Father and son Caleb and Matt Chandler of Clovis have both been named to search committees for Governor-Elect Susana Martinez, according to releases from Martinez. Matt Chandler, the current 9th Judicial District Attorney, is one of five selected for the public safety and homeland security and emergency management search committee. He ran […]

Their turn: Chandler dedicated to fighting crime

Clovis’ Michael Reeves, a New Mexico law officer for 27 years, weighs in on the state’s attorney general race in this letter to the editor: My first recollection of Matt Chandler is when I saw him as a small child peering over the dash of his father Caleb’s police unit. As is often the case […]

Poll shows King with 15-point lead over Chandler

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Kevin Wilson A poll on the upcoming attorney general’s race shows incumbent Gary King with a 15-point lead over Matt Chandler heading into November’s general election. King, a Democrat, was chosen by 48 percent of poll respondents, while Chandler, currently serving his second term as the district attorney for the state’s 9th Judicial District, was […]

Clovis woman sentenced in stabbing

Freedom New Mexico A 43-year-old Clovis woman was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for second degree murder. Robbin Banister pleaded guilty to the crime earlier this year, but sentencing was postponed for evaluations, according to a press release from District Attorney Matthew Chandler. The sentence is the maximum for second degree murder. Chandler […]

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:

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? […]

EPCOG representative calls for more transparency

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern Plains Council of Governments met Wednesday at the Tucumcari Convention Center with Curry County Commissioner Caleb Chandler calling for more openness and accountability from the organization. Chandler took over representing Curry County in place of Isidro Garcia. “I am still trying to get up to speed,” Chandler […]

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 […]

Stabbing case heads to grand jury

PNT staff reports The case of the November stabbing death of Portales resident Marco Bonilla, 25, is scheduled to go before a grand jury this week, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Bonilla was stabbed multiple times during a fight involving several people. The grand jury is set to convene today and hear evidence dealing with […]