Chandler cruises in DA race

By Mike Linn Voters in Curry and Roosevelt counties chose youth over experience in electing Matthew Chandler as their new district attorney. Chandler earned roughly 62 percent of the 4,057 votes cast and defeated fellow Republican and incumbent District Attorney Brett Carter in Tuesday’s 9th Judicial District election. “It’s been a long four months, but […]

Chandler has fund-raising lead on Carter

By Darrell Todd Maurina Matt Chandler has raised nearly $4,200 more than incumbent Brett Carter in the campaign for district attorney, according to campaign finance records filed Thursday evening. State law requires candidates to file campaign finance reports on May 10 and May 27. Through Tuesday, Chandler had raised $29,007.84 and spent $25,696.03; Carter had […]

Carter, Chandler trade verbal jabs

By Jack King Candidates for the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office traded sharp words on Tuesday, highlighting a political forum hosted by KTQM/KWKA’s radio station. Asked by a caller what he could do to actually prevent crime, candidate Matthew Chandler said he would launch bold new proactive programs like Abolish Chronic Truancy (ACT), aimed at […]

Prosecutors say Chandler stretching the truth

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Four prosecutors in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office claim former colleague Matt Chandler is misrepresenting his record in hopes of being elected on June 1. Chandler said information he’s supplied in fliers and in media advertisements is accurate. He called the prosecutors’ comments “disappointing.” “For this to come out […]

Carter says experience matters

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Brett Carter says experience counts. He’s counting on that experience to carry him to a victory on June 1 over challenger Matt Chandler for the Ninth Judicial District Attorneys position. But it could be tough. Chandler, the 28-year-old Eastern New Mexico University graduate, is running an intense campaign in a […]

Chandler sees “bold, new vision” for office

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Matt Chandler’s opponent says he’s too young and doesn’t’ have enough experience. Chandler says that’s baloney. The 28-year-old Clovis native is ready to be the Ninth Judicial District Attorney — now. Chandler is bringing a full court press at incumbent District Attorney Brett Carter that includes high volumes of enthusiasm […]

Switching parties a tactic for local voters

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze said Democrats want to have a say as to who fills Roosevelt County positions, and they’re willing to switch parties for that purpose. Fraze said she has seen 22 voters change their party affiliation from Democrat to Republican so they can vote on key positions during June […]

D.A. candidates talk crime at forum

By Darrell Todd Maurina CLOVIS — In a 90-minute debate of Republicans seeking the position of Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Incumbent Brett Carter promoted his experience while challenger Matt Chandler spoke of an aggressive new vision for fighting crime. Although both presented different visions for the future of the district attorney’s office, they were agreeable […]

Forum to feature DA candidates

By Ryan Lengerich Eastern New Mexico residents will have their chance to drill two district attorney candidates at a forum on Tuesday. The event will pit 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter against opponent Matt Chandler in a public debate organized by a Clovis Community College student legal group. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. […]

DA candidates among many filing for a chance in statewide county elections

David Arkin The Brett Carter-Matt Chandler race has officially begun. On Tuesday, both Chandler and Carter filed their appropriate papers with the New Mexico Secretary of State in Santa Fe for the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s post and will face each other in a June 1 primary. The general election will be held on Nov. […]

Former D.A. assistant running for top spot

Michelle Seeber Former Assistant District Attorney Matthew Chandler of Clovis announced his candidacy for District Attorney of Curry and Roosevelt counties Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University, one day after he was fired by District Attorney Brett Carter. “I advised Carter on Jan. 27 of my intentions to run for (District Attorney),” Chandler said before […]

Rape suspect reports to Curry County jail for testing

Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com A 21-year-old accused of sexual assault reported to the Curry County Adult Detention Center Thursday evening for 60 days of sexual offender diagnostic testing. John Jacobs faces up to 18 months in state prison after entering into a plea agreement with prosecutors to one count […]

Rape trial postponed

Darrell Maurina The trial for a Clovis man accused of rape has been postponed until Feb. 2. John Jacobs’ trial had been scheduled for today and Wednesday in Curry County District Court. Jacobs’ attorney Gerald Baca said he was not prepared for the Clovis trial because he defended Jacobs in a Portales trial on Thursday […]

Rape suspect found innocent

Darrell Todd Maurina PORTALES — A Roosevelt County jury late Friday found John Jacobs innocent of raping a fellow Eastern New Mexico University student. The courtroom audience then erupted — some in tears and others in relief. Judge Stephen Quinn ordered one supporter of the alleged victim restrained and removed from the courtroom after she […]

Elida News

Nita Thurman Birthdays These folks are celebrating birthdays June 14-27: Amber Hamilton, Macy Rae Jordon, Joel Taylor, Stephanie West, Barney Chandler, Leah Chenualt, Cutter McLaine, Taylor McLaine, Sunni Brooke Dixon, Bell Hale, Joel Nuckoles, Travis Holms, Christopher Galvan, C.L. Roach, Andrea Good, Colin Cobson, Dollie Self, Jorgie Chavez, Delma Graves, Blake Cotton, John Hatcher and […]

Weather bittersweet for Portales farmers

By Mike Linn A surge of timely rain in Roosevelt County and some unwelcomed hail near the Texas state line over the weekend has brought both joy and unrest to local farmers. While the rain over the weekend was a welcome commodity to the west side of the sun-baked county, hail on the east side […]