March 9 obituaries

Kurtis L. Danforth , 42 Services: 4 p.m. (EST) Friday at the Erie Trackside Restaurant, Front Street, Port Jervis, N.Y. Kurtis L. Danforth, 42, of Matamoras, Pa., died Sunday, March 6, 2005, at Ocala Hospital in Ocala, Fla. He was born Dec. 25, 1962, in Portales to Gerald and Diana Caywood Danforth. He owned Danforth […]

Little information released on deaths

By Kevin Wilson Two bodies found in a burned car southeast of Portales on Thursday could be identified in two or three days. But law-enforcement officials are not releasing much more information in connection with the case. “It’s strictly in the interest of not interfering with future investigation,” said New Mexico State Police Lt. Jimmy […]

Investigation continues; no ID on bodies

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By Kevin Wilson Odis and Doris Newman have been missing since Wednesday and they are the owners of a Portales residence and vehicle that were burned on Thursday. But law-enforcement officials have stopped short of saying the remains of two people found in the car are the Newmans. “It’s a connection that law enforcement is […]

Sticker artist, wife shocked at controversy

By David Irvin Those sexually-explicit little devils at the heart of controversy in Clovis have been distributed all over the country, with more than 100,000 copies sold, according to the wife of the artist who made them. Ruth Waytz said her husband, Chris “Coop” Cooper, has sold or licensed more than 2 million nude devil […]

Meth Watch program started

By Ryan Lengerich CLOVIS — District Attorney Matt Chandler has teamed up with law enforcement officials and area retailers to curb sales of products commonly used to manufacture methamphetamines. On Thursday, Chandler announced the kickoff to Meth Watch, a program alerting store retailers to consumers purchasing or stealing suspicious amounts of products used in the […]

Melrose chief retires

By David Irvin A long-time area law enforcement official has announced his retirement as Melrose’s police chief, effective Dec. 31. Clarence “Gomer” Pyle, 61, who has been with the Melrose department for five years, dedicated 28 years of community service to the area. Pyle started with Clovis police in 1967, quit and then returned in […]

Community pays tribute to late educator

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By Tony Parra Members from the community watched as city and county officials dedicated an aristocrat pear tree in memory of Russell Knudson on Tuesday morning in the Roosevelt County Courthouse lawn. The crowd gathered around the south part of the Roosevelt County Courthouse for the dedication of a tree, which is a cousin of […]

Chandler sworn in as new D.A.

By David Irvin New District Attorney Matt Chandler didn’t waste any time laying out his plans as the chief prosecutor in the 9th Judicial District on Monday after being sworn into office at the Curry County courthouse. He laid out an aggressive plan to curb crime and violence in the Clovis community, emphasizing programs he […]

Portales police receive state accreditation

By Kevin Wilson The Portales Police Department has received state accreditation through a program sponsored by three state organizations. The accreditation marks the successful completion of a process that has taken more than 2 1/2 years since the accreditation was made available through the New Mexico Association of Chiefs of Police, the New Mexico Municipal […]

Personalities Plus: Todd Moore

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Name: Todd Moore Job: Police Officer Age: 36 Hometown: Originally from Las Cruces Occupation: Law Enforcement Family: Married with children Hobbies: Good books, good movies and spending time with my family. What do you think of Portales? “I like the small town atmosphere/ close knit community and it’s a great place in which to raise […]