Fire investigation reclassified as homicide

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Portales police say two people found dead Wednesday after a house fire were shot to death. Public Information Officer Charlie Smart identified the two victims Friday as John J. Bustamante, 39, and Christina Griffin, 31, both of Portales. “The preliminary autopsy showed both victims were found to have been […]

Press release: Judge Stephen Quinn retiring

A vacancy on the 9th Judicial District Court will exist in Curry and Roosevelt Counties as of July 1, 2015, upon the retirement of the Honorable Stephen K. Quinn. The judicial vacancy is for Division 1, General Jurisdiction with a heavy criminal docket. Further inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should […]

Flurry of activity

By Robin Fornoff MANAGING EDITOR Emergency crews were gearing up early Wednesday for today’s predicted winter storm. The National Weather Service was predicting 12 to 14 inches of snow to fall across much of eastern New Mexico. That had Clovis and Curry County crews scrambling Wednesday in anticipation of the second wallop of winter […]

Short respite coming

Staff report We’re in for a one-day break before another cold front barrels in, according to the National Weather Service. The good news is there won’t be any significant snowfall and things will be settling down to normal by early next week, said weather service Meteorologist Casey Jones. “It’s going to be a roller coaster […]

Weather cancellations

Today • Clovis Community College closing at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday • Clovis Municipals Schools on a 2 hour delay • Eastern New Mexico University in Portales opens at 10 a.m.  School is not in session, and the spring semester begins on Jan. 19. • The 9th Judicial District Court, both Curry and Roosevelt counties, are […]

Police: Suspect in custody for dealership fires

Clovis police said Monday they have a suspect in custody for weekend fires at The Hamilton Auto Group’s Auto World car dealership in Clovis and GM Country in Portales. Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney declined to identify the suspect until charges are filed. Whitney said that although the fire department has not confirmed arson, the […]

Proposed jail site coming ‘within a week’

Curry County commissioners this morning voted to announce a site selection for a proposed jail “within a week.” Commissioners said they are considering two sites, both outside the Clovis city limits. An Aug. 6 election has been called asking voters whether to issue  $9.88 million in general obligation bonds to “acquire land for, equip, furnish […]

Portales escapee back in custody

By Christina Calloway Senior Writer Roosevelt County officials this morning are confirming last week’s jail escapee has been recaptured. Deputy Sheriff Malin Parker said Ruben Lozano, 42, was arrested without incident at 7:25 a.m. (MDT) Friday in Midland, Texas. Lozano escaped last Friday night with another inmate who was recaptured an hour later. Parker said […]