Local Roundup: Candidate deadline near

CNJ staff Any person who plans to run for political office in the June Primary must make any necessary changes to their voter registration before 5 p.m. Monday, according the Curry County Clerk’s office. The potential candidate’s voter registration must show their correct address and political party affiliation to be included on the ballot. The […]

Fort Sumner police officer arrested

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Fort Sumner police officer and his wife have been arrested on charges they conspired to take and trade a vehicle seized by the De Baca County Sheriff’s Department, according to a press release from New Mexico State Police. Robert Roybal and his wife MaryAnn Sanchez were arraigned Tuesday […]

Campos to enter House race

CNJ staff State Democratic Rep. Joe Campos of Santa Rosa said Tuesday he will run for Congress from New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District. Campos, who represents Curry, Roosevelt and De Baca counties, hopes to fill the seat being vacated by Steve Pearce, who is running for the U.S. Senate. He plans a formal announcement of […]

Battle brewing on cage fights

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico From all indications, city groups may have a fight about fights. The Clovis Civic Center policy committee discussed allowing contact sports at the city-owned center in October’s meeting, and more discussion is planned for Monday’s meeting. The contact sport in question is mixed martial arts, and MarkAnthony Baca of […]

Former DeBaca sheriff charged with embezzlement

CNJ Staff FORT SUMNER — A former De Baca County sheriff was arraigned Wednesday in a magistrate court on multiple counts of embezzlement, falsifying government documents and intimidation of a witness. Michael Chavez, 44, is accused of receiving kickbacks from county employees he hired to work overtime on road blocks and warrant service. Chavez added […]

Cage fight scheduled for fairgrounds

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Ending his class at American Karate Studios, Markanthony Baca charges his students to display good sportsmanship and to stay out of trouble during the upcoming cage fight Saturday night at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Part of the proceeds from the fight will go to Clovis’ American Red Cross. This […]

Baca given max sentence

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry Amber Robinson’s mother, Joann Martinez, reads a lengthy statement Friday during the sentencing hearing of Robinson’s killer, Richard Baca, in Roosevelt County District Court. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers District Judge Steven Quinn sentenced 20-year-old Richard Baca to 21 years in prison Friday on charges connected with the 2004 death of […]

Hard-charging Wolverines advance

The Associated Press RIO RANCHO — Courtland Luscombe scored 19 points and Casey Crist and Seth Bailey each added 17 as Texico overcame a slow start to beat Pecos 56-51 Wednesday in the boys Class 2A quarterfinals. Texico (23-5) trailed by 18 early in the second quarter and cut the deficit to eight by halftime […]

Jury finds Baca guilty

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Dr. Ross Zumwalt, a forensic investigator, explains details of an autopsy done on Amber Robinson’s body. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A Roosevelt County jury returned a verdict of guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday in the 2004 death of a 19-year-old Portales woman. Richard Baca, 20, was accused of beating Amber […]

Crime expert: Prints match Baca’s boots

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Shirley Garcia of the Department of Public Safety Crime Lab holds up a shoe print impression card for the jury Tuesday during testimony in the Richard Baca trial. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Footprints found on the shallow grave of a Portales teen match the boots the defendant in […]

Victim’s friend details encounter with suspect

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Witness Shelaine Rodich rcounts events of the night before her friend, 19-year-old Amber Robinson, went missing. Robinson’s body was found buried in a back yard in May 2004. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. PORTALES — The trial of Richard […]

Portales slaying trial to begin

By Freedom Newspapers After multiple delays, the jury trial of a Portales man accused of killing a 19-year-old Portales woman in 2004 is set to begin Monday in Roosevelt County District Court. Richard Baca, 20, of Portales is accused of first-degree murder in the death of Amber Robinson of Portales. He is also charged with […]

Politicians present seedy showdowns

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Political junkies anticipate October of election year with the same fervor a Cowboy nut paints his face blue when Dallas makes it to the Super Bowl. Political nastiness is endemic to the nation, but it doesn’t get much better than the eye gouging and ankle kicking of New Mexico politics […]

More delays ahead for Baca trial

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A competency hearing for a 20-year-old Portales man accused of killing a Portales teen in 2004 was postponed Monday at the request of the defendant’s court-appointed attorney. Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn pushed back the date of a competency hearing at least 30 days while Richard Baca’s new attorney, […]

Romero, Virginia “Ginny”

Virginia “Ginny” Romero, 62, of Clovis died Monday, May 1, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born April 7, 1944, to Onesimo J. and Emma Leyba Encinias in Melrose. She married Raymond Romero on Dec. 16, 1972, in Clovis. She was a homemaker and member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Family […]

4/25 Candidate profile

The following is one of a series of profiles on state candidates who visit the Clovis-Portales area: Jim Baca is campaigning for the Democratic ticket position of State Commissioner of Public Lands against Ray Powell. The office is currently held by Patrick Lyons, R-Cuervo. Baca held the office from 1983 to 1986 and from 1991 […]

Handmade animals help make trauma easier to bear

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Clovis Fire Department paramedic Dustan Jesko puts away a “Hugga-Bear” used to comfort children on ambulance rides and in hospitals. The hand-made bears are donated by the Roadrunner Club of Clovis and Portales. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Tucked away in fire trucks, ambulances and emergency rooms, the brightly colored bears are valuable tools […]

4/5 Military digest

Baca Army Reserve Master Sgt. John A. Baca is deployed to Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners, according to a news release from the Army & Air Force Hometown News. Baca graduated in 1976 from Portales High School, and […]

Portales home destroyed in fire

By William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers High winds plus dry grass added up to little sleep for local firefighters over the weekend. One Portales home was destroyed and another damaged in separate fires on Sunday. About 2,000 acres of grassland were scorched near Causey, and local firefighters also helped battle a 100,000-acre grass fire between […]

Portales brother pleads guilty

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A Portales man was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison for his role in the 2004 death of Amber Robinson of Portales. Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn sentenced Clifford “Bubba” Baca, 21, after Baca pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and tampering with evidence. A week-long trial […]