Excessive lawn watering just a waste

Letters to the Editor I would like to mention a probably little-known fact in these here parts: People waste a lot of water. With the area under a drought that has lasted for a number of years, why do people still have to have lawns? You don’t live in the Great Lakes area where there […]

Voters switching parties for DA race

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer A 9th Judicial District Attorney’s race between two Republicans may be responsible for giving Curry County a majority of registered Republican voters for the first time in its history, according to officials with the Curry County Clerk’s office. Deputy County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman said, as of Tuesday, there […]

Most readers agree on choice for DA

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked for a preference in the district attorney’s race — incumbent Brett Carter or challenger Matt Chandler. Some responses: “Experience is the best teacher. I think that the younger ones are better taught and can and do learn a lot from the past. I know Mr. […]

Experience vs. fresh approach in DA debate

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District Attorney Brett Carter, left, and Matthew Chandler debate during the 2004 District Attorney Candidate Forum Tuesday at the Clovis Community College Town Hall. Rick Cornelison, center, monitored the debate. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer In a 90-minute debate of Republicans seeking the position of 9th Judicial District […]

Forum to give public chance to question attorney candidates

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer 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 […]

Chandler, Verna

Verna Chandler Services: Have been held. Verna Chandler, 86, of Las Cruces died Sunday, March 14, 2004, at her home. She was born on Jan. 20, 1918, in Seminole, Okla., to Emma and Joe Ginnings. She was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ. She graduated from New Mexico State University in 1941 with […]

Battle for DA post highlights elections

By 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 […]

Q&A

Abby Dunn Brett Carter, 42, is the 9th Judicial District Attorney. He prosecutes felony crimes in Clovis and Portales. He was appointed to fill the vacancy in mid-2002 when former DA Randall Harris left the office. Carter plans to run for re-election in the June 1 primary. Q: The 9th judicial district recently hired a […]

DA summoned to answer for absences

By Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County Magistrate Judge Richard Hollis said Thursday he is satisfied with reasons District Attorney Brett Carter provided for prosecutors missing recent court appearances. But Carter said he’s unhappy that news he was summoned to the bench to show cause for the absences was leaked to the media. Carter said he […]

Retired police chief touched lives

By Michelle Seeber Nelson Worley was clever when it came to tracking down crime suspects. Once, police were chasing a man on foot when Worley circled around in his car, rolled the window down and said, “Hey, buddy, you need some help?” The guy jumped in the car — and Worley handcuffed him. So the […]

Fired assistant to run for district attorney’s post

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Matt Chandler, right, laughs as he listens to Bennie Nieves, former chairman of the Republican Party in Clovis, talk about him Saturday during Chandler’s announcement to run for the district attorney position. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina Matt Chandler wants to bring what he calls “a bold new vision” to the […]

Sex-crime defendant accepts plea agreement

By Darrell Todd Maurina 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 of attempted criminal sexual penetration. Jacobs […]

Casillas, Joseph “Joe Bob”

JOSEPH CASILLAS Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at The Chapel, 1500 Thornton in Clovis.Joseph “Joe Bob” P. Casillas, 49, of Chandler, Ariz., died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003, in Chandler. He was born on Sept. 1, 1954, in Clovis, to John and Geneva Sparks Casillas. He worked for the Safeway Milk Plant for 22 years. Family members […]

Robbery suspect indicted

By Darrell Todd Maurina Sammy Guerrero, 21, faces sentences that could total more than 40 years in jail following his indictment Thursday by a Curry County grand jury in connection with a string of armed robberies from June 14 to Sept. 4. “Our position is we’re going to review the evidence and put together the […]

Motion to postpone rape trial passes

By Darrell Todd 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 […]

Clovis man cleared of rape charge

By Darrell Todd Maurina Editor’s note: This story contains some graphic descriptions that some readers may find objectionable. 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 […]

Coffman, Maggie

Maggie Coffman Services: Have been held. Mrs. Maggie Armstrong Coffman of Clovis died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born on July 9, 1917, in Hollene, to Albert and Emma Bales Chandler. She grew up and went to school in Hollene. She married Ules Armstrong on Sept. 29, 1934. They […]

Weddings, Sept. 14

Keller Erin Jo Chandler of Clovis and Troy Dean Keller of Woodward, Okla., were joined in marriage on Sept. 6, 2003, at Polk Street United Methodist Church in Amarillo. The Rev. Renae Haiduk performed the Christian traditional ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Rick and Judy Chandler of Clovis. She is the granddaughter of […]

Ward, Loren

Loren Ward Services: Have been held. Mr. Loren Ward, 28, of Tyler, Texas, formerly of Portales, died Sunday, May 18, 2003, in East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, Texas. He was born on Sept. 2, 1974, in Portales, to Teresa and James P. Ward. He graduated from Clovis High School in 1993. He served for […]

Rain storm is hail on some 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 […]