Convicted killer asks for delay in sentence

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A defense attorney says he will ask to delay sentencing for a convicted killer because DNA that hasn’t been processed could prove his client’s innocence. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said the DNA in question would not exonerate Steven Duran of Clovis, who was convicted of a Jan. […]

Chavez, Erlinda

Erlinda Chavez, 84, of Clovis, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born July 21, 1921, to Margarito and Castella Ribera Gallegos in Vaughn. She married Jose Inez Chavez Sept. 7, 1937, in Clovis. She was a homemaker and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Community. She is […]

Carter, Eugene “Gene”

Eugene “Gene” Carter, 67, of Roswell, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. He was born March 8, 1938, in Portales, to Louis and Elizabeth McClain Carter. He married Linda Woody on Sept. 16, 1991, in Roswell. He was a paint contractor and owned and operated the Gene Carter Airless Repair. […]

Torres, Angel

Angel Kaiden Torres, infant, of Clovis, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. Survivors include his mother, Sonya Aragon; father, Joseph Torres; a sister, Keirra; a brother, Jayden; maternal grandparents, Anastacio and Mary Helen Urioste; paternal grandparent, Corine Gallegos; four uncles, Hiame, Anthony, Gene and Andrew; six aunts, Mary Helen, Diana, Suzy, […]

Gallegos, Eduvgen

Eduvgen Edwina Gallegos, 79, of Clovis, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, at El Centro Villa Nursing Home in Albuquerque. She was born May 22, 1926, to Manuel and Rosa Salazar Martinez in El Pueblo. She married Max Gallegos on Jan. 7, 1959, in Las Vegas, N.M.. She was a homemaker and member of Our Lady […]

Erineo Morris Gallegos

Erineo Morris Gallegos, 33, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2005, at his home. He was born on Jan. 17, 1972, to Jimmy Gallegos and Nora Arguello Gallegos in Portales. He lived in Mora for most of his childhood until moving to Portales. There he met his wife, Diane Garcia, and they were married Dec. 4, 1997. […]

Late steals seal Rams’ win at Carlsbad

Freedom Newspapers CARLSBAD — Chris Adkins scored five consecutive points to break a 34-34 tie, and Cruz Ontiveros added a pair of late steals for Portales to secure a 44-39 upset win Friday over Class 5A Carlsbad. The Rams (9-7) led through most of the game after taking a 14-6 first-quarter advantage, but saw the […]

Cats wary of letdown against Portales

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s been a one-sided matchup for a decade or so, but Clovis High coach J.D. Isler said the Wildcats can’t afford a letdown tonight when they host Portales at Rock Staubus Gym. “We’re going to have to come out with some intensity,” Isler said following Clovis’ 72-46 win over […]

Rams dominate Wingate in opener

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Daniel Boan flips in a layup in the second quarter of Friday’s game against Wingate. Boan had eight points in Portales’ 52-37 win. Portales (6-7) faces Artesia in an 8 p.m. game to close out the Portales Shootout. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — In what turned out to be […]

Espanola Valley tops Rams in tourney

Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, N.M. — The Portales Rams traveled north to gain some valuable experience against good teams in front of big crowds and they got that experience. They got it at the expense of a nick on their record, though, as Espanola Valley took a 53-42 win over the Rams in the fifth-place […]

Rams turn back Steers in tourney

Freedom Newspapers SHALLOWATER, Texas — A balanced effort gave Portales its first win of the season, a 50-39 win over Farwell in the consolation bracket of the Shallowater Shootout. Portales (1-2) plays against Lubbock Cooper today in the 1 p.m. (MST) fifth-place game at Shallowater High School. “They’re really young,” Portales coach Mark Gallegos said […]

Prep hoops: Rams reloading

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Like their female counterparts, the Portales High Ram basketball players are coming off of a Class 3A runnerup performance. Like the Lady Rams, the Rams are hosting Muleshoe on Tuesday night. That’s about where the similarities end for the Portales squads. “(Girls coach Brenda Gomez) basically returns most of her […]

Clovis man found guilty

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Francesea Duran cries Thursday at the Curry County Courthouse after hearing the verdict, which found her uncle, Steven Duran, guilty of first-degree murder, as well as five other charges. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson and Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writers The man Cindy Gallegos holds accountable for her brother’s death was found guilty […]

Murder suspect claims innocence

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Steven Duran listens to a question posed by District Attorney Matt Chandler during his testimony in a Curry County courtroom Wednesday afternoon. Duran is accused of the fatal shooting of Ricky Gallegos in 2004. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The man accused of killing Ricardo Gallegos last year testified Wednesday […]

Testimony shows blood found in suspect’s vehicle

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Steven Duran, left, listens to testimony along with his lawyer Gary Mitchell on Tuesday during Duran’s trial in the killing of Ricardo Gallegos at the Curry County Courthouse in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Police found blood in the vehicle of a man accused of killing Ricardo Gallegos early […]

Prosecutor says victim killed friend over money

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A deputy district attorney told a Curry County jury Monday that Steven Robert Duran went to his friend’s trailer home asking for money. When the friend wouldn’t hand it over, the prosecutor said, Duran killed him. He said Duran, 36, a heroin addict, shot his friend six times, including […]

Murder trial begins Monday

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer On Monday morning the selection of the jury for the trial of Steven Robert Duran will begin at the 9th District Court in Clovis. Duran, 36, has been charged with murder in connection with the Jan. 13, 2004, shooting death of Ricardo Gallegos. Gary C. Mitchell, Duran’s attorney, said […]

Gas prices irk governor

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Bill Richardson will meet with legislators this week to discuss whether to call a special session — a move that could provide consumer relief to high gasoline prices and home heating costs. The proposed session, dubbed the Gas and Home Relief Special Session, would be aimed at stemming […]

Macario Gallegos

Macario Gallegos, 80, died Friday, Sept. 16, 2005, at his residence in Clovis after an extended illness. He was born March 10, 1925, in Genova. He was involved in construction work and worked in masonry. He was a member of the Catholic church. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II. Survivors include […]

9/16 Public Record

The following marriages licenses were compiled from court records from Sept. 7-14: • Marc Anthony Cavalier, 20, of Clovis, to Catherine Rose Sciurba, 20, of Buena Park, Calif. • Francisco Hernandez, 40, to Eva Fatima Urban, 36, both of Clovis • Moses Guadalupe Bryan, 56, to Mary Helen Sena, 56, both of Clovis • Jose […]