Experience paying off for Ortiz

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Bovina senior Edgar Ortiz enters this weekend’s Texas Class 1A state track meet in Austin ranked near the top in his class in the 1,600 and 3,200. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Preparing for his third trip to the Texas state track meet, Bovina senior Edgar Ortiz has become […]

Withrow, Ortiz advance to Texas state track meet

CNJ STAFF Seniors Jessica Withrow of Muleshoe and Edgar Ortiz of Bovina will represent the area in Texas high school state track competition, scheduled for May 12-14 at the University of Texas in Austin. Withrow won two events and placed second in two others in the Region I-3A meet over the weekend at Odessa, including […]

Mini bikes ruling roads

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Billy Hernandez, 12, right, and his brother Jesse, 9, ride their mini-chopper bikes in the parking lot Monday at Farwell High School. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer They’re the trendiest wheels on the road. But yes, you do need a license to operate a pocket bike on Clovis’ streets. And […]

Ortiz, John Sr.

John Ortiz Sr. Services: Have been held. John T. “Gramps” Ortiz Sr., 57, of Clovis, died Saturday, July 17, 2004, at Methodist Transplant and Specialty Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. He was born on Dec. 27, 1946, in Las Vegas, N.M., to Benito and Domicilia Gomez Ortiz. He was in the U.S. Army serving in […]

Muleshoe’s Withrow, Bovina’s Ortiz earn runnerup finishes

CNJ STAFF AUSTIN, Texas — Muleshoe junior Jessica Withrow wasn’t able to defend her Class 3A girls state high jump championship over the weekend, but she did pick up a pair of second-place finishes for the Lady Mules in competition at the University of Texas. Withrow went 5-8 in high jump on Friday to finish […]

Bovina’s Ortiz advances to state in 1,600 and 3,200

CNJ STAFF LEVELLAND, Texas — Bovina junior Edgar Ortiz is on his way to the big show again in Texas small-school track. Ortiz, who made it to state in the 3,200 last year, qualified in the 1,600 and 3,200 by winning both events in Class 1A regional competition this weekend at South Plains College. Ortiz […]

Jury: Innocent of murder

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Fernando Garcia hugs attorney Jim Klipstine Jr. of Hobbs at the Curry County Courthouse after being found not guilty of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence Thursday. Garcia was found guilty of dogfighting. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina, CNJ STAFF WRITER Dogfight guilt seen by panel Jurors spent two hours trying […]

Trial over but family lacks closure

By Darrell Todd Maurina, CNJ STAFF WRITER Garcia hopes to resume a normal life, feels sorry for Moises Ortiz’s loved ones. Fernando Garcia just wants to move forward. The 20-year-old Clovis resident spent nearly a year in jail, charged with killing Moises Ortiz, before a jury found him innocent of the charge. Garcia had been […]

First-degree murder charge dropped in trial

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Fernando Garcia no longer faces the possibility of life in prison after prosecutors dropped the most serious charge of first-degree murder for lack of evidence. Deputy District Attorney Bryan McKay told the court on Wednesday that testimony so far hasn’t provided enough evidence to prove Garcia acted intentionally […]

Defense: Witness’ stories deviate

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Prosecutors began their first full day of presenting witnesses on Tuesday in the case of Fernando Garcia, who is charged with murdering Moises Ortiz during a February 2003 dogfight at Ortiz’s home in south Clovis. The defense attempted to discredit a witness of the alleged crime during questioning, […]

Jury issues stall trial

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Difficulties seating an impartial jury delayed the homicide trial of Fernando Garcia, 20, until late Monday afternoon. But prosecutors and defense attorneys were still able to present brief testimony from two law enforcement officers before adjourning for the evening. Garcia faces charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and […]

Ortiz, Emily

Emily Ortiz Services: Have been held. Mrs. Emily Ortiz, 79, of Hobbs, died Sunday, March 7, 2004, at the Good Samaritan Home in Hobbs. She was born on April 2, 1924, in Encino, to Sylviana and Jose Garcia. She married Andres Ortiz in 1943, in Encino. They moved to Portales a year later. She moved […]

Sandoval, William “Willie”

William “Willie” Sandoval Services: Have been held. William “Willie” Sandoval, 68, of Clovis, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, at his home. He was born on April 18, 1935, in Clovis, to Antonio and Seripia Sena Sandoval. He was a butcher at the Swift Plant for 20 years. He was a member at Our Lady of […]

Eastern New Mexico area saw six homicides in 2003

CNJ STAFF Sunday morning’s slaying in Clovis was the region’s first of the year, but 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter said his office handled six homicide cases last year. > The Feb. 28 shooting deaths of Moises Ortiz, Alex Rodriguez and Wesley Griest. > The July 4 death of Bobbie Lynn Sandoval in a […]

Ortiz, Tina

Tina Ortiz Services: Have been held. Miss Tina Louise Ortiz, 31, of Farwell, a cashier, died Friday, May 16, 2003, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born Feb. 23, 1972, in Muleshoe to Manuel and Janie Garza Ortiz. She graduated from Farwell High School in 1991. Family members said she loved softball, Spanish […]

Sensible celebration suggested

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Clayton Ortiz of Mr. W Fireworks said that Black Cats are popular choice this summer among customers for the Fourth of July. By Darrell Todd Maurina Above-normal rainfall exempted Curry County and other eastern New Mexico counties from a special dry weather ban on fireworks and most open burning issued last week by Gov. Bill […]

Muleshoe girls finish eighth at state

CNJ Staff AUSTIN, Texas — Led by sophomore Jessica Withrow, the Muleshoe girls track team finished eighth in the Class 3A state meet on Friday and Saturday at the University of Texas. The Lady Mules scored 24 points. Team champion Celina finished with 45 points. Withrow accounted for 20 points in three individual events, including […]

Bovina coach has high hopes for state

By Dave Wagner BOVINA — Boys track coach Tony Epps thinks Bovina sophomore Edgar Ortiz has a chance to do something pretty special in this weekend’s Texas Class 1A state 3,200 at the University of Texas in Austin. Actually, just getting to this point is quite a feat — only eight 1A runners from around […]