Weddings — Aug. 7

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Landers Crystal Marie Bailon of Orlando, Fla., and Benjamin Paul Landers of Orlando, were joined in marriage July 11, 2011, in Clearwater Beach, Fla. The Rev. George Doumanian performed a sunset ceremony on the beach. The bride is the daughter of Gergorio and Suan Bailon of Fort Sumner. She is the granddaughter of the late […]

Fort Sumner cowboy signs to rodeo at Mesalands

CNJ staff Kit Pettigrew of Fort Sumner signed a National Letter of Intent to compete on the Mesalands Community College rodeo team for the 2011-2012 season. The Mesalands Rodeo Team competes in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Last year, Mesalands claimed the Grand Canyon Regional Championship title.

Reader-submitted content: From CCC Camp to new Glider School

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David Bailey David Bailey fondly recalled the stories he had heard about the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp which was the original inhabitant of land on the northeast side of Fort Sumner before WWII. The camp, Bailey said, was started back during the Great Depression in the 1930s by the Roosevelt Administration. It was labeled CCC […]

Reporter’s notebook: Fifth-grade class plants trees at Fort Sumner State Monument

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Courtesy photo: Raymond Samora Karen Kimmell’s fifth-grade class at Fort Sumner Elementary School planted fruit trees Wednesday on the grounds of Fort Sumner State Monument. A Fort Sumner man is hoping schoolchildren will literally see the fruits of their labor every time they visit the Fort Sumner State Monument. It was at the monument a […]

Reader-submitted content: Former glider school would be boon as museum

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Courtesy photo: Scot Stinett This towering building at the former Fort Sumner Army Air Field is a focus on the property’s past and what graduate student John W. McCullough thinks could be the key to a whole new future for the community. By John W. McCullough Along with the many extraterrestrial mysteries and legends of […]

Fort Sumner man killed in crash

CNJ staff A 50-year-old Fort Sumner man was killed Thursday morning when his car crashed into a trailer that blocked U.S. 60/84 after becoming detached from a semi-truck. Felix Chavez was pronounced dead at the scene, according to State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock. The crash occurred before sunrise around 5:30 a.m. Chavez was driving a […]

Fort Sumner woman claims lottery prize

CNJ staff A Fort Sumner woman claimed a $50,000 prize Monday from the New Mexico Lottery. Blanche Boyd, 79, purchased a ticket for the Feb. 19 Powerball drawing at an Allsup’s convenience store in Portales. Boyd’s ticket matched the white ball numbers of 3, 12, 34 and 42 and the red Powerball of 36. The […]

Engagements —

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Wood-Lockmiller [image #2, align=left, size=medium] Julie Wood, of Fort Sumner, and Justin Lockmiller, of Clovis, will be married at 5 p.m. Jan. 1, 2011, at Kingswood Methodist Church. A reception will follow. The bride-elect is the daughter of Joel and Robin Wood of Fort Sumner. The prospective groom is the son of Gary and Paula […]

Fort Lewis rallies late, hands Hounds first loss

Freedom New Mexico DURANGO, Colo. — Fort Lewis scored the game’s final 10 points over the last 2 1/2 minutes Friday night to turn back Eastern New Mexico University’s men 88-82 on the first night of the Skyhawks’ George B. Boedecker Classic. Senior forward Kyle Behrens and junior center Matt Morris scored 20 points each […]