Lady Buffs’ field looks balanced

By Dave Wagner FIRST-YEAR MELROSE volleyball coach Melissa Ham is figuring on a wide-open battle for the championship when her team hosts the annual Lady Buffs Invitational on Saturday. “I don’t know if (Melrose has) ever won the tournament, so it would be nice,” Ham said. “I think the brackets are matched up pretty even. […]

High tech comes to Wild West

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Roger Hendershot, left, and Richard Lueb, right, both with the National Center of Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., work on a Cryogenic Whole Air machine launched from Fort Sumner. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina FORT SUMNER — The city is best known for Billy the Kid’s grave and historical memorabilia of […]

Schaaf, Virgie

Virgie Schaaf Services: Have been held. Mrs. Virgie Crownover Schaaf, 92, of Fort Sumner, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2003 at Farwell Convalescent Center. She was born on Oct. 23, 1910, in Fort Sumner, to Ben and Mary Riddle. She married George Crownover in 1927, in Fort Sumner. They moved throughout New Mexico and Arizona then […]

Howe, Ozelle

Ozelle Howe Services: Have been held. Mrs. Ozelle Ratliff Howe, 90, a longtime resident of the Fort Sumner Valley, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Aug. 27, 1913, at West in Quay County to Add C. and Grace Lawson West. She married Arville Marshall “Mark” […]

Sena, Ted

Ted Sena Services: Have been held. Mr. Ted Sena, 39, of Roswell, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2003, at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. He was born on Nov. 30, 1963, in Roswell, to Theodore C. and Rosa Aragon Sena. He was raised and attended school in Roswell. He worked as a building carpenter for several […]

Highfield, Carol

Carol Highfield Services: Have been held. Carol Smith Waggoner Highfield, 73, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2003, at Greenbrier Nursing Home in Enid, Okla. Mrs. Highfield was born Oct. 16, 1929, in Pampa, Texas, to Elliott Nigh Smith and Lucy Beatrice Lynn Smith. She married Dorwin Waggoner in Perryton, Texas, on July 1947. He died Feb. […]

Cones, Bill

Bill Cones Services: Have been held. Bill Cones, 93, of Fort Sumner, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2003 at his home following an illness. He was born July 4, 1910, in Norwood, Mo., to John W. and Louanna Tennesse Akers Cones. His parents homesteaded northeast of Newkirk in 1912 where they made their home until 1947. […]

Franks, Bill

Bill Franks Services: Have been Mr. W.R. “Bill” Franks, 78, of Fort Sumner, a businessman, died Sunday, July 13, 2003, at Farwell Convalescent Center. He was born Sept. 11, 1924, in Sulphur Springs, Texas, to William McKinley Franks and Fay Underwood. He graduated from White Deer High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy where […]

Guilliums, Susie

Susie Guilliums Services: Have been held. Ms. Susie Guilliams, 98, of Fort Sumner, a business owner, died Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born March 5, 1905, in Bonham, Texas, to John Davis and Nanny Morris. She moved with her family to Tolar in 1906. She operated a trucking firm […]

Friday’s prep capsules

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CNJ staff SANTA ROSA 23, FORT SUMNER 16 SANTA ROSA — Sophomore Joaquin Salazar ran for 128 yards and scored a late touchdown that helped Santa Rosa hold off Fort Sumner 23-16. The win snapped Fort Sumner’s 12-game winning streak. The Foxes had not lost since losing to Santa Rosa 23-21 early in the 2002 […]

Vixens finish second

CNJ staff FORT SUMNER —Des Moines spoiled Fort Sumner’s bid to win its own tournament, outlasting the Vixens 25-16-25-17, 16-25, 16-25, 15-13 Saturday in the championship match of the second annual Vixen Classic. Kayla Britian led the Vixens (4-1) with 15 kills, Kelly Fortner added five kills and four blocks and Leslie Wood dished out […]

De Baca sheriff will hire officer for school

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS The De Baca County Sheriff’s Department will receive $78,543 to put a school resource officer in the Fort Sumner Public Schools, De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves said Tuesday. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, Graves said. He said the person hired for the […]

Brockman-Graham, Inez M.

Inez M. Brockman-Graham Services: Have been held. Inez M. Brockman-Graham, 79, of Fort Sumner, died Thursday, June 26, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born Jan. 16, 1924, in Lincoln County, Okla., to James Cunningham and Mamie Thacker. She married William E. Brockman on April 3, 1942. They made their home […]

Friday area prep football scores

CNJ STAFF Mayfield 32, Clovis 7 Texico 20, Bovina 6 Fort Sumner 60, Hagerman 0 Melrose 52, Hondo 6 Seminole 7, Muleshoe 0 Farwell 22, Plains 12

Lucero, Alfredo

Alfredo Lucero Services: Have been held. Alfredo Lucero Jr., 82, of Fort Sumner, died Monday, June 16, 2003, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on Aug. 6, 1920, in Valdez Bluff. He attended school in Fort Sumner. He served with the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged on Nov. 24, 1945, with […]

Marshall, Shirley

Shirley Marshall Services: Have been held. Mrs. Shirley Mae Marshall, 71, of De Baca County, died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell. She was born on March 7, 1932, in Fort Sumner, to Thomas Shirley and Myrtle Mae Patterson Conwell. She attended Fort Sumner public schools. She married Hubert […]

Young Vixens think they may contend again

By Eric Butler FORT SUMNER — With no seniors on this year’s squad and possibly needing time to integrate two of the state’s top small school athletes into the system, Fort Sumner’s volleyball team has the makings of a powerhouse in 2004. But don’t forget about this year. The Vixens returns several key players for […]

Foxes set for title defense

By Eric Butler FORT SUMNER — For the first time in four years, defenses trying to stop Fort Sumner’s offense won’t have to deal with rushing whiz Lance Fikany. The small but extremely quick back was a key ingredient in three straight Class 1A championship game appearances by the Foxes — and back-to-back titles the […]

Cadena, Jason

Jason Cadena Services: Have been held. Jason Mario Cadena Jr., an infant, of New York, died Saturday, May 24, 2003, at Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. He was born on May 24, 2003, in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., to Jason and Jamie Cadena. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Estefanita Baca; […]

Cortese, Mike

Mike Cortese Services: Have been held. Mike Cortese, 88, of Albuquerque, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, at Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque. He was born Oct. 12, 1914, in Fort Sumner, to Nick and Mary Muto Cortese. He graduated from Fort Sumner High School in 1936. He married Dorothy Erven on May 18, 1940. In […]