Fort Sumner superintendent retires

By Ryan Lengerich Superintendent Lecil Richards will retire from Fort Sumner schools in February with his replacement likely to be one of three current administrators. Richards said he will retire Feb. 1 after 12 years overseeing Fort Sumner and more than 30 years in education. He said he’s retiring for health reasons and to help […]

City helps cheese plant with loans

CNJ staff The Clovis City Commission voted Monday to accommodate the process of a bank loan to help fund construction of the roughly $195 million Southwest Cheese Plant. The loan — between Southwest Cheese and Citibank — will not leave the city liable for any financial obligations, said City Attorney David Richards. Since the city […]

Clovis schools forgo rate-hike challenge

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board voted not to challenge a water-rate increase that could cost the schools an estimated $25,000 more per year. The New Mexico-American Water Company proposed about an 18 percent water-rate increase on May 24. The city and school district intervened in hopes of blocking the increase. […]

Water-rate compromise discussed

By David Stevens: CNJ editor New Mexico-American Water Company officials are still looking for a rate increase. But they’re discussing a proposal that would be less than the 18 percent requested for the average customer, officials said Wednesday. New Mexico-American and Public Regulation Commission officials confirmed they’re negotiating a compromise to the water company’s original […]

City, schools protest water hike

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis’ city attorney plans to attend a Public Regulation Commission meeting on Nov. 8 in Santa Fe in hopes of blocking a proposed hike in water rates for Clovis residents. City Attorney Dave Richards is drafting a letter on behalf of the city and Clovis schools protesting New Mexico-American Water’s […]

Commission votes to contest proposed water rate hike

By Rayn Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission voted unanimously Thursday to intervene on a proposed rate hike by New Mexico American Water Company. The local water provider filed a rate increase request May 24 with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. If approved, water rates for Clovis residents would raise by an […]

School official accepts blame in letter

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor The superintendent of Fort Sumner schools recently sent a letter to the state’s Public Education Department after failing to order a state-mandated test this year for fourth- and eighth-grade students. In the letter — which state officials acknowledged Thursday they have received — Superintendent Lecil Richards applauded the district’s […]

Ft. Sumner superintendent admits to mistake

By Darrell Todd Maurina FORT SUMNER — The superintendent of the Fort Sumner Municipal School District took responsibility Monday for failing to administer two state-required tests to students in grades four and eight. Superintendent Lecil Richards said on Saturday he believed the schools had administered one of the two tests, but told the school board […]

Fort Sumner schools could face penalties

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Fort Sumner school officials who failed to administer mandatory tests to students could have their educational licenses suspended or revoked, a news release from New Mexico’s Public Education Department said. The state’s news release said Fort Sumner schools did not order New Mexico standards-based or criterion-referenced tests for […]

Ex-Texico hoop standout sitting out at Eastern

By Rick White Elizabeth Richards, who led Texico to three straight state titles and was a driving force in Eastern New Mexico University’s dramatic turnaround last season, has decided not to play basketball this upcoming season. The Zias’ leading rebounder and second-leading scorer told ENMU coach Dan Buzard Wednesday that she plans to sit out […]

Martinez ready to take on new challenge

Don’t expect Fort Sumner’s Mario Martinez to do a coaching version of Michael Jordan and make a comeback any time soon. The longtime the Foxes football and boys track coach recently accepted a position as assistant director of men’s athletics for the New Mexico Activities Association. The NMAA is expected to formally approve the hiring […]

Jail overcrowding puts strain on families

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A Curry County Adult Detention Center inmate watches television as another mops the floor in Pod 6 on Friday morning. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer When Tommy Arguello’s 27-year-old son Thomas was arrested in August and held at the adult detention center in Clovis, they would see each other twice […]

Portales girls repeat in 3A

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Portales sophomore Ashleah Richards and teammates hold up the Class 3A state championship trophy Friday at The Pit in Albuquerque. Photo by Rick White Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — Three seniors synonymous with Portales girls basketball went out in style Friday as the Lady Rams captured their second-straight Class 3A state basketball and third in four […]

Portales wins 3rd state title in four years

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Portales sophomore Ashleah Richards and teammates hold up the Class 3A state championship trophy Friday at The Pit in Albuquerque. Freedom Newspapers: Rick White By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — Three seniors synonymous with Portales girls basketball went out in style Friday as the Lady Rams captured their second-straight Class 3A state basketball and third championship […]

Lady Rams look for repeat title in 3A

By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — Kassandra Richards is determined to make the most of every second she has left in her prep basketball career. Forced to the bench by fouls early in the fourth quarter, the Portales senior had a hard time sitting and watching as Robertson made a determined run. She came out firing […]

Zias made big strides in 2003-04

By Dave Wagner Even though they ended the season with three lopsided losses, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team surprised a lot of people in 2003-04. Sophomore forward Elizabeth Richards wasn’t one of them. “I always knew we had the potential to do well,” said Richards, who played in four Class 2A state […]

LSC North champs end shorthanded Zias’ season

CNJ STAFF TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — A successful season for Eastern New Mexico University’s women came down to a crashing end Tuesday night, as Northeastern State routed the shorthanded Zias 77-46 Tuesday night at Jack Dobbins Fieldhouse. Leslie Warner had a game-high 20 points to lead four in double figures for Northeastern State, the Lone Star […]

Taxpayers told secrets must be maintained

By David Stevens “Dear boss, “Yes, I understand you’d like to know more about what your employees are doing around here. I imagine you’d like to know more about how your money is being spent. I’m sure you’d like a little insight into our newsroom’s plans for the future. “But I think my staff is […]

Lawson, Maggie

Maggie Lou Lawson, 95, of Portales, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on June 23, 1908, in Thurber, Texas, to Annie Jane and Joseph A. Booth. She attended school in Minco, Texas. She married Gayle U. Lawson on Aug. 2, 1928, in Thurber, Texas. They lived […]

Zias clinch LSC tourney berth

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Zias coach Dan Buzard tries to get a point across in a first-half timeout during Saturday’s game against Texas Woman’s University at Greyhound Stadium. The Zias won 53-38. Photo by Kevin Wilson By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Even when not at their best, the Eastern New Mexico Zias were still good enough to clinch a […]