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 […]