New museum would enrich town

On Dec. 26, I gave a presentation to Fort Sumner Mayor Windell Bridges, resident J.W. Wilson and DeBaca County News Publisher Scot Stinnett. The subject of my presentation was Fort Sumner Army Air Field and what I foresee as a World War II museum commemorating that training field to be located at the municipal airport. […]

Prep football scoreboard — Nov. 11

Area Clovis 20, Sandia 14, final Fort Sumner 19, Jal 6, final Melrose 26, Tatum 18, OT, final Texas Farwell 21, Smyer 15, final Bovina 35, Seagraves 0, final

Sumner Lake boat ramp reopened

Sumner Lake State Park officials have reopened the east-side boat ramp, according to a news release from New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. The water level at the lake has risen substantially since irrigation season ended Oct. 31, improving conditions for fish and allowing the lake to reopen the ramp, the release said. Also, […]

Prep football scoreboard — Oct. 28

Area Clovis 42, Hobbs 7 Texico 23, Clayton 0 Fort Sumner 24, Jal 8 Melrose 48, Tatum 18 Texas Bovina 40, Sudan 7 Muleshoe 54, Amarillo River Road 7 New Mexico Albuquerque Academy 54, Santa Fe Indian 0 Artesia 48, EP Cathedral, Texas 3 Atrisco Heritage 32, Del Norte 14 Aztec 50, Kirtland Central 0 […]

State widens fishing limit at Sumner Lake

Freedom New Mexico Anglers at Sumner Lake near Fort Sumner can catch and keep as many sport fish as they like beginning today as the lake is being drained to accommodate downstream irrigation demands. The emergency salvage order issued by the Department of Game and Fish will remain in effect until the Sumner Lake boat […]

Fort Sumner woman appointed to state board

CNJ staff Melinda Joy Pattison of Fort Sumner is one of 10 appointments to a variety of state boards and commissions announced Thursday by Gov. Susana Martinez. Pattison was appointed to the Advisory Council on Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Disease Disablement. Pattison is a former administrative assistant in the New Mexico Legislature and is currently […]

Prep football scoreboard — Sept. 30

Area Class 5A Roswell Goddard 29, Clovis 28 Class 2A Texico 47, Hagerman 0 Class 1A Loving 30, Fort Sumner 26 8-man Melrose 76, Springer 26 6-man Clovis Christian 55, Vaughn 0 Texas Class 1A Farwell 20, Seagraves 6 Iraan 34, Bovina 28, overtime Class 2A Muleshoe 41, Bushland 7 New Mexico Alamogordo 50, Hobbs […]

Friday’s prep football scoreboard — Sept. 9

Area Portales 32, Texico 28 Fort Sumner 46, Capitan 20 Tucumcari 40, West Las Vegas 8 8-man Floyd at Menual, 7 p.m. 6-man Clovis Christian 46, Elida 6 Dora 51, Vaughn 0 Texas Farwell 29, Gruver 6 Panhandle 42, Bovina 20 Muleshoe 63, Andrews 40 New Mexico Albuquerque Academy 89, Taos 40 Aztec 28, Durango, […]

‘Wildfire’ singer Michael Martin Murphy headlines Fort Sumner event

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Courtesy photo Michael Martin Murphy will be performing at the Under the Stars New Mexico event 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Bosque Redondo Memorial in Fort Sumner. Freedom New Mexico Michael Martin Murphy, singer of hits such as “Wildfire” and “Carolina in the Pines,” and the Rio Grande Band will perform at the Under […]

Fort Sumner 14-year-old dies in accident

CNJ staff An accident Friday has claimed the life of a Fort Sumner teenager. Colten Gunn, 14, died at the scene of the accident at approximately 3:50 p.m. in the Fort Sumner Valley when an all-terrain vehicle he was driving struck the rear of a vehicle at an intersection, according to Juan Chavez, deputy medical […]

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.

Sumner Lake reopening

CNJ staff State park officials have conditionally reopened boating at Sumner Lake State Park, effective 7 a.m. Friday. Watercraft can only enter the lake through the main raft, and will require both a pre-launch inspection and a decontamination process upon removal. Officials estimate most inspections will take 10 minutes or less, and decontaminations 15 minutes. […]

Press release: Sumner Lake reopening Friday

State Park officials announced today that Sumner Lake State Park will reopen on Friday, June 17, 2011 with a number of new procedures in place to ensure there is no spread of Quagga mussel larva. As a condition of reopening, all watercraft will have to go through a mandatory inspection before launch and a decontamination […]

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 […]

Sumner Lake remains closed to boating until at least June 14

CNJ staff State Park officials will make a determination on opening Sumner Lake to boating following the June 14 Carlsbad Irrigation District Board meeting. Sumner Lake was closed to all watercraft use May 27 after laboratory test results found indications of aquatic invasive species. Personnel from State Parks and Game and Fish decontaminated 18 boats […]

Lake Sumner closed indefinitely

CNJ staff Sumner Lake remains closed indefinitely to boating until further notice due to tests indicating the potential presence of Quagga mussel veligers, or larva, officials said Tuesday. The New Mexico State Parks Division and the Department of Game and Fish closed the lake Friday. Officials do not have a timeline for reopening the park, […]

Sumner Lake closed to boating

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico State Parks Division and the Department of Game and Fish have closed Sumner Lake to boating until further notice due to tests indicating the potential presence of Quagga mussel veligers, or larva. Sumner Lake State Park will remain open for camping and other recreational activities. Nearby Santa Rosa, Conchas […]

Press release: Possible infestation closes Sumner Lake to boating

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 […]

Audits displease area superintendents

Liliana Castillo Area superintendents were not pleased with the way the state Public Education Department handled an audit process last month. The PED audited 34 districts across the state to identify reporting issues. What sparked the audit: Over the last year, the number of new students in New Mexico increased by about 1 percent and […]