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 […]

Drug testing for lawmakers proposed

By David Arkin: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Most elected officials in eastern New Mexico say they want to learn more, but they support proposed legislation that calls for voluntary drug testing for all elected officials in the state. Sen. Steve Komadina, R-Corrales, introduced the legislation on Wednesday and said results from the voluntary drug tests would be […]

Police Blotter 4/7

About 2 p.m. Thursday, police received a be-on-the-lookout order for a blue GMC Sierra pickup. Officers noticed the truck and the driver passing the Magistrate Court building. After being stopped, the man told police that he was drunk and he failed field sobriety tests. However, when the man was taken to the county jail for […]

Police Blotter 1/17

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: After noticing a vehicle approaching the corner of Prince and 14th at a high rate of speed, police clocked it by radar as traveling 45 mph in a 35 mph zone before it turned in to the parking lot of a bar, […]

Police Blotter 12/3

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: A city sanitation truck driver called police about 10:45 a.m. Nov. 25 to report that he had struck and severed a gas line in the alley between Prince and Lea streets south of Piersal Street. The driver said he had moved over […]

Testing could help fight education rot

Walter Williams Last week’s column discussed parts of Abigail and Stephen Thernstrom’s new book, “No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning.” It’s a gap that finds the average black high school graduate having achieved only what the average white youngster has achieved by the seventh or eighth grade. Popular recognition of the education meltdown […]