Vaughan pipeline delivers water for first time

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers FORT SUMNER — With a hay ride and buckets, the Interstate Stream Commission celebrated the first water delivered through the Vaughan Pipeline on Wednesday. The pipeline, named for the third-generation Fort Sumner family that sold water rights for the project, is the first project completed through the ISC’s Strategic Water […]

1A Track Results

Wire Reports At Albuquerque The Associated Press Class 1A boys Team standings: 1. Carrizozo 89; 2. Hagerman 56; 3. Fort Sumner 55 1/2; 4. Gallup Catholic 51; 5. San Jon 39; 6. Springer 19; 7. Mountainair 17; 8. (tie) Clovis Christian and Melrose 16; 10. Cimarron 15 1/2; 11. Magdalena 15; 12. (tie) Cliff and […]

Fort Sumner greets Air Force officials

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor FORT SUMNER — Air Force Special Operations Command personnel were in Fort Sumner Wednesday for an encore presentation of its public hearing on the Draft Environmental Statement for its proposed move to Cannon Air Force Base. With residents in the Fort Sumner vicinity impacted by changes in the use […]

Elida marches past Magdalena

Staff and wire reports RIO RANCHO — Lindsey Bob Smith scored 14 points and eighth-grader Reavis Best supplied clutch free-throw shooting Tuesday to lead Elida to a 45-33 victory over Magdalena in the girls Class 1A quarterfinals. “I felt the team had some first-game jitters,” Elida coach Dan Howard said. “It wasn’t pretty, but we […]

Tuesday’s Class 1A girls capsules

Class 1A Girls Quarterfinals No. 6 Fort Sumner vs. No. 3 Hagerman When: 5 p.m. today. Where: Rio Rancho High School Records: Fort Sumner 18-8, Hagerman 24-4. How they got here: Fort Sumner beat Temple Baptist 58-29. Hagerman beat Carrizozo 75-47. Last state title: Fort Sumner won the Class 1A title in 2005. Hagerman has […]

Vixens work OT to get past Elida in district finals

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer ELIDA — The Fort Sumner Vixens led nearly the entire game Friday night, but needed clutch free-throw shooting to beat Elida 60-58 in overtime in the District 3-1A tournament championship. “Any time you play Elida and a Dan Howard team, and you come out of an Elida gym (with […]

Elida Tigers hang on to beat Fort Sumner

PNT Staff Writer The Elida Tigers were tested on their home court Thursday night, but they did enough to clinch a spot in the 1A state basketball tournament. Elida senior Caleb Widener led the Tigers to a 49-47 District 3-1A semifinal victory over Fort Sumner. Widener finished the game with 13 points as the Elida […]

Elida, Fort Sumner part III

PNT Staff Writer The District 3-1A top-seeded Elida Lady Tigers have been dormant for more than a week but they’ve got to be on their game tonight as they host Fort Sumner in the girls district championship. The Elida girls (21-3, 7-1) last played on Feb. 15, their regular season district finale, beating Melrose on […]

Tigers and Foxes advance

Freedom Newspapers ELIDA — Melrose tried to slow down Elida in Tuesday’s District 3-1A boys game, but the Tigers were more than equal to the task. Elida (22-4), seeded second in the tournament, held the Buffaloes to two first-half points and cruised to a 55-23 victory to advance to a 6 p.m. semifinal game at […]

Vixens and Lady Buffs advance

Freedom Newspapers Fort Sumner and Melrose will get a quick rematch of Friday’s double-overtime thriller, only this time the stakes will be a little higher. Fort Sumner held off Floyd 34-31 while Melrose cruised past Dora 49-15 on Monday in District 3-1A girls tournament openers, each on the winner’s home floor. Wednesday night, the third-seeded […]

Dora boys and Elida girls await challengers

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer If the district regular season was any indication, this week’s boys and girls District 3-1A tournament could offer some intriguing matchups. “You better be ready to play (in the district tournament) or it’ll be over,” Elida boys head coach Darrell Chenault said. As the district top seeds, the Elida […]

District 3-1A names all-district

Freedom Newspapers ALL-DISTRICT 3-1A VOLLEYBALL First team Elida: Lindsey Ward, Sr.; Lindsey Smith, So.; Alicia Cross-Smith, Sr.; Janice Taylor, Jr. Fort Sumner: Bree’Anna Lucero, So.; Racheal Chavez, So.; Kaylynn Johnson, Sr. Melrose: Zanessa Dodd, Sr.; Toni Burdine, Jr. Floyd: Alexis Benoit, Jr.; Blair Jaramillo, Sr. Dora: Audra Pinkston, So. Honorable mention Elida: Nicole Jasso, So.; […]

Vixens sweep Elida

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By Dave Wagner, CNJ Sports Writer ALBUQUERQUE — Fort Sumner climbed one major hill on Friday. Now the Vixens will have to do it again in today’s Class 1A state volleyball championship at Tingley Coliseum. Fort Sumner turned the tables on District 3-1A rival Elida, handing the Lady Tigers their first loss of the season […]

Elida state bound

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PNT Staff Writer The Elida Lady Tigers (21-0) volleyball team is in the Class A state volleyball tournament for the second time in as many years, but this time, they believe things are different. Elida rolled through their regular season with an undefeated 20-0 mark, followed by a three games to one defeat of Fort […]

Floyd outfoxed

PNT Staff Report Fort Sumner — The Floyd Lady Broncos traveled to Fort Sumner Thursday night in hopes of pulling off an upset and a shot at the District 3-1A crown. Instead they were defeated by Vixens in three close games, 20-25, 23-25, and 19-25. Floyd (10-11) had played Fort Sumner twice previously and lost […]

Day Trip: Fort Stanton offers historical getaway

Freedom Newspapers Fort Stanton, near Ruidoso, has had a varied and long history, but according to those working to preserve it, the former cavalry post remains in remarkably good condition. Located in the shadow of the Sierra Blanca mountains, Fort Stanton was established on May 4, 1855. It was named for Capt. Henry W. Stanton, […]

Zias open with home win

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University senior Megan Dozier found the third time to be the charm. Stymied on two previous penetrations into the scoring zone moments earlier, Dozier slipped inside to score on a give-and-go type of play with junior forward Amy Wilcox with just over a minute left, giving the […]

Area volleyball teams prepped for season

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent It’s volleyball season once again for small schools in eastern New Mexico and local squads will no doubt answer the bell, and they all have reason for optimism. For Elida, a team that lost to Fort Sumner four times, that distance may have been breached somewhat by the Vixens’ injuries […]

Clovis funeral protest fails to materialize

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Solemnly they stood, forming a tableau that stretched from a corner in Clovis, to Melrose, to Fort Sumner. “We are here to support the family of the fallen soldier,” said Byron Cross, near a Clovis church entrance, his motorcycle behind him. A legion of supporters — most of whom […]

Fugitive from Texas caught in Clovis

Freedom Newspapers A man wanted in connection with two shooting deaths in Fort Worth, Texas, was arrested Tuesday night in Clovis, police said. Darcy Wiley, 21, was arrested about 10 p.m. Tuesday walking in the 900 block of Edwards Street. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Wiley and a friend, Christopher Gatewood, had planned to rob […]