Fort Sumner group wants sheriff recalled

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Correspondent De Baca County residents could vote on whether to recall their sheriff if a group of county residents convinces a court to let it circulate a recall petition. Sheriff Gary Graves said he believes he will not only serve out his term — which expires in 2006 — but […]

Is it Bingaman or is it a recording?

Ned Cantwell Funny, isn’t it, how life can suddenly reverse course? How when once a drab existence breaks through the murk and begins basking in sunshine? Take me, a struggling, nobody columnist who can’t even get Billy Sparks to pay him any attention. That’s Billy Sparks, the governor’s press guy. I mean, you would think […]

Clovis teams fare well at USSSA state

By Dave Wagner Clovis Sparks coach Steve Gulley said his team wasn’t concerned when it lost to the Alamogordo Jokers in Sunday’s 16-and-under winners bracket finals of the USSSA girls state slow-pitch tournament on Sunday at Guy Leeder Complex. The Sparks came back with three consecutive wins, including 7-2 and 8-2 verdicts over the Jokers, […]

Local 11-12 squad qualifies for AAU nationals

By Dave Wagner After winning four of six games over the weekend for third place in the girls state AAU 12-and-under basketball tournament at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, the Clovis Sparks are hoping to take the next step — to play in national AAU competition June 26-July 2 at Kingsport, Tenn. The Sparks […]

Frost up in District 7 Senate race

By David Arkin: CNJ correspondent A lifelong rancher from San Jon was holding a commanding lead over his challenger, a former Raton mayor, for the Democrat nod for Senate District 7 late Tuesday night. About 81 percent of the precincts had been counted. Bob Frost, a 61-year-old San Jon rancher, was leading Fred Sparks of […]

Former Raton mayor says better representation needed for northern N.M.

By David Arkin: CNJ correspondent A former Raton mayor and current city commissioner doesn’t think northern New Mexico is getting the representation it needs in Santa Fe. He said he’s running for the New Mexico State Senate to change that. Fred Sparks, who spent 25 years working for the Santa Fe Railroad before retiring, is […]

Engagements 11/23

East-Hanson Murry and Rhonda East of Tucson, Ariz., announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Whitney East of Tucson, to Derrell Hanson of Clovis, son of Steve and Cheri Hanson of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at 12:30 p.m. PST on Dec. 6, 2003, in San Diego. The bride-elect is a 2001 […]

Area drenched by downpour

By Darrell Todd Maurina Despite a small stream flood warning from the National Weather Service, officials in Quay, De Baca and Curry counties said Wednesday’s rain didn’t do any damage. In fact, Fort Sumner’s 1.06 inches of rain was good for De Baca county, according to county emergency management coordinator Allen Sparks. “The Alamogordo Creek […]

Governor answers chef, water questions

By Ned Cantwell Gov. Bill Richardson does not, as this column alleged a few weeks ago, sit around all day eating Cheez-its. That was ugly, mean, and just plain wrong. Gov. Richardson sits around all day eating potato chips. No, not really. The governor doesn’t sit around all day at all. He works like a […]