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Couple opens dispensary

FORT SUMNER — Fort Sumner’s first legal cannabis dispensary opened Saturday. “Smokin’ Mike’s,” a recreational and medical dispensary, is owned and operated by local couple Fernando and Ashley Lopez. The business is... — Updated 6/7/2022


Teachers, staff to see raises, stipends

Fort Sumner Schools employees will see an average raise of about seven percent in 2022-23, as well as a return-to-work stipend at the end of the current year following action March 28 by the school board. Meeting in special session... — Updated 4/4/2022


Council speeds up sewer rate hike

Fort Sumner will implement its next sewer rate increase a year earlier than expected after action last week by the village council. Acting on a suggestion from auditor Geoff Mamerow of Southwest Accounting Solutions, LLC, the... — Updated 3/22/2022


De Baca County approves ankle monitor agreement

The De Baca County Commission last week approved a memorandum of understanding with Quay County and the 10th District Attorney’s office to participate in a prisoner monitoring program. The program provides ankle monitors for... — Updated 3/22/2022


De Baca, Fort Sumner debating trash collection

FORT SUMNER — The De Baca County Commission is moving forward with plans for dissolution of a nine-year agreement for trash collection with the village of Fort Sumner. In a meeting Dec. 27, the commission heard Chairman Scot... — Updated 1/11/2022


Intergovernmental agreements still unsigned

FORT SUMNER — Among potential adjustments to De Baca County's 2021-22 budget discussed at a special meeting May 14 are intergovernmental agreements with the village of Fort Sumner for solid waste collection, law enforcement and... — Updated 5/25/2021


Sumner Lake water release begins

FORT SUMNER — The Carlsbad Irrigation District is planning a large release of water from Sumner Lake starting this week. The release is expected to contain 8,000-10,000 acre-feet of water and will require about 3 1/2 days to... — Updated 5/25/2021


Fort Sumner Chamber initiates signage project for graves

FORT SUMNER — The Chamber of Commerce board of directors has initiated a new interpretive signage project, which will offer historical background information for several graves within the Old Fort Military Cemetery. The cemetery... — Updated 5/11/2021


High-speed pursuit ends in suicide

FORT SUMNER — A 30-year-old Louisiana man shot himself following an April 8 high-speed chase involving New Mexico State Police, De Baca County Sheriff’s personnel and Santa Rosa City Police. Jock Waylon Thacker, 30, whose last... — Updated 4/20/2021


Old Fort Museum roof damage progressing

FORT SUMNER — The village’s insurance carrier won’t cover damages to the roof and ceiling at the Old Fort Museum, Mayor Louie Gallegos reported at a special council meeting March 22. Gallegos said roof and ceiling repairs... — Updated 3/30/2021


Village faces issues in pool reopening

FORT SUMNER — The village’s efforts to reopen the Bain Municipal Pool this summer are being met with a number of significant issues. During a special meeting March 22, Mayor Louie Gallegos told councilors that city crews will... — Updated 3/30/2021


Gross receipts tax rate hiked

FORT SUMNER — The De Baca County Commission on March 8 gave final approval for a 1/16 of a cent hike in the gross receipts tax. The hike, expected to generate about $12,000 per year for the county, was approved on a 3-0 vote.... — Updated 3/16/2021


Village approves new patrol unit

FORT SUMNER — The village council, meeting in regular session March 8, approved a resolution for the De Baca County Sheriff’s Department to use Law Enforcement Protection Funds to purchase a new patrol unit through a program... — Updated 3/16/2021


Accident survivors living in stolen RV

FORT SUMNER — One person has been arrested and another is being sought in connection with the recovery of a stolen recreational vehicle Jan. 27 at a residence here. Kendra Ammons, 37, remains in the De Baca County Jail after she... — Updated 2/9/2021


Forced quarantines cause ripple effect in De Baca

FORT SUMNER — The COVID pandemic and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's public health orders have come to roost in De Baca County. A recent increase in the number of positive cases in the county — from one to 23 since Oct. 27 ... — Updated 11/17/2020


De Baca issues drought request

FORT SUMNER — The De Baca County Commission has issued a drought emergency request in an effort to bring attention to the struggles of drought-stricken county ranchers. In a unanimous vote, the commission approved a letter to be... — Updated 8/1/2020


County discusses e-waste recycling

FORT SUMNER — De Baca County commissioners discussed the potential of hosting an annual free day for e-waste recycling at the county solid waste transfer station. Commission Chairman Scot Stinnett said the growth in the use of... — Updated 3/5/2020


Mineral supplement seminar set

FORT SUMNER — The De Baca County Cooperative Extension Service will host a free cattle seminar, “Let’s Talk Mineral,” March 20 at the Extension office. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and the seminar begins at 5:30. The... — Updated 3/5/2020


Fort Sumner school leader extended

FORT SUMNER — The school board Dec. 16 approved a two-year contract enhancement for Superintendent Matt Moyer, extending his employment through June 30, 2023. Moyer’s current contract runs through June of 2021. The vote was... — Updated 12/24/2019


Local group seeks improved law enforcement

FORT SUMNER — Area residents stung by a rash of burglaries, thefts and vandalism in and around town gathered Sept. 26 to debate the community’s law enforcement situation. The informal gathering at the Fort Sumner Senior... — Updated 10/9/2018 Full story


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