Events calendar — April 10

Today Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 356-3940.   Friday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Faculty Vocal Recital — 7 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Buchanan Hall in […]

Treasure hunter seeking historical family gems

By Betty Williamson Columnist I met a genuine treasure hunter recently, and before I could stop myself, I got swept up in her cause. Emily Elliott, who hails from Pawnee, Oklahoma, is a great-great-niece of George Causey, the legendary buffalo hunter who frequented these parts during the last decades of the 1800s. She’s in search […]

Injuries, fatalities understood risks of bull riding

By Alisa Boswell Staff Writer aboswell@pntonline.com Bull riding is often called the most dangerous sport in America. Competitors at the high school, collegiate and professional level are quick to say injuries are many and fatalities few, though finding reliable statistics to support such observations is difficult. The dangers of the sport hit home with the […]

Friends: Cowboy loved bull riding

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Hadley Howe, a roper for the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team, speaks about the passing of teammate Irvyng Urquijo during a prayer vigil Wednesday on  the ENMU campus.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Irvyng Urquijo’s chosen sport was fraught with danger and he knew it, an Eastern New Mexico University rodeo teammate said as about 200 mourners gathered Wednesday for a prayer vigil around the fountain at the heart of the campus. Urquilo, 20, died Tuesday after a bull stepped on his […]

Legislative, press relations internships available

Staff U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has openings for internships in his Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Las Cruces, Portales and Santa Fe offices, according to a press release from Udall’s office. The internship is for any college student who wants to gain legislative or press relations experience. “Congressional internships provide an unparalleled educational opportunity for students to […]

If Sue and Sherry can’t leave their graves …

David Stevens Editor He was 8 or 9 years old when he left a grandmother’s house in Missouri and came to live with foster parents in Tucumcari. A year or so after he moved in, Mike and Sue Day adopted the boy. “He was well behaved,” Mike Day said. “He was just like our other […]

Local brief — April 9

Staff report Five people were injured Tuesday afternoon in a collision on N.M. 202 near the New Mexico-Texas border between Portales and Muleshoe. According to Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Shannon Lee: • The call for the minivan-versus-semi-tractor trailer collision came in about 2 p.m. • Both drivers were among the injured. All five were transported to […]

Spoiler alert: Read at your own risk

Kevin Wilson Columnist The screen fades to black. She moves to stand up. “Whoa, you’re not going anywhere,” I tell the prettiest girl in the world. “We’ve still got the credits.” “Oh no,” she declares. “You’re not one of those people who has to point out every person in the credits and ruin the magic, […]

Police blotter — April 9

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs Caller reported: Monday • 1:36 a.m.: Falls, 7900 block of State Road 523. • 1:49 a.m.: Articles lost or found, 500 block of Circle Drive. • 2:34 a.m.: Ill subject, 2100 block of Dillon Street. • 5:14 a.m.: Fire/still alarm, 1500 block of Echols Avenue. • 6:13 a.m.: […]

Dixon, Hartley case resolved

By Robin Fornoff Projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com After almost three years of court wrangling, Portales attorney Eric Dixon has pleaded to lesser charges after being accused of using his vehicle to run down District Judge Teddy Hartley outside the Curry County Courthouse. Dixon’s attorney Gary Mitchell of Ruidoso said Dixon entered an Alford plea Tuesday to […]