Elida resident sells horse to purchase Tiger mascot outfit

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Alisa Boswell Ricky White chose his love for the Elida Tigers over barrel racing this summer. Born with Down syndrome, the 31-year-old Elida resident sold his barrel horse in August to pay for a professionally made mascot outfit and completely devote himself to the school’s teams. Shelba White said her son has been welcomed by […]

Barrel racing this weekend in Clovis

Freedom New Mexico The second annual Double Dash barrel race will be held Saturday through Monday at the Curry County Events Center in Clovis. Officials expects more than 200 contestants each day. Admission is free. Information: (806) 488-2144 or visit www.CBTProductions.com

High Plains Junior Rodeo kicking off next week

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Freedom New Mexico In its 37th year, the High Plains Junior Rodeo will kick off July 20, beginning three days of competition at the Curry County Events Center. The rodeo will feature youth ages 6-18 in action-packed competitions in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, calf, steer and bull riding, calf roping, ribbon roping, shoe […]

National Barrel Horse Association returns

Freedom New Mexico The National Barrel Horse Association is kicking up dust in Portales and Clovis for the first time in nine years. The association offers cowgirls and cowboys of all ages a chance to compete with other barrel horse riders from across New Mexico. District 3 consists of Roosevelt, Curry, Colfax, De Baca, Guadalupe, […]

Pro bullriders tour coming to Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico Clovis Invitational Bullriding and barrel racing • When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday • Where: Curry County Events Center • Tickets: $15 at the gate, $10 with military ID. Children 6 and under are free. Of note: The bullriding event is a National Federation of Professional Bullriders event. The barrel racing is […]

Youth, lack of size no factor for barrel racer

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By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — Shelby Spielman isn’t one to let her relative lack of size bother her. Nor her age. The 13-year-old from Dalhart, Texas, has shown herself to be one of the top competitors in this weekend’s Double Dash barrel racing competition at Curry County Events Center. Spielman turned in the sixth-best time […]

Risk pays off for Farwell barrel rider

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Of the dozens of competitors on the first night of the annual Pioneer Days Rodeo, one resident of Farwell was sure sitting pretty after taking a risk over a year ago. Cassie Moseley, 27, finished the 2008 season at fourth place year-end standings in barrel racing. Entering the Professional […]

July 18, 1975

Kentucky Fried Chicken, 600 E. Second, advertised free Pepsi with any bucket or barrel of chicken.

PHS graduate races to championship

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer A former Portales resident rode her way to a championship at the Better Barrel Races World Finals in April. Angie (Welch) Grand Pre placed first in the 1D division at the finals held in Oklahoma City. “I have competed in the past in this event and done OK,” Grand […]

Little Wranglers ride

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The dirt was flying during the second day of competition Saturday evening at the 41st Little Wranglers Junior Rodeo buckle finals at the Mounted Patrol Arena in Portales. More than 70 of Roosevelt County’s best young cowboys and cowgirls, ages 6-18, are competing in nine events for buckles and […]

Texico youth turning heads in barrel racing

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent CLOVIS — It’s a long way from the 8-and-under category at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals to the upper echelon of the rodeo profession. And, as Audrey Wren’s mom pointed out to one flatterer, there are little things like junior high, high school and college to consider. But […]

Area woman races toward nationals

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer LUBBOCK — In her first season with the Lady Red Raiders, Dora graduate and former Eastern New Mexico University Zia Brittany Bennett is the top barrel racer in the Southwest Region, and in the process has helped the Texas Tech women’s rodeo team claim third place in the 17-team […]

Local oil wells reactivated

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Orbit Petroleum recently activated seven more oil and gas wells in the southern tip of Roosevelt County, bringing their total number of active wells to 35, according to a company press release. The Oklahoma City-based company has plans to re-activate an additional 25 wells in what is known as […]

Shaming Congress away from pork barrel won’t work

Editorial There’s a serious flaw in the thinking of reformers who believe congressional pork-barrel spending can be curbed by forcing members to attach their names to the pet projects (or “earmarks”) they slip into appropriations bills, in circumvention of the normal budget procedures. They hope bringing more transparency and accountability to the process will shame […]

Ecological project needs rain barrel, not pork barrel

Freedom Newspapers What a hopeful and collegial photo-op it made: There they were, the governors of Colorado and Arizona, Bill Owens and Janet Napolitano, a Republican and a Democrat, signing a pact creating the Southwest Ecological Restoration Institutes. It happened earlier this month at a meeting of the Western Governors Association in Breckenridge, Colo. The […]

Cole’s persistence pays off

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By Mike Linn CLOVIS — The first time Kourtnie Cole got on a horse — at the ripe old age of 3 — she got bucked off. She didn’t want to get back on, but after some coaching from her grandfather she decided to give it a shot. The 16-year-old has been in love with […]