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 […]