Bull riders seek shot at finals

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Bull riders will stop in Clovis for a chance to move up in tour standings in hopes of qualifying for November’s Professional Bull Riders Final in Las Vegas, Nev. PBR Tour organizer Marc Andrus said 74 riders in what is considered the bull riding minor league will compete in […]

Sept. 9 Honors

Smith Greg Smith of Elida has recently won numerous honors at Angus cattle shows across the country. On Aug. 14 a bull he co-owns, G 13 Stand Out on reserve grand champion bull at the 2007 State Fair of West Virginia Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show in Lewisburg, W. Va. On Aug 18 his […]

Bulls can’t be cajoled into behaving

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist I withdrew my plastic-sleeved arm from the cow and looked back down the alley. It was empty but I could see into the big crowding pen where a large bull stood placidly. My teenage son and my neighbor’s teenage daughter stood behind him trying to push him toward the chute. […]

Local man wins national contest

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Using a computer as his canvas, a mouse as a paintbrush and software as his drawing tool, Dusty Deen created prize-winning animation. A 2004 Eastern New Mexico University graduate who studied animation and graphic design, Deen was one of 43 artists selected to showcase their original artwork in the national […]

Legends are born from wild bullock tales

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist “I’ve finally caught the wild bullock,” Marian told Dave over the phone. “Bring a big gun!” she said. It was a bright summer morning when Dave pulled into Marian’s stock farm in the northern part of New South Wales bush country. “He’s real nervous,” she explained. “He’s with the bull. […]

Day Trip: Sitting Bull Falls

Sitting Bull Falls offers adventure and exploration. With its 150-foot waterfall, a cave to explore and pools of water, it’s a cool place for visitors looking to beat this summer’s heat. With the recent re-opening of Lincoln National Forest, Sitting Bull Falls, located in the Guadalupe Mountains, is now open to the public. About the […]

Families take part

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers In a pink cowboy hat that shadowed her entire body, Thea Hand, 2, stared wide-eyed at the whirring mechanical bull. Once atop, the would-be cowgirl grimaced and let out a wail as the bull inched downward. An event designed to initiate children into the world of rodeo, Thursday’s second […]

Texico bull rider will compete on TV this weekend

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Friends of 18-year-old Texico bullrider L.J. Jenkins will get to watch the erstwhile high schooler compete professionally this weekend in New Mexico. For those close to Jenkins, seeing him at the PBR Ty Murray Invitational is quite a leap from where the young man was just a couple […]

Texico 18-year-old ‘cowboys up’ in professional bull riding

L.J. Jenkins has probably got a pretty good claim to being the richest teenager in Texico. If Jenkins were ever in Texico, he would be basking in the glow of his accomplishments. As it is, Jenkins is busy criss-crossing the nation with the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) association as a rookie and making a name […]

Injury-prone rodeos don’t report many deaths

Mike Linn Local, state and national rodeo officials say bull riders are more likely to die in traveling accidents to and from rodeos than in the arena. But while the death of Eastern New Mexico University freshman Rolland Ellsworth Jr. — who was thrown and stepped on by a bull at a rodeo last week […]