Ag expo seminar focuses on pest control

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Alisa Boswell More effective methods for dealing with cotton pests and diseases are on the horizon, according to Texas Agri-Life specialist Monti Vandiver. Before hungry seminar attendees lined up Tuesday for the Portales Rotary Club’s Chuck Wagon Lunch at the Roosevelt County Ag Expo, they listened to a presentation on cotton production. Vandiver told his […]

Drought takes its toll on cotton crop

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By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor Farmers across the region say this fall’s cotton crop is bad because of the drought but that’s not the worst news. “The worst thing,” farmer Kendall Devault said Thursday standing alongside 200-acre cotton field outside Farwell, “the bad of it all is underground. There’s no deep moisture left. It’s […]

Moms Gear: Dig around with gardening gloves that are made to last

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Maggie O’Neill Whether you’re putting new plants in your garden or pulling out stubborn weeds, you’ll find that the Women’s Bionic Blooms Gardening Gloves last much longer than cotton run-of-the-mill counterparts. In all actuality, these fitted garden gloves resemble a fancy pair of driving gloves with their leather cushioning on the palms and Velcro closures […]

Local farmer favors cotton

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Argen Duncan Despite the drought and wind, a cotton farmer says the crop is a good option in Roosevelt County this year. Farmer Colin Chandler said producers are planting only irrigated cotton now, compared to last year, when 30 percent to 40 percent was dryland. “I wouldn’t say our acreage is going to be down […]

Scholarships — May 15

Cotton Simms scholarship The High Plains Chapter of the Texas Tech Alumni Association announces the following students have been named as 2011 recipients of the Cotton Simms Scholarship as incoming freshmen at Texas Tech University in the fall. Clovis High School • Corbin Best • Tucker Martin • Bryan Wygant Farwell High School • Landry […]

Scholarships — May 1

Texas Alumni Association The High Plains Chapter of the Texas Alumni Association has awarded the following students Cotton Simms Scholarships:

Anniversaries — April 3

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French Kenley and Mary French celebrated their 60th anniversary March 26, 2011, with a dinner at Cotton Patch with family. Mary’s sister-in-law, Sharon Cecil, sang “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You,” to Kenley from her. Mary made their anniversary wedding cake. They were married March 26, 1951, in Parishburg, Va. They made […]

Portales past: Feb. 6, 1955

Feb. 6, 1955: The Portales Daily News: Cotton growers of Roosevelt County were gathering ammunition to send to Sen. Clinton Anderson this week in an effort to have 5,000 additional acres allowed to be farmed under a 1955 farm subsidy program.

Year in Review: Agriculture producers had good year

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PNT staff report Agriculture this year saw good harvests overall, an increase in cotton and a little relief for dairy owners. Floyd farmer Allen Deen said Roosevelt County had 75 percent more cotton than normal this year, and Kenny Whitecotton of Strippers Custom Harvesting estimated the county had 5,000 to 6,000 acres of the crop. […]

Farmers see abundant cotton yields

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Argen Duncan Roosevelt and Curry counties have much more cotton than normal this year, and the crop is shaping up to be excellent, people in local agriculture say. Roosevelt County has 75 percent more cotton than normal this year, said Floyd farmer Allen Deen. Kenny Whitecotton of Strippers Custom Harvesting estimated 5,000-6,000 acres in the […]

Portales past: June 25, 1945

June 25, 1945: Officials estimated 1,500 to 2,000 people attended the weekend rodeo held at an arena about a mile southwest of Portales. Winners included Jack Shaw (calf roping), Cotton Lee (bulldogging), Bug Brown (bull riding) and Bill Hancock (bronc riding).

Oct. 24, 1960

According to the Portales News-Tribune, a few days of sun and clear skies had put a brighter outlook on everything, according to most farmers and produce buyers in the area. The harvest had resumed and was beginning to pick up speed, and there was hope that most all crops except grain and cotton would be […]

Feb. 22, 1953

Local 14-year-old polio victim Buster Wooten won the 4-H Cotton Production Contest, earning the title of “Roosevelt County Cotton Prince” and $75 cash after he successfully planted and harvested an acre of cotton on his father’s farm northwest of Portales. From his labors, he earned a gross of $266.86 and a net of $194.96.

Poor cotton harvest doesn’t deter couple

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Roosevelt County’s cotton scene has nearly disappeared, and this season’s crop fell below usual amounts, according to two farmers. Mary and Houston Lee, who live near Floyd, said their fields yielded about a bale and a half of cotton instead of the normal two or three bales. A bale is normally 485 pounds. The Lees […]

Cotton Extravaganza going strong

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor It’s a tradition that is more than 30 years old and is defying state-wide trends with a resurgence, organizers say. Roosevelt County’s Cotton Extravaganza Fashion Show at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Jake Lopez Center at the fairgrounds is the unofficial warmup to the 2008 Roosevelt County Fair. Cotton […]

Sports Briefs June 6, 2008

Freedom New Mexico Clabaugh signs pair for ENMU baseball Second baseman Garrett Cook of Deming and right-handed pitcher Justin Cotten of DeSoto, Texas, have signed national letters of intent to play baseball next season at Eastern New Mexico University. Cook, who will be a junior, is transferring from Lamar (Colo.) Community College, while Cotton, a […]

Clarks found new home at Heartland

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Retirement was the last thing on Cotton Clark’s mind until the 80-year-old suffered a stroke three years ago, thus bringing to an end a 53-year career in the grocery business. These days Cotton is keeping a lower profile after spending more than two decades as a Portales city councilman […]

Horses, fashion on display

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Modeling cotton outfits and showing horses will be taking place Saturday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The 2007 RCF Youth Horse Show will begin at 10 a.m. at the Special Events Arena. Thirty classes are scheduled to take place during the day. Entries for the horse show are due […]

July 31, 1960

• A cotton crop at Elida was destroyed by a fast moving storm that hit the area. The hail, beating down hard and quick, beat the bolls from the crop. The storm also dumped one and one-half inches of rain on the crop. The storm virtually destroyed any chances of harvesting the cotton. • Tall […]

Baby showers not just for women anymore

By Helena Rodriguez: Columnist The host of my sister Crisanta’s baby shower didn’t know we were supposed to play games until 10 minutes before the shower. Couldn’t blame him. How many men host baby showers? My cousin Eric staged his first baby shower last weekend, an event he promised to never do again despite the […]