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).
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
• 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 [...]
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 [...]