Commission opts against horse racing ban

By Tony Parra Rick Short, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant, said the department has been busy working on drug bust operations and answering calls to disturbances from horse races on private property. “We’ve been very busy in the month of March,” Short said. “We (Portales Police Department and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department) were involved in […]

Horses deserve anesthetic before shooting

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist There is nothing pretty about killing a horse. Nobody knows that more than those of us who have done it. There are people actively attempting to get a federal bill passed that will “prevent the slaughter of horses in and from the U.S. for human consumption and other purposes.” Those […]

Century of horsemanship involved in business

By Tony Parra Editor’s Note: The following is a part of an ongoing series of stories about local business owners who have been with their respective businesses for five years or longer. Ray and Wendy Toombs are owners of the Abrazos Adventure horseback riding school and between them have 100 years of horse experience. They […]

Horsemanship on display at Ag Expo

By Tony Parra People from around New Mexico made their way into the show arena at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds to learn how to manage their horses. Jinita Hays, an instructor from Lovington of the Pat and Linda Parelli instructional school, gave attendees of the 13th Annual New Mexico Ag Expo tips on how to […]

Coe wins Eastern New Mexico Fair queen honor

By Laurie Stone Roosevelt County Fair Queen Adrienne Coe was crowned queen at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair in Roswell earlier this month. Coe, an Elida High School senior, was among three other girls from Chaves county competing for the crown, of New Mexico State Fair Queen, to represent the 13 counties neighboring New […]

Girls compete to represent county

By Laurie Stone The Roosevelt County Fair has a 4 p.m. Friday awards presentation for Fair Queen, Princess, and Sweetheart at the show arena. Celebrating at the awards presentation is a triumphant culmination for girls who have worked for months to represent Roosevelt County the following year. Prior to winning a crown, each contestant endures […]

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 […]

Seven vying for Roosevelt County fair honors

Special to the PNT Special to the PNT Seven Roosevelt County girls will be competing for the Queen, Princess and Sweetheart titles Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The day will being with the horsemanship contest in the fair arena followed by the personality contest in the Jake Lopez Center. Under the direction of Dela […]

Bad luck always comes in threes

In the old days, I resigned myself that bad luck came in threes, i.e., three flat tires, three smashed fingers or three social faux pas. It’s comforting to know that good ol’ Dakota Mike is still proving my theory. And, I’m not even counting the initial injury that resulted in a swollen right knee, which […]

Horse races cause concern for area police

Mike Linn A family residing about five miles east of Portales has been hosting horse races twice a month, contending it wants to keep Mexican tradition alive and boredom at bay. But local law enforcement officials say tradition can only go as far as American law permits — and to that end Roosevelt County Sheriff […]

Light parade to wow city

Tony Parra If you’re in downtown Portales Friday night there’s one thing you almost certainly won’t miss — lights. Fire trucks, tractor trailers and even a horse will all be laced with holiday glow during the annual Roosevelt County Christmas Jubilee Light Parade, which begins at 6:30 p.m. on the corner of 18th Street and […]

Peanut butter causes rough ride, sticky contest

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Mike Linn You could be strong, agile, a skilled horseback rider and fleet of foot, but if you couldn’t inhale a peanut butter sandwich there was no hope of winning the Roosevelt Rough Rider Challenge Saturday at the Portales City Park. As a matter of fact, the contest’s winner, Lalo Aranda Jr., said his love […]