Black coming to help Miss Rodeo

By Lesli Radford According to the Washington Post, “he could make a dead man sit up and laugh.” The New York Times describes him as “probably the nation’s most successful living poet.” Baxter Black says he just wants to be remembered as “someone who didn’t embarrass his friends.” A former veterinarian, Black said he stumbled […]

Residents celebrate Christmas events

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By Tony Parra The Christmas Parade ran through the Portales downtown area and the event culminated with the crowning of the Little Miss Merry Christmas on Friday. The event began with a crowd of approximately 100 people gathered in front of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The crowd braved a mild cold weather, however, barrels with […]

ENMU student reins in rodeo queen crown

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By Mike Linn, Freedom Newspapers Brittany Bennett likens rodeos to family reunions. Unlike many sports, camaraderie often trumps rivalry and competitors can be like brothers and sisters. The 19-year-old from Portales will carry that belief with her when she begins her reign as Miss Rodeo Queen New Mexico in January. “(Rodeos are) just such a […]

ENMU student competes for Miss New Mexico

Tony Parra Aleiha Applegarth is not your typical Miss New Mexico contestant. When she was in elementary school, competing in the Miss America Pageant was the furthest thing from her mind. “Growing up, I thought it wasn’t much but standing on stage and looking beautiful,” Applegarth said. “I had no idea how much more there […]

Christmas pageant raises funds for lights

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Michelle Seeber Six-year-old Stephanne Chandler really wanted to win the 18th Annual Little Miss Merry Christmas Pageant held Friday night at the Cornerstone Building in downtown Portales after the light parade. In fact, she wanted to win so badly that she and her mother baked cakes and pies, sought donations from 51 Portales businesses and […]

Miss Native American crowned at ENMU

Helena Rodriguez By Helena Rodriguez Freedom Newspapers Helena_Rodriguez@link.freedom.com The new Miss Native American ENMU will use her crown and title to be an ambassador for Eastern New Mexico University’s Native American Club and the school, helping to recruit students. “I would like to visit Native American reservations and schools and try to influence students to […]

Portales woman lassos state queen title.

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Mike Linn Since Silver Paiz was a young girl she dreamed of becoming the New Mexico State Fair Queen. Little did she know then she would be the first from Roosevelt County. Paiz, 19, won overall honors in the state pageant Saturday in Albuquerque, edging 14 other county queens. She also placed first in the […]

Obits July 22

Ronald Hutchings, 71 Mr. Ronald I. Hutchings, 71, of Watseka, Ill., died July 1, 2003, at his home. He was born June 28, 1932, in Fairmont City, Minn., to Ivan E. and Alice M. Musser Hutchings. He married Christine Borders on Oct. 13, 1979, in Hammond, Ind. He worked 23 years as clergy and nine […]

Former queen has spent half a century grooming others

By Janet Bresenham Faith, family and a passion for what she loves to do have been the driving forces in Wilma Fulgham’s life. For more than five decades now, Fulgham has continued to invest her time and boundless energy into helping young women and girls participate in competitions and pageants related to horsemanship and rodeo, […]

Brushing up on camouflage

By Bob Huber This is a good day to brush up on your natural camouflage, otherwise called selective coloration by guys in white jackets who are picky about descriptive terms. My own invisibility is a case in point, but also a nuisance for my wife Marilyn who insists I could be arrested if I rely […]