Coach Roanhaus wins 300th

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Kevin Wilson Cannon blasts filled the air, as they have so often on Clovis Friday nights, and the fireworks lighted the night sky, signifying a milestone win for Eric Roanhaus. But the longtime Clovis coach simply did what he had done 299 times before Friday’s 40-0 pounding of Alamogordo — put one in the Wildcat [...]

Cowboys could often do it better

There’s an old saying: “A mule is as good as a horse, till you need a horse.” Or, of course, the revorse. I saw a photo in the newspaper of a man standing in the surf trying to throw a rope around the tail of a beached baby humpback whale. My first thought was, “A [...]

Cattleman outwits automated urinal

Back pain is the bane of many farmers and ranchers. A life of lifting, riding, shifting and physical exertion often leads them to a long-term relationship with osteopathic surgeons. Last spring, Colorado rancher Evan suffered through the spring branding and the state cattlemen’s meeting before making his doctor appointment. As his wife was checking him [...]

HPJRA: Physical trait often determine horses’ names

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By Clarence Plank CLOVIS — What’s in a name? For the participants in the 36th annual High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals in Clovis on Friday, they often named their horse after a physical trait. Keylee Crowder, 9, of Hobbs competes on her horse named Keebler. “When he was born he was as small as [...]

Porous border fears ripe fodder for alarmists

Freedom newspapers Politics often involves a tug-of-war between perception and fact. One of the most obvious cases involves the insinuation that “illegals” are swarming across our southern border and putting the entire nation at risk. Of course, “illegals” could be harmless immigrants just looking for a way to feed their families, or sophisticated gangsters armed [...]

Art program will give at-risk youth chance to paint

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico A local non-profit group has plans to help prevent gangs in Clovis and Portales through art. Artists of America of New Mexico is working to launch a new afterschool and weekend program called Windows on the World, which will target middle school and high school age youth who are [...]

Portales Smokin’ Third bash kicks off Independence Day festivities

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Every holiday seems to be a time for family to get together. The Fourth of July, however, is often a wider community celebration. And that’s a major reason Clovis and Portales citizens are soaking up as much of the Independence Day festivities available. The holiday was kicked off by [...]

Cows should be on T.V. more often

By Baxter Black: FNM columnist It’s curious why more cows aren’t featured on America’s Funniest Home Videos. Maybe it’s because we cow guardians always have our hands full of hay forks, reins, twine cutters, squeeze chute handles, syringes or up the back of a cow! And, if the truth were known, you could stand in [...]

Programs gives offenders second chance

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Alternative Sentencing Programs and Educational Networks of New Mexico (ASPEN) has been giving people convicted of crimes the chance to turn around their lives for the last seven years. District, magistrate and municipal judges in Roosevelt County often sentence offenders to attend the program in conjunction with paying [...]

State, local police at odds on juvenile detention

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedm New Mexico Local police and the state agency that oversees troubled youths are at odds on how to handle juvenile criminal suspects. Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center is too small and state criteria governing detention of youth is too stringent. He said local police [...]