My turn: Pioneer Day highlight of county fair

Alisa Boswell I got to enjoy the Roosevelt County Fair for the first time this week both personally and professionally. It was fun being able to ride the ferris wheel, tease the Portales firefighters at their display trailer and eat a good burger. But I think the biggest highlight for me was covering the Pioneer […]

Longtime county residents honored at Pioneer Days Festival

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Alisa Boswell Receiving Pioneers of the Year recognition at the annual Pioneer Days breakfast Thursday morning was both a surprise and an honor for Bill and Peggy Prater, according to Bill Prater. Prater, vice president for the Pioneer Board, said the board picks who is the Pioneer of the Year but when his name was […]

Day trip: Sacramento Mountains Historical Museum and Pioneer Village

Sacramento Mountains Historical Museum and Pioneer Village • Location: 1000 Highway 82, Cloudcroft • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Learn about life during the turn of the century from exhibits featuring early farming and ranching and railroad models. • What ages is this place best suited for?: All ages • Admission prices? […]

Ticket feature: Pioneer Days kicking off with PRCA rodeo

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Freedom New Mexico The 41st annual Pioneer Days begins today in Clovis with the start of the PRCA Rodeo at the Curry County Events Center. Nightly events will be ongoing with the Pioneer Days Parade taking place at 10 a.m. Saturday on Main Street. The parade theme for this year is “Celebrating the Fun and […]

Clovis high school reunion meeting set

A planning meeting for a reunion of Clovis High School alumni from 1970 to 1979 is 5:15 p.m. Monday at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce. The CHS 70s reunion is planned for June 3-4, in conjunction with the Pioneer Days celebration. Tentative plans include a Friday night mixer, class participation in the Pioneer Days […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Pioneer parade and vampires

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Get in the parade The annual Pioneer Days Parade is just around the corner — June 5. Community organizations and business are being encouraged to be parade participants this year. Contact the Clovis/Curry County Chamber to sign up and enter a float. Question of the […]

Honor Guard wins parade sweepstakes

The base Honor Guard marches in downtown Clovis during the 39th annual Pioneer Days Parade on June 6. The Honor Guard received the most points in the parade, winning the Sweepstakes Trophy.

Pioneer Days Rodeo moves indoors

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer An increase in competitors, partially thanks to a new venue, has Curry County Mounted Patrol members excited about the event they sponsor every year. And that’s despite the 39th annual Pioneer Days Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo moving away from the facility that bears the group’s name. This […]

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George Causey: High plains pioneer

By Ruth Burns: Special to the CNJ No story of the High Plains would be complete without mentioning T.L. “George” Causey, for whom Causey was named. Causey was a rancher, freighter, and most famously, a buffalo hunter. It was his heavy wagons and ox teams hauling the hides to market that made the Portales Road […]

Pioneer picked

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer According to Webster’s Dictionary, a pioneer is ‘one of the first to settle in a territory’, and for several years, the city of Portales has honored its pioneers during Heritage Days. Friday night, four individuals and one couple were honored as pioneers of Portales, but 86-year-old Eunice Schumpert was […]

Events Calendar June 20

Friday Pioneer of Year Celebration — 5 p.m., Memorial Building Saturday Elida Flea Market — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Elida Town Hall Square Heritage Days Parade — 10 a.m. downtown Portales Blood Drive — 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Heritage Days at City Park ENMU Alumni Band concert — 7 p.m. Campus Union Ballroom at ENMU […]

Heritage Days kicks off Friday in Portales

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer The annual Heritage Days celebration will begin Friday with the Pioneer of the Year celebration. This year’s nominees include Paul Murphey, Eunice Schumpert, Billy and Peggy Prater, Gene Collins and Tommie Bennett, according to Sharon King, executive director of the Portales Chamber of Commerce. Pioneer of The Year candidates […]

Pioneers honor their heritage

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By Keely McDowell: Freedom New Mexico Area women shared part of a vanishing legacy through their stories about growing up in a less privileged time Friday at the Pioneer Women’s Breakfast in Clovis. “We worked from daylight to sunset and had to stay out of school for weeks at a time,” Lorraine Horton, 85, said. […]

Brazile competes at Pioneer Days

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By Eric Butler, PNT Correspondent The 38th annual PRCA Pioneer Days Rodeo began with the array of flags and colors in the opening procession. It also had the sporting jibes between the public address announcer and the rodeo clowns. However, eight hours before the Thursday night regular performance started, reigning PRCA all-around champion Trevor Brazile […]

Riders punctuate Pioneer nights

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Pro-Tour FMX is a Freestyle Motocross exhibition and demonstration team that will be perfoming nightly at the Mounted Patrol Arena during Pioneer Days this week. D.J. Umphres, the team leader and founder, is a former California State 4-Stroke Champion. Umphres said his team of daredevil riders have performed exciting and dangerous motorcycle tricks. Having performed […]

Year’s pioneer named

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By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers T.Z. Duncan, who came to Roosevelt County in 1936, was named Pioneer of the Year during a reception held Friday evening at the Memorial Building in Portales. Local musician Chris Harrell kicked off the festivities with a medley of songs that celebrated the pioneer spirit of nominees Duncan and Irene […]

Centennial parade expected to draw record numbers

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Expect to see a 1963 Coca-Cola Cadillac, a three-star general and a record amount of entries in Saturday’s Pioneer Days parade in Clovis. In addition, there will be an fly-over prior to the parade featuring four F-16 jets. “Honoring Our Past” is the theme for the 2007 Pioneer Days celebration, […]

Elida native nominated for pioneer honor

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of three stories about nominees for the Roosevelt County Pioneer of the Year. Heritage Days is a celebration of tradition, descent and of course, heritage. To kick off the three days of celebration an important decision is made: The winner […]

County preps to celebrate heritage

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County will celebrate the 22nd Annual Heritage Days on June 16-18 in the Portales City Park which will include live music, craft booths and plenty of activities. “It’s going to be a fun day in the park,” said Ken Huffman, director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. […]