Curry County pioneer women honored at breakfast

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Battling rattlesnakes and mice in shoddy homes. Farming through droughts and dust storms. Wading through unpaved streets. Feeling hunger pangs. Being a pioneer in Clovis drenched these women in such hardships. Early Friday morning, about 100 Curry County natives gathered in the Clovis Civic Center for the Sixth Annual Pioneer […]

Pioneer Days gets under way in Clovis

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Rodeo royalty, clowns and cowboys will be in attendance at the upcoming Pioneer Days. The six-day event will kick-off at 5 p.m. Monday with the coronation of the Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen. According to pageant coordinator Wilma Fulgham, six girls ages 5 to 9 were judged on personality, appearance and […]

‘Pioneers’ visit fair

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Pioneer Days started with a slow attendance of about 60 people who enjoyed the music but after the music was over at around 11 a.m. some late arrivals and senior citizens from the Heartland Care Center nursing home brought that number up over 100 people. Joy Gardner, president of the […]

Pioneer celebration set

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Pioneer Days is long-standing feature of the Roosevelt County Fair honoring community involvement and pioneering spirit. The Pioneer of the Year Awards will be presented during the a gathering of Roosevelt County pioneers at 9 a.m. Thursday at Jake Lopez Building at the fairgrounds. Howell Merrick and Elrie Capps […]

Hilliard has strong, helping presence in community

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Jane Elizabeth Mauk Hilliard was chosen the 2005 Pioneer of the Year on Friday in the Memorial Building. “I’m so very honored to have this beautiful plaque in recognition of the small part I have had in this community,” Hilliard said. “I do want to express my appreciation for […]

Rodeo lifestyle continues with pageant

By David Irvin One by one, the nine rodeo queen contestants briskly rode their horses across the Mounted Patrol Arena on Monday during the 2005 Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen coronation ceremony. In the end, only four would win the top honors in their age groups. “(Rodeo) teaches kids a lot of responsibilities,” said Texico’s Lacy […]

Pioneer celebration set for Thursday

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By Tony Parra Pioneer Days on Thursday at the Roosevelt County Fair will continue a long-standing tradition of honoring the Roosevelt County pioneers, according to Joy Gardner, President of The Pioneer Association. The Pioneer Days ceremony is one component of the Senior Citizens’ Day portion of the fair. Admission is free for those who are […]

Langston chosen as top pioneer

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By Tony Parra Dewey Langston walked into the Memorial Building auditorium on Friday evenng and walked out the winner of the 2004 Pioneer of the Year Award. “It’s quiet humbling,” Langston said, “especially when you think of the people who were recognized and have been recognized with the award.” The measure of what Langston meant […]

Knox a lifer for Portales

By Tony Parra Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of profiles on nominees for the Pioneer of the Year award. Harold Knox graduated from Portales High School in 1933 and experienced just about all Portales has to offer since his birth in 1915. He experienced a surprise when he found out he […]

Carr helped keep county agriculture going

By Tony Parra Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories profiling the nominee’s for this year’s Roosevelt County Pioneer of the Year. Jack Carr moved to Portales when he was a teen-ager in 1930 and spent a large part of his time helping out farmers and ranchers in Roosevelt County. On […]

J.R. Schlenker proudly accepts pioneer award

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Mike Linn J.R. “Chick” Schlenker said he knows Portales, its nooks and crannies, its strengths and weaknesses. “I’ve been everywhere in this town except jail,” Schlenker boasted Saturday. This knowledge and his community efforts helped the 94-year-old Schlenker win this year’s Pioneer of the Year award. He was awarded the title at the Memorial Building […]