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. […]

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 […]