Ruidoso Downs Racetrack offers more than racing

Freedom Newspapers “And they’re off!” Horse-racing season at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack begins each year on Memorial Day and lasts until Labor Day. This season Ruidoso Downs celebrates its 60th anniversary racing season, according to the Ruidoso Downs Racing Web site. The racetrack is also home of the Billy the Kid Casino, which offers more […]

Political expert sees interesting general election

Timothy Krebs is an associate professor of political science at the University of New Mexico. Krebs, who earned his Ph.D. in 1997 from Loyola University Chicago, has been at UNM since 1992. His research interests include urban political campaigns and elections and local political institutions. The following is an interview with him about the General […]

ENMU harriers looking to qualify

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers The odds may be long, but Eastern New Mexico University junior Mariana Chavira plans to give it her best shot in Saturday’s South Central Region cross country meet at Warrensburg, Mo. More than 25 schools are eligible to compete in the event, hosted by Central Missouri, but only three men’s […]

Day Trip: Cowboy Symposium

Freedom Newspapers The 17th annual Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium in Ruidoso will take place Friday through Oct.15 in Ruidoso Downs. According to Jim Kofakis, special events and fund-raising coordinator for the Hubbard Museum of the American West, a few Ruidoso residents started the event 17 years ago. The Hubbard Museum and Ruidoso Downs Race Track […]

Car show benefits children with heart problems

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer This Saturday the Classic Motor Cars and the Caprock Corvette clubs will host the third annual Kars for Kids car show at the Lubbock Dragway in Idalou, Texas, to help benefit children with heart problems. Caprock Corvette Club President Randy Edwards said the event will consist of a car […]

Day Trip: Ruidoso Downs Racetrack

“And they’re off!” Horse-racing season at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack begins each year on Memorial Day and lasts until Labor Day. This season Ruidoso Downs celebrates its 60th anniversary racing season, according to the Ruidoso Downs Racing Web site. The racetrack is also home of the Billy the Kid Casino, which offers more gambling fun […]

Military Equal Opportunity born out of social strife

Janet Taylor-Birkey The time was the early 1970’s — just a few short years after President Lyndon B. Johnson enacted the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — and race relations were not only affecting society as a whole, but also the military. “The military was going through a large transition at that point with integration […]

Fun run set for Heritage Days

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff This Saturday the Portales Main Street Organization will hold its Sixth Annual Fun Run as part of the Heritage Days celebration. The run is a fund-raiser to help the organization continue its quest in revitalizing the downtown. The Fun Run will consist of a 5-kilometer run, a 10-kilometer run and […]

Tombstone race a Fort Sumner tradition

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent FORT SUMNER — There’s legends and then there’s legends so big that they beget even more legends. The Billy the Kid tombstone races at Old Fort Days are all about an offshoot activity at the legendary outlaw’s gravesite. And it makes for an athletic event that certainly is unique by […]

Tuesday’s primaries hold two races of local interest

Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer On Tuesday, Roosevelt County voters will cast their votes in the primary elections. County Clerk Janet Collins said the polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Collins said that voters will not need to show voter identification cards, but will need to provide their date of birth […]

‘Fantastic Four’ unleashed on adventure race

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The Cannon team competed in the two-mile raft race which was the final leg of the second annual Laughlin Race Saturday. Greg Allen Cannon unleashed Thunder, Turbo, Psycho and Raw on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas as the Fantastic Four team completed 30 miles of bicycling, running and rafting through the Texas hill country Saturday. […]

Playday a day for horse, rider

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer It’s called a Playday because the competitive pressure is off if you choose, and it’s a chance for both horse and rider to get involved in an organized riding event with fun awards for the winners. Playday is sponsored by the Cattle Capitol Cowbelles local chapter. Laura Southard, of […]

Municipal judge race sparking some interest

By William Thompson A number of Portales City Council seats are up for grabs in Tuesday’s municipal election, but a three-way race for municipal judge by incumbent Fred Arnold, Oscar Robinson and Arla Hitson is generating the most pre-election buzz, according to city clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. “I’ve heard quite a bit about the judges’ race,” […]

522 Airman stays fit one event at a time

Airman Thomas Trower There are many excuses to avoid physical training, but one Airman decided how she would overcome the urge to “slack off” by setting personal goals and striving to surpass them. First Lt. Kristin Hubbard, 522nd Fighter Squadron, decided to start training for, and competing in, triathlons. “I’ve always wanted to do it […]

ENMU runners fall short of national slots

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — Running in abnormal heat, Eastern New Mexico University didn’t qualify anyone for the NCAA Division II national cross country meet in Saturday’s South Central Regional, hosted by Abilene Christian. Kenyan freshman Felix Boit, ENMU’s top hope of qualifying, was in 12th place with about 100 meters left in the 10-kilometer […]

Med Group Airmen show what they’re made of

Melanie Salazar Three Airmen went the distance earlier this month — literally. Staff Sgt. Patrick Wells, 27th Medical Support Squadron, 1st Lt. Curtis Murray and Senior Airman Simon Watson of the 27th Medical Operations Squadron all competed in the Palo Duro Trail Run in Palo Duro Canyon near Amarillo. Lt. Murray finished 48th out of […]

Amazing Portales turnout

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer While Hillary Boerio of Portales was singing “Amazing Graze” at the downtown square, there were interviews being conducted for “The Amazing Race” CBS show at Big Valley Auto. The Portales Fire Department held a water cannon competition to go with the Christian music, water volleyball, balloons and snow cones […]

Pioneers honored

By Tony Parra Find your sneakers, paint your turtles, and break out your stick horses, because there is much to celebrate Saturday at the Roosevelt County Fair. At 2 p.m. in the Pavillion, the turtle race will kick off a day for the kids and family. Southwest Box Turtles will be divided up into heats. […]

Kids’ events set for Saturday

PNT Staff Find your sneakers, paint your turtles, and break out your stick horses, because there is much to celebrate Saturday at the Roosevelt County Fair. At 2 p.m. in the Pavillion, the turtle race will kick off a day for the kids and family. Southwest Box Turtles will be divided up into heats. Each […]

City holds dedications, celebrations

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By Tony Parra Everything worked out perfectly for Heritage Days’ organizers and vendors as Portales residents participated in the events without it being rained out. The recently built Portales Junior High Gymnasium was dedicated to Kenneth Livingston, who was a longtime PJH principal before his death in 1987. “It’s amazing,” Bill Livingston, Kenneth’s son, said. […]