Their view: Cattle ranchers appreciative of Earth, natural resources

Bert Ancell is president of New Mexico Cattle Growers Association and general manager of the Bell Ranch in San Miguel County. He’s asking area residents join the cattle growers in celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on Thursday. “There are people from 190 countries and one billion people taking this day to recognize the […]

Ranch life was hard work

By Ruth White Burns: FNM correspondent Editor’s Note: This is another in a continuing series about the H-Bar Ranch and the hardships of life on the plains before 1900.

New foreman started family at H-Bar Ranch

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By Ruth Burns: PNT correspondent When the Winfreys sold the H-Bar Ranch to Jim Newman and Tom Trammell in 1897, Newman asked his cousin (my grandfather), R. L. “Bob” Wood, to take over the ranch as foreman. Bob had come with Newman to the DZ Ranch near the present town of Arch in 1882 and […]

Sometimes, best choice is to let it go

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist In an effort to manage the 20-section ranch more efficiently, the boss bought Jake a Ranger, a four-wheel drive muscle car ATV. The cowboys on this west Texas ranch were equipped with cell phones, of course. What modern cowboy isn’t. They have replaced Copenhagen as the habit-forming addiction for the […]

Let’s put ranch families out in space

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist One of the qualities that characterize dedicated ranchers and farmers is a joyous commitment to hard work. It’s sort of an odd combination of curiosity, independence and bravado. They actually crave the struggle like long-distance runners crave the race. They love their job. Ranching is not a sport. It pits […]

Band carries on legacy of Spanish music

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By PNT Correspondent: Helena Rodriguez Halfway between Clovis and Portales is the huge Garcia estate known as the Midway, consisting of a popular Spanish music dance hall adjacent to a sprawling Mexican style ranch. The ranch has grown in size over the years as the musical success of the family band, Los Huracanes del Norte […]

Oct. 16 Friday area prep football scoreboard

Class 5 A Clovis 48, Artesia 10, final Class 3A Portales 79, Roswell High 36, final Class 2A Santa Rosa 21, Texico 7, final Estancia 42, Tucumcari 13, final Class 1A Fort Sumner 10, Carrizozo 0, final 8-man Melrose 76, Clovis Christian 36, final 6-man House 62, Dora 45, final Lake Arthur 70, Elida 25, […]

Candidate’s business accused of discrimination

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against Clayton Ranch Market in Clayton. Clayton Ranch Market is owned by former District 67 State Rep. Brian Moore, who has entered the race for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor of New Mexico. The lawsuit claims the store did not hire […]

Lobbyist release expense reports

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican Several state farm and ranch organizations on Thursday hosted their annual “Growing For You” dinner in the Rotunda of the Capitol, dishing out free plates of meat, vegetables, ice cream sandwiches and bags of salted peanuts to lawmakers, staff, lobbyists, building personnel, reporters, visitors and anyone else […]

Jim Newman at the DZ Ranch

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By Ruth Burns, Special to the PNT Editor’s Note: This is the second of three articles about two of Roosevelt County’s earliest settlers, Doak Good and Jim Newman. The last one will appear in a future Sunday edition in June. One of the biggest land deals in United States history helped bring about the settlement […]

Three cheers for cow dogs

Well-trained cow dogs are probably the most valuable “hands” on a ranch. When I was young, our family had a black English Shepherd called Oso (bear in Spanish).

Editorial: Removal of ranch children an abuse of legal authority

Texas officials need to drop their crusade against the Yearning For Zion Ranch, a polygamist compound, unless they can lawfully produce a legitimate victim of a serious crime. It appears increasingly likely Texas officials raided the commune in response to the phone call of a troubled Colorado Springs woman with a history of making false […]

October 12, 1958

• Portales 4-H youth Dwayne Disney earned four grand champion trophies with his Jersey cow, Guard’s Able Lucy. The awards were won at the Curry County Fair, Roosevelt County Fair, New Mexico State Fair and the Tri-State Fair in Amarillo. • Delbert Foster, David Stone and Sam Martin had each gotten an antelope during the first […]

Heritage Center provides glimpse of days past

The Muleshoe Heritage Center takes visitors back in time to the age of the cattle barons. The center has two early-20th-century ranch houses on-site as well as a cookhouse/bunkhouse, a small hotel from the early 1900s and even a log cabin. The main ranch house was built by legendary Texas Panhandle rancher John Janes and […]

Ranch gives everyone chance to show artistic side

It’s been an unmistakeable feature of West Texas, and Cadillacs, for more than three decades. It’s been the subject of numerous magazine and newspaper stories, documentaries and even a theatrical film. It can be a day of fun for a family with a few cans of spray paint. The Cadillac ranch, located a few miles […]

Prairie chickens making comeback

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The lesser prairie chicken was once prolific across the shortgrass prairies of the Great Plains. The birds were often the only meat on a pioneer family’s table in hard times, which never seemed to go away for the plains sodbuster. Experts say the birds nearly met their demise, not […]

March 21, 1980

The Milnesand Homemakers’ Club met Tuesday at the Community Building with eight members present. Ladies brought a covered dish that they enjoyed during the noon hour. Hostesses for the day were Carolyn and Wilma Parkinson. Mrs. Parkinson had a padded mirror on display that she had made, and the club is also learning to make […]

Labor bill receives lukewarm reception

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A bill that would help farm and ranch laborers injured at work has gotten a lukewarm reception in the Legislature, and local lawmakers predict it has too many hiccups to pass. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, and others said a bill that would amend the Worker’s Compensation Act to include […]

Golf course approved near Ute Lake

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission approved an agreement on Thursday that allows Ute Lake Ranch to construct and operate a golf course on the shores of Ute Lake, according to a news release from ISC. The project has had strong backing from Quay County area governments as a catalyst […]

Legacy of early ranch life awaits visitors in Muleshoe

Compiled by William P. Thompson, Freedom Newspapers The Muleshoe Heritage Center takes visitors back in time to the age of the cattle barons. The center has two early-20th-century ranch houses on-site as well as a cookhouse/bunkhouse, a small hotel from the early 1900s and even a log cabin. The main ranch house was built by […]