America teams up to defeat deadly crime

Airman Thomas Trower Impaired driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. Nationally, more than 17,000 people died in alcohol-related highway crashes during 2003. Every 30 minutes, nearly 50 times a day, someone in America dies in an alcohol-related crash. Hundreds of thousands more are injured each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration […]

Fairgoers enjoy first day

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The opening of the gates to the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds was greeted by parents and children on their way to the rides, food, barrel racing and dancing. Wednesday marked the official open to the fair, a tradition which at one time during the 1920s took place in the downtown area […]

Rides top draw for brothers

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Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal gave Joshua Willmot, 9, of Clovis, $80 to spend at the Curry County Fair. He took his brother, Elighio Rodriquez, 7, and his mother, Tanya. The following is the boys’ report as told to CNJ staff writer Jesse Wolfersberger. Joshua and Elighio spent most of their time and energy […]

Former Hell’s Angel to bring message Aug. 28

Evangelist Jerry McGee will be featured during services beginning Aug. 28 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Clovis. McGee, a former drug dealer in the Hell’s Angels motorcyle gang, is the Founder and President of Freedom Crusade Ministries, International which is located in Winston-Salem, N.C. He travels around the country to offer a […]

The wisdom and special jobs of grandpas

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Grandpas have a special job and have since days of yore To teach his children’s children things his parents might ignore. Like how to spit and whistle, carve initials on a tree The value of an empty can and why some things aren’t free. Why dogs get stuck, how birds […]

Coaly represented regrettable challenge

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist I once had a rude experience with a horse named Coaly. He was a plow plug, a big, black Percheron with the combined disposition of a medieval executioner and Jack the Ripper. They don’t make animals like him anymore, and we’re lucky that way. To be more specific, he was […]

People take Billy the Kid’s last ride

By Ryn Gargulinski For a 125-mile wilderness trek on horseback that reenacted Billy the Kid’s last ride, Fort Sumner fourth-grader Alicia Smith said she would have packed her Game Boy. Several students in Capitan teacher Tanya Hargrave’s class said a portable TV would be their choice. The real-life riders who actually took the journey were […]

Regardless of mode, traveling is escaping

By Helena Rodriguez My 14-year-old daughter Laura recently got to fly for the first time. In fact, she traveled by almost every possible mode — land, sea, plane and train — in the course of only a few days. Laura and I accompanied my friend Yolanda to Houston last week for outpatient eye surgery. We […]

Century of horsemanship involved in business

By Tony Parra Editor’s Note: The following is a part of an ongoing series of stories about local business owners who have been with their respective businesses for five years or longer. Ray and Wendy Toombs are owners of the Abrazos Adventure horseback riding school and between them have 100 years of horse experience. They […]

Fair organizers confident carnival is worth the wait

By Tony Parra The Murphy Brothers Exposition will bring their show to Portales for the carnival as part of the festivities for the 2004 Roosevelt County Fair. The Starlight Carnival was the carnival at the 2003 Roosevelt County Fair, but is now out of business. Mike Cone, vice president of the Roosevelt County Fair Board, […]

Petty makes tour stop in Texico

By Ryan Lengerich TEXICO — NASCAR driver Kyle Petty is accustomed to being approached by adoring fans out for an autograph. Tuesday morning, the tables were turned. Clovis residents Lexie Meyers, husband Kevin and six-year-old son Lance made a short trip to a gas station in Texico. There, Petty, two other NASCAR drivers and about […]

Car collector ready to show off Model-T

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Mike Linn Jack Carr’s favorite automobile doesn’t have cruise control. It doesn’t sport chrome hubcaps. It doesn’t even include a gas peddle. It can’t go zero to 60 — at all. And that’s precisely what Carr said he loves about his 1924 Ford Model-T, which he will enter Saturday in this year’s Heritage Days antique […]

Couple to wed…up, up and away

Daniel Hackett and Jill Chandler of Portales will make themselves part of Clovis’ Pioneer Days in a special way Sunday — they plan to get married during one of the balloon launches scheduled for the celebration. Hackett, a graphic designer at the Portales News-Tribune, said he and his fiancee will exchange vows at 6 a.m. […]