Portales mayor: Job never ends

By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico Leading a city, according to Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega, is like riding a bicycle: “If you can get on and pedal, you start moving forward,” he said. “But when you stop pedaling, you will eventually fall over. If you’re not pedaling every day as a community, you […]

World champion Hedeman to be in Clovis

Freedom New Mexico Four-time world champion bull rider Tuff Hedeman is coming to Clovis Saturday night. Cinch Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Curry County Special Events Center. This event is sanctioned by Championship Bull Riding and is a Horizon Series Event. Horizon Series competitors compete at more than […]

National final rodeo not for timid

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, 10 days in early December in Las Vegas, just finished. Events include bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, steer roping, women’s barrel racing, bull riding. The top 15 competitors of the year in each event could compete for the world […]

Live bull riding test of courage

By Baxter Black: FNM columnist “So, what’s the difference between riding a mechanical bull and riding a real one?” asked the boy of his dad. “You will know the difference, my son, the first time you climb over into the buckin’ chute and look down.” The mechanical bull is a carnival ride. It is not […]

Amateur bull riding good for laughs

By Glenda Price: PNT columnist I’m sure it’s written someplace that every ranch boy must try riding a bull — in a rodeo — at least once in his life. In the olden days most every town had an amateur rodeo every year — usually a jackpot deal. That was the perfect place for a […]

Homicide suspect indicted on murder charges

Freedom New Mexico Homicide suspect Anthony Ray Casillas was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder Friday in connection with the Sept. 25 shooting deaths of a Melrose man and a Lubbock woman, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Casillas, 21, of Clovis is accused of shooting Gary Payne, 52, and Melissa Ward, 36, while […]

Pioneers Days Rodeo results

At Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena, Clovis Bearback riding: 1. Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash. 86; 2. Chauncey Kirby, Fort McDowell, Ariz. 83; 3. Forest Bramwell, Pagosa Springs, Colo. 80; 4/5. Tim Shirley, Conifer, Colo. and Casey Colletti, Pueblo, Colo. 79. Steer wrestling: 1. Tony Larson, Sheridan, Wyo. 3.9 seconds; 2/3. Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. and […]

Sumner Lake site of search

Freedom New Mexico Divers were searching Sumner Lake in De Baca County on Monday for the body of a man they believe drowned Sunday while jet skiing, according to a New Mexico State Police spokesperson. Sgt. Andy Tingwell said witnesses told police a man appeared to be having trouble with his jet ski around midday […]

Immigrant plan should include vet training

By Baxter Black The Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) is making an effort to encourage more young people to participate in the bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding events. Simultaneously, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is making an effort to encourage more students to become livestock and equine veterinarians. Does that mean more young […]

2-10-08 Honors

Toombs Wendy Toombs of Portales recently earned an award for logging 500 hours in the American Quarter Horse Association Horseback Riding Program, according to a news release. The program recognizes members for time spent in the saddle in activities such as trail rides, working cattle, pleasure driving and riding. Toombs will receive recognition in The […]