Portales calf roper headed to nationals

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Portales calf roper Jerrad Hofstetter will be making his third trip to professional rodeo’s season-ending championship. Hofstetter, who was named “Rookie of the Year” in 2005, said this year was a bad one for his rodeo career and he had every intention of calling it quits for the year after the Justin Boots Championship in [...]

Solutions sometimes unconventional

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist A couple of weeks ago we got to know B.J. Pierce, world Champion tiedown calf roper. This week I’d like you to meet B.J. Pierce, gifted school teacher. After about 13 years of solid rodeoing, B.J. retired from rodeo and began teaching school. He taught sixth grade — “whatever [...]

Champion roper out for repeat

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer CLOVIS — Stran Smith has been calf roping since he was 16 years old, and last year he earned the title of world tiedown champion. Smith, from Childress, Texas, is a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and he was in Clovis this weekend to defend his title [...]

Diabetes fails to slow Sudan, Texas, team roper

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico It’s taken awhile for Kory Koontz to get into the swing of this year’s PRCA season. But the Sudan, Texas, native knows the drill all right. With over a million dollars in prize money to his credit over the years, Koontz has qualified for the National Finals Rodeo 14 [...]

Dora roper wins NHSFR short round

By Mickey Winfield, PNT staff writer Dora junior calf-roper Jessie Clark defeated over 160 other competitors in winning the short round late last month at the National High School Finals rodeo in Farmington. “It’s kind of a novel deal to see somebody make it that far,” Jessie’s dad Jerry said. “And to go and do [...]

September 5, 1976

• Portales was the host for car show that featured antique cars from both New Mexico and Texas. • The Portales Rams football team defeated the Muleshoe Mules 15-7 during the season opener held in Portales. • Russ Lovejoy, of Milnesand, was named the champion tie-down roper of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association.

Church to protest at Clovis funeral

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers They spread a message of hate and condemnation without apology. In fact, members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., embrace the national animosity they have received and use it as fuel to push their message all the more. Church members announced last week they plan to picket Monday’s funeral [...]

Controversial group plans protest at soldier’s funeral

By Sharna Johnson: Freedpom Newspapers A controversial group known for protesting at the funerals of U.S. soldiers has planned an appearance Monday in Clovis. Those attending services for Sgt. Leroy Segura Jr. will see members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., holding signs bearing messages of morality, according to Shirley Phelps-Roper, a member of [...]