Graduation emotional time for parents

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A tearful Josefina Gaytan hugs her son, Elvis, after he graduated from Texico High School during a ceremony Saturday. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer As LeAnn Gibbs watched her daughter, Emily, walk around the Texico Sports Arena on Saturday night in her cap and gown, she said she remembered […]

Rodeo agreement up for vote

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer An agreement is in place that would allow the Curry County Mounted Patrol use of the county fairgrounds arena for the Pioneer Days Rodeo. The Curry County Commission will vote today on a proposal in which a scoreboard the Mounted Patrol purchased three years ago for about $10,000 will […]

Roosevelt County Fair schedule

Saturday • 10 a.m.: Youth Horse Show, Special Events Arena • 6 p.m.: Cotton Extravaganza, Jake Lopez Center Sunday • 1-5 p.m.: Begin putting up booths, Home Arts Building Monday: Entry Day for Indoor Exhibits • 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Put up booths, Home Arts Building • 12-6 p.m.: Horticulture, 4-H Educational, 4-H Open and Jr. […]

Exhibitors channel pioneers at fair

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Even horses need pedicures. Placing the foot of his horse on a stand, Dusty Leatherwood clipped its hoof with oversized nail clippers, and smoothed the edges with a foot-long metal file. Shoenail never even whinnied. A professional farrier, Leatherwood said as long as he was careful, the horse would […]

Canine affair

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Tom Clements of Wheatland, Mo. is sprinkled with water by cattle dog Flying Fiesta Monday during the Extreme Canine Stunt Dog Show at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The show will be performed three times a day during the fair. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Sporting a dog mask, 6-year-old […]

Ready for a fair time

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Glenn Shot of Clovis puts the final touches on his Noah’s Ark exhibit Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The Curry County Fair starts Monday. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Glen Shot and his wife placed a miniature replica of Noah’s Ark in their private booth at the Ag […]

Pioneer Days schedule

Today 6 p.m. — Little Buckaroo Rodeo, Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Wednesday 8 a.m. — Pageant speech competition at Clovis Civic Center. Noon — Rodeo barbecue kick-off at Bender Dodge 7 p.m. — Fashion show/buffet and auction at Clovis Civic Center Thursday 8:30 a.m. — Miss Rodeo New Mexico horsemanship competition. 2-4 p.m. — […]

Pioneer Days honor western heritage

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom Newspapers This year’s Pioneer Days celebration has added significance with Clovis celebrating its centennial. In its 37th year, Pioneer Days celebrates past traditions, heritage, pioneer spirit and progress of the area. “It is tradition that looks back on the days of the cowboys and settlers on the open range and honoring […]

2007 Pioneer Days schedule

Monday 5 p.m. — Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen pageant at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. preceding 32nd Annual Little Buckaroo Rodeo. 6 p.m. — Little Buckaroo Rodeo, Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Tuesday 6 p.m. — Little Buckaroo Rodeo, Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Wednesday 8 a.m. — Pageant speech competition at Clovis Civic Center. […]

Pioneer Days schedule of events

Monday, June 4 5 p.m. —Coronation/Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen pageant at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena, preceding 32nd Annual Little Buckaroo Rodeo. 6 p.m. —Little Buckaroo Rodeo, Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Horse events (13 and under, trophies and ribbons in each category), rodeo clown/bullfighter finals, calf riding (13 and under, three groups), dummy roping […]

Roping event set for weekend

CNJ Staff Hundreds of cowboys, both professional and amateur, will compete in calf-roping events this weekend. The third annual Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping is being held Friday through Sunday at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. According to event coordinator Joe Rhodes, 464 cowboys competed in the 2006 calf roping event. “Hopefully we will […]

ENMU frosh relative newcomer to rodeo

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Dakota Rasberry of West Texas College gets his hand stuck after being thrown from his bull at the College Daze Rodeo on Thursday at ENMU’s Lewis Cooper Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University freshman Cole Jackson stands tall next to his horse “Shaq” […]

‘Horsing’ around

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleCindy Vaughan of Clovis competes in the halter division of the showmanship event at the state Special Olympis Equestrian Games Friday at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By Tonya Fennell and Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers With poise and confidence, Cindy Vaughan slowly led her horse into the arena at the […]

The squeal deal: Beauty of swine show in eye of beholder

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Elizabeth Green, 13, shows her pig Tuesday at the Curry County Fair. Green finished 10th in class 15 of Yorkshires. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Upturned snouts and thin, spindly tails. Translucent pink hides. Hair that is course and sparse. Generally, swine are not considered creatures of beauty. Step into […]

Local steer wrestler posts night’s top time

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Shawn Hogg of Odessa, Texas, competes in bull riding competition on Thursday during the 36th annual Pioneer Days Rodeo at Mounted Patrol Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent As Chance Pettigrew waited for his chance in steer wrestling on the first night of the Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo, the public […]

Pioneer Rodeo keeps ‘em coming

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Fast facts What: 36th annual Pioneer Days Rodeo When: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday Where: Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena Tickets: $10-12 in advance at Joe’s Boot Shop; $12-14 at gate With 35 years of continuity behind it, the Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo could have just about anyone in the […]

Pioneer Days kicks off Monday

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Rodeo royalty, clowns and cowboys will be in attendance at the upcoming Pioneer Days. The six-day event will kick-off at 5 p.m. Monday with the coronation of the Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen. According to pageant coordinator Wilma Fulgham, six girls ages 5 to 9 were judged on personality, appearance […]

County events center taking shape

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Construction on the $6-million Curry County special events center is expected to start soon. (Courtesy illustration) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The parcel of land located on the west side of the Curry County Fairgrounds will soon be home to a $6 million covered events center. The county Fair Board purchased the land in […]

Auction taste of ranch business

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Clayton Montague, 14, of Clovis, smiles as he watches the bidding on his dairy heifer during the Jr. Livestock Sale Friday at the Curry County Fair. Montague’s heifer sold for $3,200. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Even though the cow she raised sometimes nibbled on her hair, Chelsea Hinrichs suffered […]

Rainy weather not fazing livestock competitors at fair

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Scott Cutright and Larry McClendo of Wright’s Amusement set up the carrousel Monday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Rain and mud were not halting progress Monday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Pickups and trailers began arriving Monday morning to unload pigs, lambs and steers that […]