Youth groups protest tobacco ads

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A woman on horseback whipped around the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena on Friday night, the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. flag she held flapping almost regally in the wind. As a sponsor of the Pioneer Days Rodeo, the company is entitled to the display, said Dewey Pierce, captain of […]

State tournament brackets

CNJ staff Class 5A Girls Quarterfinals at UNM Arena Tuesday Mayfield vs. Highland, 4:45 p.m. Sandia vs. Los Lunas, 9:45 a.m. Rio Rancho vs. La Cueva, 1:15 p.m. Clovis vs. Gallup, 8:15 p.m. Semifinals at UNM Arena Thursday Mayfield/Highland winner vs. Sandia/Los Lunas, 9:45 a.m. Rio Rancho/La Cueva winner vs. Clovis/Gallup, 1:15 p.m. Championship At […]

Event center proposal faces land issue

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer A new proposal for an events center at the Curry County Fairgrounds is awaiting a resolution of a land issue before being sent to the County Commission for approval. The plan calls for an enclosed 75,000-square foot metal building that could seat 3,500 to be built on the north […]

Good holiday deed gone bad in Denver

By Bob Huber An independent survey this week showed that hidden in the dusty catacombs of my files are dozens of juicy Christmas stories I experienced as a young, insolvent reporter. But only one stands out as a reminder of how innocent I was in those days. (Some biased reports claim I was stupid.) That […]

County considers new events center plan

By David Irvin Curry County’s proposed events center was back in the spotlight on Tuesday with a new plan. The latest proposal, from Schlegel Lewis Architects of Albuquerque, is to build a facility next to the county fairgrounds’ Mounted Patrol Arena, which could share some of the outdoor rodeo arena’s infrastructure. One element that might […]

Car destruction, high-flying bikes highlight fair

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A personal liability release for one of the Curry County Fair’s more popular events speaks for itself. “…The participation in a demolition derby, either as a driver or crew member, exposes the (participant) to a substantial and serious risk of property damage, personal injury or death.” The demolition derby […]

November date of District 4 primary

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Incumbent District 4 County Commissioner Albin Smith, a Republican, is unopposed in the primary. Challenger Gloria Wicker, a Democrat, also has no opponent in the primary. They will face off in November. Qualifications Smith: I’ve lived in the district for seven and a half years. I’ve lived in the […]

Covered rodeo arena may not be cost effective for county

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Increased estimates are causing county officials to question whether they can complete plans to remodel the fairgrounds rodeo arena, proposed as a cheap way to build a county special events center. An estimate for a metal building that would be part of the proposed remodeling has come back at […]

Readers: Covered arena not part of deal

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about Curry County’s latest plan to build a special events center by refurbishing the rodeo arena at the county fairgrounds. Some responses: “It’s the same old story — politicians promise one thing and deliver something else. At this point, I would just like to see […]

Unanimous vote puts arena cover in motion

By Jack King Curry County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to request bids for a plan to erect a building over the rodeo arena at the fairgrounds as an economical way of building a county special events center. Several county residents at the meeting raised questions about the proposal, but commissioners said — if the bids […]

Rodeo arena cover subject of today’s county meeting

By Jack King Curry County commissioners will consider a proposal to cover the rodeo arena at the Curry County Fairgrounds, turning it into a county special events center, at today’s regular meeting. The commission will meet in commission chambers in the Curry County Courthouse at 9 a.m. Commissioners have been considering various plans for a […]

State tournament scores, schedule

CNJ STAFF Wednesday GIRLS Class 3A Semifinals (At University Arena) Portales 56, Robertson 46 Socorro 59, Pojoaque 54 Class 4A Semifinals (At University Arena) Farmington 61, Roswell High 53 Kirtland Central 41, Silver 28 Class 5A Semifinals (At University Arena) Clovis 56, Gallup 32 Mayfield 53, Rio Rancho 52, 2 OT BOYS Class 1A Quarterfinals […]

Lady Cats draw Gallup in state tourney

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS The Clovis High Lady Wildcats face Gallup at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Pit on the campus of the University of New Mexico in the semifinals of the girls Class 5A state basketball tournament. Mayfield and Rio Rancho meet in the other semifinal at 6:30 p.m. The championship game is set […]

County finds low-cost way to build new events center

By Jack King Curry County commissioners may have found a way to build a special events center at a price the county can afford, Commissioner Pete Hulder said Tuesday. Hulder, a member of the commission’s special events center subcommittee, said he has talked with county maintenance supervisor Lee Delk about remodeling the rodeo arena at […]

Former ENMU coach returning to sidelines

By Dave Wagner It’s been nearly 13 years since Don Carthel walked away from his last head football coaching position. The Friona native spent seven seasons (1985-91) at the helm of Eastern New Mexico University, compiling a 44-28-1 record with the Greyhounds. But with his two children growing up, he wanted to spend more time […]

Falcon captured at ENMU stadium

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Biologist Tony Gennaro tries to calm an American Kestrel Falcon after catching the bird in the press room of Greyhound Arena on Wednesday. The bird had been trapped in the arena since Thursday of last week. Freedom Newspapers: Mike Linn. By Mike Linn PORTALES — A small falcon trapped in the press box at Greyhound […]

ENMU men’s basketball capsule

CNJ STAFF What: ENMU (13-6, 3-1) vs. West Texas A&M (13-6, 3-1) in a Lone Star Conference South Division game. When/where: 7:30 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena, Portales. Radio: KSEL-FM 95.3, KGNC-AM 710. Notes: The Greyhounds and Buffaloes are part of a four-way tie for the South lead with Midwestern State (13-6 overall) and Texas […]

Wolverines not home long

By Kevin Wilson TEXICO — One needs only follow Richard Luscombe to see what a difference a new arena can make. The Texico boys basketball coach used to operate out of an office comparable to supply closets, located in what referred to as the “old gym” in the brackets of this year’s 47th annual EPAC […]

ENMU player preparing for first sermon

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Eric Mims will have a short night on Saturday. The Eastern New Mexico University senior is slated to start at cornerback when the Greyhounds host New Mexico Highlands at 6 p.m. in their football home opener at Greyhound Stadium. He will then return to his home town of Amarillo to […]

Center construction still pending

By Jack King County commissioners said this week it will be at least early August before they consider an architect’s contract or a builder’s contract for the proposed special events center at the Curry County Fairgrounds. County commissioners approved a design for the events center at their July 2 meeting, but held off discussing a […]