Texico teenager racks up victories

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent L.J. Jenkins has probably got a pretty good claim to being the richest teenager in Texico. If Jenkins were ever in Texico, he would be basking in the glow of his accomplishments. As it is, Jenkins is busy criss-crossing the nation with the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) association as a […]

Richards continues family tradition

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Katelyn Lide races to the finish Saturday during the short-go of the 13-15 year old poles at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals held at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Casey Richards comes from a rodeo family, but it took him a while […]

Hound doesn’t score at CNFR

CNJ staff CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico’s Dusty Higgins did not receive a score in the first go-round of the bull riding competition on Sunday at the College National Finals Rodeo. Only 12 of 35 competitors in the event received a score. ENMU’s James Gililland (team roping) and Brittany Bennett (barrel racing) will have their […]

Pioneer Days Rodeo begins tonight

By Eric Butler Fifty bull riders, 64 barrel racers and 49 calf ropers. That’s just the beginning of a steady stream of cowboys and cowgirls that will go in and out of the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena over the next three days. The 35th annual Pioneer Days Rodeo, a PRCA-sanctioned event, will begin tonight […]

Relay or life just one joy of living

By Clyde Davis: Columnist How long has it been since you laughed until you couldn’t breathe because something struck you so funny? How long has it been since you were so delighted to see someone that you couldn’t hide your joy? How long has it been since you were so delighted at the outdoor world […]

Area rancher took control of horses

Don McAlvay: Local Columnist J. E. “Big” Johnson, who stood 6-foot-4, weighed 221 pounds, was a man of great physical strength. Legends of his feats are still remembered. Born in 1878 at Gonzales, Texas, Johnson came to New Mexico as a strapping boy of 17 in 1895 and worked on four huge ranches from near […]

Target hitting time: hunting season begins

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Travis Denton, who has hunted since he was 9 years old, poses with his latest taxidermy project. He said he hopes to take an elk bull like this one home with him this fall during bow hunting . Tova Fruchtman By Tova Fruchtman CNJ STAFF WRITER tova_fruchtman@link.freedom.com As summer ends, leaves begin to change colors, […]

Pit bull loses bid for release

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Pit bull accused of attacking Sheriff’s deputies’ vehicles. File photo. By Darrell Todd Maurina “Buddy,” the pit bull who didn’t like sheriff’s deputies, lost his case and faces death by either carbon monoxide or lethal injection. “Sheriff (Roger) Hatcher won; they are going to destroy Buddy and I have to pay $351 in fines,” said […]

Deaths rare in rodeos, officials say

Mike Linn Local, state and national rodeo officials say bull riders are more likely to die in traveling accidents to and from rodeos than in the arena. But while the death of Eastern New Mexico University freshman Rolland Ellsworth Jr. — who was thrown and stepped on by a bull at a rodeo last week […]