Force of One competitors receive recognition

Courtesy photo Front row from left, Randall Roberts (Son of Retired TSgt. Mike Roberts), Daniel Barber (Son of SSgt. Glen Barber), Jennifer Suan (Daughter of Retired MSgt. Eric Suan), Mariam Mohamed, Keegan Detwieler (Son of Maj. James Detwieler) Middle row from left, Ethan Zamora, Aimee Roberts, Joseph Padilla, Camerin Suan (Son of Retired MSgt. Eric […]

Agility trials showcase pooch prowess

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Linda Kipp of Las Lunas and her border collie Raisin race to the last hurdle Saturday on the jumps and weaves course at the second annual Stars and Stripes American Kennel Club Dog Agility Trials. Raisin was one of 150 dogs competing in the three-day event. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ […]

Competitors fire up dutch ovens for chuckwagon cook-off

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Wayne Calk, owner of the Calk-Clark Wagon of El Paso, Texas, scoops up some peach cobbler in Saturday’s “Duke of the Dutch Oven” Chuckwagon Cook-Off at the Curry County Fairgrounds. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer All the coals and cast iron skillets couldn’t change Bryan Fullingin’s mind. Whether served […]

Humans are natural competitors

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist My theory is the human psyche is hard-wired for competition — and speed. We want to have the fastest car, mule, horse. In southern New Mexico they even have turtle races and, of course, duck races. Sometimes the desire to win overwhelms the participant’s better judgment and sense of “right […]

Farwell cowgirl among nation’s best barrel racers

Eric Butler: Freedon New Mexico Of the dozens of competitors on the first night of the annual Pioneer Days Rodeo, one resident of Farwell was sure sitting pretty after taking a risk over a year ago. Cassie Moseley, 27, finished the 2008 season at fourth place year-end standings in barrel racing. Entering the Professional Rodeo […]

Poineer Days Rodeo moves indoors

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Jared Smith of Ranger, Texas, holds on tight aboard Hello Dolly during last year’s bareback bronc riding competition at the annual PRCA Pioneer Days. The rodeo starts Thursday in the Special Events Center. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico An increase in competitors, partially thanks to a new venue, has […]

Rodeo feels gas pinch

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Shad Mayfield of Clovis shows the judge he’s done tying his goat Tuesday at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Mayfield’s time was 14.36 seconds. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Like a steer with a lasso around his head, events such as the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals are […]

Golden Gloves begins

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Alejandro Martinez, 14, right, misses a straight punch to opponent Cody Castaneda, 14, during Friday’s state Golden Gloves boxing tournament at Roy Walker Community Center. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent While much attention has been turned toward mixed martial arts, in the world of fighting competitions, amateur boxing in New […]

Hat parade tops off state event

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Ella Turner of Hobbs models her hat for the judges at the New Mexico Association of Colored Women’s Clubs annual convention and hat parade Saturday at St. John’s Baptist Church. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer As she did for those before and after Ruth Ballou hit the runway, emcee […]

Local speller ready for break

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Lucas Donaldson says he is all spelled out. The Zia Elementary student traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 79th Scripps National Spelling Bee. Unfortunately, Lucas Donaldson was eliminated in the second round by the word “ronquil.” Donaldson called the event nerve-racking and said he calmed himself during the […]

Cutback decision necessary, healthy part of business

Freedom Newspapers One of the common responses to news that General Motors is slashing its work force by 25,000 — bringing it down to about 125,000 blue-collar and white-collar workers — is that GM is a victim of foreign competition. Published reports suggest that Toyota, whose market share is growing rapidly even as GM’s plummets, […]

Arenacross coming to fair

By Dave Wagner Kody Vigil is looking forward to performing in front of a home crowd in Saturday’s Curry County Fair Arenacross at Mounted Patrol Arena. He’s also considering turning professional in the next year. “I’ve been at it for a while now,” said Vigil, a 19-year-old California native. “I’ve been racing motorcycles since I […]

Target shooting helps bowhunters stay sharp

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Competitors at Saturday’s bowhunting competition determine the scores on their first target. Clockwise from bottom left are Jamie Hipp, T.J. Wood, Renae Hipp and Jim Wood. Walter Beevers of Clovis watches on the side. Photo by Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson Oasis State Park saw a portion of people braving the slight winds to enjoy […]