Junior rodeo’s economic impact strong in Clovis

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Success at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals was not limited to the performers. Clovis was a winner as well, City Manager Raymond Mondragon said on Sunday. “Parents and relatives of the participants spent their money here,” he said. “They shopped and ate at restaurants. I would call the […]

Late surge earns Clovis rider title

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Kourtnie Cole of Clovis rounds a barrel during Saturday’s 13-15 year-old barrel racing competition at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Cole won the year-end saddle for her age division in barrels. CNJ staff photo by Eric Kluth. By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor The first time Kourtnie Cole got on a horse — at […]

Saturday area prep basketball summaries, state scores

CNJ STAFF Girls Class 1A Region A Championship At Grady Des Moines 45, Grady 40 Des Moines (26-1) — Emily Kennedy 4-5 2-2 11, Jodi Kibbe 4-10 3-4 11, Jamie Atwater 4-7 2-2 10, Annie Kennedy 1-7 4-6 6, Chasity Russell 0-1 3-4 3, Hanna Bray 1-1 0-0 2, Kelli Goodan 0-1 2-5 2. Totals […]

Best steps down from rodeo post

By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — In a sense, Wendell Best traded one set of children for another. Best, 70, recently retired from his post as the national director for the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association. He leaves behind 30 years of service to what he considers his extended family throughout high school rodeo. “When […]

Letters to the Editor 8/3

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal will publish thank-you letters of public interest on the first Sunday of each month. Letters should be less than 300 words and must be signed. Writers should include telephone numbers and addresses for verification purposes. Letters may be edited for clarity, content and space considerations. Names of for-profit businesses […]

Volunteers keep rodeo on t rack

By Jack King One night this week Karen McDaniel stayed at the rodeo arena well past midnight getting a veterinarian for a contestant whose horse was coming down with colic. One night last year she and her husband, Cory, stayed until 3:30 a.m., digging up and repairing a broken water line. But, McDaniel said, that’s […]

Zia moves on to finals

Dave Wagner Seven runs in the first inning can make any coach look pretty good — even a rookie. Zia League coach Tony Johnson, 18, looked like a genius when his team jumped on Clovis American for a seven-spot in the top of the first Saturday. Zia cruised to a 15-3 win in the winners […]

Junior rodeo begins Tuesday night

Kevin Wilson Three decades of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association comes full circle this week, as the HPJRA Finals will fill a week’s worth of activities. The rodeo, scheduled for Tuesday through Saturday at Clovis’ Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena, has been a part of New Mexico and Texas rodeo since the association was […]