Pioneer Rodeo royalty crowned

CNJ Staff Local young ladies were crowned the 2008-2009 Pioneer Days Rodeo Royalty last Saturday at the Mounted Patrol Arena. Competitors were judged on horsemanship, appearance, and personality, which includes speech and photogenic qualities. The winners reign over the county fair, do radio promotions for the rodeo, are introduced each night of the rodeo, and […]

2008 Pioneer Days schedule

Monday 6 p.m. — Little Buckaroo Rodeo: Horse events (13 and under), rodeo clown/bullfighter event, calf roping (13 and under), dummy roping (13 and under) Tuesday5 p.m. — Cowboy Church, followed my Little Buckaroo Rodeo foot events WednesdayNoon — Rodeo Barbecue Kick-Off at Bender Dodge.6 p.m. — Meet and greet Miss Rodeo America 2008 and […]

Pioneer Days adds moto-cross event

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CNJ file photo: Andy Delisle The Curry County Mounted Patrol ride horses at the Pioneer Days Parade on Main Street. By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer The annual Pioneer Days will be a fusion of traditional events and new entertainment. The event was started before World War II to give people in the Clovis area […]

Brothers earned spots in baseball’s history

By Don McAlvy: Columnist Five years ago I wrote a column about the Pioneer Baseball team in Clovis. You might remember that I called it the semi-professional baseball team. Did I ever get into trouble. You don’t want to mess with professional sports and fans of professional sports. Morning after the column ran I got […]

Local Roundup: Man killed while working on car

CNJ staff A Farwell auto shop owner died Friday evening when his car fell off a lift while he was working under it, according to officials. Micky Glen Lunsford, 53, was alone in his shop at 1400 E. Avenue A when the car lift malfunctioned, causing the car to fall, Parmer County Sheriff Randy Geries […]

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 […]

Year’s pioneer named

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry T.Z. Duncan, who has lived in Roosevelt County for 71 years, was named Pioneer of the Year. By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers T.Z. Duncan, who came to Roosevelt County in 1936, was named Pioneer of the Year during a reception held Friday evening at the Memorial Building in Portales. Local musician […]

Canyon steer wrestler takes lead

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Staff photo: Andy DeLisle Stetson Herrera of Portales rides Darla’s Pride in the Bareback Bronc Riding competition at the 37th annual Clovis Pioneer Days PRCA Rodeo on Friday at Curry County Mounted Patrol Area. Herrera scored a 74 with his ride. By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Entrants in the second night of competition of this […]

Pioneer Days parade helps the city celebrate its 100th anniversary

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Staff photo: Andy DeLisle The Curry County Mounted Patrol ride horses Saturday in the Pioneer Days parade on Main Street. By Helena Rodriguez: CNj staff writer Lifelong Clovis resident Misty Albright never misses a Pioneer Days parade. With this year being the centennial celebration, her family was out in full force Saturday to cheer on […]

Past central in parade

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CNJ file photo Parade chairman John Montano says that this year’s parade will be one of the longest. First-, second- and third-place trophies will be awarded in each parade category. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Expect to see a 1963 Coca-Cola Cadillac, a three-star general and a record amount of entries in Saturday’s Pioneer […]

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 […]

June 4, 1940

Clovis opened a four-day “celebration” with a circus and Pioneer Days Rodeo the center of attention. Temperatures were near 100 degrees for the second day in a row. … The Clovis Pioneers, 19-24, were in fifth place in the Texas-New Mexico League standings, nine games back of league-leading Amarillo. … Pepsi-Cola promoters said the soft […]

June 3, 1975

City officials hung a banner across Main Street welcoming visitors to the annual Pioneer Days Rodeo, which kicked off later in the week. … Local merchants asked residents to shop Clovis “for great values.” … Bob’s Mr. Shop at 502 Main was suggesting the “Zipper-Tie” as a Father’s Day gift. The neckties cost $5.50 each.

Reporter’s Notebook: Rodeo queen contestants sought

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer APRIL 30 IS THE DEADLINE for contestants who wish to enter the annual Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen Pageant competition. The pageant is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. May 29 at Joe’s Boot Shop in Clovis. Contestants will be judged on appearance and personality. Horsemanship competition will follow at […]

Pioneers honored at banquet

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Weldon and Vernell Reed are all smiles after being named Roosevelt County Pioneers of the Year at the Pioneer Banquet Friday kicking off Heritage Days in Portales. (Staff photo: Karl Terry) By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers Weldon and Vernell Reed of Floyd received the 2006 Roosevelt County Pioneer of the Year Award. They were presented […]

Rodeo hall-of-famer grand marshal at Pioneer Days Parade

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Clovis police cars escort the beginning of the Pioneer Days Parade. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) Michael Harrell: Freedom Newspapers ProRodeo Hall-of-Famer Glen Franklin waved to the crowds from a white Chevy Suburban Saturday morning as grand marshal of the Pioneer Days Parade on Main Street in Clovis. The 70-year-old was disappointed he couldn’t lead the […]

Curry County pioneer women honored at breakfast

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Curry County Pioneer Hazel Miller of Clovis, left, visits with Miss Rodeo America Tressie Knowlton on Friday at the sixth annual Pioneer Days Women’s Breakfast at the Civic Center in Clovis. (CNJ correspondent: Martha Hardwick) By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Battling rattlesnakes and mice in shoddy homes. Farming through droughts and dust storms. Wading through […]

Pioneer Days event introduces youngsters to cowboy ways

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Rodeo clown Leon Coffee helps 4-year-old Aleigha Gemma-Miller of Ranchvale lasso a goat during a rodeo encounter Thursday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In a pink cowboy hat that shadowed her entire body, Thea Hand, 2, stared wide-eyed at the whirring mechanical bull. Once atop, […]

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 […]