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 […]

3/21 Business digest

Clovis dentist graduates from dental program Clovis dentist Dr. Glen Hisel graduated from Orognathic Bioesthetics International in Salem, Ore., where he studied chewing and its relationship to temporomandibular joint disorders, according to news received from his office. Fewer than 200 dentists have completed the program, the news release said. Dr. Hisel has practiced in Clovis […]

Pioneer Days parade must see for some

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Amanda left, and Kaden Myers watch the 35th annual Pioneer Day Parade from atop a truck Saturday on Main Street. “I liked everything, but especially the miniature cars,” said Amanda Myers of her first Pioneer Days parade. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Jo Moss of Texico sat with her family […]

Pioneer women remember old days at annual breakfast

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Lou Snyder, left, and Mary Lee Rogers, both born and raised in Clovis, visit after the fifth annual Pioneer Woman of the West breakfast Friday at Chapparal Country Club. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When Mary Ballow began teaching in 1932, America was in the grips of the Great Depression. […]

Contestants say rodeo helps preserve western lifestyle

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Lacy Price, 17, of Texico, whispers to her quarter horse, Baby, Monday after being crowned the 2005 Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer One by one, the nine rodeo queen contestants briskly rode their horses across the Mounted Patrol Arena on Monday during the 2005 Pioneer Days […]

Pioneer Days gets a twist

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Children scramble to find their boots during the 29th annual Little Bucaroo Rodeo/Clovis Pioneer Day’s 5-and-under boot race in June 2004 at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Most of Clovis has seen a rodeo — specifically the annual Pioneer Days Rodeo at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena, […]

Hancock Fabrics to open in near future

By Eric Butler Hancock Fabrics to open in near future The sign is in place for Hancock Fabrics. Now, store managers are working on inventory. David Gilbert, district manager for Hancock, said the Clovis store located next to Hobby Lobby will open its doors in “three to four weeks.” The chain has 450 stores nationwide. […]

Chamber of commerce honors pioneer women

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Frances Nolan and Lola Starbuck were in Clovis in the 1920s, lived through the good times at the Hotel Clovis, watched its demise and now look forward to watching their great-grandchildren grow. For Nolan, decades of farm life made the 7 a.m. kick-off time for the Pioneer Women of the […]

Rodeo highlights Pioneer Days

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Jubal Pierce, left, of Melrose and Matthew Glenn, of Clovis, paint numbers on the steps of the seating boxes Saturday afternoon at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Balloons, pageants and a parade will accompany the usual sights and sounds at three nights of rodeo […]

Pioneer spirit lives on

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Candra Allison, Miss Rodeo New Mexico 2004, from Las Cruces, visits with Milie Harris Friday at the Laurel Plains Health Care and Rehabilitation (formerly High Plains). The rodeo queens, along with rodeo clowns, were visiting patients at area nursing By Janet Bresenham Ten-year-old Keaton Reed found it difficult to narrow down his choice for what […]

Rodeo Hall of Famer to lead parade

By Gary Mitchell Rodeo stock contractor Mike Cervi is not the type to toot his own horn — but this year, he’ll get to lead the parade. Cervi, 66, of Greeley, Colo., was recently named as 2003 inductee into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo. He, along with six others, will […]

Crowning Achievement

By Janet Bresenham Faith, family and a passion for what she loves to do have been the driving forces in Wilma Fulgham’s life. For more than five decades now, Fulgham has continued to invest her time and boundless energy into helping young women and girls participate in competitions and pageants related to horsemanship and rodeo, […]

Pioneer Days Celebration will feature traditional rodeo

By Gary Mitchell Airabelle the Cow and her friends plan to crash the 33rd annual Pioneer Days party this year — and add a whole new dimension to the event. Airabelle, an 80-foot-tall by 120-foot-wide balloon shaped like a dairy cow, will lead the charge of more than 30 hot-air balloons during the Pioneer Balloon […]

Pioneer Days offers fun

By Clyde Davis Age is mostly a matter of perspective, whether it’s attached to buildings, persons or objects. I cringe when I go into an antique store and see the prices sometimes attached to familiar objects — even toys — from my childhood. Did you ever have the feeling you should not have cleaned out […]

Little Buckaroo Rodeo set for June 2-7

CNJ Staff The 28th annual Little Buckaroo Rodeo, sponsored by the Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen Association, is scheduled for June 2-7 at the Curry County mounted Patrol Arena. Entry forms are available from Clovis/Curry Chamber of Commerce, Joe’s Boot Shop, Corral West Ranchwear, Gego’s and Tumbleweed Trading Post, as well as from LBR chairman Wilma […]

Pioneer Days planning under way

By Jack King “Flying High in Clovis” is the theme of this year’s Pioneer Days celebration scheduled June 2-8, said Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Director Ernie Kos. This year, in addition to the annual Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo, Pioneer Parade, Little Buckaroo Rodeo, Pioneer Women of the West breakfast and beauty pageants, Pioneer […]