Agenda for Tucumcari Racing Commission hearing

To view a copy of the agenda for tonight’s Racing Commission hearing in Tucumcari, click on the link below. Hearing agenda

Racing commissioner has Clovis ties

Eddie Fowler of Ruidoso is vice chairman of the New Mexico Racing Commission, which will be in Tucumcari on Thursday to hear a proposal for a racetrack and casino.

First Person: Life’s a drag

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Eldon Russ and his family share a love for drag racing. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Eldon Russ, 52, and his family spend time working on cars, racing cars, and building engines for cars. Russ, a Fort Sumner native, will be at Roswell’s drag strip Area 51 Friday to […]

Autobiography: 1964 Chevy II

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1964 Chevy II By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A look at area residents and their vehicles. Name: Mike and Joe Muraco Car: 1964 Chevy II Tell us your auto story: “I bought the engine that is in the car in 1983 and it’s been in three cars before this one. I’m making this car […]

License to be filed for Tucumcari casino, racetrack

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Rio Rancho businessman Don Chalmers is partnering with the Quay County Gaming Authority in a bid to build a $40 million horse racing track and casino on Interstate 40 in Tucumcari. Chalmers announced Wednesday in Tucumcari that the investors, under the banner of newly formed Coronado Partnership LLC, will […]

Ruidoso Downs Racetrack offers more than racing

Freedom Newspapers “And they’re off!” Horse-racing season at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack begins each year on Memorial Day and lasts until Labor Day. This season Ruidoso Downs celebrates its 60th anniversary racing season, according to the Ruidoso Downs Racing Web site. The racetrack is also home of the Billy the Kid Casino, which offers more […]

Female motocross racer takes to track

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Danni Williams, 10, of Clovis, has won nearly 100 motocross races. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Behind oodles of gear — a jumpsuit, a helmet, white boots and gloves — Danni Williams appears formidable. When she puts on the final piece of her outfit (orange-tinted goggles that shadow her […]

Clovis kid competes in All-American Soap Box Derby

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In less than 29 seconds, Kelsie Schwartz’s hopes were dashed, but she said she’s not going to let it keep her down. Losing at the 69th All-American Soap Box Derby on Saturday taught the enthusiastic 12-year-old a lesson — she wants to do it again, she said. In an […]

Day Trip: Ruidoso Downs Race Track

“And they’re off!” Horse-racing season at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack begins each year on Memorial Day and lasts until Labor Day. This season Ruidoso Downs celebrates its 60th anniversary racing season, according to the Ruidoso Downs Racing Web site. The racetrack is also home of the Billy the Kid Casino, which offers more gambling fun […]

Competitor prefers cowgirl label

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleCassie Cotton, left, 7 of Clovis and Tristyn McDaniel, 7 of Clovis, watch the team roping event Wednesday at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals at the Mounted Patrol Arena. By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Tristyn McDaniel rides a white horse — an animal that has often been fodder […]

Internet wagering under attack

By Nancy Zuckerbrod: The Associated Press o House will vote on bill today that would clarify laws. WASHINGTON — Gamblers who prefer their laptops to blackjack tables won’t like what Congress is doing. On Tuesday, the House plans to vote on a bill that would ban credit cards for paying online bets and could padlock […]

Tucumcari submitting racetrack plans to state

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Courtesy illustration By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Hooves could be flying in Tucumcari in the near future if a proposed racetrack gains state approval. Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corp. Director Pete Kampfer said the city and county have proclaimed their support, a confidential site has been chosen, a feasibility study complete, a business […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tell me ’bout the loud-muffler days

And the Judds sing, “Grandpa, tell me ’bout the good old days, sometimes it feels like this world’s gone crazy.” Gather round, young ones. Here’s the thing. We weren’t all that different, way back there in the Happy Days ’50s. Boys liked girls. Girls liked boys. The girl-girl, boy-boy stuff was probably going on, but […]

Wilt, David

David Wilt Services: Have been held. Mr. David Michael Wilt, 47, of Clovis, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Dec. 23, 1955, in Ardmore, Okla., to Peter Charles and Anita Kipp Wilt. He came to Clovis in 1960 and graduated from Clovis High School in […]

Racers dash for cash in Billy the Kid Shootout

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CNJ staff photo: Loretta Kos/Modified Stock cars come out of the fourth turn during a qualifying heat of the Billy the Kid Shootout on Sunday at Ned Houk Motor Sports Complex. Gary Mitchell Ted Hamm and Mark Harris got a little too close in a qualifying race Sunday that took them out of the main […]

Motocross hits rodeo arena

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Brian Leonard, 15, from Gallup, practiced jumping his motorcycle Sunday afternoon on the Arena Cross track at the Curry County Fairgrounds. He competed in the 1-5 Novice Open Sunday evening. Photo by Mike Linn. By Janet Bresenham Gentlemen, start your engines. In the last three days, the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena has been transformed […]

Young drivers revving it up

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Bo Mitchell, 12, of Farwell, races in a heat at Ned Houk Motor Speedway on July 25 during a race with the Clovis Kart Association. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Helena Rodriguez The go-kart track at Ned Houk Motor Sports Complex north of Clovis may be a far cry from NASCAR, but for some diehard […]