Business digest — Jan. 17

Grady rancher reappointed Wesley Grau of Grady was reappointed to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, the national board that administers the Beef Checkoff program, by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in late December. This will be the second three-year term for the Grady rancher, who was elected board chairman last August. Grau […]

First person: Rancher continues family legacy

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Wesley Grau of Grady has been involved in the family cattle business since 1963, after he graduated from New Mexico State University. Wesley Grau’s reign as New Mexico Cattleman of the Year is close to ending. The lifelong Grady resident operates the family ranch with his brother Lane. Five generations […]

Area rancher running for state land commissioner

Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County farmer and rancher is running for state land commissioner. Matt Rush, who raises beef and wheat, is one of two Republican candidates in the upcoming primary elections. He said he was planning to run for state representative, but a group of Clovis businessmen asked him to become a candidate […]

Portales jury: Watson not guilty in Chunn slaying

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File photo A Roosevelt County jury has found farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson not guilty of hiring an Aryan Brotherhood member to murder Causey rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County jury has found farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson not guilty of hiring an Aryan Brotherhood member to murder […]

Cowboys work while ranchers play

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist The terms cowboy and rancher are not interchangeable. The cowboy knows the cattle. He can tell you which cow missed having a calf this year, and which cow lost her calf to coyotes. He knows how to tell if a cow is barren (never going to give birth to a […]

Pore space bill could define ownership of underground pockets

By Staci Matlock: The New Mexican Jack Chatfield has an easy-going drawl, a rancher’s calloused bear grip of handshake and he’s got an eye toward a new source of revenue. The Mosquero man has been at the Roundhouse frequently in the last few weeks promoting pore space ownership – an idea catching on in the […]

Ranchers’, cowboys’ wives life not as idyllic as most believe

By Glenda Price Life as a rancher or cowboy’s wife is idyllic, “they” say. I, personally, would like to know who “they” are, and whether they ever have stumbled along in those wifely boots. The romantic stories show and tell about the husband and wife working as a compatible team: helping a heifer birth her […]

Don’t underestimate a rancher’s wife

By Con McAlvy: CNJ columnist What about the Curry County rancher’s wife? Well, she comes in all assorted sizes – short and tall and medium height. She’s America’s greatest career girl, she feeds the men who feed the world. She’s America in a gingham dress, she’s democracy in a pair of blue jeans, and she’s […]

Military feature: Veteran recalls serving in Project Delta

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Courtesy photo Alton Monroe’s unit, Project Delta, was honored with a memorial on Oct. 24 at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County rancher Alton “Moose” Monroe fought with one of the most decorated special forces in history. Project Delta was a covert special forces unit made up of […]

Ranch hand chooses work over welfare

by Glenda Price The rancher, Big Jim Jordan, went to the cafe in town where day-workers hung out each morning. Four or five fellows visited over coffee, one whittled on a stick, another looked at the day’s newspaper and the others just hung out.

U.S. attorney to seek death penalty for shooting of Causey rancher

Staff and wire reports The U.S. Attorney’s Office says it will seek the death penalty for a member of the Aryan Brotherhood who is charged with fatally shooting a 71-year-old rancher in Roosevelt County. Donald Taylor is charged with murder for allegedly firing a shot into the home of Jimmy “Bo” Chunn of Causey on […]

Man indicted in 2004 shooting of Causey rancher

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Roosevelt County man was indicted Friday in the 9th Judicial District Court in connection with the 2005 shooting death of Causey rancher Jimmy “Bo” Chunn, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. William “Billy” Joe Watson, 44, is charged with accessory to first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder […]

Cow dogs: Rancher’s best friends

Glenda Price Well-trained cow dogs are probably the most valuable “hands” on a ranch. When I was young, our family had a black English Shepherd called Oso (bear in Spanish). If a cantankerous cow decided to quit the herd, my dad would say, “Get her, Oso,” and he’d chase her down. Before long she’d decide […]

Cow dogs: Rancher’s best friends

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By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Well-trained cow dogs are probably the most valuable “hands” on a ranch. When I was young, our family had a black English Shepherd called Oso (bear in Spanish). If a cantankerous cow decided to quit the herd, my dad would say, “Get her, Oso,” and he’d chase her down. Before […]

Three announce bids for county commission spots

CNJ Staff Three have announced plans to run for a county commission seat. Caleb Chandler, a 12-year state senator and and 12-year magistrate judge said he will be running for District 5 Commissioner Tim Ashley’s seat in the Curry County Commission. “I think it’s going to be a real exciting time to be a county […]

County rancher says he’s running for commission

CNJ staff A Curry County rancher said he is running for a seat on the county commission. Rancher Wendell Bostwick, 61, said Thursday he is running for District 4 Commissioner Albin Smith’s seat in the Nov. 4 general election. Smith reached the county’s two-term limit and cannot run again for two years. “I just want […]

2/12 Anniversaries

Firestone Johnnie and Betty Firestone of Portales will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Roosevelt County Electric Coop hospitality room in Portales. The couple was married Feb. 12, 1956, in Portales. He is a farmer and rancher with operations in Floyd, Portales and Fort Sumner. She is […]

Area ranchers lose money to mad cow scare

Mike Linn A few days can cost a cattle rancher hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue — especially when one of those days beef from a Canadian Holstein is found infected with mad cow disease. Since news broke of the infected Holstein in Washington, cattle prices for fat cattle have dropped about 20 percent, […]

Cast, Floyd

Cast, Floyd Services: Have been held. Floyd “Sonny” Cast, 68, of Tucumcari, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, in Amarillo. He was born in Quay. Mr. Cast lived his life as a rancher. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Cast of Tucumcari; two daughters, Teresa Hampton of Tucumcari and Patty Lindsey of Datil; one sister, […]