What’s your policy regarding leaking boats?

By Curtis Shelburne: religion columnist Whatever your personal policy about riding in leaking boats, a real leak in a real boat in which you are really riding will put it to the test. The policy, I mean. The boat, too, I suppose. My wife and I and two of our sons recently had the opportunity […]

Bull rider puts faith in prayer

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Mike Strong of Livingston, Mont., received an option for a rerun after his ride Saturday night at the Professional Bull Riders Discovery Event at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Bonner Bolton didn’t need to rub a rabbit’s foot or keep a horeshoe, or even […]

Ride safety top priority

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Riders get spun around in the “Freak Out” amusement ride during the Curry County Fair By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Sandra Martin watched, wide-eyed, as her wards from the New Visions group home were picked up 70 feet in the air, swung back and forth, and spun like a […]

Motocross track open for action

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks James Havir of Clovis takes his 250 cc motocross bike into and out of a tight curve during practice on Friday at Ned Houk Motor Sports Complex. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer At the Ned Houk Motor Sports Complex, riders make at least eight jumps on the motocross track, […]

Bedford maintains innocence on stand

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Defense attorney Gary Mitchell, left, talks with Stanley Bedford as the jury is excused Monday afternoon at District Court in Albuquerque. Closing arguments are today. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Stanley Bedford told jurors he’s no murderer Monday. Bedford, 43, testified in his capital murder trial that he […]

Ride returns to Relay for Life

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Some will walk. Some will ride. But all are working for a cure. After a two-year hiatus, the Ride for Life is returning. According to event coordinator Monte Graham, the Ride for Life is a 10-mile horseback trail ride that benefits the American Cancer Society. The ride, which is […]

Bike ride planned to benefit Buzard

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A bike-ride benefit is planned for Sunday to raise money for former Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Dan Buzard, who recently required additional surgery to combat a brain tumor. Portales High Spanish teacher Andy Mason and ENMU senior Whitney Hobson organized the fund-raiser, with all donations going to help […]

Day Trip: Brighten holidays with trip to River of Lights, Luminaria Tour

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Thousands of illuminated luminarias, hand-filled sandbags with lighted candles, will line the streets of Albuquerque during the annual Luminaria Tour on Dec. 24. (Courtesy photo) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers For a dose of well-lit Christmas spirit, take a drive to Albuquerque for the city’s annual River of Lights or Luminaria Tour. Get tickets for […]

Bull rider earns state honor

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L.J. Jenkins, 19, captured the Professional Bull Riders World Finals event title in Las Vegas earlier this month. (Courtesy photo) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer L.J. Jenkins always felt he’d win a world championship as a professional bull rider, just not this soon. Jenkins, 19, captured the Professional Bull Riders World Finals event title […]

Southern control fleeting at times

By Anita Doberman: Lifestlyes Columnist If there is one thing that I learned living in the South, it’s that a Southern lady maintains control no matter how badly her children act. A few weeks ago I embarked on a trip to Rome with my children. I was determined to maintain Southern composure. Except that I […]

Something special

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Jeannine Hendrix, left, rides the merry-go-round with her little sister, Dorothy, during Special Need Day on Thursday at the Curry County Fair. Jeannine suffers from Williams Syndrome. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Her dark, curly hair flying in the wind, Jeannine Hendrix smiled brightly as she rode a painted white […]

First airplane to land in Portales, May 12, 1919

By Don McAlavy: local columnist The airplane under the active control of Lt. Smarling and Mechanic Johnson left Roswell Monday at exactly 9:30 a.m. and arrived at Portales at 10:30 a.m., the time of leaving Roswell having been wired to the stationmaster here, according to the Portales newspaper on May 12, 1919. The day was […]

TV show reminder of youthful imaginations

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The public television station out of Portales, KENW, runs a kids show every weekday afternoon called “Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks.” It’s an animated show that originates from the United Kingdom. The show revolves around Piggley and his friends: Ferny the bovine, Dannan the duck, his sister Molly and […]

Clovis should consider scenic biking routes

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Like a line or theme from an alternative country song, this idea started in Austin. We’ve only been there twice and hope to go back this October. It seems that Austin is a valid place for worthwhile ideas — like worthwhile music — to come to life. This particular idea […]

America teams up to defeat deadly crime

Airman Thomas Trower Impaired driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. Nationally, more than 17,000 people died in alcohol-related highway crashes during 2003. Every 30 minutes, nearly 50 times a day, someone in America dies in an alcohol-related crash. Hundreds of thousands more are injured each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration […]

It’s not polite to give away movie endings

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist A movie titled “Flightplan” has been playing in Clovis. The action revolves around a mother and daughter flying on a jumbo jet. During the flight something happens to the daughter and the action begins. I could tell you the whole story but I have only recently learned it is crude, […]

Beauty can be found one hour away, take a bicycle

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist I fully intended to take some art work down to Roswell, to the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. There was to be a sale and exhibit, with a modest entry fee, and it seemed very worthwhile. This wasn’t going to intrude, either, into the items I planned to enter in our […]

Incarnations of my lifetime travel with me

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist My family is now five weeks away from our Austin trip and the Ride for the Roses. Much of the time, Janice and I ride together. Since I am planning a longer ride than she is, there are times when I train by myself. However, this does not mean that I […]

Where have all the heroes gone?

Clyde Davis Baseball players on steroids. Basketball players going into the stands to beat up fans half their size and twice their age. Rock musicians who think they are entitled to break not only rules, but laws, and then whine when they get caught. Actors who speak on subjects they have no knowledge of, and […]

Cancer ride full of true heroes

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist Baseball players on steroids. Basketball players going into the stands to beat up fans half their size and twice their age. Rock musicians who think they are entitled to break not only rules, but laws, and then whine when they get caught. Actors who speak on subjects they have no […]