Rides top draw for brothers

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Elighio Rodriquez, left, and his brother Joshua Willmot look up from their seats Thursday atop the ferris wheel at the Curry County Fair. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal gave Joshua Willmot, 9, of Clovis, $80 to spend at the Curry County Fair. He took his brother, Elighio Rodriquez, 7, and […]

Be glad you don’t have horse like Coaly

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist I once had a rude experience with a horse named Coaly. He was a plow plug, a big, black Percheron with the combined disposition of a medieval executioner and Jack the Ripper. They don’t make animals like him anymore, and we’re lucky that way. To be more specific, he was […]

Festival fund-raiser boasts everything from carnival games to live bands

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Mitchell Armijo, age 9, took more than eight rides on the “Gyro” at the Fiesta 2005 that ran from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. (CNJ staff photo: Ryn Gargulinski) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Clovis residents Lindy Esquibel and Sally Romero, who grew up across the street from […]

Students revisit Billy the Kid’s last ride

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De Baca County Agent Rex Buchman answers questions posed by Fort Sumner and Capitan fourth graders at the “End of the Trail” educational session Wednesday at Fort Sumner’s National Monument. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer For a 125-mile wilderness trek on horseback that reenacted Billy the Kid’s last ride, Fort […]

Traveling temporary escape from world

By Helena Rodriguez My 14-year-old daughter Laura recently got to fly for the first time. In fact, she traveled by almost every possible mode — land, sea, plane and train — in the course of only a few days. Laura and I accompanied my friend Yolanda to Houston last week for outpatient eye surgery. We […]

Reward comes through the air for child

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff Writer Seven-year-old Caleb Loper just finished a bout with brain cancer. As part of his reward for completing treatment, he received a helicopter ride from family friend Dan Lindsey on Saturday. “It was cool,” Caleb said with a grin from ear to ear. “I got to fly all around.” Landing […]

Bike shop valuable piece of Americana

Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Quietly and without widespread fanfare, Clovis lost its bicycle shop. The last day of 2004, when Ace Trading at Main and First closed its doors, so did the only bicycle shop for 100 miles in any direction. A sign on its door reads “BIKE SHOP FOR SALE.” Another piece of Americana […]

An armchair guide to traveling by bus

by Grant McGee Last weekend’s snowy Saturday, waiting at the light at Prince and First, I had bus trip memories. It was all because two TNM&O buses were at the same intersection. One’s destination placard read “AMARILLO,” the other read “EL PASO.” Going by bus is one of my favorite ways to travel. People ride […]

Hitchhiking is not entirely a bad thing

by Grant McGee There are plenty of opinions and stories about the pitfalls of picking up hitchhikers. If I decide to give someone a ride I guess it’s because I think “that could be me there.” I don’t think hitchhiking is entirely a bad thing. Wal-Mart’s Sam Walton allegedly engaged in what I’d call hitchhiking […]

Bicycle benefit teaches lessons

Clyde Davis: Local columnist Last Sunday was the Ride for the Roses in Austin, Texas. For the uninitiated, this is a long distance bicycle ride organized by the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Participants raising pledges which go to the Foundation’s cancer-fighting efforts. The lessons I learned. Okay, they were lessons reiterated. There is not much here […]

They don’t make cars like they used to

by Grant McGee We all have idiosyncrasies. The Big Book of Words (most folks call it a dictionary) defines idiosyncrasy as “an individualizing characteristic or quality.” I like lots of room inside a car, so I take out the passenger seat. Idiosyncrasy, neurosis or issue, I don’t know what it is. I never really thought […]

Special athletes take a ride

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Troy Hill gives emergency medical services personnel a thumbs up before competing in the Special Olympics on Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Some of them needed help guiding their horses around an obstacle course. But judging by the expressions on their faces, this weekend’s […]

College life far from a magic carpet ride

Grant McGee On a trip out of town a couple of months ago, I fell in love with a bicycle. Now this wasn’t your typical bicycle. It’s designed differently. It gives a real cushy ride and it has gears and a speedometer and other neat stuff. So I saved up my money and bought it. […]

Committee formed to address Ned Houk Park concerns

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Joshua Metrejean, 14, of Clovis, crest a hill on his dirt bike as he rides the trails at Ned Houk Park last month. File photo. By Mike Linn Comments from about a dozen people Tuesday night prompted City Manager Ray Mondragon to rescind a recommendation that would restrict the use of all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles […]

Mini bikes trendy way to travel

POCKET BIKE

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers They’re only 3 feet high and can travel at 35 mph., and they’re catching on as trendy transportation for children and young adults. But Clovis police warn not just anyone may legally operate “pocket bikes” on Clovis’ city streets. “The pocket bikes are motor vehicles,” Clovis police Lt. Ron Hutchison […]

Bike ride honors cancer survivors

By Clyde Davis I am looking forward to the Ride for the Roses, our long distance bicycling effort in mid-October. This is a cancer fundraising event, whereby the riders take pledges for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, an organization dedicated to cancer causes, survivor issues, and people living through and beyond cancer. Self-evident from the name, […]

Charity motorcycle tour makes pit stop in Texico

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Lance Meyers, 6, gets his racing dirtbike signed by NASCAR driver Jeff Green of Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday at the Texico Town and Country during the 10th-annual “Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America.” CNJ photo by Rick White. By Ryan Lengerich, CNJ STAFF WRITER Kyle Petty, other NASCAR drivers lead cycle ride for charity. TEXICO — […]

Survivors event was spiritually empowering

Clyde Davis The best moment in the entire experience was my beautiful wife, Janice, waiting at the finish line with a bouquet of flowers. Immediately after I came across and the volunteer handed me my survivor’s rose, Jan greeted me with the bouquet and the sign that she and Lynn and Dot had made while […]

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 […]

Rider doesn’t let handicap slow him down

When people say they can’t ride a motorcycle, Don Smith points to himself as an example of someone who refuses to say “can’t.” “I’ve done it one-handed for 40 years,” said Smith, who at 50 has spent most of his life with a single arm. “People say you shouldn’t (ride), you’ll get hurt, and that’s […]