Bad …to the bone

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Kay Stanton is not your typical biker chick. She’s 52 and has been a school teacher in Farwell for 25 years. She’s been riding for almost 10 years after getting into the sport with her husband, Joe. With he on his Harley and she on her bright yellow Honda trike, […]

Heritage Days chance to fiddle around

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People watch Kelsey Timmons, 13, of Guthrie, Texas, perform during the First Heritage Days Fiddler’s contest Saturday at the City Park in Portales. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Hundreds of people came out to the annual Heritage Days celebration at City Park on Saturday to fiddle around, rev up […]

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 […]

Business feature: Two-wheelin’ women

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Local residents (counterclockwise from front left) Donna Labalt, Carla DuBuis, Sarah Zufelt, Wendy Bailey, Connie Bryant, Amy Wyatt, De’Aun Willoghby, Tina Sambrano and Joy Stoddard are proof motorcycles aren’t just for men. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer When they ride their motorcycles through town, the roar of the engines bore […]

Off-road vehicles should be shut out

By John Pallaschke: Guest Columnist In response to the issue of closing Ned Houk Park to recreational vehicles: I say, shut them down and shut them out. Robert Vilandry, who was qouted in support of riders in a July 8 Clovis News Journal article, may be one of the few who operates his vehicles safely […]

Riders in the storm

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Clovis city officials are considering closing Ned Houk Park to recreational vehicle riders because of safety concerns and rising costs. Clovis City Manager Ray Mondragon said the issue will go before an upcoming Ned Houk Board meeting. The seven-member group, which has not yet scheduled a meeting time, will face […]

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 — […]

Train riders know essence of America

Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist After recently landing at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, I took a cab to my hotel in the Chicago Loop. I was in town to attend the American Philosophical Association Central Division meetings, where I had the honor of having one of my books critiqued in a session of the American Society of […]

Deaths rare in rodeos, officials say

Mike Linn Local, state and national rodeo officials say bull riders are more likely to die in traveling accidents to and from rodeos than in the arena. But while the death of Eastern New Mexico University freshman Rolland Ellsworth Jr. — who was thrown and stepped on by a bull at a rodeo last week […]

City on trail for solution to ATV traffic

By Eric Butler All-terrain vehicles and horseback riders using the same trails can be a recipe for disaster. On Wednesday, Clovis city officials held a town meeting to discuss how to separate the two groups at Ned Houk Park north of the city. At the Clovis-Carver Public Library, assistant city manager Joe Thomas and Parks […]