Showtime at county fair

Correspondent photo: Anna George
Chance Essary, 13, prepares to sell his dairy heifer Friday during the junior livestock auction. Essary’s heifer sold  for $3,250.

By Anna George Correspondent Portales area students made over $137,000 Friday at the 28th annual junior livestock sale at the Roosevelt County Fair. There were 58 sales overall with rabbits, chickens, pigs, goats, lambs, steers and dairy heifers. Ali May Terry, 11, sold her grand champion meat pen with three rabbits for $1,250. She said […]

Kiwanis Pet Show draws younger crowd

Correspondent photo: Anna George
Jase Burris, 3, walks his miniature horse, Scooter, up to accept their blue ribbon Saturday during the Kiwanis Pet Show.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com For Portales residents, the Kiwanis Pet Show provided an opportunity for younger children without exhibits to be a part of the Roosevelt County Fair. Portales residents and members of the Kiwanis organization came together for the Kiwanis Pet Show at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Saturday morning. The show featured […]

Show skills showdown

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
Kaitlyn Kircher, 13, shows a beef steer during the Supreme Livestock Show Friday morning at the Roosevelt County Fair. Kircher won the Junior Supreme Livestock contest.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Junior and Senior Showmanship winners at the Roosevelt County Fair got to test their skills showing animals less familiar to them during the Supreme Livestock Showmanship Contest Friday morning at the fairgrounds. Contestants said they showed animals in the Market Steers, Market Lamb, Dairy Heifer, Breeding Beef and Market […]

To do list — Aug. 28

Today • Roosevelt County Fair — All day at fairgrounds. Admission: $6 adults, $4 children. Information: roosevelt@nmsu.edu • Archaeology presentation — 7 p.m. at Oasis State Park. Archaeologist George Crawford from Blackwater Draw site gives overview of archaeology, history of site. Event is free, but park entry fees apply. Information: 575-356-5331 Monday • University Friends […]

Pages past — Aug. 28

On this date … 1971: Piggly Wiggly store officials in Clovis were estimating $1,500 was stolen from a locked safe. Burglars, cut a 10-inch by 14-inch hole in the roof of the store located at Hilltop Plaza and slid down using a yellow, nylon water-skiing rope, officials said. One intruder landed on top of a […]

Letter to the editor — Aug. 28

Here’s your sign I’m all for garage sales. They give people a chance to put clothes on their kids at a much lower cost. What I do not like about them is people seem to have time to put signs and boxes out, but do not have time to pick them up. There are signs […]

Best of class

Correspondent photo: 
Ronnie Cain
Ryleigh Walters, 14, right, a Portales eighth-grader, poses with a judge, the fair queen and fair 
sweetheart after winning the reserve grand 
champion of the beef breeder class competition.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Responsibility, relief, accomplishment and pride in overcoming anxiety came along with winning top prizes, according to contestants in the Roosevelt County Fair Breeding Beef and Market Steer shows. Class One Low Line, Class Two Shorthorn and Class Three Charlais were the categories shown during the Breeding Beef show Thursday […]

‘Hell or High Water’ officially opens

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
“Hell or High Water” made its debut for general audiences Friday at North Plains 7 in Clovis. See the review on page 2A.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Before it made its way to the Cannes Film Festival and select cities across the nation, “Hell or High Water” was making its way through the streets of Clovis and Portales. It made its return to Clovis on Friday as another film on the slate for the North Plains […]

Wayland graduates 25

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Elane Seebo presents graduate Demarcus J. Anthony with his degree during Friday morning graduation ceremony at Central Baptist Church. Anthony was awarded with his Master of Education degree. Seebo is vice president of external campuses and graduate services for the Wayland Baptist University Clovis Campus.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com On the heels of retiring from the U.S. Air Force this past April, Demarcus J. Anthony is embarking upon a new chapter in his life — and it’s one that includes efforts to mold and shape young lives. The Clovis Freshman Academy history teacher received a Master of Education […]

Berry: Time for a new fly swatter

I think fair time brings out the kid in all of us. I remember my excitement as a kid, knowing we were going to the fair. There were the familiar smells of the various animals. The dust from the midway and, of course, the food. I am not saying I went to the fair for […]

Johnson: Zebra finch song message to unhatched

It’s an iconic image – mother-to-be rocking gently in a pristine nursery, softly singing a lullaby while she lovingly caresses a protruding belly. The communication between mother and child begins long before hands are held or smiles are exchanged and during the near-year they are building up to that big day, many an expecting mom […]

Pages past — Aug. 27

On this date … 1976: Clovis city commissioners had voted 3-1 in favor of allowing Albertson’s Food Center at 21st and Prince to sell packaged liquor. Commissioners Pat Sandoval and Jim Jacobs and Mayor Chick Taylor voted for the motion. Commissioner Cleo Carpenter opposed the measure. Commissioner Bud Cagle, who had previously voted against the […]

Review: Don’t wait to rent ‘Hell or High Water’

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com “Hell or High Water” is a 102-minute argument that a good Western can be told with flashy casinos instead of dark saloons, Camaros and extended cabs instead of trustworthy horses and asphalt joining the dusty, unpaved roads. Shot partially in eastern New Mexico, with backdrops its residents will recognize […]

Heifers, lambs shown at fair

Correspondent photo: Ronnie Cain
Fair Sweetheart Kynadee Pharis, left, and fair Queen Chesney Carter, present Paxton Culpepper, 9, a Portales fourth-grader, with the first place ribbon dairy breeder class one. Culpepper went on to one the reserve grand champion overall.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Hours of work and practice along with family support has paid off according to winners of the Roosevelt County Fair Lamb and Dairy Heifer shows. Roosevelt County bred market lamb, finewool and blackface were among the five categories shown at the fairgrounds Wednesday evening during the lamb show. Seven […]

Small role on big screen

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com Clovis resident Mary-Lou McAnulla witnessed a bank robbery, and she couldn’t be more excited. McAnulla had a minor role in a major movie, “Hell or High Water,” starring actors Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster. The film, released Aug. 12 in select theaters, reached full release today. The […]

Pioneers ‘made of tough stuff’

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Sen. Stuart Ingle, left, shakes local businessman David Stone’s hand as he presents him with the annual Pioneer of the Year award during the Pioneer Day luncheon Thursday at the fairgrounds.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Roosevelt County resident George Brumfield probably said it best when he thanked God in prayer for “so many good friends for so many years” at the Pioneer Day luncheon. “When you realize the list of people who have left us … you realize you knew more than half of […]

Animal showcase

Correspondent photo: Ronnie Cain
Kasen Campbell, 10, prepares his goat, Pete, for the goat show at the Roosevelt County Fair.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Area youth spent Tuesday and Wednesday showcasing animals that many participants have been working with for as long as they can remember. The swine and goat shows were held Tuesday and Wednesday at the Roosevelt County Fair. Brenna Bates, 16, of Dora, who won the grand champion position in […]

Fugitive captured

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com A Texas man on the run from law enforcement was captured by Roosevelt County dairymen Saturday morning. Dairyman Cesar Chavez was awakened in the early morning hours Saturday by a phone call reporting that a man was on his dairy property, reported KLBK News out of Lubbock. Chavez told […]

To do list — Aug. 26

Today • Roosevelt County Fair — All day at fairgrounds. Admission: $6 adults, $4 children. Information: roosevelt@nmsu.edu • ENMU Board of Regents meeting — 9:30 a.m. in regents room on campus. Information: 575-562-1011 Saturday • Roosevelt County Fair — All day at fairgrounds. Admission: $6 adults, $4 children. Information: roosevelt@nmsu.edu • Archaeology presentation — 7 […]

Brown: Trained eyes see details

The weather’s getting a little cooler at night and just in time, too! It’s fair time and that’s good news. The fair is many different things to many people, but whether you’re there for the lambs, the chow, the music, or any one of the too numerous to list events and shows, you’ll have a […]