Little Wranglers ride

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The dirt was flying during the second day of competition Saturday evening at the 41st Little Wranglers Junior Rodeo buckle finals at the Mounted Patrol Arena in Portales. More than 70 of Roosevelt County’s best young cowboys and cowgirls, ages 6-18, are competing in nine events for buckles and […]

Day Trip: Ruidoso Downs Racetrack

“And they’re off!” Horse-racing season at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack begins each year on Memorial Day and lasts until Labor Day. This season Ruidoso Downs celebrates its 60th anniversary racing season, according to the Ruidoso Downs Racing Web site. The racetrack is also home of the Billy the Kid Casino, which offers more gambling fun […]

Slot car racing, beef stir-fry top this week’s topics

Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on slot car racing, lean beef stir fry recipes, and using bias tape and appliqués to make dimensional villages will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday (All times are Mountain). “Creative Living” airs on public broadcasting station, KENW-TV, from Eastern New Mexico University […]

Track proposed for Tucumcari

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Ryn Gargulinski Hooves could be flying in Tucumcari in the near future if a proposed racetrack gains state approval. Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corp. Director Pete Kampfer said the city and county have proclaimed their support, a confidential site has been chosen, a feasibility study complete, a business plan nearly done and private sector funds […]

Ban on horse racing would only halt freedom

The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department wants county commissioners to outlaw horse racing on private property. Fortunately, commissioners recognized that such an intrusive ordinance would not accomplish law-enforcement’s intended goal of reducing crime and they denied it. We’re not suggesting it’s a good idea for private property owners to host horse races on Sunday afternoons. The […]

Cole’s persistence pays off

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By Mike Linn CLOVIS — The first time Kourtnie Cole got on a horse — at the ripe old age of 3 — she got bucked off. She didn’t want to get back on, but after some coaching from her grandfather she decided to give it a shot. The 16-year-old has been in love with […]

Partners reap rewards racing reptiles

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Mike Linn The last foot-long stretch of the turtle race at Saturday’s Roosevelt County Fair had one turtle owner leaping in the air, yelling like an NFL football coach on Super Bowl Sunday, and waving his cowboy hat in an attempt to coax his new pet to victory. It worked. Sixto Paiz, 11, and Randall […]

Trudo terrorizes on the track

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By Kevin Wilson Like methanol flowing through the engine of his go-cart, racing flows in the blood of Troy Trudo. What began as a hobby years ago is now a character trait for the 11-year-old, who has chosen one-eighth of a mile of dirt over a 94-foot basketball court or a 200-foot baseball field. “This […]

Jones racing team has high hopes

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By Eric Butler CLOVIS — His first rule is nothing gets in the way of family, that’s why Memorial Day weekend will be filled with racing for the Clovis-based Curt Jones Racing team at the Texas Nationals for IMCA-modified cars. Jones, driver Roger Dial and crew chief Art Ferro will make their way to the […]