In search of ponies: Dove had one last ride

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It looked a little like a seasoned sailor, oblivious to the motion of the world beneath its feet. Puffed up twice its natural size, with its head scrunched tight into its body, the dove didn’t seem to notice anything at all as it was moved from right to left, forward and backward. Nor did it […]

Rodeo spectators in for wild ride

Rodeo as a spectator sport has been growing in attendance. Maybe it is because it is live-action, close to home, reasonably priced and rated PG. NASCAR has a similar appeal. As rodeo moves into the ranks of other professional sports, you notice a consistency in the show. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association runs a tight […]

Newly-formed 27th Special Operations Wing Rolling Eagles hold safety rally

USAF: Airman Ericka Engblom Participants in the base’s first official motorcycle safety rally ride out of the Base Exchange parking lot. More than 30 riders participated in the rally, which consisted of a safety briefing and a two-hour group ride. By Airman Ericka Engblom: 27th SOW Public Affairs Engines revved at the first-ever motorcycle safety […]

Better to admit injury than tough out pain

Glenda Price Bud and Kathy ride horses, of course, but they also like to ride mules, especially in rough country. Awhile back they bought a new mule, and Bud was ready to try him out. Kathy knew she couldn’t quite trust the one they already had but she didn’t know the new one at all, […]

A day at the rodeo: Joe’s Boot Shop calf roping event in seventh year.

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Kevin Wilson Hundreds ride and rope, and hope they cash in when it’s time for the Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping event at the Curry County Event Center. In one form or another, everybody goes through the elements of the four-day undertaking: ••• When you arrive, you’re a spectator until you see secretary Crystal Garrett. […]

In search of ponies: Passengers ride at own peril

Sharna Johnson Only the strong of heart ride with me nowadays. Even still, those brave enough get the disclaimers: • He could run up your leg, if so I’m sorry in advance • Close your purse tight — not that I would mind if he hitched a ride home with you • I can’t guarantee […]

Going the distance: Cannon Commandos raise funds for Ride 2 Recovery

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Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Staff Sgt. Angela Hearn taught a class of spinners March 26. Liliana Castillo About 75 Air Commandos participated in a national spin-a-thon on March 26 at the Cannon Air Force Base gym. The gym was one of over 200 facilities that participated in Spinning Nation 2011 across the country Saturday. Proceeds […]

Ride-2-Recovery benefits wounded warriors

By 27th SOW Public Affairs The base Fitness and Sports Center will host Ride-2 Recovery on Saturday, a nationwide event that benefits wounded warriors’ mental and physical rehabilitation. Ride 2 Recovery is produced by the Fitness Challenge foundation, a non-profit organization in partnerships with the military and VA Volunteer Service Offices that features cycling as […]

Friday morning briefing: Turning up the heat, free lunch and ride ‘em sponsors

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing.Turning up the heat The New Mexico Gas Company has set up $1 million dollar fund to deal with claims filed by customers who have had broken pipes, property damage and business interruption because of weather-related outages. The number is 1-888-NM-GAS-CO.Ride ‘em sponsors The Clovis/Curry […]

Portales past: Oct. 28, 1953

Oct. 28, 1953: The Portales Daily News: Cliff Stevenson, Elida rancher and county commissioner, was learning to ride a new kind of vehicle at the General Hospital. He was recovering from severe injuries in a car wreck Sept. 1., and was finding his walker, loaned to the hospital by Veterans of Foreign Wars, a real […]

Ride for Life begins fundraising

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Liliana Castillo Relay for Life’s largest contributing team is starting its fundraising season Sunday. The Ride for Life, which contributed $30,000 last year, is holding its kick off at JX Ranch north of Broadview. Participants will go on a two hour trail ride up to a lunch point, hold a meeting about how to raise […]

Hounds ride defense past WT

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s defense proved to be more than formidable on Friday against West Texas A&M. The Greyhounds got just enough offense to get the job done. ENMU’s “English connection” of sophomore midfielder Kal Herbert and freshman midfielder Andy Wilkinson worked a play off a penalty kick for the deciding goal […]

Triathlon triumph

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Capt. Ken Corigliano Liliana Castillo Capt. Ken Corigliano of the 11th Intelligence Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base was a member of the Air Force triathlon team that took all of the 25 gold medals available at the 2010 Armed Forces Triathlon Championship. Corigliano finished 12th overall with a time […]

Reader submitted content: Ride for life draws 75 riders

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By Wendy Toombs On the morning of May 1, 75 horsemen and women from New Mexico and Texas set off on the Ride for Life trail ride at the Lazy LB Ranch at San Jon. This marked the 11th year the horseback team, as a part of the Clovis Relay for Life, has raised money […]

Homeschool group takes in riding lesson

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Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Caleb Chambers, 9, of Clovis, learns how to ride a horse at Abrazos Adventure in Portales. Cannon homeschool students spent the day learning and riding horses at Abrazos Adventure in Portales on March 25. Five students and their siblings were taught by Brazos Adventure owner Wendy Toombs about what horses […]

Decade in review: Community rallied to keep base

File photo Clovis residents cheer and wave flags during the Operation Kept Cannon celebration at the Clovis Civic Center in 2006. By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base had a wild ride in the past few years, as its near closure and new mission became the most far-reaching story of […]

Cyclists ride again for charity

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer For a second time this summer, a group of bicyclists passed through Portales in a coast-to-coast adventure to raise money for charity. But don’t get the idea there are cyclists all over the United States doing this. Tatiana Cooke, 19, of Bike & Build told a different story Wednesday […]

Fraternity spending summer bicycling for cause

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Though armed with bicycles equipped for a cross-country journey, 26 young men left them in a dorm roof at Eastern New Mexico University and hopped in vans for a short ride to Portales’ Southside Church of Christ on Monday night. They can be forgiven. After riding bikes 95 miles […]

Small acts of kindness better than slogans

Freedom New Mexico My 6-year-old daughter Anna rolled on the ground screaming and clutching her stomach as my other children pulled on my arm, covered their eyes and cried. She screamed that the pain in her tummy was too much to take. I tried to touch her, she rolled away, threw up and passed out. […]

Murray provided us with quite a ride

By Baxter Black: FNM columnist It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a real cowboy walk into the urban world spotlight and take it by storm. Not since Ben Johnson, Wilford Brimley, Nolan Ryan and Mac Baldridge could I have pointed and said, “He’s one of us.” Grandma Teddie watches “Wheel of Fortune” every […]