Playday a day for horse, rider

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer It’s called a Playday because the competitive pressure is off if you choose, and it’s a chance for both horse and rider to get involved in an organized riding event with fun awards for the winners. Playday is sponsored by the Cattle Capitol Cowbelles local chapter. Laura Southard, of [...]

Seniors speak out on reduced transit service

By Tony Parra Several community members voiced their displeasure about the Portales Area Transit system not giving rides on Mondays during a public forum on Tuesday. Twila Hurley of the Portales Area Transit system said they stopped giving rides on Mondays approximately a year ago because of rising gasoline prices and budget constraints. “I don’t [...]

Fairgoers enjoy first day

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The opening of the gates to the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds was greeted by parents and children on their way to the rides, food, barrel racing and dancing. Wednesday marked the official open to the fair, a tradition which at one time during the 1920s took place in the downtown area [...]

Rides top draw for brothers

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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 his mother, Tanya. The following is the boys’ report as told to CNJ staff writer Jesse Wolfersberger. Joshua and Elighio spent most of their time and energy [...]

Former Hell’s Angel to bring message Aug. 28

Evangelist Jerry McGee will be featured during services beginning Aug. 28 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Clovis. McGee, a former drug dealer in the Hell’s Angels motorcyle gang, is the Founder and President of Freedom Crusade Ministries, International which is located in Winston-Salem, N.C. He travels around the country to offer a [...]

The wisdom and special jobs of grandpas

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Grandpas have a special job and have since days of yore To teach his children’s children things his parents might ignore. Like how to spit and whistle, carve initials on a tree The value of an empty can and why some things aren’t free. Why dogs get stuck, how birds [...]

Coaly represented regrettable challenge

By Bob Huber: PNT 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 [...]

People take Billy the Kid’s last ride

By Ryn Gargulinski For a 125-mile wilderness trek on horseback that reenacted Billy the Kid’s last ride, Fort Sumner fourth-grader Alicia Smith said she would have packed her Game Boy. Several students in Capitan teacher Tanya Hargrave’s class said a portable TV would be their choice. The real-life riders who actually took the journey were [...]

Regardless of mode, traveling is escaping

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 [...]

Century of horsemanship involved in business

By Tony Parra Editor’s Note: The following is a part of an ongoing series of stories about local business owners who have been with their respective businesses for five years or longer. Ray and Wendy Toombs are owners of the Abrazos Adventure horseback riding school and between them have 100 years of horse experience. They [...]