Cowboys take creativity to new level

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Cowboys are nothing if not ingenious. It takes that sort of out-of-the-box mentality to allow them to solve the myriad of problems that arise when you combine horse, cow and rope. In the northeastern Montana country, Jim and Norvell (aliases) were backtracking one fall after the gather. By noon they [...]

Jump rope fundraiser promotes active lifestyle

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer An Eastern New Mexico University freshman class teamed up this month with students from several local schools to raise almost $1,800 for the Jump Rope for Heart Foundation. The Freshman Seminar class and local schools competed in raising money for the Jump Rope for Heart Foundation with Jump for [...]

Zias rope Cowgirls

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico It won’t be a long break, but sophomore forward Til-Lois Fifer and the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team are ready for a little time off. The Zias completed the early portion of their schedule Wednesday night with a 79-64 victory over New Mexico Highlands at Greyhound Arena, [...]

Real cowboy doesn’t mess around

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist When I say Alvin was a cowboy, I mean in the most basic sense. With a horse and a rope, a box of matches and a cinch ring, a pocket knife and a piggin’ string, he could do the job. Dick ran cows on some pretty rough country in southern [...]

ENMU ready to rope

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By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico CoWith the start of their season a week away, Eastern New Mexico University’s rodeo teams are hard at work. This year that work is happening under the watchful eye of first-year coach Albert Flinn. He says he likes what he sees for the most part. “(The mens) team is [...]

Founder recalls early days

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By Eric Butler, PNT Correspondent Trying to control his horse after missing his target in the steer breakaway roping, Payson Moore knew he had trouble when the rope got near the horses feet. That’s because his horse had previously had a similar incident — but with barbed wire instead. But Moore did get the animal [...]

Getting a jump start on fitness

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Health and physical education students at Eastern New Mexico University will sponsor a Jump Rope for Heart event on Saturday at Greyhound Arena. Backed by the American Heart Association, HPE majors organized the event as a class assignment, said Mary Drabbs, chair of ENMU’s Health and Physical Education Department. [...]

Portales residents charged with child abuse

Freedom New Mexico Two Portales residents have been arrested for what police said were their roles in beating a 13-year-old with a rope. Jesus Gonzales, 28, and Susana Gonzales, 47, were arrested Wednesday and charged with abuse of a child, a third-degree felony, according to a statement from the Portales Police Department. They are both [...]

Clovis’ Mounted Patrol Arena welcomes calf ropers

PNT Staff Report Hundreds of cowboys, both professional and amateur, will compete in calf-roping events this weekend. The third annual Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping is being held Friday through Saturday at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. According to event coordinator Joe Rhodes, 464 cowboys competed in the 2006 calf roping event. “Hopefully we [...]

Roping becomes annual event

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers In few sports can an average Joe — or Joanne — step on the same playing field with the best in the game. Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping will be one of those exceptions. “It’s kind of like the NFL Pro Bowl,” Wayne Needham, the event’s producer said. “Except everyone [...]