High Plains Junior Rodeo closes

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By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent CLOVIS — Figuring out the overall champ for the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association season can be quite a chore — even after all the competition is over. That was especially true for the boys in Saturday’s short-go of the 13-15 calf roping at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. The [...]

Automobile crash kills local man

PNT Staff Report A Portales man was killed Saturday in a one-vehicle accident east of Portales, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office officials. Isabel Ornelas, 51 lost control of his vehicle around 1:15 p.m. on N.M. 467 (Airbase Highway) between Milepost 2 and 3. The vehicle overturned, pinning the man underneath, according to Chief Deputy [...]

June 1, 1969

• “Play Dirty” starring Michael Caine, was showing at the Tower. Admission prices were $1.00 for adults, 75 cents for students and 40 cents for children. • Wiley Cox, well known for his barbed wire collection, added the crowning specimen to his collection. The short length of “Rod Wire”, was manufactured around 1857 in Holly [...]

Greyhounds take ninth in rodeo

Freedom Newspapers Cousins Clay Kozba and Stetson Herrera accounted for all of Eastern New Mexico University’s scoring, leading the Greyhounds to a ninth-place finish with 155 points in the school’s College Daze Rodeo over the weekend at Lewis Cooper Arena. Kozba, a junior from Brighton, Colo., was third in calf-roping, scoring 70 points, while Herrera, [...]

Clippers make a hairy situation

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Their electric buzz brings back childhood nightmares I thought I had put behind me. The dreaded hair clippers were out again at mom’s house last weekend. Like an enlistee in the armed services, my niece’s newly acquired husband surrendered himself to the barber’s stool in the dining room. His [...]

Jail bonds hit snag

By William Thompson County commissioners tabled a vote on an ordinance Tuesday that would allow for the issue of a 20-year gross receipts tax revenue bond for a projected $3.3 million addition to the Roosevelt County Detention Center. County commissioners will meet again today at 4 p.m. to vote on the bond. The bond was [...]

Commissioners name Knudson temporary attorney

By Karl Terry Roosevelt County once again has a county attorney — at least temporarily. County commissioners Tuesday voted 4-1 to hire Portales attorney Randy Knudson as temporary attorney for the county and in the same motion ratified payments for his services they had already approved previously. At their Oct. 18 meeting commissioners discovered that [...]

Sheriff’s department shorthanded

By Tony Parra With one deputy gone to the academy and another deputy injured and currently not on duty, a shortage has forced the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department to request help from the New Mexico State Police Department and the Portales Police Department to cover their night shifts. Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Rick Short [...]

ENMU riders fall short of rodeo finals

Freedom Newspapers CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico University senior Dusty Higgins and sophomore Brittany Bennett came up just a little short of reaching Saturday’s short-go finals in the College National Finals Rodeo at the Casper Events Center. Higgins finished 13th in bull riding — the top 12 go to the finals — with his [...]

Trio set to compete in CNFR

By Dave Wagner Three members of the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo program have made their way to Casper, Wyo., this weekend for the College National Finals Rodeo. Competition begins today and wraps up Saturday. Seniors Dusty Higgins of Roswell and James Gililland of Tularosa and sophomore Brittany Bennett of Portales will represent ENMU in [...]