Anniversaries — May 22

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Bilberry Bud and Alma Lyle Bilberry of Kenna will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary 2 p.m. May 29 at the Kenna Community House. The celebration will be hosted by their children. The couple was married May 28, 1961, in Kenna. They have two children and six grandchildren. He is a rancher. She is a retired […]

State high school rodeo president helped bring finals to Curry County

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Elidia’s Trent Bilberry’s time during Friday’s morning go-round at the Curry County Special Events Center was 22.56 seconds with a 10 second penalty for breaking the barrier. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The president of the state high school rodeo association is hoping he can take his calf roping […]

Dora roper eyes national event

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Dora’s Jesse Clark had a time of 13.76 seconds on his first go in the tie-down calf-roping event Thursday during the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association finals held at the Curry County Events Center. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Jesse Clark of Dora has been waiting all year […]

ENMU women take fourth, men sixth in rodeo

CNJ Staff Tori Bilberry won the average in breakaway roping, helping the Eastern New Mexico University women’s rodeo team place fourth as last weekend’s rodeo at West Texas College in Snyder, Texas. Bilberry, a junior from Elida, posted a total time of 4.0 seconds over two runs. Portales junior Joni Brakebill finished sixth in barrel […]

Elida grads receive emotional sendoff

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Elida High School graduates, from left, Mari Lopez, Jewlie Paiz and Steven Russell hold hands as they watch the class video Friday during the EHS commencement. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers ELIDA — A night of remembering, honoring and celebrating the high school careers of the six Elida High School seniors […]

Bilberry, Eula

Eula Best Bilberry, 95, of Portales died Thursday, March 30, 2006, at Farwell Convalescent Center. She was born April 27, 1910, in Whitesboro, Texas, to Pearl and William Reavis. She married Grady Best on Dec. 20, 1925. They moved to a ranch north of Elida in 1942. They ranched for many years until he died […]

In God’s hands

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For Jeff Bilberry, the High Plains Rodeo Association has become a “family” of support since the death of his youngest son 17 months ago. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A story of a 3-year-old son’s death, and a family’s will to go forward. On a ranch northwest of Kenna, […]

Bilberry, Trey

Trey Bilberry Services: Have been held. Trey Bilberry, 3, of Kenna, died Saturday, April 26, 2003, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born on June 5, 1999, in Roswell, to Cheree and Jeff Bilberry. Family members said he loved life and people. He was an outgoing little boy, and independent. He was fascinated […]