Bull riding off my bucket list

Staying aboard a 2,000-pound bovine for eight seconds. Yes sir, I can now scratch that one off my bucket list. OK, I wasn’t exactly aboard a raging bull in a rodeo arena, hell-bent on throwing me off his back. Instead it was a docile Texas Longhorn steer complete with a comfortable Western saddle. It was […]

Bull riding event set

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• What: L.J. Jenkins Invitational Bull Riding • When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday • Where: Curry County Events Center • Tickets: $12 in advance at Joe’s Boot Shop and Creighton’s Town and Country, Portales; $15 at the gate; Children 12 and under free with paying adult. • Total purse: $18,000 • Format: 40 riders […]

Seven-foot bull snake found on Seventh Street

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Watched by fellow officer Dennis Weist, Animal Control Officer Robin Wiggins, at 5-feet-two-inches tall, has difficulty fully stretching a Bull snake that was killed Thursday morning on Seventh Street. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A near 7-foot long dead Bull snake caught Clovis Animal Control Officer Dennis Weist by […]

Young bucks

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Kristyl Jaure, 15, applies rosin to her rope before the junior bullriders took to the arena Friday at the Curry County Events Center. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer When her dad asked her brother if he wanted to try bullriding, Kristyl Juare said she spoke up and said she wanted to. Friday night, the […]

Organizers: Bull riding to offer “non-stop action”

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Organizers are expecting crowds of up to 3,000 fans for two days of “nonstop action” during this week’s bull riding event at the Curry County Events Center. Featuring 90 top bull riders from several professional bull riding associations, the event will take place Friday and Saturday nights. Sponsor Joe […]

World champion Hedeman to be in Clovis

CNJ staff Four-time world champion bull rider Tuff Hedeman is coming to Clovis Saturday night. Cinch Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Curry County Special Events Center. This event is sanctioned by Championship Bull Riding and is a Horizon Series Event. Horizon Series competitors compete at more than 20 […]

Press Release: Champion bull rider in Clovis

Tuff Hedeman is coming to Clovis!! For One night Only!! On Saturday , February 6th, at 7:30 p.m., at the Curry County Events Center, Tuff Hedeman 4-Time World Champion Bull Rider and President of the CBR, will bring to Clovis, the Cinch Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding presented to you by Joe’s Boot Shop. This […]

No bull about keeping superstitions

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist They say superstition takes over when you’re facing situations you’ve got no control over — like a horse you KNOW is gonna break in two, you just don’t know when. So what you do in a case like that is give yourself an edge. When you get on that particular […]

Bidding proposed for Valles elk licenses

By Staci Matlock: The New Mexican If a bill titled HB 11 passes the state Legislature this session, avid elk hunters might one day be able to bid on a license for a bull elk in the grand Valles Caldera National Preserve on eBay. Rep. Jeannette O. Wallace, R-Los Alamos, is sponsoring the legislation, which […]

Amateur bull riding good for laughs

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist I’m sure it’s written someplace that every ranch boy must try riding a bull — in a rodeo — at least once in his life. In the olden days most every town had an amateur rodeo every year — usually a jackpot deal. That was the perfect place for a […]

No bull here

Glenda Price Glenda Price When my husband and I were young and just starting out, we decided to apply for a loan from a government-underwritten outfit to purchase a few cows. We had the place to run them secured and the drought was temporarily over (which is all we can ever ask for in the […]

Bull rider puts faith in prayer

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Mike Strong of Livingston, Mont., received an option for a rerun after his ride Saturday night at the Professional Bull Riders Discovery Event at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Bonner Bolton didn’t need to rub a rabbit’s foot or keep a horeshoe, or even […]

Years of a clown

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Dale “Gizmo” McCracken entertains the crowd and cowboys during Friday’s Professional Bull Riders Discovery Tour event at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Gizmo is also the backup for bull fighters, if needed. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Dale “Gizmo” McCracken keeps his audiences guessing every time he steps […]

Bull riders to make stop in Clovis

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Bull riders will stop in Clovis for a chance to move up in tour standings in hopes of qualifying for November’s Professional Bull Riders Final in Las Vegas, Nev. PBR Tour organizer Marc Andrus said 74 riders in what is considered the bull riding minor league will compete in […]

Bull rider earns state honor

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L.J. Jenkins, 19, captured the Professional Bull Riders World Finals event title in Las Vegas earlier this month. (Courtesy photo) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer L.J. Jenkins always felt he’d win a world championship as a professional bull rider, just not this soon. Jenkins, 19, captured the Professional Bull Riders World Finals event title […]

ENMU grad wins national contest sponsored by Red Bull

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Using a computer as his canvas, a mouse as a paintbrush and software as his drawing tool, Dusty Deen created prize-winning animation. A 2004 Eastern New Mexico University graduate who studied animation and graphic design, Deen was one of 43 artists selected to showcase their original artwork in the […]

Texico cowboy wins PBR finals

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A Texico teenager won $225,000 Sunday in Las Vegas, Nev., and the only thing he gambled on was his health. L.J. Jenkins, 19, captured the Professional Bull Riders World Finals event title at the Thomas and Mack Center. Jenkins was one of three cowboys to successfully ride six bulls […]

Day Trip: Sitting Bull Falls

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Courtesy photoThe cave located in Sitting Bull Falls has been shaped through thousands of years. Sitting Bull Falls offers adventure and exploration. With its 150-foot waterfall, a cave to explore and pools of water, it’s a cool place for visitors looking to beat this summer’s heat. With the recent re-opening of Lincoln National Forest, Sitting […]

Pioneer Days event introduces youngsters to cowboy ways

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Rodeo clown Leon Coffee helps 4-year-old Aleigha Gemma-Miller of Ranchvale lasso a goat during a rodeo encounter Thursday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In a pink cowboy hat that shadowed her entire body, Thea Hand, 2, stared wide-eyed at the whirring mechanical bull. Once atop, […]

6-2 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. the great aphid rodeo boss i m sure you ve noticed the big doings here in the church pew underworld i m sure you ve seen all the little bugs and field mice dressed […]