Ruidoso Downs Racetrack offers more than racing

Freedom Newspapers “And they’re off!” Horse-racing season at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack begins each year on Memorial Day and lasts until Labor Day. This season Ruidoso Downs celebrates its 60th anniversary racing season, according to the Ruidoso Downs Racing Web site. The racetrack is also home of the Billy the Kid Casino, which offers more […]

Abduction press conference notes

CNJ staff Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair on the safe recovery Friday of 10-year-old Marissa Graham, abducted from Texhoma, Okla., Thursday night: The recovery: We received the 911 call from a local convenience store that a little girl was there that had been kidnapped out of Oklahoma. We had received earlier or last night an […]

Declaring war on Christmas ridiculous

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Somewhere it went wrong. There was the 6-year-old, trudging through heavy snow to attend midnight mass at St. Charles Catholic Church in Boardman, Ohio. There was his rapt attention to the nativity scene depicting the birth of Jesus Christ. It had been a big day for the kid who would […]

Manners missing in breastfeeding case

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Folks in Santa Fe and Vermont are all atwitter about the breastfeeding New Mexico mom who was booted off a plane in Vermont. She was offered a blanket to cover her allegedly exposed breast while she fed her daughter. She declined and was asked to go back into the terminal. […]

To avoid time in jail, heed mom’s advice

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Recently I met Leslie Johnson, warden of the Curry County Detention Center. In chatting with her, thoughts about jail and prison came to mind; some inspired by movies, some by my own experiences. I’ve often pondered hard time in the hoosegow. It started when I was a kid watching Burt […]

Summer is for the kid in you

By Clyde Davis: local columnist I have this recurring nightmare. I am trapped in a steel cage, hurtling down an incline at something like 2,000 miles an hour. I cannot move to the right or the left, and on either side, if I could move there, I see only vast expanses of air; above is […]

Fort Sumner to celebrate ‘The Kid’

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Two dozen eggs, eight cake mixes and six pounds of powdered sugar will go into the cake Parilee Moore is baking. It is a cake to feed 200 people. It’s not for a birthday or a wedding; it’s to commemorate a death. And people everywhere are invited to the […]

May 25, 2006 Letters to the Editor

Finding “Billy” facts an honorable taskWhat an honor for two of New Mexico’s finest citizens to be invited to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France for the showing of their documentary earlier this month. Tom Sullivan, retired sheriff of Lincoln County, and his deputy, Steve Sederwall, participated in the making of a western documentary […]

Billy the Kid byway scenic exploration

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Courtesy photo Compiled By Paula M. Cronic: Freedom Newspapers For anyone seeking out a historical adventure and a day of exploring the area that old Wild, Wild West outlaws called their own, The Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway is a perfect experience. Starting in Ruidoso Downs, the byway travels through Fort Stanton and Capitan, […]

Billy the Kid impersonator throws grave into doubt

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian Who is this impersonator that looks so much like Billy the Kid that there is talk of digging up the grave at Fort Sumner to be sure the boy that Pat Garrett shot is still there? He was none other than Jim Vercelline, a young actor from Clovis and a […]

11/13 Letters to the editor

Tourism real reason De Baca sheriff ousted Recent published reports regarding De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves made me chuckle. The Albuquerque Journal reported: “The sheriff also upset many locals by joining Lincoln County investigators in a probe of Billy the Kid’s death. The investigators sought to dig up the Kid’s remains in Fort Sumner […]

Day Trips: Old West lives on in Fort Sumner

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The Billy the Kid museum has one of the largest collections of the Western past, including the Kid’s rifle, chaps and spurs. (Courtesy photo) For a look into the “Wild West,” why not try a short day trip to Fort Sumner’s “Billy the Kid Museum.” About an hour’s drive from Portales lies the remains of […]

If you can’t beat your four-legged kids, join them

Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist TUCUMCARI — Kids are wonderful. They rollick, they frolic, they spit up on your chest. I’m in the category of those who think children are giggly and grand — as long as they are somebody else’s. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ll be the first one in the supermarket line to […]

Incarnations of my lifetime travel with me

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist My family is now five weeks away from our Austin trip and the Ride for the Roses. Much of the time, Janice and I ride together. Since I am planning a longer ride than she is, there are times when I train by myself. However, this does not mean that I […]

Education from reluctant piano student

By Bob Huber: CNJ columnist When I was a kid, I lived under a family curse that was common in America in those days. It was called “Relatives Dropping In.” I’m talking here about uninvited guests. You know, out-of-work uncles, religious aunts, outlawed cousins and icy in-laws, and they all stayed for days, sometimes months. […]

Nothing like unorganized summer baseball

By Bob Huber: CNJ columnist When I was a kid, there was nothing more pleasurable than summer baseball. A friend might ask, “What you want to do today?” and I always replied, “You crazy? Play ball, of course.” I’m not talking about Big League, Little League, or the Abner Doubleday Code of Conduct. I’m talking […]

Talent takes center stage at Kid Fest

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Trazon Jimerson, 4, of Cannon Air Force Base climbs through a blow-up tunnel Saturday afternoon at Kid Fest at Clovis High School. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer She’s a seasoned performer — but Amy Carter is only 8 years old. In a red polka dotted shirt, her hair in curls, […]

Kid Fest 2005 to feature talent show, food, games

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Andrew Dixon has been trying to break through to the big time as he raps his way into the minds and ears of the Clovis community. He is only 11, but already he has performed in several talent competitions over the last year, most recently winning the Juneteenth talent […]

Man involved in one-car crash dies

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Danny Ruther, 21, was driving east on U.S. 60/84 when his car hit the median and slammed into a tree on the south side of the road. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff A Portales man involved in a one-car crash Tuesday night between Clovis and Cannon Air Force Base died Wednesday morning at a […]

Fishing more than bait, hooks, says derby director

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Fishing can be much more than hooking up a squirmy worm and whaling it in the lake — especially for those who plan to take part in Saturday’s Kids All-American Fishing Derby, according to derby director Jeff Baum. This 18th annual event, held at the back lake of Ned […]