Ticket feature: Mounted Shooting All-Stars returning to Clovis

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Courtesy photo: Ken Amorosano The Mounted Shooting All-Stars will be returning to Clovis, Sat. Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Curry County Events Center. Freedom New Mexico The Mounted Shooting All-Stars will be returning to Clovis 7 p.m. Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. Twenty of the nation’s best Cowboy Mounted Shooters will […]

Mounted patrol celebrating anniversary in Clovis

Kevin Wilson The New Mexico Mounted Patrol is descending on Clovis this weekend to celebrate 70 years of assisting law enforcement, and to undertake training to ensure they do it for a 71st year. The annual convention — which organizers expect will draw about 60 mounted patrol officers — takes place mostly at the Days […]

Ranchvale purchases document cameras

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ranchvale third-grader Ryan Perkins, 8, labels Earth and Venus Thursday on a diagram of the solar system under the document camera in Trinity Watt’s classroom. Liliana Castillo Ranchvale Elementary School spent money raised by its fall fundraiser to purchase document cameras for each classroom. Document cameras are a new, higher […]

Ticket feature: Events center hosting mounted shooting competition

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Courtesy photo In the Western Shooting Horse “Road to the Worlds” competition, riders shoot 10 balloon targets while navigating obstacles, using specially-loaded blank cartridges fired from Old West-style single-action revolvers. The Curry County Events Center plays host this weekend to the Western Shooting Horse “Road to the Worlds” competition. The event is set for Saturday […]

School officials report theft of model jet

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School security cameras recently caught two people in the act of stealing a 1/8-scale model of an F-16 mounted in front of the school. But the culprits haven’t been caught and the plane is still missing. Principal Wayne Marshall discovered the theft while taking a walk around […]

Poineer Days Rodeo moves indoors

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Jared Smith of Ranger, Texas, holds on tight aboard Hello Dolly during last year’s bareback bronc riding competition at the annual PRCA Pioneer Days. The rodeo starts Thursday in the Special Events Center. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico An increase in competitors, partially thanks to a new venue, has […]

HPJRA Finals results

At Mounted Patrol ArenaSaturday’s short go results8-under barrels: 1. Shelby Mayfield 16.917; 2. Kennedy Kirkpatrick 17.44; 2. Michelle Runyan 18.832; 4. Kendra Suggs 187.855; 5. Tanner Freeman 19.157.9-12 girls poles: 1. Kellie Collier 20.773; 2. Kelsey Espenson 20.993; 3. Saige Bell 22.705; 4. J.C. Gallegos 25.671; 5. Leann Herring 32.412.9-12 goat tying: 1. Nicole Espenson […]

Pioneer Rodeo royalty crowned

CNJ Staff Local young ladies were crowned the 2008-2009 Pioneer Days Rodeo Royalty last Saturday at the Mounted Patrol Arena. Competitors were judged on horsemanship, appearance, and personality, which includes speech and photogenic qualities. The winners reign over the county fair, do radio promotions for the rodeo, are introduced each night of the rodeo, and […]

Rodeo agreement up for vote

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer An agreement is in place that would allow the Curry County Mounted Patrol use of the county fairgrounds arena for the Pioneer Days Rodeo. The Curry County Commission will vote today on a proposal in which a scoreboard the Mounted Patrol purchased three years ago for about $10,000 will […]

Smoking ban enacted near county property

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Smokers will have to stay 25 feet from county-owned property before lighting up under a new ordinance approved Tuesday by Curry County Commissioners. Penalties for violating the ordinance include a $100 fine for the first violation, $200 for a second violation within a year of the first; and $500 […]

County, Mounted Patrol lock horns

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The future of the Pioneer Days Rodeo could be in peril without a compromise between the county and the Curry County Mounted Patrol, according to an organization spokesperson. Bob Lacey told the Curry County Commission on Tuesday planning for next year’s rodeo is behind schedule because of the stricter […]

PRCA Rodeo set to begin Thursday

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The 37th annual Pioneer Days PRCA Rodeo in Clovis, which begins Thursday, is hardly the only rodeo in the country going on this weekend. But it’s the only one that matters to the Curry County Mounted Patrol, and organizers are pleased with the quality of contestants competing over the three […]

Rodeo comes close to being cancelled

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent The annual Pioneer Days Rodeo will get started Thursday as scheduled. But there were a few anxious moments at Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. County officials said the event was in danger of being cancelled because the event organizer — Curry County Mounted Patrol — had not signed a contract […]

Pioneer Days schedule

Today 6 p.m. — Little Buckaroo Rodeo, Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Wednesday 8 a.m. — Pageant speech competition at Clovis Civic Center. Noon — Rodeo barbecue kick-off at Bender Dodge 7 p.m. — Fashion show/buffet and auction at Clovis Civic Center Thursday 8:30 a.m. — Miss Rodeo New Mexico horsemanship competition. 2-4 p.m. — […]

Pioneer Days honor western heritage

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom Newspapers This year’s Pioneer Days celebration has added significance with Clovis celebrating its centennial. In its 37th year, Pioneer Days celebrates past traditions, heritage, pioneer spirit and progress of the area. “It is tradition that looks back on the days of the cowboys and settlers on the open range and honoring […]

2007 Pioneer Days schedule

Monday 5 p.m. — Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen pageant at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. preceding 32nd Annual Little Buckaroo Rodeo. 6 p.m. — Little Buckaroo Rodeo, Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Tuesday 6 p.m. — Little Buckaroo Rodeo, Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Wednesday 8 a.m. — Pageant speech competition at Clovis Civic Center. […]

Pioneer Days schedule of events

Monday, June 4 5 p.m. —Coronation/Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen pageant at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena, preceding 32nd Annual Little Buckaroo Rodeo. 6 p.m. —Little Buckaroo Rodeo, Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Horse events (13 and under, trophies and ribbons in each category), rodeo clown/bullfighter finals, calf riding (13 and under, three groups), dummy roping […]

Rodeo hall-of-famer grand marshal at Pioneer Days Parade

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Clovis police cars escort the beginning of the Pioneer Days Parade. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) Michael Harrell: Freedom Newspapers ProRodeo Hall-of-Famer Glen Franklin waved to the crowds from a white Chevy Suburban Saturday morning as grand marshal of the Pioneer Days Parade on Main Street in Clovis. The 70-year-old was disappointed he couldn’t lead the […]

Pioneer Rodeo keeps ‘em coming

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Fast facts What: 36th annual Pioneer Days Rodeo When: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday Where: Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena Tickets: $10-12 in advance at Joe’s Boot Shop; $12-14 at gate With 35 years of continuity behind it, the Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo could have just about anyone in the […]

Pioneer Days kicks off Monday

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Rodeo royalty, clowns and cowboys will be in attendance at the upcoming Pioneer Days. The six-day event will kick-off at 5 p.m. Monday with the coronation of the Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen. According to pageant coordinator Wilma Fulgham, six girls ages 5 to 9 were judged on personality, appearance […]