Feb. 23, 1951

Clovis police were looking for someone who robbed 23 parking meters downtown. … Paschal Wickard and Helen Lee were named king and queen of sports at Clovis Junior High. … Clovis 4-H Club was planning a bakery sale at the Goodyear store, 423 Main. … Dunlap’s was promoting the latest in women’s shoe styles – […]

Reporter’s notebook: Local woman runner-up for queen

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Brianne Aucutt of Clovis was first runner-up last month in the New Mexico State Fair Queen contest in Albuquerque. The Texas Tech sophomore represented Curry County as the reigning Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen. She competed against 11 other young women from New Mexico. Aucutt was judged on personality, horsemanship […]

Watermelon festival eludes road-trippers

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Watermelon. That’s what was on our minds as The Lady of the House and I headed south out of Clovis to the Watermelon Roundup in Plains, Texas. It’d been awhile since we’d been road-trippin’ so I was looking forward to rambling down a two-lane blacktop. There was just a mention […]

Fair royalty reunites

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Royalty reigned at the first Roosevelt County Fair Queen Reunion, held Friday at the Jake Lopez Community Center. Past fair queens, sweethearts and sweetheart princesses mingled with this year’s reigning royalty and contestants to share lunch and reminisce about years past. Who the first Roosevelt County fair queen was seems […]

Mirriam-Webster brings bling into vernacular

By Helena Rodriguez: local columnist I googled you to tell you that your new necklace was so bling but you were too busy being a mouse potato and that’s why I acted like such a drama queen. This isn’t gibberish I’m talking here, but English — new English that is — and you’ll be able […]

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, […]

Tea honors nonagenarians

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Claire Burroughes, left, ties a velvet cape around Nina Luckett as she is crowned queen at a nonagenarian tea for seniors over 90 at the Baxter-Curren Senior Center Tuesday afternoon. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer With some confined to wheelchairs and most dressed to impress, Curry County nonagenarians arrived at […]

Contestants say rodeo helps preserve western lifestyle

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Lacy Price, 17, of Texico, whispers to her quarter horse, Baby, Monday after being crowned the 2005 Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer One by one, the nine rodeo queen contestants briskly rode their horses across the Mounted Patrol Arena on Monday during the 2005 Pioneer Days […]

Local student named state queen

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Ashlee Stallings poses with Wilma Fulgham after winning the state fair queen crown while representing Curry County Saturday night in Albuquerque. (Courtesy photo) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Ashlee Stallings spent Sunday in bed battling strep throat. There was no way she could compete for the state fair queen crown, she thought. If that […]

Portales teen takes Miss Rodeo Queen New Mexico

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Brittany Bennett, of Portales, and recently crowned 2005 Miss Rodeo New Mexico-Elect, is congratulated by judge Dick Reason, of Tucson, Ariz., at the Miss Rodeo New Mexico Pageant luncheon and coronation Thursday. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Brittany Bennett likens rodeos to family reunions. Unlike many sports, camaraderie often […]