Day Trip: Ruidoso Downs Race Track

“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 gambling fun […]

State should gamble future on better things

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Stay out of our bedrooms, you busybody feds. While you’re at it, stay out of our kitchens, and living rooms, and workplaces. Most of all, keep your grubby hands off our casinos. If we want a giant jackpot machine beckoning visitors as they cross into our state on I-25 or […]

Tucumcari submitting racetrack plans to state

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Courtesy illustration By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Hooves could be flying in Tucumcari in the near future if a proposed racetrack gains state approval. Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corp. Director Pete Kampfer said the city and county have proclaimed their support, a confidential site has been chosen, a feasibility study complete, a business […]

Forget the Zia, salute the slot machine

Ned Cantwell: Guest Columnist Here’s what we need to do: Can the Zia sun symbol. Give it a special corner at the state museum to represent what New Mexico once stood for. Relegate it to remember-when status. Look, it’s only a matter of time before the ACLU gets wind of the Zia, anyway. The symbol, […]

Tucumcari hoping for race track, casino

By David Arkin: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Tucumcari may soon be gambling on its location as a way to boost tourism. Ben Kendrick, director of the Tucumcari Economic Development Corp., said officials are in the early planning stages of landing a racetrack and casino in the area. Few details are available about the specifics of the plan. […]