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 […]

McGee: Fake blue heron moves on

The Lady of the House and I spend our Saturday mornings riding around town going to yard sales. We call it “Date Night.” You know about date night, that private time when you and your significant other have the chance to do things you both enjoy doing. Some folks don’t understand “Date Night” on a […]

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 […]

Monday morning briefing: Video game of the week, rodeo days and Ruby Ridge relived

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Rodeo days La Nina Classic Ranch Rodeo is set for 6:30 p.m. today and Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Fifteen teams compete each night in events including branding, stray gathering, doctoring, trailer loading and bronc riding. Bull riding is Tuesday night only. Admission […]

Ticket feature: Lipizzaner Stallions performing in Clovis

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Courtesy photo The Lipizzaner Stallions will perform in Clovis tonight and Friday at the Curry County Events Center. Freedom New Mexico Referred to as an equine ballet, audiences will have the unique opportunity to see the Lipizzaner Stallions perform tonight and Friday at the Curry County Events Center. Made world famous for their beauty and […]

Clovis resident honored as honorary firefighter

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Brooke Hankins of Clovis embraces Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman after she was named an honorary fire fighter Saturday at the Department’s Station 1. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Fire Department made their biggest fan an honorary firefighter Saturday. Clovis resident Brooke Hankins, 20, suffers from an […]

Kid’s pardon better left by wayside

Karl Terry Some want to see Billy the Kid exonerated of his crimes and riding the trail as a hero. Some, like Billy the Governor Richardson, might want to steal a little of his fame not unlike the Kid used to rustle cattle on the High Plains. I’ve kept silent for the last few months […]

Police say fewer people riding in truck beds

Sharna Johnson Local law enforcement say they see fewer and fewer kids riding in the back of pickup trucks, in part because of seatbelt laws and because of growing awareness of the danger. Wednesday a 14-year-old Texico girl fell to her death from a moving pickup truck when the wind caught a mattress she was […]

First person: Appaloosa girl

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis native Kyla Myers has been riding horses since she was 5 years old. Kyla Myers of Clovis won four top 10s at her first trip to the 2010 World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show. That means she ranked in the top 10 in four competitions. The 14-year-old Clovis native has […]

California teen biking across country for disabled

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Joseph Machado is riding across America from his home in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., to Washington D.C., to raise money for disabled children. Machado, 13, was escorted by New Mexico State Police from Santa Rosa to Tucumcari on Friday afternoon. “It is impressive to see this young man doing such […]