Rodeo highlights Pioneer Days

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Jubal Pierce, left, of Melrose and Matthew Glenn, of Clovis, paint numbers on the steps of the seating boxes Saturday afternoon at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Balloons, pageants and a parade will accompany the usual sights and sounds at three nights of rodeo […]

Summer in area loaded with fun

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Fireworks displays, concerts, county fairs, a big-time bicycle tour and a first-time golf tournament top the list of things to do in the area this summer. There seems to be something for everyone — from sports fans to pageant competitors to people who get their kicks running across a field […]

Groups seek lodger’s tax funds

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Clovis lodger’s tax board members heard requests for funding from 17 local project organizers at a board meeting at the Holiday Inn Monday. The lodger’s tax board distributes money, to be used only for promotional purposes, for events that bring tourists to Clovis. Board Chairman Brian Chambers said the […]

Readers: Covered arena not part of deal

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about Curry County’s latest plan to build a special events center by refurbishing the rodeo arena at the county fairgrounds. Some responses: “It’s the same old story — politicians promise one thing and deliver something else. At this point, I would just like to see […]

Rodeo arena cover subject of today’s county meeting

By Jack King Curry County commissioners will consider a proposal to cover the rodeo arena at the Curry County Fairgrounds, turning it into a county special events center, at today’s regular meeting. The commission will meet in commission chambers in the Curry County Courthouse at 9 a.m. Commissioners have been considering various plans for a […]

Ellsworth: ‘The best of champs’

SPECIAL TO FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS The family of Rolland Ellsworth Jr., an Eastern New Mexico University student killed in a bull-riding accident Oct. 2, remembers him as a loving brother and a son who “lived life with no regrets,” according to a Tuesday release from ENMU. “We know it wasn’t an accident. We know it wasn’t […]

Deaths rare in rodeos, officials say

Mike Linn Local, state and national rodeo officials say bull riders are more likely to die in traveling accidents to and from rodeos than in the arena. But while the death of Eastern New Mexico University freshman Rolland Ellsworth Jr. — who was thrown and stepped on by a bull at a rodeo last week […]

ENMU freshman dies in rodeo accident

By Mike Linn Rolland Ellsworth Jr. — “Rojo,” to his friends — had a contagious, fun-loving spirit. “The memories we have of Rojo are sitting around on our balcony and telling stories and the guy didn’t stop laughing for an hour straight,” said Brett Trembly, president of Kappa Sigma, a fraternity to which Ellsworth had […]

Best steps down from rodeo post

By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — In a sense, Wendell Best traded one set of children for another. Best, 70, recently retired from his post as the national director for the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association. He leaves behind 30 years of service to what he considers his extended family throughout high school rodeo. “When […]

Letters to the Editor 8/3

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal will publish thank-you letters of public interest on the first Sunday of each month. Letters should be less than 300 words and must be signed. Writers should include telephone numbers and addresses for verification purposes. Letters may be edited for clarity, content and space considerations. Names of for-profit businesses […]