Rodeo champ stays busy

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo World all-around champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, competes in steep roping on Thursday at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Part of the week-long Pioneer Days celebration, the event featured some of the world’s top steer ropers. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The 38th annual PRCA Pioneer Days Rodeo began […]

Pro rodeo rider returns home

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Texico’s L.J. Jenkins ropes his bull before participating in Thursday’s Pioneer Days rodeo. Jenkins, 20, received a score of 87 for his ride. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Monetarily speaking, L.J. Jenkins really didn’t need to participate at the Pioneer Days rodeo on Thursday night, even if bull riding is […]

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 […]

Competition won’t hurt rodeo

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CNJ file photo Sean Higgins of Socorro rides a bull during the 2006 version of the Pioneer Days Rodeo at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. This year’s event begins Thursday. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent

An honor for the coach

C.J. Aragon, the rodeo coach at Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari, has been named coach of the year for the Grand Canyon Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

ENMU tabs Flinn as new rodeo coach

CNJ staff PORTALES — Albert Flinn has been hired to take over as rodeo coach at Eastern New Mexico University. Flinn, who is retiring after a 34-year banking career, will replace David Browder after the ENMU administration chose not to renew his contract. Browder will complete his eighth year at the school at the College […]

Eastern takes eighth in rodeo

CNJ Staff The Eastern New Mexico University men’s rodeo team turned in an eighth-place finish at last weekend’s Western Texas Rodeo in Snyder, Texas. Senior Cody Heck won steer wrestling with an average of 20.9, and senior Jared Green scored 150 points for a second-place finish in bareback riding.

ENMU rodeo athletes make mark

Freedom New Mexico ODESSA, TEXAS — Two Eastern New Mexico University cowboys and a cowgirl made their mark over the weekend in the Odessa Rodeo. Greyhounds senior Jared Green registered a third place finish in bareback riding with 138 points, moving into second place in the region in the bareback riding event. “Jared continued to […]

Year in Review: June 2007

A daily look at top news stories in June reported in the Clovis New Journal: June 1: Officials identified the body found May 29 in an abandoned house near Wal-Mart as that of Howard Payne, a 52-year-old transient with ties to Arizona and California. … Tornadoes threatened Roosevelt County, but storms did not produce any […]

Clovis resident in national Rodeo pageant

CNJ staff The next Miss Rodeo America could be from Clovis. Clovis resident and Eastern New Mexico University senior Ashlee Stallings headed to Las Vegas, Nev., this week to compete in the 53rd annual Miss Rodeo America Scholarship Pageant. The pageant at the Orleans Hotel and Casino starts Saturday. Stallings, who earned the Miss Rodeo […]

Security officer approved for County Courthouse

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Courthouse is adding another facet to its security system — a security officer. Curry County commissioners approved a security officer position for the courthouse during Tuesday’s regular meeting. The District Court will provide $95,000 over the next two fiscal years to pay the salary of a […]

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 […]

Years of a clown

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Dale “Gizmo” McCracken entertains the crowd and cowboys during Friday’s Professional Bull Riders Discovery Tour event at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Gizmo is also the backup for bull fighters, if needed. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Dale “Gizmo” McCracken keeps his audiences guessing every time he steps […]

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 […]

Texico couple ‘moonlighting’ on PRCA Tour

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers David Moseley shoes horses in Texico. His wife, Cassie, is an X-ray tech and radiation therapist at Clovis’ cancer center. They also moonlight on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association tour. David is a calf-roper and Cassie is a barrel racer. Cassie is in her first year on the tour, and […]

HPJRA FINALS: Youngster has Plan B

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Audrey Wren of Texico, left, shows her friends the crosses she made and is selling at the High Plains Junior Rodeo. Wren had Thursday’s best time among 18 contestants in 8-and-under barrel racing. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent It’s a long way from the 8 and under category at the […]

Roper shows off lineage

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Lane Hedeman of Morgan Mill, Texas, ropes a calf on Tuesday morning during competition in the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent All of the contestants for this year’s High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals are from either New […]

JROTC standing guard at junior rodeo

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis High School Junior ROTC member Michael Longacre opens a gate Tuesday for a vehicle at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Members of the Clovis High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps are donating time from their summer vacation this week to stand sentinel […]

Rodeo set for Clovis next week

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Founded in Clovis in 1974, the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association still calls the city home. During the HPJRA Finals this week, some 250 contestants will also call Clovis home — at least temporarily. Participants younger than eight, and as old as 19, will culminate a circuit that started in […]

Long trip awaiting saddle bronc champ

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Winning may have its perks, but it wasn’t going to exempt James Willert from driving duties in the dead of the night. The South Dakota resident earned top honors in the saddle bronc Saturday in the Pioneer Days rodeo, but the thrill didn’t last long. “From here, it’s probably about […]