Around Town 5/28

Carlos Ortiz of Tucumcari recently won a team roping competion in Albuquerque sponsored by Booger Barter Productions, according to Booger Barter officials. He was the high-point individual and named the team Roping champion. He won a 2005 Dodge four-door pickup for his efforts. Tucumcari’s Fred Ortiz placed ninth in the average of three steers and Javier Villanueva was dummy roping champion in the 8- to 9-year-old division.

A. J. Molinas has completed his freshman year at Clarendon College in Clarendon, Texas, according to his parents, Rita Mae Kent of Amarillo and Artie and Rita Molinas of Tucumcari.

Rilee Jo Nials, daughter of Dustin and Relissa Nials of Tucumcari, celebrated her first birthday May 6 while attending her Aunt Tina Smith’s graduation from New Mexico State University, family members said. Smith graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business and agricultural ecomomics. She is the daughter of Robin and Alita Smith of Tucumcari.

Mary Trujillo, piano student of Patricia Davidson, entered the 35th Greater Southwest Music Festival in Amarillo on May 7, according to family members. She played “Whirling Leaves” by Faber and received a 1 rating.

New Mexico State University recently inducted Nara Visa resident Travis Nelson into its Sam Steel Society, according to published reports. The society honors outstanding alumni from the college of agriculture and home economics. Nelson is a 1941 graduate of NMSU.