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Clovis High bands to hold winter concert

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff writer Clovis High music students are getting set to take what they’ve learned over the last few months and say goodbye to the fall semester and hello to the Christmas season. The annual winter concert is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Marshall Auditorium, with holiday-themed music played by the symphonic […]

All-new repertoire readied

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer A lot of Christmas concerts give you just a band, or just a choir. Friday’s concert at Eastern New Mexico University offers both of those, plus a little international flavor and some sounds of the winter season. The Christmas Concert, which will have two performances Friday at University Theatre […]

Scaring kids is their business

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Goblins, ghosts and ghouls will be roaming the hallways of buildings in Portales as part of the Halloween events planned for this weekend. The Portales Recreation Center workers will host their annual Spooktacular Haunted House from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday. The cost is a $2 […]

Portales High band superior

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor They sound great, and now they have the rating to prove it. The Portales High School marching band came away with a “One” or superior rating at the Southeastern New Mexico Music Educators Association District Marching Band Festival Tuesday at the Bulldog Bowl in Artesia. Bands are rated on a […]

Oct. 2 Local Briefs

UNM to offer medical program The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center officials will be touring New Mexico high schools during the fall in search of students who want to practice medicine and they will identify potential candidates. The UNM School of Medicine is trying to recruit and retain health practitioners. The program will […]

Sept. 25 Honors

The Portales Rotary Club has chosen to highlight two Portales High School seniors as outstanding community youth for the month of September. The two are PHS Ram marching band drum majors Autumn Wilkerson and Jeremy Smith. Wilkerson Wilkerson holds the office of Student Body Secretary, after previously serving in the same role for the junior […]

PHS band completes camp, performs show

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales High School band members capped off a two-week band camp with a performance Friday evening for parents and Portales residents a few days before classes begin. Approximately 65 PHS band members showed off their performing and marching skills during a 30-minute exhibition at the PHS gym parking lot. […]

Fair set for Aug. 24 opening

By Marc Schoder The countdown is under way for one of New Mexico oldest fairs, the Roosevelt County Fair. The fair is just about a month away, as it starts off Aug. 22 with setups for vendors and fair entrants and concludes on Aug. 27. “Most everything that was at the fair last year will […]

Free concert at skate park

There will be a free heavy rock concert 4 p.m. Sunday at the skate park at Rotary Park. There will be three bands — Citagen from Carlsbad, NSA from Ohio and an unnamed band from Portales. For information, contact Patrick Dallas at 703-2016.

Jamboree off and running

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By Tony Parra FLOYD — There was a thumping and sounds of guitars and vocals echoing from an old high school basketball gym in Floyd on Thursday night. A Floyd tradition, the 55th Annual Floyd Country Jamboree, kicked off a four-day run on Thursday. Country music vocalists sang selections from Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and […]

Country singer to perform Wednesday at ENMU

By Laurie Stone The Office of Student Activities and Organizations at Eastern New Mexico University is bringing what it believes to be a rising star to campus for a concert. Country music artist Aaron Watson is scheduled for an 8 p.m. Wednesday free concert at the Campus Union Ballroom. Watson’s performance is part of a […]

Dinner sometimes more than a meal

By Jim Lee Once in a while, my wife Saundra and I decide to go out to dinner, usually on a Friday evening. As far as the food itself is concerned, I’m happy with a cheeseburger (chicken fried steak if I’m in a mood for something extravagant). Going out on the town isn’t just a […]

Blessid Union of Souls rocks ENMU

By Tony Parra The Blessid Union of Souls started out Saturday night’s festivities by singing the national anthem before the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds football game against Central Arkansas at Greyhound Stadium and they capped off the night with a concert at Greyhound Arena. Blessid Union of Souls made a tour stop in Portales […]

Blessid Union concert to kick off ENMU fall semester

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University student activities organizers said on Monday the 2004 fall semester will be kicked off with an Aug. 28 concert featuring pop group Blessid Union of Souls. Jeff Blake, program coordinator of Eastern’s Associated Students Activities Board, said he saw the group play at a conference in Cincinnati and […]

Talent, tunes at jamboree

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Michelle Seeber FLOYD — More than 500 people — a full house of young and old — heard some 40 soloists sing songs, play guitars and show off their talent Saturday night at the Floyd Lions Club 54th Annual Country Jamboree. Gathered at Floyd High School’s old gymnasium, the audience heard songs written by Johnny […]

Atwood trades his ropes for notes

By Ferran Lucero Editor’s Note: This story is part of a periodical series about former athletes from the surrounding area. Roping has taken a back seat to singing for former Eastern New Mexico University team roper Marshall “Ky” Atwood. The co-founder of a country band called Marshall Lane, Atwood is pursing his dream of “living […]

New Year’s question: to stay or go

By Tony Parra Portales residents of all ages will have an opportunity to celebrate the new year with others from around the area, the only question being how far are they willing to travel to celebrate. For those wanting to stay in Portales for the festivities, the Victory Life Christian Church will have two different […]

Retired ENMU music director performs at Christmas concert

Jack King Louis Burkel has spent a lifetime with music, either playing it or teaching it to others. Burkel, who retired in 1980 as director of the school of music at Eastern New Mexico University, began playing in the 1930s in his native Missouri and began teaching it there in 1940. A devotee of the […]

Portales-based band hits No. 1 on Mexican music chart

Helena Rodriguez A new record label and a new singer, but an old song, have helped a Portales-based Norteño music band land the No. 1 spot on Billboard magazine’s Regional Mexican music chart. The band, Los Huracanes del Norte – who live on a ranch at the Midway Convention Center, between Portales and Clovis – […]

Singer/songwriter inspires youth with music, words

Helena Rodriguez It took Jana Stanfield until the age of 33 to make the move to Nashville and do music full time. Today, the successful singer and songwriter, a native of Clovis and alumni of Eastern New Mexico University, considers herself privileged to make a living doing what she loves and has made time the […]