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 […]

Pat Green rocks ENMU

By Helena Rodriguez About 1,000 people packed the Eastern New Mexico University Ballroom on Thursday night, all eager to hear the Texas phenomenon of the moment, Pat Green — who is making waves on national country music charts — perform a free concert. From die-hard fans to those unfamiliar, but curious about the recently unknown […]

Portales youth getting area airplay with Spanish 9/11 song

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By Helena Rodriguez A Spanish “corrido” or ballad about the second anniversary of Sept. 11 – recorded in Portales – is getting attention and airplay at radio stations around the area. The voices behind the original patriotic tune belong to five Portales youth ranging in ages from 10 to 16. What’s more, all of the […]

Greyhound Sound hits four-year peak in membership

By Tony Parra The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound Sound is peaking at a four-year high of members. Dustin Seifert, ENMU band director, said the increase in members should yield some top-notch performances during game days this fall. “The students have been performing well during practices,” Seifert said. “They are eager to perform and talented. […]

Make sure not to ‘fall’

By Helena Rodriguez I know why they call it fall. Right about this time of year, everything starts falling into your lap like a tree that comes crashing from nowhere. Every year — just before the leaves turn to rusty orange, lemon yellow or dirt brown — those lazy days of summer transform into a […]

Personalities Plus — Floren Thompson

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What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Relaxing and activities with wife and family.” What did you think about on Sept. 11? “At first I was in total shock. Then my heart broke and I started crying for all those directly affected. I then began praying for them and our country.” Tell us about your […]