Tuesday morning briefing: A windy festival and the end of polio

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Wind festival Don’t forget the first Downtown Wind Festival in Clovis this week.It’s from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring a Pedal ARTitude Rally, which is a kinetic sculpture event. Basically take a bike and decorate it, wear a costume, carry a sock puppetand […]

Film festival, lectureship audience doubles

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Argen Duncan The fourth annual High Plains Film Festival, held in conjunction with the Jack Williamson Lectureship, had twice the turnout of last year, an organizer said. This was the first year the two events operated together. “I think it was great to have a theme, and we were able to build an audience from […]

Jack Williamson Lectureship combined with annual film festival

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Alisa Boswell ‘Exciting’ is a term many Eastern New Mexico University faculty used when talking about the upcoming 35th annual Jack Williamson Lectureship and the fourth annual High Plains Film Festival, which will be taking place March 31 through April 2. This year marks the first time the two events have been combined and the […]

Clovis MainStreet to host wind festival

Clovis MainStreet will be hosting a new Downtown Wind Festival April 30 on Main Street, according to a news release. The event will be held in conjunction with Cannon Air Force Base’s Kite Karnival, which will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Doc Stewart Park. The main event at the festival will be […]

Prairie chicken poster contest open

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Argen Duncan The annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival poster contest is taking entries as the event, which had participant slots filled in record time this year, nears. The 10th annual festival offers viewings of the lesser prairie chickens’ mating dances, entertainment and educational tours April 15-17 in Milnesand. The event is limited to 100 […]

Thursday morning briefing: Books galore, a fall festival and drinking the Kool-Aid

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing. Books on the cheap Thousands of used books will be available at bargain prices during the annual Friends of the Portales Public Library sale set for today through Saturday in the meeting room at the library, 218 S. Ave. B. Hours for the […]

Halloween festivals more fun

Karl Terry Trick-or-treating was a big part of the fall season when I was a kid but the annual Fun Festival at L.L. Brown Elementary School was a fall classic. When I was trick-or-treat age we lived in the country and so that activity wasn’t as big for us as it was for city kids […]

Residents turn out for annual Peanut Valley Festival

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Clarence Plank The 37th annual Peanut Valley Festival at Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday was a busy day for vendors, local shoppers and some who attend the festival every year. Vendors came from North Carolina, Florida, west Texas and New Mexico. Cheri Quinn, owner of Kountry Klutter in Roswell, is a regular at the […]

Peanut Valley festival may feature petting zoo

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PNT Staff Fifty craft booths. Eight food vendors. Maybe even a petting zoo and kiddy train. The 37th annual Peanut Valley Festival is featuring all those things, plus a few information tables and fundraisers, during its two-day run this weekend at Eastern New Mexico University, said Britnie Burds, Campus Life graduate assistant working with the […]

Peanut Valley Festival upcoming

The 37th annual Peanut Valley Festival is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the next day in Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building. The festival will feature more than 50 craft booths and a variety of food vendors, according to a news release from ENMU. A […]

My Turn: Oldies acts still impressive

Wendel Sloan During the Clovis Music Festival, I saw Bryan Hyland, 66, The Coasters (formed in the 1950s) and Bobby Vee, 67. When younger, I wondered why aging stars kept performing after the white-hot spotlight had cooled. Why did those hitless-for-decades wonders continue taking the stage before dwindling crowds (although 2,000-plus that night was impressive)? […]

Starship kicks off music festival

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Kevin Wilson The Clovis sound came out in full force Thursday night, as Starship took flight. From Jefferson Airplane to Jefferson Starship to Starship to its current incarnation as Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas, the historic tunes of the group resonated throughout the Curry County Events Center Thursday, the opening night of the three-night Clovis Music […]

Ticket feature: Motorcycle rally to complement music festival

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Freedom New Mexico The three-day Rockin’ Motorcycle Rally, a complement to the Clovis Music Festival, is for more than just bikers. The rally, hosted by High Plains Harley-Davidson, 4400 Mabry Dr. , begins Friday and runs through Sunday. The rally, in addition to food, vendors, games, and a police demonstration will also feature live music […]

Ticket feature: Bobby Vee returning to Clovis Music Festival

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Liliana Castillo Bobby Vee is returning to play the Clovis Music Festival this year. Vee has played the festival, slated for Sept. 9-12 at the Curry County Events Center, seven times he said and calls the experience “an absolute joy.” “The festival is full of grassroots kind of fun, nice people,” he said. “I love […]

Ticket feature: Pop musician Brian Hyland to perform at Clovis Music Festival

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Liliana Castillo Pop musician Brian Hyland has been curious about the Clovis Music Festival for years being a friend with return act Bobby Vee. “I always had been asking him about it,” Hyland said. “What it’s like, what the studio is like. This year, I got to do it.” Hyland is one of the national […]

Starship to open music festival

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico This year’s Clovis Music Festival is combining the same classic Clovis sound with a newer twist for the younger generations. Using the theme of “We Built this City on Rock ‘N’ Roll,” the festival will welcome the band Starship as an opening act Sept. 9, according to a schedule […]

Now showing: High Plains Film Festival

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The third annual High Plains Film Festival is being held Saturday at the University Theatre Center. The festival features workshops, lunch and screenings by ENMU student and faculty filmmakers, as well as works from guest filmmakers Melissa Henry and Alfredo Perez of Red Ant Films and Carl Lucas, a […]

Portales student places in chicken festival poster contest

Freedom New Mexico Kambrey Blakey, 12, of Portales won in her age category in the 2010 High Plains Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival poster contest, according to a news release from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Blakey topped the kindergarten through fifth-grade division to win $50. Lauren Bennet of Corrales took the sixth- […]

Students display artworks on sidewalk

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Students from Portales junior high, high school and Eastern New Mexico University got their creative juices flowing Saturday for the Sidewalk Chalk competition and festival. Thirty-two students created landscapes, abstract art and portraits. PHS student Yesenia Eneriquez, 16, said she thought all the other students’ pictures were really good. […]

Poster contest promotes Prairie Chicken Festival

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer The lesser prairie chickens will be strutting their stuff again this year in Milnesand, and artists have a chance to show off their work, too. The ninth annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival in Milnesand is scheduled for April 16-18, and the affiliated art contest is ongoing, with […]