ENMU film festival screening is Sunday

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University will host its first film festival from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the University Theatre Center. The High Plains Film Festival will feature a Martin Luther King Jr. documentary, filmed in 1969, and a discussion led by the editor of the film, Jack Sholder. After a […]

First person: Tish McDaniel organizes Prairie Chicken Festival

By Liliana Castillo, Freedom New Mexico Part of Tish McDaniel’s job with the Nature Conservancy is to coordinate the Prairie Chicken Festival in Milnesand each year. Born and raised in eastern New Mexico, McDaniel, 54, is glad she can do what she loves in a place she calls home. The issues: The grasslands are critically […]

Governor added as judge to High Plains Film Festival

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Governor Bill Richardson is the newest celebrity to be added to an already distinguished panel of judges for the inaugural High Plains Film Festival in Portales on May 4. Other judges for this Eastern New Mexico University-sponsored film festival include actress Joan Leslie of “High Sierra” fame with Humphrey […]

Governor to judge film festival

Freedom New Mexico staff Gov. Bill Richardson will serve as a judge in the Eastern New Mexico University High Plains Film Festival, according to a press release from ENMU. Richardson joins a panel of award winning and established actors, directors and screenwriters, the release said. As a result of Richardson’s addition to the panel, the […]

Prairie Chicken Festival set for April 11-13

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PNT Staff Report Once a year, the small eastern New Mexico community of Milnesand hosts the annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival, drawing spectators from near and far, to watch the mating dance of the lesser prairie chicken. Registration is now being taken for the seventh annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival which is slated […]

ENMU planning film fest

By Thomas Garcia, Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University is prepping for the first High Plains Film Festival that will be held on May 4 in Portales. The film festival celebrates ENMU’s Digital Cinema Arts program, established in 2006, and New Mexico’s growing film industry, said Michael Sitton, dean of ENMU’s College of Fine […]

2-12-08 ENMU Briefs

Faculty / Alumni • Gov. Bill Richardson has appointed ENMU grad Brian O’Neill as the new executive director of the New Mexico Sports Authority. O’Neill had been serving as the authority’s deputy director since July 2006. Before going to work for the Sports Authority, O’Neill was an assistant coach for the University of New Mexico […]

Play written by Portales native showing at ENMU

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico In more than one way, Leonard Madrid has come home. The Portales native, now a graduate student at the University of New Mexico, is the author of Eastern New Mexico University’s current showing, “Perla de Luna.” Also, the play gives him a chance to return to Portales every time […]

Prairie chicken sponsors call for poster contest entries

PNT Staff Report Sponsors of the High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival, to be held April 11-13 in Milnesand invite artists of all ages to participate in a poster contest. The grand prize winning entry will be reproduced as the festival poster, according to a New Mexico Department of Game and Fish news release. The grand […]

10-30 Halloween Happenings

Portales: Wednesday Teddy Bear Parade: 12:45 p.m. Brown Elementary School Fall Harvest Festival — 6-8 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 1101 W. 18th St., Portales. Information: 356-4273. Trunk-N-Treasure Harvest Party — 6-7:30 p.m. First Baptist Church of Portales, 100 S. Ave. C., Portales, Information: 356-6761. Harvest Festival — 6-8 p.m., Central Christian Church 1528 S. Main […]

Oct. 28, 2007 Briefs

Turkey dinner set for Nov. 4 The Elida United Methodist Women’s annual turkey dinner will be held from 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Elida High School cafeteria. The menu includes turkey, stuffing, potatoes with gravy, cranberry sauce, green beans, rolls, pumpkin pie and beverage. Take-outs are available. Cost is $6 for […]

10-28 Dora School News

Elementary to see special exhibit On Tuesday, all Dora elementary classes will be treated to a special zoological exhibit from the Albuquerque Zoo. The “Zoo to You” program will be set up in the school library and will cover the following topics: Fur, feather, scales (Grades PK, K, 1); Reptiles and Amphibians (Grades 2-3); Secrets […]

Area Halloween activities

Portales: Saturday Fall Carnival — 1-3 p.m., Church of Christ, 1701 East 3rd St., Portales. Information: 356-6150. Kappa Kappa Psi Haunted House — 8:30 p.m., ENMU Music Building. Sunday Halloween Party and Cookout — 2 p.m., Ned Houk Park. Sponsored by First Presbyterian Church, Portales. Hayride Fall Festival — 4-8 p.m., Emmanuel Baptist Church, 524 […]

Burglary mars Peanut Valley Festival

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University Campus Police are investigating a break-in that occurred Saturday night or Sunday morning at the Campus Union Building during the annual Peanut Valley Festival, according to a ENMU Communication Services press release. Various items from booth vendors as well an undetermined amount of cash from vendors’ booths and […]

Festival fun

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Laughter, and the smell of Navajo tacos and frying potatoes, filled the air during the annual Peanut Valley Festival being held on the Eastern New Mexico University campus. On the front lawn, students from Mesalands Community College’s farrier science program and blacksmith team were hard at work forging and […]

Event organizers promise fun festivals

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Focusing on activities and fun for the whole family, organizers are ready to kick off the annual Peanut Valley Festival on Saturday. Held in the Campus Union Building on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University, the festival will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and […]

ENMU, Chamber ready to go nuts

Special to the PNT Eastern New Mexico University will host its annual Peanut Valley Festival Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Campus Union Building. Tracy Henderson, director of Student Activities and Organizations, says this year’s fair will uphold past traditions and introduce new ones. “This is the first […]

Fiery Festival celebrates sixth year

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Cedrick Rael stood outside the Lyceum Theater Saturday and watched independent filmmakers and enthusiasts sharing ideas about movies. This is the best part of a film festival for him, said Rael, who founded the Fiery Film Festival six years ago. More than 100 people filed into the Lyceum Saturday […]

October 17, 1986

• Doors opened at 1 p.m. for the 13th annual Peanut Valley Festival that was held on the Eastern New Mexico University campus. • The Elida girls volleyball team defeated the Tatum girls volleyball team in four games during district playoffs in Elida. • A fully furnished one bedroom apartment rented for $175.00 a month […]

Festival’s final night brings music legends to stage

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Shane Cooney, of Clear Lake, Iowa, grew up listening to Buddy Holly as a kid. “I grew up in Clear Lake (where Buddy Holly crashed), so it’s hard not to be a Buddy Holly fan,” he said. Cooney toured the Norman Petty studios for the first time this week and […]