May 25 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions Birthdays: Kim Lee, Waynell Nall, Upcoming events • Seniors will meet Thursday for games and fellowship. Potluck is at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. • Lions Club will meet June 1. Heritage Days The Roosevelt County Heritage Days Festival is coming up in June. An added feature this […]

May 18 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions Birthdays: Shelly Buzard Upcoming events • Seniors will meet Thursday for games and fellowship. Pot Luck is at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7. • Last day of school is Friday. School will dismiss at noon. Heritage Days The Roosevelt County Heritage Days Festival is coming up in June. An […]

Dancing in a ghost town

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer In between Santa Fe and Albuquerque sits the village of Madrid — a ghost town with a population less than 200, historically known for its coal mining days and the first lighted baseball park in New Mexico. These days, the ballpark has been the center for blues and jazz […]

Cultural entertainment walks, jousts and stomps its way to Clovis in Prairiedoggapalooza

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Local bands, medieval jousting, a community 5K run/walk and an ethnic dance group are on the list of entertainment at this year’s Prairiedoggapalooza. The fourth annual Clovis Community College festival April 23 will feature The Rhythm Cartel, a fraternal stepping group from the University of New Mexico. Noudjal Gamaugoun, an […]

Festival attracts U.S. bird watchers

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers MILNESAND — More than 100 people flocked from as far as Massachusetts and as close as Portales this weekend to attend the fourth annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival. The highlight of the weekend is the lesser prairie chicken’s mating ritual. Right before the springtime sunrise, male prairie chickens congregate […]

Feb. 27 Portales Junior High News

By Billie Dixon Choir competition Congratulations to the following choir students who recently participated in the Southeastern District Vocal Solo and Ensemble Competition. These students all received a superior rating at the festival;  Kaitlyn Stratton and Sarah Sutton both received “1”s for solos. Hannah Stroud, Natalie Salas, and Tatiana Torres also received a superior rating […]

Festival makes theater come full circle

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By Kevin Wilson A half-century ago, the theater Department of Eastern New Mexico University decided to create a drama festival as a way to educate high school students and at the same time encourage them to attend ENMU. In its 50th year on the ENMU campus, the festival has had another effect —as a feeder […]

Handbells mark holiday tradition

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By Kevin Wilson Before she began conducting the Eastern New Mexico Handbell Festival, Valerie Stephenson asked how many audience members were there to watch a relative — in other words, as she quipped soon after, how many would be in trouble had they not attended. A little more than an hour later, Stephenson said the […]

Shoppers have chance to go nuts

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By Laurie Stone With 62 days left until the Christmas holiday, shoppers made a point to attend the 31st annual Peanut Valley Festival hoping to find gifts from the arts, crafts and jewelry vendors which dominated the festival. The event is held each year to honor the Llano Estacado peanut farmers in this area and […]

Oct. 13 Elida News

By Nita Thurman Transitions Birthdays Oct. 17-23: Alyssa Bargas, Chris Merrick, Tommy McKinney and Shannon Wilson. Festival The Fall Festival will be held at the Elida school gym Saturday, starting around 6 p.m. There will be food and games for all. Come out and share a pleasant evening together. Volleyball Thursday, all teams will play […]

Portales teenagers screen film at Clovis festival

By Tova Fruchtman Two 14 year-old Portales High School students started Wizard Productions when they were in third grade. By sixth grade they had an editing program on their computer, and now the two and more than 10 of their friends have produced a 90-minute feature film. Philip Harrell and Sam Pool’s film “Walking Dead” […]

Arts on display at Clovis festival

By Tova Fruchtman CLOVIS — Five years ago Lonzo Lassiter signed up for a pottery class at Clovis Community College to fulfill his art credit and get an easy “A.” He never thought he would earn a second and third place finish in a hand-made pottery competition at Saturday’s Pintores 28th Annual Fine Arts Show […]

Fest takes closer look at prairie chickens

Tony Parra Lesser Prairie Chicken enthusiasts will be on their heels during the birds’ mating rituals at the 3rd Annual Prairie Chicken Festival in Milnesand. Lesser Prairie Chicken Biologist Dawn Davis said the orientation is at 7 p.m., today and lek viewing will be on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Lek is defined as a mating […]

Diversity goes on display at student festival

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Tony Parra The Diversity Festival kicked off on Sunday and five plays highlighted the shows on Monday in the University Theatre Center at Eastern New Mexico University. The five plays on the second night of The Diversity Festival were Gnome Game, Dirt and Gasoline, The Sewing, Giving Up and Strings. These five plays will be […]

Portales student awarded at Drama fest

Michelle Seeber Charles Britton, 16, of Portales High School waited Saturday with hundreds of other teenagers at Eastern New Mexico University’s Theatre Center to hear awards announced. To his surprise, he won a certificate for excellence in acting at the event, called the ENMU Drama Festival Awards Ceremony. He was among about 500 students from […]

ENMU to host drama festival

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University will be hosting the annual High School Drama Festival on Thursday through Saturday at the University Theatre Center. More than 500 students from 23 high schools will be participating. Roughly 40 Portales High School theater students will participate at the festival, according to Bill Strong, theater instructor at […]

ENMU hosts Festival Romanico

PNT Staff More than 500 high school students from around New Mexico are expected to participate in the annual Festival Romanico at Eastern New Mexico University. Schools confirmed so far include: Clovis High School, Clovis Christian School, Portales High School, Jal High School, Artesia High School, Lovington High School, Carlsbad High School, Muleshoe High School, […]

Lack of brew makes for a boring Oktoberfest

Jim Lee About three weeks ago I performed an experiment. I discovered that if I droop the end of the toilet paper roll into the bowl and push down the flush handle, the force of the swirling water will pull the paper off the roll. I didn’t check to see if the paper would go […]

Shoppers go nuts over arts and crafts

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Helena Rodriguez People are going nuts over the 30th annual Peanut Valley Festival, but it’s because of the arts and crafts, not the peanuts. Approximately 140 vendors packed into almost every available space Saturday at the three-level Campus Union Building at Eastern New Mexico University, and will be peddling their wares again today from noon […]

UFO festival out of this world

Angela Peacock The Roswell UFO Festival is an out-of-this-world experience, according to event organizers. The festival celebrating the world-renown1947 incident is scheduled for July 3-6. There will be a variety of activities at the Roswell Civic Center, International UFO Museum and elsewhere in Roswell. Each day the UFO museum is planning special events including a […]