Residents march for immigration reform

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By Tony Parra:PNT Staff Writer Clovis home healthcare employee Maria Elena-Bojorquez took the day off Monday to participate in a “Day Without Immigrants” rally. The nationwide boycott, aimed at raising awareness of the economic power of immigrants, was organized by activists upset by proposed federal legislation that would criminalize illegal immigrants. Elena-Bojorquez said she’s tired […]

Clovis rally draws close to 400 supporters

Tonya Garner The group of 50 immigration rights supporters rapidly swelled to 400 Monday as they marched through Clovis. Many were wearing white as a sign of peace as they chanted “Si Se pueda,” which translates to “Yes, we can,” a rallying cry of Cesar Chavez, founder of the United Farm Workers Union. The rally […]

Exchange students attend ENMU

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer They come from a different country where a different language is spoken but they share the same goals as other Eastern New Mexico University students. They want to get a higher education. Andres Chinchilla and Brenda Cordova are exchange students from Mexican universities who attended ENMU. Chinchilla went to the […]

Portales celebrates Hispanic heritage

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Although Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on Sept. 16, it was in the waning moments of Sept. 15 when the wheels were in motion to break free from Spain’s rule. Every year at midnight on September 15, Mexicans shout the grito (yell), honoring the crucial, impulsive action that was the […]

Influence of Spanish goes beyond Mexican holiday

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers If you’re a regular reader, you probably feel like my comadre and know all about me, from my family and adventures going back to school to raising a teenager and going to Mexico to learn Spanish. Since I began writing a column in 2000, first for a newspaper in Abilene, Texas, […]

Portales to mark Mexican Independence Day

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Hispanics from around the state of New Mexico will gather in Portales for many of the festivities celebrating Mexican Independence Day on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. There will be a ballet folklorico from Miguel Caro and his dancers from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Dallan Sanders patio area […]

Mexico: Not just a border; a whole world away

By Helena Rodriguez As I was walking through the streets of Merida, Yucatan, in Mexico recently, my feet blistered, my stomach churning wildly and aching for the tastes and comforts of home, I recalled the now not-so-funny words of comedian George Lopez. “Chicanos belong in the United States!” Those words rang in my ears as […]

Month celebrates Hispanics, history does not

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Someone asked me the other day what has been the most exciting story I’ve written during my 15-year journalism career. Without a second thought, I knew it was the story about a forgotten Mexican folk hero in an unmarked grave in Anson, Texas, which I wrote in 2001 for the […]

¡Celebramos el Cinco de Mayo!

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for “The Fifth Of May,” commemorates the victory of the Mexicans over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It has become increasingly popular in the U.S. among those with a Hispanic background. It’s celebrated by family and friends through Mexican culture […]

Cockfighting is New Mexican tradition

By Tony Parra Lawmakers have once again decided to consider banning cockfighting. Why? The sport is a Mexican-American tradition, and a New Mexican tradition. New Mexico and Louisiana are the only two states in which cockfighting is legal, but that’s no reason to ban it. Animal-rights activists contend cockfighting is a form of animal cruelty. […]

ENMU prepares for Mexican Independence Day

By Tony Parra Screams of freedom and fireworks will highlight the Mexican Independence Day celebration on Thursday by the fountain in the middle of the Eastern New Mexico University campus. The Mexican Independence Day celebration kicks off Hispanic Heritage month, which runs from Wednesday to Oct. 15. Nancy Varelas, who works at the office of […]

Music creates new experiences

By Helena Rodriguez How many of you out there in newspaper land can say you’ve enjoyed both classical and conjunto music — on the same night? The music of famous symphonic composers and contemporary Tejano musicians? The smooth brass and strings of a philharmonic — and the rumbling, accordion-fueled sound of a Tex-Mex band? That’s […]

Grocery store set to open Friday

By Helena Rodriguez When Super Save grocery store opens in the former IGA location at 7 a.m. on Friday, customers will see many familiar faces along with an expanded Mexican food section featuring imported and exported products. The former IGA has been closed for 35 days during a change of ownership. Russell Inc. of Cimarron […]

Cinco de Mayo needs no justification

By Helena Rodriguez According to late night TV show host Jay Leno, “St. Patrick’s Day is the Cinco de Mayo for white people.” That had me laughing, but also nodding in agreement when Leno said this on TV in March. I just have to mention it now as we prepare for a big Cinco de […]

Eclectic singer entertains audience

Helena Rodriguez From deeply-moving to toe-tapping to whimsical, Golden-Globe winning songstress Lila Downs charmed a Clovis audience Tuesday night at Marshall Auditorium. Downs’ concert was well-attended, featuring unusual yet captivating numbers that ranged from jazzy to folksy to tropical Latin rhythms. Several items in her repertoire can be heard in motion pictures. The audience of […]

Students celebrate life on Mexican holiday

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Helena Rodriguez Today is the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead.” But unlike Halloween, which conjures up stark images of death, Dia de Los Muertos is a celebration of life. And Eastern New Mexico University celebrated the lives of four students in the form of “ofrendas” or memorial altars on […]

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 – […]

Student group hosts Mexican celebration

Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University will embark on a Mexican Independence Day celebration today, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Campus Union Ballroom. The ENMU Hispanic Affairs organization is sponsoring the event. “It allows the community to celebrate their culture,” Student Advisor of Hispanic Affairs Nancy Valeras said. “It shows how diverse the community […]