Peanuts popular at Capitol

They used to call it “The City Different” years ago. I haven’t heard Santa Fe called that in a while though, I checked last week and it is indeed still different. I’ve written a whole lot of New Mexico Legislature stories over the years but strangely enough I had never been in Santa Fe while [...]

My Turn: Planking for stiffs

By Lonnie Berry As long as I can remember, there have been fads. Some of them have been really popular, some really odd, and some the subject of songs that outlived the fads they celebrated. Many years ago, streaking was a popular fad. It was so popular that there was a song written about it. [...]

My turn: Facebook makes me hungry

I recently found and was added to a new group on Facebook. Some former residents put together a group dedicated to old Portales memories.The group quickly grew and now has almost 500 members. Many of them are past graduates and people who have moved away over the years. Some of them report to have been [...]

‘Unfunded’ benefits can hurt vets

Through a decade of war, Congress has pumped billions of additional dollars into new benefits and programs for veterans. They deserve them, lawmakers say. Helping vets also is popular with constituents. Veterans’ service organizations have lobbied for these benefits, but with the expectation that newly authorized programs would be fully funded. Last year, even as [...]

‘Clovis Sound’ traveling to Carlsbad

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Freedom New Mexico The Clovis sound is going to Carlsbad. The Carlsbad Museum and Arts Center is hosting a look back at the Norman Petty recording studios in Clovis, and the era of music made popular by artists like Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Tommy Allsup, and The Fireballs who recorded here. The concert, a promotion [...]

Crying not sign of weakness

Clyde Davis Popular enough, on Facebook and other social networking sites, are those questionnaires that reveal categorical details about who you are, by insight into certain categories-favorite food, best movie you ever saw, and so on. I am going to propose one I have never seen, which doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist, and as [...]

KICA had popular shows

KICA Mutual Broadcasting System – 1946-1949 We sincerely believe that the 22 members of the KICA staff made a real effort to do a job for the radio listeners in West Texas and eastern New Mexico. C. J. Todd, KICA’s Farm Director, arrives each morning for the 15 minute 6:30 broadcast. County Agent for 15 [...]

Operas scheduled at ENMU

By Zuo Yang: PNT Staff Writer A pair of popular operas are taking center stage at Eastern New Mexico University this week, according to a university news release. The ENMU Department of Music is scheduled to perform portions of the operas “The Marriage of Figaro” and “The Barber of Seville.” According to the release, “The [...]

Portales Past: March 22, 1945

March 22, 1945: Popular newspaper comics included “Freckles and his Friends,” “Alley Oop,” “Li’l Abner” and “Red Ryder.” In today’s strip, bank robbers with “knockout pills” attempted to frame Ryder for their misdeeds.

Band carries on legacy of Spanish music

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By PNT Correspondent: Helena Rodriguez Halfway between Clovis and Portales is the huge Garcia estate known as the Midway, consisting of a popular Spanish music dance hall adjacent to a sprawling Mexican style ranch. The ranch has grown in size over the years as the musical success of the family band, Los Huracanes del Norte [...]