Ticket feature: ‘Queen of Bingo’ being performed in Clovis

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CMI staff Clovis Community College is offering a game of bingo, a night of laughs and a chance for a frozen turkey. “The Queen of Bingo,” scheduled Wednesday at Marshall Auditorium in Clovis, follows two men playing sisters in the world of over-50 bingo. Hailed as witty and outrageous stage comedy that follows in the […]

Local girls competing in county fair queen contest

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Two local girls are participating in the Roosevelt County fair queen contest this weekend. The girls are to serve as ambassadors at the Roosevelt County Fair, contest organizer Beverly Bennett said. They won’t advance to the state queen competition because they are too young. Krista Avritt, 15, of Elida is the Princess contestant. She is […]

A winding tradition

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Pink and blue streamers, tuxedoes and hoop skirts, and continuing a tradition. A group of Portales High School seniors had those things on their minds Saturday as they decorated for Maypole. The tradition has existed since 1929, and many participants have family members who have wound the Maypole in past years. Students, who must be […]

Weekly update: County fair queen earns state fair honor

Roosevelt County Fair Queen Jamie Symlie was named Miss Congeniality on Sept. 26 in the 2011 New Mexico State Fair Queen Contest, according to a news release from the State Fair. The Miss Congeniality Award goes to the contestant who shows genuine caring and friendliness toward other queen candidates throughout the contest, according to the […]

Roosevelt County native competing for state fair queen

PNT staff Jamie Symlie of Roosevelt County is one of 14 competing this week for the title of New Mexico State Fair Queen. The competition, which begins Wednesday, includes a written test, horsemanship demonstration, interviews and speeches. The new queen will succeed Krystie Lynn Bierner and will be crowned Saturday during the PRCA rodeo.

Maypole tradition continues

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The tradition of the annual Maypole dance continues this week for Portales High School seniors. For some students it is a family tradition to be a winder, a queen or one of the queen’s attendants. Maypole coordinator Marilyn Stratton said this year they have 72 graduates who are winding […]

School rallies around homecoming queen

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Dora High School senior Sarah Walker has touched hearts with a lot of hugs and not a word. Sarah was crowned Miss DHS at the school’s homecoming celebration Jan. 16. She has Angelman’s Syndrome, a chromosome disorder that causes developmental delays, particularly in speech. Senior Renee Gantert, who competed […]

PHS to perform Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The pale, caped man spreads his outstretched hand over the young woman lying asleep in her bed. In a trance, she sits up. Soon, he sinks his teeth into her neck and leaves, promising to make her his queen of the “undead.” Portales High School drama students are putting […]

Fair queen credits community

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer This year’s Roosevelt County Fair Queen remembers camaraderie, busyness and fun at the New Mexico State Fair Queen competition, right along with Wranglers slung over beds and clouds of hairspray. “Our dorms, if you would have lit a match in there, it would have blown up,” Samantha Grider of […]

Rodeo queen’s job never ends

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Maegan Ridley got a key to the city of Clovis on Wednesday night. She had a slice of cake and ice cream at the meet-and-greet function that followed. And she got to joke with audience members as she staged a mock media interview with girls who hope to one […]

Sept. 30, 2008 ENMU briefs

King and Queen contest Eastern New Mexico University’s Hispanic Affairs is holding a contest for Hispanic Rey y Reina (King and Queen). The contestants will show their ENMU spirit, public speaking and talent related to the Hispanic culture. The competition will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ground Zero in the Campus Union Building. Information: […]

Amanda Rutland to reign as Maypole queen

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Amanda Rutland speaks few words. She has autism. But the senior class at Portales High School — which seems to have taken Amanda under its protective wing — know her by her smile, a winning smile that has gotten her elected Maypole queen. Rutland, who is the focus of […]

Portales Past

Jan. 4, 1961 • The Portales City Council officially adopted the State of New Mexico traffic code as the official code for the city. • Farmers were preparing to meet with a commodity expert from the New Mexico Farm Bureau to investigate growing sugar beets in the area. The Cuban crisis was cutting off traditional […]

November 2, 1993

• The Dora Lady Coyotes won the District 6A volleyball title over the Texico Wolverines. • Dairy Queen advertised a four piece steak dinner basket for $1.99 and a four piece chicken fillet dinner for $2.99. • Teague-Strebeck advertised 31 1993 Ford Tempos for $179 down and $179 per month.

Church resumes fiesta

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer St. Helen Catholic Church members are hoping to revive their annual fiesta. This weekend’s fiesta is the first in about four years, according to fiesta organizer Sandra Salguero. She said the fiesta is not just for church members but also the community. “We want to get it going again,” […]

Summer stories

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Serious about the series Eastern New Mexico University sports information director Adam Pitterman attended the college softball World Series in Oklahoma City. “I actually contacted somebody at the NCAA before I went because I thought it would be a good experience for me,” Pitterman said. Pitterman watched the entire first round including the final game […]

Feb. 13, 1969

The 12th annual Homecoming for the alumini of Causey High School will be Saturday starting at 5 p.m. The Senior Class will sponsor a chicken supper from 5 to 6 p.m. plates will cost $1,25 for adults and $.75 for children under 12. The supper will be in the school cafeteria. Immediately following the supper […]

Fair royalty reunites

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Royalty reigned at the first Roosevelt County Fair Queen Reunion, held Friday at the Jake Lopez Community Center. Past fair queens, sweethearts and sweetheart princesses mingled with this year’s reigning royalty and contestants to share lunch and reminisce about years past. Who the first Roosevelt County fair queen was […]

Hip new words cool, but hard to use

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers I googled you to tell you that your new necklace was so bling but you were too busy being a mouse potato and that’s why I acted like such a drama queen. This isn’t gibberish I’m talking here, but English — new English that is — and you’ll be able […]

Families take part

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers In a pink cowboy hat that shadowed her entire body, Thea Hand, 2, stared wide-eyed at the whirring mechanical bull. Once atop, the would-be cowgirl grimaced and let out a wail as the bull inched downward. An event designed to initiate children into the world of rodeo, Thursday’s second […]