University searches for “Heroes”

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Fingers were flying and wannabe rock stars were strumming at Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Ballroom in a Guitar Hero video game student tournament Monday night. Guitar Hero is a musical video game with a guitar-shaped controller that allows the player to simulate playing well-known rock songs by […]

Rock ‘n’ roll hitmakers showcase hits

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By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Visitors from all parts of the United States and beyond have made their way to this year’s Clovis Music Festival thanks to their fascination with the songs that were produced at Norman Petty’s studio. Bobby Vee sounded exactly like those people before he hit the stage on Friday night. Vee […]

Portales Christian band’s music on the rise

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Portales Christian rock band Third Morning Rise is making a name for itself after only a year playing together. The four-member band is leaving for the Christian music festival Rock the Desert in Midland, Texas, today where crowds are expected to number 50,000 or more. The members admit they’re […]

ENMU professor examines unique ‘Roswell Rock’

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter An Eastern New Mexico University’s professor doesn’t believe a mysterious rock discussed recently on a nationally syndicated radio program that features programming related to UFOs and conspiracy theories is extraterrestial. ENMU professor of geology James Constantopoulos examined what is known as the Roswell Rock Circle earlier this month at […]

Baskett, Eagles shake Rock Staubus Gym

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By Kevin Wilson Hank Baskett couldn’t bring Clovis to Philadelphia, so he did his best Saturday to bring Philadelphia to Clovis. Joined by his Philadelphia Eagle teammates, Baskett entertained a packed Rock Staubus Gymnasium Saturday night in a less-than-serious basketball contest against Clovis High School Alumni. Before the tip-off, the third-year receiver knew Clovis had […]

Golden oldies don’t seem that old

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Shortly after midnight, somewhere on a turnpike in southeastern Kansas, I found out I was officially an oldie. No, I wasn’t struck by a sudden and desperate need for a bathroom. I deal with those problems during the morning thanks to blood pressure medication. This was an assault on […]

Snake stories hard to pass up

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Now that hot weather is blasting the High Plains — as if hot weather isn’t usually blasting the Plains — it’s high time for one of the coolest creatures to come lurking from its hole. Welcome the season of the rattlesnake. Perhaps the most regrettable aspect of my leaving New […]

Plain White T’s bring punk to Portales

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By Tony Parra They may be Plain White T’s, but their punk rock music is anything but plain. The Plain White T’s will be in concert on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University on Tuesday. Malia Rummell, director of entertainment for the Association of Students Activities Board, has described the group as a fun-loving […]

Residents rock at music festival

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspaper The return of the Clovis Music Festival summoned the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll back to life. The backyard of the Norman Petty Studio on Thursday was awash in bluish lights and fan appreciation: Hearty applause, girlish laughter and the flash of cameras. The backyard celebration kicked off the 2005 Clovis […]

Windmills helped settle the West

By Don McAlavy John Gordon “Spud” Greaves homesteaded southeast of Elida near Nobe in 1907. He was the father of Gordon Greaves, late publisher of the Portales News-Tribune. This is his story: “With the passing of 1908, we had consumed 80 days in water hauling, and decided if we were to remain on the homestead, […]