My turn: A little good news

Three decades or so ago, two things that affected me happened within a 12-month period: I spent a summer working at the Portales News-Tribune under the watchful eye of my lifelong friend Gordon Greaves, and singer Anne Murray released a song called “A Little Good News.” Gordon taught me a lot about news writing that […]

Ticket feature: ‘Wildfire’ singer Michael Martin Murphy headlines Fort Sumner event

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Freedom New Mexico Michael Martin Murphy, singer of hits such as “Wildfire” and “Carolina in the Pines,” and the Rio Grande Band will perform at the Under the Stars of New Mexico event Sept. 3 at the Bosque Redondo Memorial in Fort Sumner Murphy said the event honor’s the Navajo and Apache nations, who were […]

Our people: Portales music teacher Eunice Schumpert wanted to be an opera singer as a child

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Eunice Schumpert of Portales doesn’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t singing and playing the piano. She is on the cusp of her 90th birthday and continues to be active as a piano and voice teacher. Schumpert began teaching as early as her senior year of high school. She began her own […]

McGee: Where were you on 9/11?

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist Tuesday, 11 September 2001. Nine years. Hard to believe those attacks on our homeland were nine years ago. When I think of that day I often think of the Sept. 11 song by country singer Alan Jackson, “Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?” Where were you when the […]

Ticket feature: ENMU alumnus, opera singer returning for homecoming

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Jared Tucker ENMU alumnus and acclaimed opera singer Manuel Melendez will be in Portales at this year’s homecoming festivities. Manuel Melendez will be attending a breakfast ceremony to celebrate the newly renovated music building at ENMU, and will honor Melendez’s high school and college instructor, George Umberson. [image#1, align=right, size=medium] Melendez graduated ENMU in 1965 […]

Singer remembered as friend, inspiration

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Those who knew Kacee Lovato best say she was an inspiration to family and friends, a spirit who could take away another person’s pain with just a smile. To Kevin Gardells, Lovato could light up a room when she walked in the door. When she sang, he said, “Angels […]

Cowboys prove they’re rough and ready

By Baxter Black Sheryl Crow, a popular pop singer, made headlines in 2007 by proposing a method to waste less natural resources. It made us cowboys look environmentally ahead of our time: A purist global warming star said we should use less paperWhen tending to hygienic needs, we should begin to taperOur use of trees […]

Western music captivates columnist

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If I could yodel I’d buy a horse and guitar and follow Roy Rogers into the sunset. I’ve tried it in the shower but my wife says it sounds like I’m strangling cats. I’m pretty good on yippy-ti-yi-yis, but full on yodeling with the notes rising and falling from […]

Country singer looks for wife will rolling billboard

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Clovis resident Ann Morrison stood Friday in the parking lot of S&S Supermarket, eyes trained on the blond man crooning from atop a tour bus. Country singer Brian Stace made a stop in Clovis to promote his new CD. The blue-eyed Wisconsin native is also seeking a wife. His 40-foot, black […]

Learn to be satisfied with what you’re good at

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Sometimes the best advice one can get is the least appreciated. I’m reminded of this observation when I hear of the honest, some would say cruel, comments the English judge Simon makes to mediocre contestants on American Idol. But blunt doesn’t necessarily have to be cruel. I had a nice […]