Our people: Ticket master

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Clovis resident Pat Blanchette has been the Wildcats’ purple-wearing ticket taker at Clovis Schools sporting events for 18 years. Blanchette and her husband moved to Clovis when Tom was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base in 1992. The couple’s children were small and they decided to stay in the area after he retired.

Ticket feature: Gypsy jazz band kicks off 2011 Cultural Arts Series

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Freedom New Mexico Fishtank Ensemble will kickoff the Cultural Arts Series in the new year on Jan. 25 at the Clovis Civic Center. A “high energy” band, the group’s sound is described as a blend of Romanian, gypsy jazz, Flamenco, Balkan, Turkish and Tango influences. Since forming in 2005, the band has played in popular […]

Ticket feature: Mexican folk music, dance coming to Clovis Civic Center

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Freedom New Mexico Sunday afternoon will bring Mexican folk song and dance to the stage in Clovis. Fiesta Navidad de Mariachi will perform at 3 p.m. at the Civic Center as part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. Intertwining the trumpets, violins and guitarrons of Reynaldo Maestas, Mariachi Buenaventura and the dancers of Baila! […]

Ticket feature: Blues group Soul Kitchen to perform in Clovis

Freedom New Mexico The blues group Soul Kitchen will perform Saturday night as part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. The performance is set for 7 p.m. at the Clovis Civic Center. Based out of Albuquerque, the group features vocalist Hillary Smith, guitarist Chris Dracup, bassist Marcus Casman and Drummer Bill Veitch. Smith is […]

Ticket feature: Clovis mayor’s charity ball set for Friday

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Freedom New Mexico The Mayor’s third annual charity ball is Friday night and promises to be a night of “dinner, dancing and fun.” Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said about 25 tables have already sold and the event looks as if it will outperform last year’s. With cocktails scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 […]

My turn: Green Tea Party willing to work with others

After announcing my candidacy last week as a presidential write-in candidate on the Green Tea Party ticket, today I’m unveiling our trick-or-treat platform. “Green Tea Party’s I-Am-Not-a-Witch Covenant with America” We won’t criticize their platform — if they don’t criticize our platform shoes. If they don’t mention our college hijinks, we won’t mention their weekly […]

Ticket feature: CCC students to perform in play

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Freedom New Mexico A New Mexico original will take to the stage of Marshall Middle School 7 p.m. Saturday night. The second installment in Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series, Albuquerque’s Vortex Theatre will perform “Ultima” with a cast that includes four Clovis students. Written by Santa Rosa Native Rudolfo Anaya, “Bless Me, Ultima” tells […]

Ticket feature: Cannon, ethnic fair hosting car shows

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It’s a weekend for auto lovers with two auto shows in Clovis Saturday. The first show will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Main Street between Fourth and Sixth Streets in conjunction with the Ethnic Fair. Then at 10 a.m., Cannon Thunder will begin at Doc Stewart Park on the west side State Road 311, across […]

Ticket feature: Motorcycle rally to complement music festival

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Freedom New Mexico The three-day Rockin’ Motorcycle Rally, a complement to the Clovis Music Festival, is for more than just bikers. The rally, hosted by High Plains Harley-Davidson, 4400 Mabry Dr. , begins Friday and runs through Sunday. The rally, in addition to food, vendors, games, and a police demonstration will also feature live music […]

Ticket feature: 42 tournament set in Texico

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Kevin Wilson It’s once again time to catch some tricks in Texico. That’s the site for the third annual 42 state championship, set for Saturday afternoon at the Texico Senior Citizens Center. The tournament is expected to draw between 20 and 25 teams, though tournament organizer Jerry Whitney said 30 is possible. There will be […]

Man’s reaction to ticket priceless

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Jared Tucker Next time you get pulled over and issued a ticket, don’t do what the guy in this video does. Now normally, if you put your hand on a police officer, you’re probably going to get yanked out of the car by force, slammed on the ground and taken to jail. I don’t know […]

Ticket feature: Junior rodeo finals start next week

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Freedom New Mexico The High Plains Junior Rodeo Finals begins in Clovis Monday for the 36th year. The events are the pinnacle of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association’s 2010 season. A highlight of the finals are the annual rodeo dinner, talent show of HPJRA members and their families and an auction held on Friday. […]

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 […]

Ticket feature: Fireworks displays readied to celebrate Fourth

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Freedom New Mexico There’s sure to be no shortage of fireworks and fun Sunday. Clovis and Portales are each planning events to commemorate Independence Day complete with music, food, games and closing the night with fireworks. Portales’ annual Smokin’ Fourth of July will begin at 9 p.m. Sunday at Eastern New Mexico University’s football practice […]

Ticket feature: Lions Club, Patriot Outdoors holding annual gun show

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Freedom New Mexico It’s a weekend of guns and knives. For the sixth year, the Clovis Lions Club, in partnership with Patriot Outdoors, is hosting a gun and knife show. Traditionally held at the armory, this will be the first year the show is held at the Clovis Civic Center, organizer Dave Barth said. “It’s […]

Ticket feature: Our Lady of Guadalupe fiesta gearing up

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Freedom New Mexico This weekend’s Fiesta at Our Lady of Guadalupe is sure to entertain all ages in a variety of ways. Kicking off Friday night, the three-day festival is a more than 30-year tradition for the church at 108 Davis St. Organizer Chris Roy said activities will begin with a brisket dinner at 5:30 […]

Ticket feature: Families have weekend choice of comedy, monster trucks

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Freedom New Mexico Between monster trucks and clean Christian comedy, there’s something for just about everyone in Clovis this weekend. Friday at 7 p.m. Upstage Comedians will be held in the Marshall Middle School auditorium. The show is clean, family friendly comedy, according to promoter Kevin Shaw. Shaw said performers Darryl “D Lo” Hutchins, Ronald […]

Ticket feature: Artist’s life retrospective available for viewing at CCC

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Freedom New Mexico Ginnie Seifert’s 35-year retrospective celebration of her life can be seen hanging on the walls of the Eula Mae Edwards Museum at Clovis Community College in May and June. “Celebrating 35 Years” is an exhibit of Seifert’s multifaceted art exploration that has, “added purpose and additional enthusiasm to her life,” according to […]

Ticket feature: Comedy tour putting on Mother’s Day show

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Freedom New Mexico Friday night’s Small Town Comedy Tour show is expected to be a show to bring in Mother’s Day. Headliner Nikki Carr is billed as the “mother of all mothers,” said promoter Dwayne Robinson. Carr entered into comedy in an effort to get on TV after her children were kidnapped by their father […]

Ticket feature: CCC students to perform songs from broadway hits

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Freedom New Mexico Students of Clovis Community College’s Broadway-style singing class are putting on a performance Monday night. The show will include performances from Broadway hits such as Guys and Dolls, Bye Bye Birdie, Grease, Oklahoma!, Chicago and more. Beginning at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall at CCC, on stage performances make up more […]