Some fair traditions fade, others still going strong

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Whatever new-fangled innovations might be present in the exhibits or on the midway, the Roosevelt County Fair is like many other county fairs across the nation: a bastion of tradition. On entry day in Portales, when local residents officially enter livestock, food, crafts and more for competition, the vanguard of the past was there to […]

Business naming tradition dates back decades

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Plain 1.a. An extensive, level, usually treeless area of land. b. A broad level expanse. That residents of Clovis and Portales live in the high plains, there’s little doubt. The New Mexico-Texas border area known as the Llano Estacado, literally translated as “staked plain,” is not only high in […]

PHS seniors carry on Maypole tradition

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Correspondent Over the past eight decades, the full-hooped vintage style Maypole dresses worn by graduating senior girls at Portales High School have gradually moved from light pastel colors to brighter rainbow hues with more bling. One thing that has not changed during the span of this long-time tradition which is now […]

Christmas on the house

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By Clarence Plnk: PNT Staff Writer Families breaking bread during the holidays has been a tradition for centuries. They sit around a table enjoying each other’s company and are grateful for their blessings. Another tradition took place in Portales on Christmas Day at El Ranchos Restaurant as the Garcia Family served lunch to the community. […]

Couple stays true to name, tradition

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Freddie (left) and Al Jolly of Clovis have been the driving forces behind the Cannon Air Force Base Single Airmen Christmas Dinner since its beginning six years ago. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections “’Tis the season to be jolly,” says former airman Al Jolly, and he and his wife, Freddie, […]

In Tribute: Superintendent followed family tradition

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico Schools employed W.M. Roberts, but he didn’t just draw paychecks there. They’re where his family worked, where he taught his family to work, and where he met lifelong friends. He was 98 years old. The longtime Farwell Schools superintendent died Oct. 9 of congestive heart failure and pneumonia. Born […]

Junior rodeo under way in Clovis

By Keely McDowell The High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals are a 30-year tradition in Clovis, and are important for the contestants as well as the community, according to organizers. With 135 contestants registered to compete in the week-long event at the Curry County Fairgrounds, the rodeo is expected to draw around 500 people to […]

Maypole celebrates tradition

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Couples who wind Maypole together sometimes end up tying the knot together. At least two Portales High School seniors who took part in the 79th annual winding of the Maypole on Monday and Tuesday nights have close family members who wound together and shortly after, ended up being bound […]

Chuck wagon cook-off scheduled for Saturday

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By Keely McDowell: Freedom New Mexico In teaching tradition, a retired educator is hoping to create a new tradition in Clovis. The inaugural “Duke of the Dutch Oven” Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, scheduled for noon Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds, offers a meal and a historical experience. Crews travel from across the region with their […]

Religion Digest, April 18

Passover Seder planned A newly-formed Sabbath Bible Discussion Group will host a Passover Seder meal and celebration at 7 p.m. today at the Wesley Foundation student center at 1417 S. Avenue K in Portales. This year, Passover begins at sundown on Saturday. According to tradition, the Passover Seder is a Jewish ritual feast held to […]

PHS holds first prom, Maypole dress exchange

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Maypole has been a proud tradition at Portales High School for 79 years. But what to do with those pastel-colored, “Gone With the Wind” style dresses which just hang in the closet after the winding? And what to do with those glitzy prom dresses that also only get worn […]

Tradition meets parental discretion

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Here’s the dilemma: I envision a nice dinner and dance on commencement night for my daughter and niece who graduate from Portales High School in May. My daughter envisions a night of going to other people’s parties. High school graduation may seem far away, but it’s not, and already, I […]

Age-old activity

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Tradition once again returns to Portales as the 78th annual winding of the Maypole is set to take place tonight in the Portales High School Gymnasium. “This is the only school left in the nation that still does it,” said coordinator and PHS teacher Marilyn Stratton. The PHS gym […]

Traditions endure through eras

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Families around the area have celebrated the holidays for many years, in their own unique way and style. One tradition that remains strong is the strong ties of family and togetherness. For Portales resident Ruby Gardner, Christmas meant a time for the family to gather and share the holiday […]

Christmas Eve gift leaves long legacy

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Christmas Eve gift! It’s a simple phrase that’s been uttered on Dec. 24 by my family as long as I can remember. In fact I’m not sure anyone knows when it all started. That makes it a family Christmas tradition. I’m sure if someone in my family or anyone […]

Floyd fun day is planned

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer When the Nov. 30 fire roared through the community of Floyd, neighbors and friends rallied together to help one another out and save their community in the ensuing blaze. On Saturday, the Floyd Lions Club will host a community fun day to say thank you to those who helped […]

PHS grads celebrate success

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer After roughly 18 years of life and 13 years of schooling, Richard O’Hare said the Portales High School Class of 2006 is ready to face the world, but asked, “Is the world ready for us?” O’Hare’s classmates applauded his observation as he gave the welcoming address during the PHS […]

Why we celebrate with black-eyed peas

Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Hopefully as you read this you’ve got the Tournament of Roses Parade on your television, the lineup of football bowl games spread on the coffee table and a pot of black-eyed peas on the stove. I’ve never been too big on setting resolutions for the new year. Sure it’s a good […]

Doing the Christmas wrap

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer For 30 years the Garcia family has been making tamales year-round for customers at the two local restaurants they’ve owned, and once a year, this business trade becomes a Christmas tradition and labor of love for their own family and friends. In the weeks before Christmas, sisters Joann Estrada, Gloria […]

Day Trip: Pinatafest celebrates party tradition

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Compiled by Mike Jimenez: Freedom Newspapers Roswell is home to the Coyotes of Roswell High, the Rockets of Goddard High and UFO fanatics. It’s also home to the annual “Pinatafest.” The festival is set to be held Friday through Sept. 11. The event is sponsored by the Roswell Hispano Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with […]