Students studying Black Plague

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Social studies students at Lindsey Elementary are learning about the Middle Ages and the Bubonic Plague. The students have been making signs as part of the class project to warn other students, teachers and parents as if their classroom was a village in the Middle Ages. Christina Ortiz, 12, [...]

My turn: Black-eyed peas make chili sing

I wouldn’t have thought to put black-eyed peas in chili, but my co-worker, Victoria Garrett, does. Her recipe for Black-eyed Pea Chili is modified from a version in the American Profile magazine, and she suggested it for this column. The recipe is tasty and nicely spicy, and Victoria says it’s easy to make, which is [...]

Letter to the Editor: PETA surprised at allegations

PETA surprised at allegations Regarding Baxter Black’s column in Friday’s Portales News-Tribune: “PETA’s death threats went too far.” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals was just as surprised as figure skater Johnny Weir when we learned he allegedly received death threats for using white fox fur in one of his costumes. PETA, like most [...]

Black History Month finale on Thursday

The grand finale for Black History Month at Eastern New Mexico University will be the crowning of Mr. and Ms. Black ENMU at 6 p.m. Thursday in Ground Zero of the Campus Union Building, according to a news release from the university. It is open to the public, and dancing and refreshments are planned to [...]

History of Black Panthers to be reviewed

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Doug Morris, a professor of reading at Eastern New Mexico University, will be presenting “The Rise and Fall of the Black Panthers” 6 p.m. Monday at Ground Zero. “I’m interested in history and what the Black Panthers were attempting to contribute,” Morris said. “I think we’ll try to talk [...]

Cowboy poets appreciates rural way of life

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Cowboy poet Baxter Black can’t stand spaghetti, but he greatly appreciates a rural, Western way of life for the values of its people. “That includes work ethic, independence, entrepreneurism, family, loyalty, patriotism,” he explained during a telephone interview Monday. “I could keep going and say belligerence, cantankerousness, etc. There’s [...]

Organizer plans for ‘raw’ Black History Month celebration

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Black History Month events at Eastern New Mexico University Black History Month will be a little raw, said African-American Affairs Director Jordan Anderson. “This is the first year that I’ve had control of all the events,” Anderson said. “I really wanted to make it pretty straight forward. I didn’t [...]

Memorial to be built for little known black community

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By Helena Rodriguez: FNM Correspondent By Helena Rodriguez FNM Correspondent A small black community between Roswell and Artesia was an epicenter of social life during its heyday in the early 1900s. Before succumbing to ghost town status in 1929, Blackdom was known far and wide for its famous mouth-watering pies, its Fourth of July and [...]

Baxter Black featured speaker at chamber banquet

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Baxter Black, the “self-described cowboy poet, ex-veterinarian and sorry team roper,” is set to bring laughs and his Western rural theme to the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet. Tickets go on sale Monday. Chamber Director Sharon King said this year is the organization’s 85th anniversary, so planners [...]

Braving Black Friday

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Three women in Clovis have donned variations of Santa hats early Black Friday for their traditional day of shopping for the past 10 years. Jennifer McKinney, her sister Carri Valverde and her mother Linda Jacquez wear the hats to take some stress out of the chaos on the first [...]